Wooden Triceratops Dinosaur Puzzle Traditional Cut
What is a traditional cut puzzle? Compared to the Montessori inspired puzzles found here, the traditional cut puzzles bear more resemblance to jigsaw puzzles. Montessori inspired puzzles, also called Nomenclature puzzles, are cut to hilight the “parts of” something. “Nomenclature” means the words, terms or names used to describe something.
Drawing on the Montessori Philosophy
However, the traditional cut wooden Triceratops dinosaur puzzle also draws strongly from the Montessori philosophy. The Montessori method focuses on isolating concepts and directing a child’s attention to one idea at a time. The wooden Triceratops dinosaur puzzle was designed with this in mind. The large Triceratops image is centered, with little distraction in the background, allowing the child to focus on the main subject.
Traditional Cut Pieces
Although this puzzle is described as having traditional cut pieces, there is a twist. The pieces are not exactly typical jigsaw puzzle shapes. Typical jigsaw puzzles have interlocking pieces in a more or less grid-like pattern.
The puzzle pieces in the wooden Triceratops dinosaur puzzle are cut using irregular shapes, with every one being different. Don’t be fooled into thinking the 20 pieces will be a breeze. Unlike typical jigsaw puzzles, there are no edge pieces and no corner pieces. Those pieces are often the ones people like to start with. Every piece in this puzzle is curved, knobbed, wavy or notched. A skeleton of the dinosaur is printed on the base of the puzzle.
What are Figurals?
Looking back in jigsaw puzzle history, “Figurals” or “Whimsies” were recognizable shapes manufacturers cut into their puzzles. These may have been silhouettes of animals or objects.
- Images are silkscreened with water based non toxic paints on Baltic Birch plywood and finished with water based varnish.
- Dimensions approximately 11” x 11”
- No knobs, one puzzle piece has a discreet notch making it easier to lift out the first piece
- A skeleton of the dinosaur is printed on the base of the puzzle.