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Big and Small Jigsaw Puzzles

Submitted by on August 29, 2010 – 9:07 amNo Comment

Just looking at the Big and Small jigsaw puzzle box will probably cause the Toddler to wet himself with excitement.

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Initial thoughts: Four puzzles in one tiny box seems a bit ambitious. This box of jigsaw puzzles based on the CBeebies Big and Small TV show is great value for money, but when I opened the package they just seemed, well, small – and with lots of pieces. My thoughts went something like: “Wow, I hope we can keep them separate. This might be a source of frustration. But hey, they are from the television programme Big and Small. Just looking at the box will probably cause the Toddler to wet himself in excitement.”

We Liked: Puzzles are always good for my kids, and these ones have scenes from the Big and Small television show. I liked the fact that it was a fairly small box for storage and ‘stocking filling-ness’. The toddler really enjoyed messing the puzzles up and making me rebuild them. I liked this, as it was an activity that we could do together and it required a bit of teamwork.

We weren’t so keen: I thought the puzzles were a bit too hard for the intended age group. The pieces were really quite small and I have to admit I found them a bit of a challenge. The fact that there were four puzzles in the box meant that the bits also kept getting muddled up between the puzzles. It was a bit frustrating. I think as puzzles they would be more suitable for slightly older children. But then they might not like the topic as the television show is aimed at  pre-schoolers.

Overall: If your child likes Big and Small then this is a great gift at a great price. But be warned, it’s not something younger toddlers will be able to do on their own, and even some older toddlers might struggle with the jigsaws – my tip would be to invest in some small bags or elastic bands to keep the four puzzles separate from each other.

[By Claire, Being a Mummy]

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