The Large Fulanitos Puzzle Review

10 December 2012

When I first received the Fulanitos 48 piece puzzles for review I wasn’t sure what age group they belonged to. There is no guideline on the box and the size of the puzzle pieces is misleading. They are quite big and chunky and I assumed they would be for a child aged three or four, however, they are a great Christmas gift for the older kids too, and here’s why…

The Fulanitos giant 48 piece puzzle sets are just that – giant. They cover quite a large floor area which means lots of crawling around to insert the various pieces into their relevant slots. This is why the puzzle can be enjoyed by children aged five and six as well as three and four – the spread of the puzzle. It is engaging for all age groups if not as challenging for the older ones.

The puzzles themselves come in two flavours – Fulanitos Playhouse and Barbacoa. The first is a very “girly” theme with flowers and flower pot hats and blue skies and frills. The second is pirates with darker colours and a mad monkey pirate captain. Both have really unique artwork and imagery that I really liked. They are not your boring and typical puzzles in terms of design at all.

The quality of the puzzle pieces is high. They are not thick board, though, but rather a compromise between the thickness of the adult puzzle piece and that of the children’s puzzle piece. That means they will bend when subjected to me twisting and pulling them, but they don’t break very easily which is a bonus. They won’t survive being eaten by younger kids though.

The Fulanitos puzzles are both £8.50 which is a middling price for a puzzle. I give this a level 8/10 as it is good quality, has unusual designs, is enormous, and would make a lovely Christmas gift from a grandparent or relative. The down sides are the lack of age group guidance and the price.


  • fulanitos
    Thank you very much for such a good review of the Fulanitos puzzles. As a result of your excellent comments I will have some age range stickers put on all the boxes of our puzzles and some of our other products, and we will make sure we specify the age range on the web site. Martyn, Fulanitos UK
  • spiraller
    So,what exactly are these made from if they aren't made from board? And is the surface laminate, wipe clean, or just glued down paper? Exactly how big are they (no good if they are too big for a small bedroom or floor space)? And why do they make a good present from a grandparent or relative specifically? Lots of unanswered questions on this review.
  • LynleyOram
    Tamsin doesn't say they're not made of board - but that the board isn't thick. It is somewhere between the thickness of an adult piece and that of a child's piece. As she says, that means they will bend easily. Good point about whether they're wipe clean or not. Since she makes it clear that they're the same as normal puzzle pieces in build, they're probably wipe clean like a normal puzzle piece too but won't take a soaking. I'll leave it to Tamsin to clarify that one though. Sometimes we need to be pulled up a bit on 'jargon'. Especially for new readers. But I would have thought the relative or grandparent comment to speak for itself. Obviously not (which is why feedback is always good). Relatives or family friends don't always know exactly what a child is into, such as dinosaurs or Peppa Pig. So a gift like this is one that generally has a wide appeal and is something that parents probably won't get themselves (being more tied to a child's Santa list than other family members). Kind of hard to get all that in a review when you're restricted on word count. Hope that helps?
  • spiraller
    I've never had a wipe clean cardboard anything but there you go (even to the point that I bought some incredibly shoddy Wilko's placemats last week... cardboard... you would think wipe clean as they're placemats but no)! I don't agree at all that the 'relative or grandparent' comment speaks for itself. To me that read as something gentle and old fashioned. Your interpretation therefore proves the point. A relative or Grandparent should be in more of a position to chose an appropriate gift to the child in question, a friend or playschool acquiantance less so. Is a jigsaw of universal appeal? As a teacher I would say that the skills required for something like this are primarily developmental at a childs' own rate, so this gift would be appropriate for developing these skills via scaffolding. But no, not all children will respond with interest to a gift that incorporates the specialist skills required here, and lets face it, any parent who has had more than one child will know that they all head in their own developmental directions... some like role play, some choose gender specific toys, some like to construct, and so on... Children develop in so many different directions so it's an educational toy that will not suit all. There are some tried and tested toys of universal appeal but I'm not sure I would ever place a jigsaw in that list. Perhaps a cuddly toy is a safe bet for that Grandparent, Aunt or Uncle who doesn't have a clue about the child. This toy is definately in the educational category, great for developing problem solving, shapes, spatial awareness and symbolic image recognition. I would say that the person buying should have some knowledge of the child and the stage they are at developmentally, before buying. Making it better suited for a parent or a relative who knows the child, or who can ask the parent about interest and suitability. Hope that reply is of interest?
  • LynleyOram
    wow brilliant thank you! What age groups do you normally teach? Good point actually about the educational value. I think you're right, and that's probably what Tamsin intended. Grandparents and close relatives are probably quite keen on educational toys - at least they are in my experience. My son never got jigsaw puzzles. So I would never have brought them for him, as money is limited. But family did buy them, and it was really good to have the jigsaws around for those rare occasions when he did actually take an interest. Edited to say: that is totally bizarre about the place mats! What is the point of that then?
  • spiraller
    Particularly 2-3 transition at primary level, 3,4 and 5 Sciences plus Psychology degree specialism in Child Development Psychology. Currently the proud full time keeper of one toddler to boot, a role commonly known as 'parent', which has no prior training or qualification that is adequate for most moments hehe ;). Way more specialised and multi-skilled than teaching ever was :D
  • LynleyOram
    ha ha yes spot on! My particular favourite is Toddler logic. I sometimes wonder about throwing that at, say, a few academics and seeing if they spot it comes from a 2 year old. Amazing what experts they are at passive resistance too.

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