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Amazing Animal Alphabet Puzzle

Lower Age: 5
Upper Age: 10
Website: https://www.hape.com/us/en/toy/amazing-animal-alphabet/E6524
Price: $39.99
Year Added: 2016
Amazing Animal Alphabet Puzzle 1
Amazing Animal Alphabet Puzzle 2

The Amazing Animal Alphabet Puzzle challenges children to match animal-shaped puzzle pieces using the animal’s name as a guide. The puzzle includes 26 brightly colored, wooden animal pieces and one large circular backboard to place the pieces on. The goal is for the user to match the animal with the corresponding space on the backboard using the first letter of the animal’s name. If done correctly, the pieces fit together to completely fill in the circular backboard. The game encourages the user to think about the pieces and make the correlation between the letters and the animal. It also requires the use of spatial reasoning skills and trial and error to fit all of the pieces within the space provided on the backboard.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encouraged children to do or learn about:

Recognize patterns, apply mathematics

 

Additional engineering thinking and design skills addressed:

Spatial reasoning

 

Overall Ratings:

  • Children Reviews

    • Rating: 4.5

    • Feedback:

      • “I like making the puzzle.”

      • “I like finding the ABC’s under the animals. I like the animals and that they come off.”

  • Parents Reviews

    • Rating: 4.5

    • Feedback: “The puzzle is well made. I like that it could be completed just as a puzzle or that the focus could be on matching the first letter of the animal to the animal on the wooden puzzle board. My kids loved playing with this puzzle over and over.”

  • Engineering and STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 3.25

    • Feedback: “The process of trial and error encourages kids to think, and they have to connect the letter on the board to the animal’s name.”