I didn't read the description carefully enough, and relied on my past buying experience, because this puzzle set is not what I hoped it would be. I've purchased Melissa & Doug puzzles in a box previously, and had been pleased with their heft and sturdiness. These puzzles are each only about 1/3 the size of those I'd gotten in the past, and the pieces are much smaller and more difficult for little hands to manipulate than those I have. The designs are bright and the subject matter pleasing, but be sure to pay attention to the dimensions before purchasing.
I love these puzzles. Because of there sturdiness, my 2 year old grandson has learned how to separate the pieces and even to collect the ones that go together. They are the perfect size for little hands to try and then succeed at puzzle solving. The shapes on the back distinguishing the four different puzzles makes for a great game in and of itself. The box is perfect, so much better then the flimsey puzzle boxes normally sold that he rips and tears right away, leaving the pieces to be lost and destroyed. Highly recommended!
My 3 year old granddaughter loves Melissa and Doug puzzles! She started with 24 pieces and mastered them in no time. Now she loves the 48 piece puzzles! And the bright pictures make them even more fun!
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