Review of Melissa and Doug Wooden Puzzles from Gummy Lump Toys9:06 PM
Huge Melissa and Doug puzzle fans here!
We had a chance to give my newly-turned-3-year-old son a wooden puzzle from Gummy Lump Toys for his birthday last month. Boy was he tickled!
This particular Shapes Chunky puzzle is for ages 2 and up and features 8 shapes (circle, square, diamond, rectangle, triangle, heart, star, and oval.) The pieces are much chunkier than the spaces that they set in, which makes it easy for young kids to place them correctly, and it also prevents them from getting damaged or lost. (Chunky is better.) And it was super colorful - so that kids can identify colors, as well!
In addition to putting the puzzle together over and over again, my son enjoyed just taking out the different shapes and feeling them in his hands, saying their names, and lining them up on our coffee table. It was totally a tactile learning experience for him.A super tool for homeschoolers, day cares, or any parent who just wants a fun, educational way to keep little guys or gals entertained, this puzzle sits at the top of our puzzle tray and gets played with almost daily. After he played with it for awhile, he was naming the shapes in other places -- like books, on TV, and even in his breakfast cereal!
This puzzle (along with many other chunky puzzles) are available from specialty online shop GummyLump.com. I recommend checking out their site and seeing what other clever items you might find for kids of all ages!
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*Sample puzzle was received for this review.