Melissa & Doug Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle
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- 28 extra-thick cardboard pieces
- Beautiful original artwork
- Easy-Clean surface keeps puzzle looking new.
- Promotes hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.
- 10 feet long when assembled
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The cuts on the puzzle are divided so that one piece is one train car. (Other puzzles by other manufacturers can be put together without ever knowing or dealing with the alphabet.) The only way to construct this puzzle is to know the proper order of the English alphabet and attach them in that manner. Each piece contains both the upper and lower case letter and an illustration to go along with that letter.
My son began playing with this when he was three and did not yet know the letters by sight. He did know the alphabet song. I found the way to play this with the least frustration and the most educational value is for me to play alongside him. I let him piece them together until he asks for help (before he is angry). We sing the alphabet song together to find the next letter in the alphabet. If he doesn't know it by sight he asks for help and I give phonetic clues such as "G makes a sound like "gg", what do you see that starts off like that sound" at which point he finds the goldfish. One complaint though is that the goldfish is sometimes mistaken for just a fish and the F. I wish something more blatantly "g" was chosen for that one. We progress in this manner until it is done. I feel this has helped him learn the letters by their sight.
The appeal for my son was that this is a train related toy. Learning the alphabet was a byproduct that he was not aware was actually my key motive in buying this.
I also appreciate both upper and lower case letters being shown as sometimes alphabet toys and activities use just one or the other.
If you like this type of learning activity I'd also suggest the numbers puzzle by this same manufacturer to help learn the numbers by sight.
My 3-year-old has been able to recognize his letters, upper and lower case, since he was 2, but he did not know the alphabet song or how to put them in order. He loves puzzles, and this puzzle was able to teach him those things. He now can put the letters in order without missing a beat. We pile them up and mix them up, and he is always looking for the next correct letter. He is so proud of himself when he finds it, and brings it to me to show me. Then, he will tell me what the picture is on the piece that he brings me. He loves it, and I love the fact that this puzzle is educational in such a way that even children with disabilities can easily learn from it.
The pieces are very hard and durable, and stand up to the test of very rugged play. My boys can be pretty destructive, and this puzzle looks new.
This definitely is not the quality that we expect from this company. We are disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son was given this gift for his 3rd birthday because he loves the alphabet and he loves trains. He very quickly learned how to alphabetize his letters because of this puzzle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jen R.
3 year old grandson loves to build this and it helps him to understand the alphabet.Published 2 months ago by Modestspender
A great way to learn the alphabet. Bright colored pieces easily fit together and are made of thick material so the edges don't bend. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased for my 3 1/2-year-old grandson who loves floor puzzles .Published 5 months ago by Kali the Cat
READ THIS BEFORE BUYING, I gave this a five star so people would read this before buying. This puzzle game is great if you don't care about the letters and what the letters should... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MOMMAKNOWS
This puzzle is wonderful! My 3 year old granddaughter loves putting it together all they way across our floor, then going to the beginning, pointing at each letter and saying it,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol