Animal Puzzles: Alligator, Frog, & Shark

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Here we have a group of wooden puzzles: an alligator, a frog, a shark, oh my! All of these items can be assembled laying flat, but can also stand freely. Additionally, because the way the pieces of these wooden animal puzzles interlock, they can be picked up and held in the upright position without falling apart. Probably the most difficult to assemble is the alligator, which is why we recommend this puzzle pack for children ages 5 and up. This is not easy for me to admit, but after sanding he alligator puzzle is the one that took me the longest to put back together because two of the pieces were flipped wrong-side up.The smallest pieces are about an inch long, so just be aware there is a chance of choking if your children try to eat their wooden puzzles. Otherwise these wooden puzzles, unpainted and unfinished, are completely natural and environmentally friendly. We know this set would probably appeal to boys more than girls, which is why we are hoping to get another wooden puzzle set up here geared more towards things girls would like too. Looking to buy? Click here.

Materials: alligator and shark are unfinished poplar; the frog is cypress

Dimensions: Alligator H=3″ L=11″ W=1/2″, Frog H=4″ L=7″ W=1/2″, Shark H=3 1/2″ L=8 1/2″ W=1/2″

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Dinosaur Puzzle

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What is better than a dinosaur puzzle? Not much. This thing is enamoring. I have already torn it all apart and put it back together about five times just today. I slide the little wooden dinos back and forth in their allotted slots on the base. I have the T-Rex eat the Longneck (yes i know, land before time!) while the Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Dimetrodon look on sympathetically. Probably would recommend this wooden dinosaur puzzle for children ages 5+, and by children I mean that loosely because adults can enjoy it just as much. We actually auctioned one of these babies off at a family carnival last year in exchange for the tickets they won at the games. On little nephew put in all, and I mean every last one, of his tickets. Needless to say he is now the proud owner and still shares, but only just, with his siblings. A unique piece is this here wooden dinosaur puzzle. Unique indeed.

Materials: pieces are of poplar and cyprus while the base is oak

Back and Forth Wooden Marble Run

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It can be funny how the simplest forms of entertainment will occupy extensive amounts of time, especially for children. Both Spencer and I remember how we could spend hours playing with even the most basic marble runs while growing up. We would race marbles against our friends, send them along down the wooden track in an unending train, and even change up the timing and rhythm of the drops. Down, down, down, the rainbow of marbles would go; back and forth, back and forth. Even the simplest of tracks would entertain us. While talking with friends they said much the same thing. So this fascination with marble runs is what spurred this wood project.

Materials: Unfinished poplar and mahogany.

Dimensions: H=13″ L=14.5″ W=6.75″