Monday, September 12, 2022

Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, By Doron Layeled - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Wooden puzzle 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  3 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Young kids who enjoy fairy tale/ puzzles  

There is something about Doron Layeled puzzles; it’s the joy of simplicity, the wooden material, and touch of nostalgia. This “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” puzzle is another good puzzle selection, perhaps not quite my personal favourite (for reasons I will explain below), but a good one nevertheless. 

Why I love ❤️ this toy: 

(1) Fairy Tale - We love that the puzzle is based on a familiar fairy-tale. The puzzle has 13 removable pieces - Snow White, the evil Queen, the prince riding on a white horse, 7 dwarves, 2 cottages, deer with toadstools. These are fantastic story-telling pieces that appeal instantly to any fairy-tale lovers! 

(2) Chunky Round Knobs - I love puzzle pieces with big round knobs. Young kids can train up their pincer grasp skills. The knobbed puzzles are kids-friendly and easy to be handled by small hands. This is an easy to medium level puzzle challenge, great for young or slightly older kids. 

(3) Wooden Material - I love the wooden material and the very durable (and slightly heavy) base of the puzzle. This puzzle is gigantic, in long rectangular shape, and perhaps a little inconvenient in size. This puzzle is probably more suitable for daycares or schools due to the large size. I love the sturdiness and heirloom quality of this puzzle. 

(4) Colours - The puzzle pieces are bright and colourful. As per usual Doron Layeled style, the illustrations have thick black outline that accentuates the child-like feel of the puzzle! 

(5) Display "Channel" - I Also love the thoughtful “channel” at the bottom of the board where the puzzle pieces can be displayed vertically, perfect for a story-telling session in a creative way! 

Having said that, there are a few things I wish the puzzles could have been designed differently. Firstly, the kids think Snow White looks too much like “Goldilocks”, very different from the “black hair and rosy lips” princess from the popular Disney version. The “queen disguised as old hag” doesn’t look evil enough, and the appearance of the 7 dwarves are too similar to each other (a missed opportunity of creating interesting personalities for the characters). I also think there should be a castle for this puzzle (instead of having 2 mini cottages). 

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