Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
Review: Transmogrifying Animal Floor Puzzles
Mix and Match Floor Puzzles by Ravensburger are irresistible. Our 3-year-old daughter is about to graduate from 24-piece floor puzzles, but I felt compelled to buy one more.
These 2×3 foot puzzles with hand-size pieces feature six animals whose heads are interchangeable. The heads are on six identically shaped puzzle pieces so you can, for example, place a beaver’s head on a bird’s body or a frog’s head on a goldfish’s body.
I bought the Pond Life puzzle, though other options include Farm Animals and the Amazon Jungle. Younger toddlers may find matching animal parts instructive while older toddlers, such as my daughter, find it funny to create mutant combinations. My only criticism is that once assembled, swapping heads requires separating one or two puzzle pieces to access a head again. Ravensburger should attach pegs to each head to ease removal.
As with all Ravensburger products I’ve purchased, the artwork and quality is top notch. The puzzle is rated for ages 2 and up, which is right on. Many companies rate these puzzles for 3-year-olds, but a keen 2-year-old with help from a parent can do puzzles. It takes some patience, practice and simple puzzlescapes featuring distinct objects.
Amazon.com puzzle sale links (selling in the $9 to $10 range):