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Melissa & Doug African Plains Jigsaw 24 pcs Puzzle

4.5 out of 5 stars 253 customer reviews

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  • Practice fine motor skills with this beautifully detailed scene.
  • 24-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle
  • Sturdy wooden tray
  • Sturdy wooden construction
  • Promotes hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.
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Product Description

The sun may be setting on the savannah, but this 24-piece wooden jigsaw provides puzzle fun at any time of day. With a hippo in the watering hole and a flamingo in flight, assembling this jigsaw reveals part of African life with every piece. This educational kids' puzzle comes packaged in a sturdy wooden tray for play and easy storage.

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Melissa & Doug toys are designed to nurture creativity and imagination.  From classic wooden toys to creative crafts, pretend play, and games, Melissa & Doug's products inspire exploration and enrich children's lives in a way that's as engaging as playtime itself! Since the Company's founding more than 25 years ago, Melissa & Doug has consistently delivered innovative children’s products with a commitment to uncompromising quality, safety, service and value. Well-designed, durable playthings should be accessible to all, and Melissa & Doug strives to foster wonder and a lifelong love of learning in children throughout the world.

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Product Dimensions 0.5 x 11.8 x 15.6 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B000FPE038
Item model number 2937
Manufacturer recommended age 36 months - 5 years
Batteries 2937 Lithium ion batteries required.
Best Sellers Rank #1,459 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#5 in Toys & Games > Puzzles > Jigsaw Puzzles
#14 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys > Puzzles
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I've bought many Melissa and Doug toys and loved almost all of them. They're generally sturdy, colorful, educational and enjoyable.

However, no matter how attractive, fun and educational a toy may be, it's worthless if you can't use it. This puzzle (as well as the similar construction themed one) both fell apart when we opened them. And not in the way that a puzzle should.

The puzzle is constructed of lightweight laminate. However, there's a wide layer of ineffective glue between some layers. The puzzle feels more like balsa wood than the usual sturdy construction to which we're accustomed.

When our little guy unwrapped it this Christmas, he immediately wanted to play with it. So, I removed the shrink wrap and began to separate the pieces. Immediately, the laminated layers on the pieces (specifically the edges of the lumpy parts) began to separate and break off. Mostly the bottom and topmost layers.

Again, I usually find Melissa and Doug toys to be of high quality. Judging by the reviews here, others haven't had the same problem. I'm hoping that this is simply one small manufacturing batch that went amiss and not a new trend. However, I can only review based on my experience. So, although this puzzle gets high marks for fun, attractiveness and educational value, I can't give it more than 2 stars because of the construction and safety issues (small pieces of broken laminate that could pose a choking hazard).
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This was my daughter's first jigsaw puzzle and she likes it. My only complaint is that because it isn't in a box, there's no copy of the image for her to look at as she is doing it. It would be nice to maybe include just a piece of paper that showed the image. If it were the same size as the puzzle, kids could even put it down within the frame and put the pieces on top of it... this would be a good way for them to learn to match the puzzle piece to the picture. I would imagine more 2 year olds could start doing jigsaw puzzles this way. But other than that, the quality is good and its a great starter puzzle.
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I bought a couple of these puzzles for my 93 year old mother that has dementia in an attempt to develop her dexterity and mental capabilities. The puzzles are an excellent quality with pieces that would not be easy to destroy (important for my mother). As yet, we have been able to get her to put in only one or two missing pieces, but hope this will get better with time. These puzzles would be great for the developing minds of young children. I opted for the individual puzzles rather than the box jigsaw puzzles because each puzzle has its own frame. With the box jigsaw puzzles, the frame is on the box. Even though the box provides a storage container, many people seemed to have a problem fitting pieces into the box. For our purposes, the individual puzzles seemed to make more sense. My Mom is working at the 12 piece puzzles. So it will be a while before she can tackle the 24 piece.
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My sister gave this puzzle to my 3-year-old and within the first day the graphic was peeling off of at least half of the pieces under supervised use. I guess now "hand-crafted" is just marketing rhetoric.
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I got this puzzle for my almost 2 year old. He LOVES puzzles but had moved past the 9 piece board puzzles. I was looking for something that would help him transition from 9 piece board puzzles to the 25 piece free form puzzles.

The puzzle pieces are wood and there is a wood tray/border the puzzle fits into. When we first got the puzzle I pulled out sections at a time, increasing the size of the section each time. By the end of a couple of days, he was doing the puzzle without assistance. The animals are lovely and identifiable. The number of different colored animals makes this puzzle easier than the Melissa and Doug 24 piece dinosaur puzzle (which we also have but he struggles with). The pieces have become much easier to pull apart and fit together as the puzzle gets loved.

The pieces have stood up to tons of use, stepping on them, throwing them, biting them, peeing on them (twice...oh the joys of potty training boys). I love that I can scatter the pieces and get some time to myself to cook dinner or have an adult conversation. Once he conquers the dinosaur puzzle I think we'll try out free form puzzles.
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We have many Melissa and Doug puzzles. Lately, though, I've been getting the more "complicated" puzzles for our autistic child, and the picture peels off the plywood BEFORE she begins to play. In several of the earlier purchases, I'd thought it was our fault. Not this time. The paper tore as I separated the pieces. Is the quality dropping in the Melissa and Doug line, or is it that the more pieces there are in the puzzle, the more poorly the laminate adheres? Either way, I am disappointed, and will be returning this item. Poor hippo. He lost his mouth and grassy snacks.
Judy Jacobs, Summerville, SC
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From a purely physical standpoint, this puzzle is excellent - the frame serves to help show where the puzzle begins and ends, as well as being a good way to store the completed puzzle until next use.

From a design standpoint, this puzzle is not the best design. Although it LOOKS great at a glance, if you take the puzzle pieces out, some of the colors look too 'same-ish' and it's surprisingly harder than it looks for little ones to distinguish say, a giraffe piece from a lion piece. However, it could serve as a good 2nd or 3rd puzzle to have in the 24 piece size, once the child has already gotten really good at 24 piece puzzles, because this one offers the extra challenge of having to carefully distinguish the pieces. I wouldn't recommend it as the first 24-piece puzzle for a young child though. We have some of the other Melissa & Doug designs and they are better designed from that standpoint, in my opinion.
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