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Melissa & Doug USA Map 51 pcs Floor Puzzle

4.5 out of 5 stars 704 customer reviews
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  • Learn location, shape and capitals of all fifty states
  • 51 sturdy, extra-thick cardboard pieces
  • Wipe-clean surface
  • 24"L x 36"W Assembled
  • 6+ years
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Geography comes to life in this cardboard floor puzzle, featuring 51 pieces cut to the shape of the state or region. This colorful map is 2 feet x 3 feet when assembled, with extra-thick pieces and an "Easy-Clean" surface that keeps it looking new.

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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 3 x 9 x 12 inches
Item Weight 2.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000GKAU1I
Item model number 440
Manufacturer recommended age 6 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #588 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#2 in Toys & Games > Puzzles > Floor Puzzles
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By Valerie M. Mccormick on September 27, 2004
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I bought this puzzle for my father who has Alzheimer's Disease. He's now living in a care facility where the caregivers work to keep the residents alert and engaged in activities. Some of the residents don't track well enough to do even this level of puzzle but Dad and several others enjoy it greatly. Today 4 residents (including Dad) and I worked the puzzle and they were thrilled to be successful in placing the states where they belonged. While doing the puzzle each participant would add bits of their personal history when a state name was familiar to them. Once the puzzle was complete each participant stated (and located) the state in which they were born...the state where they attended university...and other states they'd lived in or visited. To get this level of interaction required my assistance but they all had a great time! A plus is that the next time we do the puzzle most of them will have forgotten they've already done this and so will experience the success of using it all over again. (Family members of AD victims look for the small victories.)

I'm going to take them the solar system one next.
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My 3 year old received this puzzle as a gift for his 3rd birthday. I wasn't so sure if he was ready for the puzzle at the age of 3, but within couple of months together with his cousins he started putting the pieces together. He is now 3.5 yrs. and knows how to complete it all by himself. it takes him less than 10min to complete the whole puzzle. I give ten stars.
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I have to disagree with the review that says that this puzzle is not good for little kids. I have a daughter who just turned 4 a couple of weeks ago and is also autistic. She loves this puzzle and has learned how to use the box cover to properly place the states. I am glad that they are in the individual shapes of the states. It's not a jigsaw puzzle. It teaches kids where the states are located and is terrific for little ones and older ones. Even I have a good time with this.
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I've bought quite a few Melissa & Doug toys for our kids and I'm usually impressed by the quality and durability of their products. We even have a bunch of their other puzzles and they're fantastic; big, vibrant, durable, with a snug fit between pieces. My preschooler absolutely loves the T-REX 48 pc Floor Puzzle and the Dinosaurs 48-Piece Floor Puzzle.

I bought this U.S. Map puzzle with high expectations, but was sorely disappointed. With this puzzle, it is critical that the blue border surrounding the states stay together, because the individual states are shaped like, well, states so they won't stay contained unless the enclosing frame stays put. It doesn't. The big blue edge pieces are slightly warped (maybe this is because they are so big) and they don't stay together at all. Not even on a hardwood floor. And with the outer pieces just itching to spring apart at the slightest touch, arranging the states inside is a challenge even for me. It's hopeless for my kids.

It's a shame that this flaw in completely ruins this puzzle, because otherwise it would be great. It's big and colorful, with interesting and educational pictures on the states that engage my kids. My kids and I tried to assemble it a few times before giving up on it altogether. Now Texas is a frisbee and Maine is exploring the dusty recesses under our hallway bookshelf.
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I agree with the person who said it needs a cardboard backing or border. Since the puzzle is so large and it doesn't interlock, the pieces move when my son adds a state which makes him angry--he is not yet 3. I have to hold down the pieces when he adds the states and if I'm not available to help he gets frustrated. In addition, because some of the pieces are so large (oceans and texas) they tend to warp more than Doug and Melissa's other floor puzzles.

The puzzle's saving grace is my son has learned all states in a week.
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My 3 year old mastered this puzzle in 3 days. She loves it. I wish someone would make a puzzle that shows Alaska bigger than Texas! Also, I would prefer to have each individual state a puzzle piece unto itself. It's great for a 3-4 year old, 6 may be too old to have states grouped together in 1 piece.
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This puzzle is a great introduction to learning about the states for preschool or young elementary school kids. We requested it as a gift idea from grandma when she moved a few states away, and it has helped my 4 year old understand a little better where grandma lives now.

As long as the blue border pieces are put together first, my daughter can put the states together fine so long as it is on the hard kitchen floor (not carpet). Our border pieces fit together fine and are not warped at all like one review mentioned... I will see what happens over time.

There are a few disappointing features of this puzzle.

1) I hadn't realized that the puzzle would look exactly like the image--with the blue "ocean" all around the US. This is confusing, especially since she is used to identifying Alaska (where lots of aunts and uncles live) near the top of her globe. It is this kind of map that caused a classmate of mine in high school to angrily explain that Alaska was a large island in the tropics, near Hawaii.

2) The shapes of the states are somewhat rounded/artistically rendered. This would be a problem for me if we lived in CT, MA, or RI (which look especially weird).

3) The capitals of the states are not in the correct locations. Like, at all. This doesn't bother me too much, but it did confuse my daughter (because we live near our state's capital), so I had to explain.

If any Michigan-residents are concerned about the fact that the Upper Peninsula is a different color than the main part of the state, don't worry--they are the same color on the actual puzzle (but not the box).

If this were a tool for older children to learn the states, I would say it was pretty bad, due to the problems above. However, for a 4-year-old? It's fine. It's great, even. She is learning the names of the states, and where they belong. That's pretty cool. I just wish our neighboring countries were shown (at least a little).
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