My 2 year old had a lot of trouble with this puzzle. We had to save it until closer to the third birthday. However, this is an awesome first spatial logic puzzle for older toddlers or young preschoolers.
Product: Bunny Peek a Boo
Recommended Age Range: 3 to 5 years
Price Range: $23 to $27
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Comments: Bunny Peek a Boo is literally the only hands-on, visual, “challenge” game I could find supposedly suitable for 2 year olds (so if anyone knows of more, please let me know). However, in my experience, this game is not actually suitable for 2 year olds. I really think the box should say 3 and up, because while my 2 year old did enjoy playing with the bunny and his “house” while 2, she was not able to do even the first card until shortly after her third birthday. (A friend’s 2 year old also did not seem anywhere near ready for this game, so I don’t think my daughter is just abnormally slow.) I can understand why the makers of this game might think it would be suitable for a 2 year old, because the fact that my daughter struggled at all was a shock to me. (Like the time I tried to explain what a rhyme was to my first child when he was a preschooler and he just. didn’t. get it.) Basically, all the child needs to do is look at a picture (for example of the bunny sitting on a block) and try to replicate the picture using the actual wooden pieces. It should be straightforward, right? Except, for a 2 year old, it’s just not. (Or at least it wasn’t for my 2 year old).
Despite the fact that I was not able to use this game with my daughter for over a year after purchasing it, I still think it is a wonderful toy. I love logic puzzles and anything that will make my kids use their brains in new and unfamiliar ways. I frequently set up “challenges” for my oldest child, now 5, such as Rush Hour Jr. (my current favorite), so that when he’s bored or he and his 3 year old sister start bickering, I can distract him with something that he thinks is fun and that holds his attention. However, for over a year, I’ve been struggling to find an equivalent challenge for my 3 year old. While I have a wide variety of activities for my 5 year old, really the only successful independent challenging activity I found for my daughter while she was 2 was puzzles. I’m so excited that my daughter now understands the concept of Bunny Peek A Boo.
I should point out that even though she can now do the first several puzzles on her own, this game is still challenging for her. She frequently makes small mistakes and has to make a concentrated effort to find the detail she missed. It makes me so happy to watch her working so hard. As a female engineer in a male dominated field, I know how valuable this game will be to her spatial skills as she gets older. She still loves playing with dolls and other girlie toys, but if I can sneak in a few Legos and other spatial toys here and there, I definitely think she’ll benefit from the exposure.
maryanne @ mama smiles
Thanks for this review! I was looking at this toy a week or so ago, but I have never seen it in real life so it is really useful to hear your experience with it. I actually love that they made the toy safe for two-year-olds, even if they can’t complete the tasks.
That’s a very good point. With three kids, it’s so hard for me to keep my older kids’ stuff away from my toddler that I don’t even really think about the safety related age guidelines anymore. If I can keep all the Legos and Barbie shoes in our house out of my toddler’s mouth, it’s been a good day. :)