Bigjigs Farm Cube Puzzle
Toby is really loving his puzzles at the moment, specifically a good peg puzzle or a normal jigsaw puzzle, but cube puzzles haven’t really come into the equation yet. As part of the Bigjigs Play Patrol team we were sent their farm cube puzzle and thought that it might be a bit of an instant hit with him, but I have to say he wasn’t really that interested.
It’s been great to challenge him with something new, but for a child his age, (2yrs 9 months) he did need some prompting and quite a lot of help, so I think the suggested age of play of 18m-3yrs is a little hopeful. There are two reasons for this – one is that the actual guide/picture is on the underneath of the cube the pieces fit in, and of course the other reason is that he has 6 sides to choose from.
I tried to make sure all the pieces for the particular animal we were doing were the right way up so he only had those to choose from, but it’s still quite difficult. To make this better I’d probably enclose a guide with a picture of what the completed puzzles should look like, just so they have a visual aid for the first few times they do it. The pictures are not drawn/engraved/painted on, they are just stickers so it’s likely they could wear quite quickly. The last not so great thing about it is that once complete, the puzzle actually has a lot of room for manoeuvre so I’d like to have seen it fit snugly within the cube.
Having said that, I do kind of like it! Bigjigs, from my experience, create consistently great toys and it’s a good, solid and robust piece of kit that will last a while, so we won’t give up on it just yet. This is great toy for developing the concept of shapes/cubes and that all sides are different. It’s also been a great toy to bond over and have some one to one time when Ted is in bed – you can sit and do it at the table or do it on the floor at their level and really get some learning and engagement out of it.
Another suggestion is that I’d really like to see some different pictures on these puzzles. My observation of just puzzles in general is that they all seem to have the same kind of theme and it’d be nice to have a different picture. Astronauts, rockets, safari animals, sea creatures, just something a little out of the ordinary of farm animals!
Snazzy Activity Triangle
Teddy really loves grabbing at things at the moment, anything he can get hold of is a trophy! I’ve been distracting him from his idea of toys (candle holders, tv units and my good reading books) with this Snazzy Activity Triangle from Bigjigs Toys.
The large triangle frame holds a smaller numbered triangle that doubles up as a car seat toy which is always handy!
The triangle frame has lots of different features and textures; teething rings, shapes that rattle, twirly pulls and it squeaks if you shake or squeeze it. It’s really vibrant and colourful and Ted can be distracted with this pretty easily as he’s quite engaged with it, not to mention he loves a good chew on the teething rings as he’s got two of his bottom molars coming through at the moment.
I love that it’s soft, and easy to grab. Ted loves to throw it and hear the teething rings jangle about when it hits the floor. This is a well made toy, all round fun for babies, lots of learning and engagement and it’ll last from birth right up past the age of 1.
*I received these toys as part of the BigJigs Play Patrol Team. All views and opinions are honest and my own