As a child I always loved doing puzzles......well I still love doing puzzles I just don't have the time anymore. Puzzle are a great way for children to use their mind and their problem solving skills. Since Monkey is now 2 he is old enough to start trying puzzles out and understanding them little. I love finding things for him to play with that are stimulating and a good way to learn.
About The Company
Lafayette Puzzle Factory, Ltd is a new company that brings over 20 years of puzzle industry experience to its founding. Their company members have experience, creating, designing, licensing, selling, and manufacturing puzzles, games, cards, and other paper based toys.
The entire team places great value on producing high quality products using papers from some of the best paper mills in the world, printing on state of the art printing presses and making sure all our products exceed United States and Canadian safety rules. Additionally, they know that a great image is what makes a great puzzle. Everyone involved in the puzzle making process understands that they want to print the best looking puzzle image every single time.
The wonderful people at Lafayette Puzzle Factory were kind enough to send us the Playground Fun CRAYOLA CHALKBOARD Floor Puzzle. When we received the puzzle the first thing that I noticed and was impressed with was the workmanship and quality of the puzzle. It is definitely made to withstand the wear and tear of being played with by kiddos. My son is at the stage where he likes to bend things and it is good enough quality and thick enough that he hasnt bent the pieces at all.
Monkey LOVES coloring and for him to be able to color with chalk inside the house and on one of his puzzles is like the coolest thing ever.
I love that all of the pieces are large and easy for little kiddos to pick up and put together. The puzzle measures 2ft x 3 ft (61cm x 91 cm) and has 48 pieces. The scenery on the puzzle is a playful playground scene with children playing together on slides, jungle gyms, tether balls, coloring with chalk, playing basketball, and jump rope. The great thing about puzzles is that on a rainy day you can keep your kiddos entertained while learning at the same time. Also with winter coming they are a great thing to stock up on to make the time pass while we are stuck inside. My favorite thing about the chalk board puzzle is how the pieces connect. All of the connecting pieces are made from different shapes. If you look in the picture below, you can see how the puzzle pieces use basic shapes, such as diamonds, stars and hearts, and circles to join themselves together.
The next thing that i noticed about the puzzle is the quality of the chalkboard paint and the rest of the printed picture. The chalkboard stands up to lots of lots coloring (and being hit by the chalk.) You just need to make sure that when you wipe the chalk off of the puzzle that you use a dry wash cloth, you could ruin the pieces if you use a wet rag (like any other puzzle.)
Each puzzle comes with 1 large piece of Crayola Chalk....so make sure that if you have more than one kiddo wanting to play that you get more chalk before playing.
Buy one of your own: You can purchase the Playground Fun CRAYOLA CHALKBOARD Floor Puzzle for only $12.99 by visiting the Lafayette Puzzle Factory site or at any Toy 'R' Us store.
Thank you to Lafayette Puzzle Factory who provided us with the above stated product in exchange for our review. All products were provided to us at no cost. I was not given and monetary compensation for writing this review. All opinions expressed are my own.