Product: Bigjigs Toys Chunky Train Puzzle
Age Range: 1 year+
Manufacturer’s Description: Fit the shapes into the correct slots and the train can be on its way! Designed to help aid dexterity and develop concentration, this carefully crafted puzzle also helps create a storyboard to hold a youngster’s attention. Made from high quality, responsibly sourced materials. All Bigjigs Toys conform to current European safety standards. Consists of 10 chunky puzzle pieces.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: We were sent this Chunky Train Puzzle for Lydia (aka Agent SuperDucky) to try out for our latest Play Patrol mission. Our top secret brief was to get someone else involved in the playtime, so we decided to take ours along to a local blogger meet up – a picnic in the park with lots of kids!
The puzzle itself is really nice, the wood is the nice quality I have come to expect from Bigjigs Toys with no rough edges. The design is fun with bright colours and a nice cartoon train complete with a friendly train driver looking through the window. Each piece has a little bit of design painted on one side so there is a right way and a wrong way to fit it into the puzzle.
I love the variety of shapes and colours of the 10 puzzle pieces. With squares, rectangles, circles and triangles you can talk about all four of the basic shapes we teach young children. There are two large circles and two smaller circles making up the four train wheels, so you can use the puzzle to help teach your child the concept of “big” and “small” too.
There are a couple of bits of paint missing from underneath the puzzle pieces – almost like the pieces were put in before the paint had completely dried, perhaps? I can see where the corresponding areas of paint have stuck to the underside of the pieces when I look carefully. It doesn’t affect the fun but it is a shame that it detracts from the overall appearance of the puzzle.
We took the puzzle to the park with us for a blogger picnic; I thought it would be nice entertainment for the child friendly meet up we had organised between a group of local bloggers. To start with, Agent Joshua Jigs (resident Play Patrol member of The Oliver’s Madhouse) and Agent SuperDucky did the puzzle together, and then the rest of the kids joined in too.
One of the older children had the bright idea to hide all the puzzle pieces in the maze, and then get all the younger kids to go and find them. Everyone joined in and they had a blast! Unfortunately, the orange square piece was lost… it was a great game but I think if I did something like that again I would have an adult hide the pieces and make a note of them. We didn’t know what was going on until half the pieces had already been hidden so it was impossible for us to know where the orange square was hidden. Oh well, these things happen, and they had a lot of fun with their game!
Both girls, Lydia especially, have enjoyed playing with this puzzle. Georgie has really enjoyed showing her little sister how to do it and it is lovely to see something like this give her the opportunity to teach Lydia.
4 stars for this puzzle.. the paint problems that are present on about half the holes let it down a little bit.