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Letter Puzzle

Sweet Pea is 25 months old.

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From: Sweet Pea’s chunky 4 and 5 piece puzzles were getting too easy for her so I picked up this letter puzzle from Target for about $10.

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Observations: This puzzle was much harder for Sweet Pea than I thought it was going to be.  I wrongly assumed that it would be more of a letter matching exercise.  Instead, the space under each letter shows an object that starts with that letter.  For example under the “M” is a picture of the moon.  Also, the pictures under the letters are not the same color as their corresponding letter.  Worse, the spaces under the letters don’t exactly match the shape of the letters.  (See the “M” moon spot in the picture above for an example.)   Sweet Pea had a tough time, but still enjoyed it.  I had to help her quite a bit, but she actually did understand the concept that “D” made the noise “duh” and went with the “Duck” picture.  I credit the fantastic Leap Frog Letter Factory dvd with her understanding of letter sounds.

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Notes from the Trenches: I think Sweet Pea is just a bit too young for this puzzle, but for all the reasons explained above, I think I would buy a different letter puzzle if I had it to do over again.  Any suggestions?

Rating: 2 Stars * (Easy, Fun)

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