Rated 2 out of 5 by Teacher Turned Mom The Pieces are Not Painted!
My daughter received a hand-me-down Melissa and Dough puzzle which we love. I was excited when she received another of these puzzles at her birthday party. She wanted to play with the puzzle as soon as it was opened, and since the pieces in our old Melissa and Doug puzzle was so durable, I told her she could take the alligator piece. Big mistake. These puzzle pieces were not painted (the old puzzle had beautifully painted pieces), they had paper stickers stuck over the wooden cut-outs. By the time I realized that these were not the same quality as the old puzzle, the alligator had taken a dive through the damp grass and the end of his nose had been rubbed off. Lovely! We still use use the puzzle, but my daughter plays with her old-style one much more as she enjoys using the pieces for imaginative play. I will not be buying any more Melissa and Doug products now since they are not the kind of durable and versatile products on which I choose to spend money.
September 5, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nonna Love this Puzzle! Great Puzzle for my Two Year old Grandson
I purchased this puzzle for my 2 year old grandson. Large chunky pieces. He loves them and has fun not only putting it together but also using the pieces as stand alone figures. I was amazed that he also would point to the same animals in his story books. Great buy, highly recommend.
August 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Twojobs Our grandson really enjoyed this puzzle.
This puzzle is the right size for a one year old.
July 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Prince Safari chunky puzzle
It's easy for little hands to pick up. Very colorful to attract kids attention.
May 28, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by April Poor quality - does not hold up
We've got two of these chunky puzzles. One of them is great, but the Safari puzzle is disappointing. The pieces are made of unsealed MDF, or particle board with stickers on top of them. They look great when new, but do not hold up well to infant/toddler play (i.e. chewing). The other chunky puzzle that we have is different in that the pieces are painted, and hold up much better. If purchasing one of these have a look at the side profile, if the puzzle pieces are painted all around it's probably fine. If the graphic is only on the top of the piece I'd stay away from it.
January 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brie a busy mom of two Great Puzzle!
My son got this puzzle when he was 18 months old from his grandma and fell in love. After a few weeks he was able to do the puzzle by himself. And as he started talking it helped him to learn the names of the animals and their sounds. Now his little sister is enjoying the use of this and several more Melissa and Doug chunky puzzles. They hold up great! My kids like to put things in their mouth, and this puzzle has taken a beating and still looks good.
May 11, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lyndsey Ok Puzzle
My 15 month old son got this for Christmas, and he likes to play with these animal pieces, but the quality is a little disappointing. The "wood" animals are some sort of wood composite board with paper images on top. The edges of the paper images have started to wear and tear up after just a couple weeks. I was also disappointed that the back of this "wood" puzzle is covered in a wood grained paper image. Poorly made in China from questionable products in my opinion.
January 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by HSD's Mom My son loves this puzzle
My 20 month old son has this puzzle and loves it. He likes to take the animals out and pretend that they are walking around. They will stand up on their own, so are more interactive than just a flat puzzle. He also loves to stack the animals like blocks, then knock them down. Love this puzzle so much that I bought the farm animal one for his stocking!
December 12, 2009