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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2010
Great quality jigsaw. It's a large puzzle so it needs a little bit of space but the big pieces are easier for small hands. My 3 and a half year old loves this. It's a beautiful image with enough detail to talk about individual planets without being overwhelming. There are also some nice details that can be good for leading off into further discussion for older children - an asteroid belt, comet, spiral galaxy, nebula, the fact that the earth is part in shadow so you can discuss why we have day/night etc. We combined it with a couple of the Usborne beginner books (Sun, Moon and Stars and The Solar System) which complemented it well. Very pleased with this purchase.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2009
another great purchase from melissa and doug , great quality ,good price and different to anything else seen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2011
I bought this for my five year old son who is interested in the planets. He was very pleased with it although he needed some help to do it. I bought the same puzzle to give to his friends as birthday presents and one of the mums made a point of coming to thank me for it because her son loved it so much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2012
The puzzle arrived within the time limit and it is brilliant. My only complaint is that I expected to be sent the one with the names of the planets printed on it but this one didn't have them on. It was still Melissa and Doug but in a different box from the one advertised.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I am much more impressed with this type of jigsaw from this brand than the wooden ones. This is big and chunky and well made. Brilliant and my little one can learn about the solar system too.

Colours are fab and its a big floor puzzle that is well loved already!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2013
I have to say that this is the best Solar system themed puzzle that you can buy right now. Make sure that you don`t forget that this is a "floor" puzzle, so it will be a bit bigger than your average 48 piece.

I bought this for my son who loves astronomy and is really into the wonders of the universe app (2.5 years old) and he absolutely loves it. The names for the planets are on an attached sheet for reference in case you are not familiar with them and let me just say that I don`t agree with some other reviewers in that it should be printed on the puzzle. The last thing I want is the word "Mercury" blocking the image of the actual planet on a product that is aimed at kids who cannot or can just barely read letters of the alphabet.

As a parent I have to tell you that the biggest bonus this puzzle gives is that it is trying to be as factually accurate much as it possibly can:

- all the celestial bodies are roughly to scale (I say roughly, because you will never see an enjoyable image with the size of the Sun and planets to scale as the planets would appear as dots).

- the image includes the (inner) asteroid belt, and it is accurately located between Mars and Jupiter

- the stars are not plain white but between blue and red, just like real stars when watched through a telescope due to surface temperature differences

- contains the bigger moons of the bigger planets

- does not list Pluto as a planet (as it shouldn`t)

So all in all accuracy is the biggest plus for me as I would just hate to teach something to my kid and have to explain a couple of years later that some of the things I thought him were lies. If you think alike and your kid is into astronomy buy it, you are not going to regret it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2011
My 3 year old got this puzzle for Christmas. It is alittle old for him but when we make it together he really enjoys doing it.
The picture is fantastic, very realistic and the quality is great. Big fan of Melissa and Doug products and this didn't disapoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2013
This is my most recent Melissa and Doug - I'm afraid I am hooked on their puzzles! This one is very strong and well made - the colours are wonderful. Inside the box there is a printed sheet of the puzzle with the names of the planets clearly printed - so the educational value is there as well as the entertainment fun! My Grandson aged 6 really enjoyed building the puzzle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
The puzzle is quite large and does require a decent amount of floor space to put together. The pieces are also quite large which helps little hands to be able to do it for themselves. Both my children (4&2) love this jigsaw, the eldest is able to complete it by herself and the youngest only requires a little help. The picture is different to a lot of other jigsaws and there is a piece of paper in the box with another copy on the picture on with each planet numbered and then a key detailing which number is which planet. It has been played with everyday since it arrived and is both fun and educational.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2010
I bought this puzzle for my 5 yr old who is interested in SPACE/PLANETS. It was a joy watching him opening the box. His face lit up and had a beaming smile. Loved it so much. It is indeed a very impressive puzzle and educational too. Highly recommended!!!
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