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I think I first saw BeginAgain Toys as part of a promotion for wooden toys, since I already love the idea of wooden toys I was pretty enthralled with the whole list but I was absolutely mesmerized by the BeginAgain Puzzles. I was hit with a wave of nostalgia seeing the free standing animal family puzzles (they even have an elephant!) and pulled in by the beauty and simplicity of their designs. The patterns on their puzzles are unique, the painting is colorful, and they’ve made them even better learning tools by having lettered pieces (uppercase and lowercase depending on the side of the puzzle you’re looking at).
Plus I can really get behind the BeginAgain company and their “Workshop Rules” aka moto for toys:
- Kids are the true noisemakers!
– No batteries, no electronics, ever!
- Share your ideas, then build
– Collaborate, share, and build in partnership.
- Don’t leave a mess
– Take OIL out of play, use plant based materials whenever possible and always reduce, recycle, and seek improvement.
- Great products have greater purpose
– BeginAgain gives 1% to the community.
I couldn’t wait to review the Wooden Dinosaur A-Z Puzzle!
The puzzle came with a nice wooden tray, great for storing the pieces in when the puzzle if finished or still in pieces (though I wish the tray had a lid…). One side of the puzzle has capital letters the other side has lowercase letters so your child has a chance to learn both, and the puzzle can be built face up, face down or standing on it’s feet.
The puzzle is well crafted and the pieces are solid and easy to put together. I was a little surprised by the difficulty of the puzzle, I thought it would be a breeze since it’s more or less alphabetized, but I think I relied on the alphabet a little too much and it took me a try or two to piece the thing back together. I thought it was surprisingly fun to piece together and I really love how big the pieces are the 3D feel of the puzzle.
Dimitri LOVED that this was a dinosaur! But…, I think I might have been jumping the gun with his ability level. While he wasn’t able to build the puzzle, but he did get a good chance to work on his fine motor skills as I helped him piece little bits of it together and he had a blast identifying the different letters on the pieces and sorting the colored shapes into piles. And the great thing about puzzle is, it’s wood, it’s not going to fade or break and we can play with it all over again when he’s ready to start piecing the whole thing together.
Your child might not be as into dinosaurs at mine, but no worries. BeginAgain has a bunch of different puzzles with varying degrees of difficulty. They have a butterfly that is suggested for 5+, a food assortment puzzle (Alphabites) that is suggest for 3+, and adorable wooden block puzzles for 18+ months. The Alphabites Puzzle, has pieces shaped like a bunch of food, and when all the pieces are removed from the tray, the tray is shaped like a serving tray, complete with plate and napkin and the flip side of the tray is shaved like a stove top! It sounds like some fantastic, dual use play food to me.
I’m telling you, these are worth checking out! See more BeginAgain Toys on:
BeginAgain Toys has offered one lucky reader a Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle!
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