We were bought this puzzle for our baby when he turned 1. He enjoys playing with it as does our 4 year old who likes to get involves too.
It is by Galt and is aimed at children 18 months plus.
It comes in a cardboard box which is quite sturdy so good for storing it in afterwards. The box has a handle which comes out of the top too so you can carry it around. This box may be sturdy but it is only cardboard so it does not withstand a lot of pressure- our 18 month old has stood on this and managed to dent it a bit so it's not 100% child proof! But it is more sturdy than other boxes we have had.
In the box you get 6 jigsaws each are made up of just two pieces. These jigsaws are about 10-15cm so they are quite big which is good for small hands to be able to manipulate. They are all in the theme of transport so you get a plane, a car, a train, a helicopter, a tractor and a boat. I think that's all six! They are made from a very firm cardboard. Our baby has chewed on them a bit and it has left teeth marks but he hasn't broken any. They are quite shiny too so you can wipe them clean from sticky finger prints. The items of transport are all very bright and bold. They are not true to life in terms of colours but that doesn't matter, them being really bright is good to catch children's attention. We talk about the colours of them all too to help him to recognise different colours.
At the moment our baby tries to put pieces together. He recognises which go with which because of the colours but he isn't quite able to get them to stick together yet. He is improving as he will turn them round and recognises that the reason they don't slot together must be because he hasn't lined them up properly but he hasn't quite managed to master how to do it yet but I think it's only a matter of time. He has only just turned 18 months.
I think these are really nice and cute. They attract attention of little ones and are relatively easy to do so shouldn't confuse children too much. I don't have any problems with this at all, no negatives to say.
A good quality and well designed puzzle with young toddlers at mind.
Last Christmas I was looking for some simple jigsaw puzzles for my twins as I always loved them as a child and thought they were approaching the age where they would be interested. I came across these Galt boxes of 6 x 2 piece puzzles, there was a choice of designs pets, farm, transport (as featured in the dooyoo picture above) and jungle. I decided on the jungle animals as both my girls love lions and there was one in this set.
They come in a carboard box with a carry handle to make them east to transport, unfortunately the handle isn't firmly attached and was soon removed from the box by my toddlers and so I had to take it away. I like my girls to have access to the box so that they can learn to get the pieces out and also put them away again. They were 15 months when they started playing with these puzzles, the recommended age is 18 months +. Their first interaction involved the pieces being tipped out of the box and then put back in again.
I started making the puzzles so they could see the jungle animals, in this set there is an elephant, monkey, tiger, zebra, rhino and lion. They liked breaking the pieces back apart and just putting them in piles, this progressed to holding the pieces up so I could tell them the name of the animal on it. This was sometimes difficult when I was only shown the back of the pieces. These puzzles also help with teaching the different noises that animals make and my girls love roaring and Oo ooing.
Each puzzle is approximately 11cm x 15cm so each piece is a good size for little fingers to hold onto. The pieces slot together easily and one of my girls now aged 2 can just about make these puzzles. My other girl can identify which 2 pieces belong to each puzzle but prefers to put them in piles.
These puzzles are very brightly coloured which helps your little one with matching the pieces, in order to make the puzzles all bright colours the elephant and rhino are pink and blue respectively. The monkey also has an unrealistic green tummy. I like to see animals in their natural colours but I can understand that this wouldn't have made them as interesting to little ones.
The quality of the pieces is good and they are still in great condition even though my girls have attempted to eat them on occasion.
Price and availability
All four different set designs are available from Amazon and are currently (November 2012) priced at between £4.85 and £4.99. I think this is a reasonable price for these puzzles.
Would I recommend?
Yes, these puzzles are great first puzzles for your little one.
I got these puzzles for my eldest son when he was around 15 months old, as they only have 2 pieces per puzzle I felt that it would be a nice easy way to get him started with the idea of puzzles without being frustrating for him.
Like most toddler boys he had a fascination with transport so the theme got his attention straight away, and he used to play with this a lot. It was just right for his age and he was able to do it by himself rather than a more difficult puzzle which would have needed a lot of adult input for a young toddler to complete.
I would not really recommend this for a child aged 2+ as they are likely to be beyond this simple stage so I would say it is great from age 1-2 years. I believe the box recommends from 18 months+, but a couple of months younger should be fine however if your child is still at the stage of putting things in their mouth a lot then be warned that if the pieces are excessively put into the mouth they can become a bit soggy and the quality and pictures will be slightly impaired, which did happen to ours due to baby siblings but it is still in useable condition, the baby did not manage to completely destroy it!
As my son became a bit older and able to do slightly bigger puzzles he lost interest in this, so I would not say it is something they will keep coming back to over a long period of time but I don't think that was too unexpected. It basically does the job of introducing them to simple puzzles and then they will move on from it, but I have used it again with my 2nd son and may well get it out again for my 3rd so we have definitely got the value out of it and I find Galt toys generally are reasonably priced and good value for money.
