There are only a handful of products I love enough that I really suggest to friends and family so I thought what better way to spread the word than mentioning here. So for the next few Fridays I am hoping to highlight some of my favorite products for families with kids. Note: I either purchased these items, borrowed or was given them as gifts from families and friends.
Today I wanted to high light the Melissa and Doug puzzles and in particular the alphabet and number puzzles.
My daughter received the number puzzle as a gift when she was 2 or 3 and she really enjoyed it. Especially since when you put the number back in it’s spot it actually talks. Where it has really amazed me is with my 18 month old. He absolutely adored this puzzle and was able to count to 10 by around 14 or 15 months and able to put them all in their correct spots. Now he’s gotten to 11 and 12 and can say some of the higher numbers although he still sometimes gets confused and will say “one one” or “one two”. My parents were so impressed by how much this puzzle helped that they bought him the alphabet version and my son quickly took to it as well. He knows most of his alphabet now and I credit that mostly to the sight words dvd and my father working with him playing with these two puzzles.
No matter how many times I put these puzzles away in the toy closet my son always pulls them out to keep them on his table and constantly brings me various letters to tell me what they are. He also points out various letters on the covers of books I am reading or in the newspaper. In general I love Melissa and Doug puzzles but if you have to pick just one or two I would definitely suggest these two.
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