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2007 version: Great little first puzzle for toddlers,
This review is from: Melissa & Doug First Shapes Jumbo Knob Puzzle (Toy)
EDIT to add: This review is regarding a puzzle purchased 7 years ago. The newer variation of this puzzle is apparently cheaper and far less sturdy, and has stickers rather than paint. In essence a different product than what I reviewed, and likely a lot of the other older reviewers here are raving about.
This is the original review:
We bought this puzzle for our daughter's first birthday - hoping to counter some of the noisier toys we suspected she would recieve (and she did).
To our great pleasure it was well-recieved, and is something she enjoys tinkering with whilst making her rounds of the toys.
The pieces are large and - unlike so many first puzzles - are made out of thick, sturdy plywood. They are painted with non-toxic paints, rather than having a layer of paper like many other puzzles which so quickly become soggy and unusable the first time they find their way into the mouth.
The only downside is that the pieces do have slightly rough edges - I think I may end up taking a piece of sandpaper to them at some point just to smooth them out a bit. And, as the other reviewer noted, this can cause difficulty in getting the pieces in.
Despite this minor flaw this is an excellent learning tool for young toddlers, and I highly recommend it.
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Initial post: Nov 10, 2013 9:47:18 AM PST
L. Payne says:
This puzzle is no longer hand painted but has stickers that came off in 2 hours of toddler play.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2013 6:03:12 PM PST
What a shame.
Ours has survived almost 7 years. After donating it last year, it showed up in a local library, where it still looks nearly new in spite of daily play by dozens of kids. The original was a fantastic and sturdy toy.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2013 7:59:30 PM PST
L. Payne says:
It is a shame. I am just going to take the stickers off now so he can still enjoy the puzzle without me worrying about the tacky sticker residue. Maybe I will paint it myself. One of the things I dislike about Amazon reviews is they keep them around for even 10 years. The product has changed, but still has reviews on the original.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2013 2:32:16 AM PST
Good point. Since deleting my review would shed no light on this issue, I edited it. Hopefully that will shed some light on the inferiority of the new puzzle, and prevent other people from believing they are purchasing the same product that we did 7 years ago.
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