ToyDirectory® - Safari Chunky Puzzle from MELISSA & DOUG,
Safari Chunky PuzzleFrom: MELISSA & DOUG
MSRP: $9.99Age Range: 2 and upGender: Boys And Girls
A great beginner's puzzle in a 9” x 12” frame, Melissa & Doug's Safari Chunky Puzzle presents kids with eight whimsical African animals. Each thick wood piece fits neatly into its corresponding place on the panel and sticks up far enough for small fingers to easily grip and pull out. Each animal has its picture in full color underneath to keep matching easy, and the pieces are thick enough to stand up on their own for pretend play outside of the puzzle frame.
― “Melissa & Doug [puzzles] sell two to three a day,” said Sandy Challinor, owner of Owl's Nest Toy Store
in Southlake, Texas, in summer 2010.
― “[Melissa & Doug] is an excellent quality product,” said Diane Sartain, owner of Tutoring Toy
in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June 2010.
― Ten percent of 40 retailers told TDmonthly
during a summer 2010 survey that chunky puzzles from Melissa & Doug are their top-selling puzzles.
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