The quality of these is good, the pieces are made from thick durable cardboard with a shinyish texture and the pictures are cartoony and very nice and bright.
Overall I would recommend for young toddlers. There are other options available too like animals, if your child's interests are more in that direction
Galt will be a familiar name to most of us, especially those of us who come in contact with children regularly. I grew up with Galt products and I have bought many of their craft activities both for my children and as presents for other people's. My daughter loved puzzles when she was a toddler so I was delighted when my son received the transport version of these puzzles for his first birthday. Transport is not the only theme you can buy (Jungle, Farm and Pets are also available) but is the one I own and will be reviewing. Average prices for these puzzles range from between £3.99 and £4.99 depending on where you buy from. The puzzles are recommended for children from 18 months and up.
The cardboard box has a carrying handle made of plastic which makes it easier both for a small child to carry the puzzle easily, and for a weary parent to scoop it up quickly from the floor. Inside are 6 sturdy little cardboard puzzles, each of which have two pieces and measure approx. 10-15 centimetres across. The images are brightly coloured with a friendly person and a purple dog travelling on each form of transport- helicopter, car, plane, tractor, train and boat. Each puzzle has two pieces and has been designed out of chunky cardboard with smooth edges; they are all very easy for little hands to complete.
My son got these puzzles when he was one and that was exactly the right time for him. He is now two and a half and lost interest in these puzzles six months ago in favour of bigger and more interesting jigsaws (like the Orchard big bus puzzle). When he was playing with them they were one of his favourite toys, we had to complete them several times a day. After a couple of months of parental help he was perfectly able to spot the matching pieces and then put them together by himself which really improved his confidence with puzzles. Once the puzzles had been made he had a lot of fun talking about the different forms of transport, making the noises and pushing them gently across the floor (and then crying when they fell apart).
These are some of the best puzzles that we have had for our children. They are chunky and easy to join, they are bright and colourful, they give lots to talk about, they are ideal first puzzles and they are easy to contain and store unlike flat wooden puzzles. For the price it couldn't be better really, any cheaper and you get that easily bent cardboard which is quickly ruined. The only negative is how long they last- unless you are planning to have more children these don't really have a very long lifespan - six months to a year, maybe more if you don't buy very many puzzles. Having said that these are in excellent condition and will be passed on to a family member, so they just don't have a long lifespan with us!
Galt baby puzzles make super gifts and I have bought them as new baby gifts for several new parents. They are very good at fostering a love of puzzles in small children and provide an awful lot of cheap, good quality entertainment.
My children had these puzzles by Galt when they were younger and the children that I childmind like to play with them too.
We have the farm puzzles but you can also get Transport, Pets and Jungle ones.
The box contains 6 puzzles all consisting of 2 pieces. There is a pig, goat, cow, sheep, hen and a horse. Each puzzle is brightly coloured and cheerful looking. The colours of the animals aren't very realistic ( the hen has pink feathers!) but that is what makes the puzzle so interesting to the child. As they get older you can ask them what is wrong with the puzzle and encourage their thinking skills.
The puzzles are made out of reinforced card and are simple to clean, just wipe over with a damp cloth. The size is roughly 5x6 inches for each puzzle and the pieces are quite chunky.
The age range is from 18 months and I found that the younger children love playing with them The pieces fit together easily and the kids love the fact that they can complete the puzzles on their own.
The puzzles have been useful for helping the children to develop their concentration skills and we have also used it to help the children recognise the farmyard animals from an early age.
The puzzles all pack away neatly in the box and it has a carry handle so it is easily transported.
We have had the puzzles for about 3 years now and apart from being a bit battered and a bit chewed around the edges they are still in good condition. The price for the puzzles is currently around £4 and I think that it is a good price for the use we have had out of ours.
I wanted something for my youngest daughter that would get her interested in jigsaws because at the time she was not the type to sit still and concentrate, but has quite an obsession with transport, so when I saw this on Amazon I was keen to buy it (with my Dooyoo miles) and get cracking with her.
I bought it for her when she was about 14 or 15 months, but it's recommended for 18 months + (which is what she is now).
What you get is 6 two piece puzzles in a nice little carry box so they can be easily stored away when not in use. The puzzles consist of an aeroplane, car, helicopter, boat, train and a tractor. They are quite large, large enough for toddler hands to grip easily and are made from very strong cardboard which is about 3 or 4 mm thick and this also has a wipe clean surface.
The transport items are very cartoon like, and I would say each item is very similar to the next, so I was worried that my daughter wouldn't be able to differentiate between each puzzle because they are so similar in appearance. But the colours are really bright and each puzzle is comprised of the same set of colours - blue, red, yellow, green and purple, but on some of them the main body of each item of transport is in a different colour.
For example I would say the car is mainly red, but the helicopter is mainly green, even though they are also made up of the other colours. I think this helps the child to identify which is which when confronted with a display of half pieces; they can select the two that they want by identifying the main colours and then match them together.
