Melissa & Doug USA Map Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Melissa & Doug USA Map Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
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|CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.|
This colorful wooden puzzle helps children develop matching, memory and motor skills while they learn about United States geography. The USA Map Puzzle features one puzzle piece for each of the 50 states; state names and nicknames are emblazoned on the front, while state population, motto, size, capital and year of statehood are featured on the back. Fun illustrations of American icons like the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge make this a winning choice. 2lbs. 18-1/4L x 11-1/2W x 1/2D".
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|Product Length:||0.75 inches|
|Product Width:||11.5 inches|
|Product Height:||18.12 inches|
|Product Weight:||1.86 pounds|
|Package Length:||18.1 inches|
|Package Width:||11.6 inches|
|Package Height:||0.5 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.85 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 59 reviews|
For ages 5 and above
Dimensions: 12 x 18 in.
Wood pieces shaped like each state
Each piece features state nicknames on front
State population, motto, size, capital and year of statehood featured on back
|Average Customer Review: ( 59 customer reviews )
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86 of 89 found the following review helpful:
Great Educational Toy! Jun 18, 2001
By M. Mikeska
I bought this for my son's 5th Birthday and he loves it! He wants to put it together every single day and is getting better and better at recognizing the states' names and their geographical locations. Next up...the capitals! I recommend this to all parents concerned that their children aren't learning US geography as they should. And I confess that this puzzle has certainly helped refresh my memory of the states and their capitals, too.
96 of 103 found the following review helpful:
Not so deluxe May 01, 2006
By Faye Ku
"I cook by the book"
The only thing deluxe about this puzzle is the fact that it's made of heavy duty wood, so it's very durable. My son has had this puzzle since he was 3, and he is still enjoying it at age 5. He likes it very much and has learned a lot about states from using it. However, I think any states puzzle would be educational and fun. A person should rate the puzzle against other similar toys, and this one could use a lot of improvement.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the shape of Michigan (and Maryland) is cut wrong, many New England states are bunched together into big clumps, all I'm assuming so that the puzzle is easier for little tykes. The capitals are only shown under the pieces. They chose to put the nicknames of the states on the front of the pieces instead, and only some of the states merited a picture of something associated with that state. Many have no picture at all, or in the case of Hawaii, the picture actually obscures the shape of the islands that make up that state. The bold black outlines of each state just make for ambiguous or even inaccurate borders and no way to see which borders are actually natural boundaries like rivers. I find myself wishing I still had my little cardboard puzzle from my childhood, which had more accurate rendering of all the political boundaries, each state cut out separately, and all capitals located on the front of each piece with its star in the right location. I'm looking forward to when my son will graduate to a big boy states puzzle.
46 of 48 found the following review helpful:
Sparks interest in geography Dec 12, 2001
I bought this for my daughter two years ago, when she turned 5-years-old. Within a week, she knew her states and capitols. What a great learning tool. She was the only student in her Kindergarten class who knew her capitols - not because we drilled her with them, but because she couldn't get enough of this puzzle! She is the oldest of my 3 children, and her siblings, ages 5 and 3, are both learning states, too. It is a good, solid, learning piece, that doesn't rely on a bunch of bells and whistles to keep kids interested. Best of all, it may be the only puzzle my kids have loved enough to make sure they never lose a piece!!! It's probably the best toy I've ever bought my children, and has withstood the test of time. I highly recommend it.
51 of 56 found the following review helpful:
Excellent puzzle Nov 16, 2000
My five year old boys received this puzzle for their birthday. They have really enjoyed putting it together and have even learned several of the states. It's a great educational tool and is very well made. It is something they will use for a long time.
37 of 41 found the following review helpful:
USA Puzzle - only ok Jan 16, 2003
This was just ok. I was disappointed that several states' shapes are not correctly represented and the New England States do not have separate pieces.
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