Our little guy is turning two this month. While it’s early to think about homeschooling or even preschool, I’m starting to think along those lines for two reasons:
1) It’s fun. I love educational toys. 🙂
2) We need to watch what we spend, so I’ve been starting to gather items here and there for around a year.
I cut back on work quite a bit when he was born, so we make it work in a variety of ways: buying used items, buying items heavily on sale, using Ibotta for grocery shopping (I hate couponing but love Ibotta), and sometimes, I even pick things up for reviewing on Amazon or this blog. 🙂 In the next few weeks I’ll start to feature some of the items we have acquired for homeschool curriculum for preschool, mostly fun toys that teach, or open-ended things that inspire creativity or critical thinking. As I mentioned, I occasionally find things I can review in exchange for a discount on the item. I saw these great puzzles come up for review and quickly requested them. We love Haba, Hape, and Melissa & Doug in our family, and I figured these would be a lower quality version of those brands. After all, they are half the price.
But I was VERY pleasantly surprised when I realized they are nearly as nice as our Haba and Melissa & Doug brand puzzles/toys, just much cheaper! The paint is nice, not chipped. The edges are rounded and finished well (I actually did a side-by-side comparison with a Haba base vs this puzzle base, and this one was nicer!)
So bottom line: I would actually pay full price for these, knowing that they are a quality item and still cheaper than our favorite brands! I hope my feedback helps you out. 🙂