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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2005
I bought this puzzle for my 3 year old son who was fascinated with planets and space stuff. I have never been so impressed with a toy purchase. You really can't find a better puzzle for kids. The pieces are quite large, and they're very durable. They also are "wipeable" in case sticky fingers get a hold of them. The picture itself is very colorful and pleasing to the eye. It shows all the planets, and includes the moon and sun. Even the asteroid belt. It's a great puzzle, and a great educational toy. I intend to get more puzzles from this company. Simply outstanding. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2004
This puzzle is very sturdy; not as bendy as most puzzles. My daughter loves putting this puzzle together. She is five and we are learning about the Solar System. I like this toy because after you put it together you can quiz your child on Solar system facts. Ask your child to point out which planet is the largest (Jupiter...although in this puzzle they make earth look larger because of the perspective)Ask him/her which planet is the smallest, which planet is closest to the sun...etc...etc...the learning never ends! There are always new solar system facts you can add into your fun! I strongly recommend this toy as a fun learning tool for you and your child. I really love all the Melissa and Doug products.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2004
My boys, 7 1/2 and 5, both enjoy this puzzle immensely. It is very well made and the sturdy pieces are easily put together....no bent edges here. When completed this high quality puzzle depicts a beautiful illustration of the solar system which has sparked their interest in learning about planets, stars, comets, etc....highly recommended!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2005
My 6 year old loves this puzzle. The only slight issue we have is if you don't layer the puzzle pieces in the box just so it is hard to close the box. This happens because the peices are so nice and thick....which is great. I only had to show my son once to slow down and put the pieces away slowly for him to get it. Other than that tiny hiccup it has been an everyday toy for my son for the past 2 months. I also found the puzzle at a discount chain (rhymes with floss) for half off so be on the look out.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2003
My 2 1/2 year old son received this puzzle as a gift. It's been a year now and he still loves it. It's a great family puzzle - and its large pieces are quite durable. Highly recommendable.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2007
This puzzle, like other (e.g., Farm Friends, Tyrannosaurus Rex, etc.) Melissa & Doug floor puzzles that I have purchased for my son, is colorful, large, and well-made. I originally purchased many of the puzzles for my first-born son when he was four, and now four years later, its wonderful to see my now eight year old son help his four year old brother assemble the puzzles. I recommend them because they have stood the test of time, provide entertainment for my sons, and are educational. My four year old knows many of the planets thanks to this puzzle (and to the planets hanging from the ceiling in his brother's room).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2007
The puzzle is sturdy as described and has beautiful, vibrant colors. The pieces are big enough for my 5-yr old to manipulate and assemble. The only downside is that the image is not clearly in order. The puzzle is from the earth's view. So I had to explain the order to my son. With its design, he assumed the sun was "first." Still a good buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2007
My two sons (6 and 7 when this was purchased) loved doing this puzzle. They would clear a space on the floor and work together to get the project done. It stayed in the closet for awhile and then when they both started a planets study in school, they went straight to the closet and pulled it out again. They then used it to tell me everything they'd been learning.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
I started my son on 2x3' 24 piece puzzles by Ravensburger when he turned 2. After putting them together every so often for a year he needed a new challenge.
At 3.25 years old he can easily handle this 48 piece puzzle. It takes him 20-30 minutes to put it together regardless of getting help from me. He hasn't grasped that edge pieces only go on the edges so he relies on the dual strategy of finding pieces that look alike and fitting them together and completing the missing parts of large objects.

It doesn't include Pluto so decide for yourself if you like that or not.

Best Features:
1. Big enough for my 3yo to handle alone.
2. Has large objects in the picture to help him identify pieces that go together.
3. Wipeable (even smooth on the surface - perhaps there is a coating).
4. Thick paperboard that he hasn't bent after 10 or more times putting it together.
5. It includes the sun, moon, and planets by name plus the asteroid belt and several other planetary satellites.
6. They attempted to make the planets colors and features match reality.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
I brought this puzzle for my 4 yr old son who showed lot of interest in the solar system when I showed it in a book. He had memorized the order of the planets away from the Sun. All that understanding is gone with this model which shows the solar system as a picture from behind the moon. It is tough to make a 4 yr old understand that the moon is smaller than the earth when the moon occupies the entire model. Also, the order is not based on distance of planets from the Sun, and the asteroids are not helping.

I did not like it at all.
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