I'm not sure if this is the technique my daughter uses, but despite my reservations she has no problem in matching the pieces together. I usually start by giving her one half of the car for instance, and she will easily find the other half, and the same with all the other items. The problem lies in getting her to fix the two halves together...
The actual puzzles are fixed together using just one large jigsaw 'connection' which you would think makes it very easy to position in place. But having observed my daughter using these puzzles, I have noticed that because the fixing part is so large, it's kind of been a bit oversimplified for her. What I mean is that with a 'normal' jigsaw it's very easy to snap a piece securely into position, but with these it's very easy to miss and not get them together accurately. The pieces also easily come apart when being manhandled together by an 18 month old.
This is especially true when trying to piece them together on a carpet. As soon as she pushes her hand on them to press them together they come apart again because of the 'give' in the carpet. They work much better on a table top or hard flat surface.
That's not to say she doesn't enjoy playing with these puzzles, I usually end up fixing them together for her, and then she really enjoys (and I think this is her favourite part) taking them apart and placing them all back in the box. She can do this 3 or 4 times in one sitting if she pleases.
I've not been overly impressed with this little set, I do think it has been over simplified and the children probably grow out of simple puzzles like these before they've even developed the skill to fix them together, but it has given my daughter a certain level of enjoyment, and the fact that they are all items of transport really attracts her to the puzzles.
The actual pieces are really strong which is a big bonus because my daughter is not the gentlest of creatures and has a tendency to be a bit of a bull in a china shop with most things, but these have managed to stay nice and un-creased. I even tried to apply a certain amount of pressure on the pieces myself to see if it was possible to bend them. And it isn't, unless you use brute force.
I'm not sure I would buy anything like this again because I don't actually think it is particularly helpful in developing her hand eye co-ordination skills. And my daughter has recently taken an interest in her older sister's wooden board jigsaws, where she can actually achieve the piecing together and seems to get more enjoyment out of the larger sized jigsaws rather than the simple two-piece ones.
I think they are good for the novelty value, and they are interesting to look at for a small child, especially one who likes cars and helicopters etc, but as far as jigsaws go, I would recommend getting something a bit more taxing and more 'jigsaw-like' where they can develop their skills a lot better.
Available on Amazon for £4.00.
For Christmas I bought my 2year old twins alot of puzzles, I figured they are surprisingly fun, educational and we can play them together too.
I browsed on amazon and came across the Galt selection of Baby puzzles. There are a few 'topics' should I say to choose from but each continuing the two piece puzzle theme. I bought the farm, transport and pets puzzles but you can also buy jungle to. The transport puzzles include what's pictured above, the farm puzzles include a horse, sheep, goat, cow, pig and chicken and last but not least (from what I purchased) the pets puzzles contain a fish, turtle, dog, cat, mouse and a rabbit.
The puzzles come in brightly coloured, appealing boxes with a handle at the top so it acts as a carrycase for the puzzle. Depending on the theme of the puzzle you have pictures of what the puzzles are on the front of the box to, for instance the farm puzzles have a picture of a chicken, pig, cow etc. The box clearly states that the puzzles are a Galt product and that they are suitable for children aged 18 months plus, the front of the box also informs us that it contains 6 two piece puzzles.
The puzzles are extremely simple, but I wanted to buy them as my twins were only just beginning to recognise certain animals and vehicles so I thought these would be an engaging way to help them learn more about the animals and figure the puzzles out themselves.
The puzzles are flat, board but very chunky and brightly coloured. Due to the size each half can be easily identified by children, if they do have a little trouble to begin with though you can show them the box and they can almost 'copy' the pictures of the puzzles from there. Each puzzle is approximately 12cm x 15cm.
So far they have been a great hit with my twins, they find it very rewarding when they match the puzzles together and love the praise they receive when they do so. They now enjoy animals, and vehicles so the fact the puzzles are something they like is a bonus to. Each box of 6 puzzles cost me just £4 on amazon and they have been brilliant. They help with matching skills and hand eye co-ordination as well as being just 'simple' fun. Each puzzle piece is brightly coloured and very eyecatching although it could be a little confusing as the colours are not very realistic, for example your child would have to match up a green chicken and a red horse. So if you would be worried about your child becoming a bit confused about colourings of the animals then these wouldn't be such a good educational toy.
So far matching the pieces up my boys have found great fun but when it comes to fitting the pieces together, well that's another review lol! I'm sure in time they will get the patience and learn how to fit them together properly, they are not overly difficult as it's just two puzzle pieces but if they don't just slot into place straightaway the twins tantrum, but that happens often anyway! For the price these are brilliant and thanks to their boxes they can be stored away tidy after use to so no trouble in losing any pieces. The pieces can be bent and broken as they are only like a cardboard and the surfaces are shiny and smooth but no sharp edges really or anything that can seriously hurt your child. I'd definitely reccomend them to anybody with young children or even as gifts!