As one of the top online toy retailers, we have access to unprecendented quantities of product review data. One of the key ways that we use this data is by associating our products to the specific ages and genders of the kids who are playing with them. Whereas most retailers must rely upon manufacturer suggested ages (i.e. 3+), we take actual customer usage and share it with you here so that you can choose the perfect toy or game.
But how does this help me? You can use these graphs as a general measure of it's appropriateness for a given age and gender. While this information is generally accurate, it should not be used as an absolute answer. For instance, many dinosaur toys are purchased for boys, however, that doesn't mean that it's inappropriate for a girl who happens to like dinosaurs.
NOTE: The orange color in the charts above indicate ages that are LESS than the manufacturer suggested age. Please purchase at your discretion if your child is younger than 3 years of age.
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Developmental Delay
"We use the product as intended. Our only need was to make sure that Joseph knew the alphabet. His twin sings as he goes..."A" after Joseph puts down the A and then sings "AB" and Joseph yells "C" and grabs the C, "C is for cow. Moo!" and his twin sings "ABC." They go on until the song is complete. This way, both twins are reinforcing skills and Mom can empty the dishwasher nearby."
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Autism
"Our nephew is moderately autistic. Because of the bright colors, which appeal to him, and the sturdy construction of the puzzle, this will be something Reese will play with a lot. His Mom and Dad work with him all the time. This puzzle will be a great tool for them to use."
My son loves this puzzle. He does it over and over, one time finding pieces by letter and the next finding the pieces by animal. I'm pretty sure that he'll have all of the animals memorized soon. The pieces are easy to get together and the finished puzzle is long.
The product is beautifully illustrated. The pieces could be a little bit thicker. I've found that it is a little to thin for my three year old and will probably end up bending or damaged it in the future. Over all the product is good and a great way to get the train lover interested in learning his alphabet.
Alphabet Train (28 pcs)
Posted 12/5/2013 by captainnip
Bought this for my 3 year old niece and she loves it! She is able to put the pieces together herself and loves to sing the alphabet song and point to each letter. The puzzle is very good quality, bright and sturdy. It is quite long and needs a good hard surface. Carpet doesn't work so well. Great product!
My rating of Alphabet Train (28 pcs)
Posted 3/8/2013 by Erin Wilcox
My 3 year old daughter played with the Melissa and Doug Alphabet Train Puzzle at her friend's house on a play date. She absolutely fell in love with it, so I've been looking for one locally. When I found it at Fat Brain, I HAD TO buy it! I think this is a great purchase because of the construction of the puzzle. It is thicker board, and coated so it can be easily wiped off. It was also a bonus that it was a train with animals on it, as she loves both. It is a sturdy and durable toy that doesn't seem to wear out quickly with constant play and use. I also like that it helps her with her ABC's.
My rating of Alphabet Train (28 pcs)
Posted 2/24/2013 by Cathy
2 yr old grandson loves trains and puzzles and so likes this puzzle a lot. Puzzle is well made with vibrant colors.
I don't like that the animal for x is a fox - kids young enough to play with this won't know that the underlined letter is the one they're supposed to learn/know. The manufacturer used an umbrella for U so why not a xylophone for X? I also think they could've varied the train car types instead of having the same car for every letter.
Some alternate spelling variations of this product:
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