Age Range: 18+ Months
Manufacturer’s Description: Includes four double sided wooden people to assemble. Each one consists of three double sided wooden pieces, with a different design on each side and magnetic edges. Magnetic puzzle pieces clip together with ease and allow the wooden puzzle to stand upright, once assembled. Completed puzzles can also be used as play pieces during creative play sessions. Helps to develop dexterity, matching skills and concentration. Compact dimensions ensure that this puzzle is a useful playmate both at home and when travelling.
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: We were sent these magnetic people as part of our latest Play Patrol mission, and the girls have both really enjoyed them. Originally intended for Lydia, both girls have been playing with these, proving that they appeal to both toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Each figure is made up of 3 pieces; a head, torso & legs. There are 12 pieces, and every piece has printing on both sides, giving 8 different choices for each body part, and whopping 512 possible combinations.
Of course, some of those combinations don’t make an awful lot of sense, but the children found it fun to mix and match the different parts. The pieces are held together with magnets, which are strong enough for them to be played with gently but not too strong that small hands can’t take them apart easily.
The images are great fun with some nice details, including an ice cream, a book, and a happy looking cat. Some of the pieces obviously match up as full outfits, with the football kit and rain gear being obvious examples.
All of the illustrations line up really well at the neck and waist and there is a lot to talk about with your child when you’re playing with them; what colours they’re wearing, what the different items of clothes are, what they’re holding, and of course the different hair styles and skin tones.
Once you’ve created your children, you can then of course send them on lots of adventures. While Lydia was mostly interested in putting them together and taking them apart (excellent for her dexterity & hand eye co-ordination), Georgie was more interested in making fun figures and then have them chat away to each other.
At first, Lydia actually found these a bit upsetting as she was convinced they were broken every time the magnets pulled apart. Thankfully, after a little while she grasped the concept and enjoyed playing with them.
This particular combination reminded me of a fellow Play Patrol agent’s daughter!
These wooden toys are consistent with the high level of quality I have come to expect from the Bigjigs brand, and they have the potential for hours of play. We give these 5 stars.