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Details: “BeginAgain was founded on the principles, ideas, and inventions of Benjamin Barlowe, an early 20th century inventor from Fort Collins. Ben’s fantastic tales and astute observations of his grandchildren, Zadie and Fuller, are the inspiration behind our products. His archive overflows with tinkered toys, playful mechanisms, and incredible stories filled with nostalgia, history, and lessons on how things used to be.
Created by toymakers David Bowen and Chris Clemmer–two of the co-founders of Sprig Toys–BeginAgain is focused on thoughtful product design and imaginative storytelling for today’s kids. It is our goal to inspire children with stories of invention, adventure, and good old-fashioned fun. BeginAgain toys teach through play and nurture the development of the whole child.”
In simple words? They make beautiful toys that will inspire while withstanding the test of time!
Dino Skeleton Tyrannosaurus: T-Rex is king–inside and out! This chunky, double-sided Tyrannosaurus puzzle has the dino’s bone structure on one side and friendly features on the other side. More puzzle pieces set the scene, teach the dinosaur’s name and hold the dino in place within the included storage/display box. Made from eco-friendly rubber wood with child-safe stains, this 19-piece puzzle develops fine motor and problem-solving skills while pleasing little dinosaur devotees. Regularly sells for $30.00.
Personal Experience: I have worked with BeginAgain toys before and was very impressed with the quality of their toys, so I jumped at the chance to try out one of their new Dino Skeleton Puzzles. BeginAgain offered me my choice of dino in exchange for my review. I chose the king of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex.
I knew the moment I opened the package that this toy boasted the same great quality I had already come to expect from BeginAgain. Even their packaging is simple yet beautiful with striking maroon and craft paper styling… making each item worthy of gifting.
It seems like a very simple toy and a remarkably easy puzzle at first glance, but looks can be deceiving! You get two puzzles in one. One side of the puzzle has Tyrannosaurus in skeleton form, but you can also flip the puzzle pieces over for a second puzzle featuring the popular dino. The entire background surrounding the Tyrannosaurus is also part of the puzzle. The double-sided puzzle pieces added an extra level of challenge to solving the puzzle… especially since the greenery of the background is very similar on each side. It doesn’t surprise me to learn that the age rating on this puzzle is 5 and up.
The puzzle itself is well-constructed from quality wooden pieces. BeginAgain uses wood stains that are non-toxic and kid-friendly, so you can feel safe letting your child play with them. The soft colors are very pleasing to the eye and give the puzzle a very classic look. The pieces are thick and sturdy. They are large enough to be easily handled by little hands, but sall enough to keep the puzzle challenging. The smile on the Tyrannosaurus’ face is adorable, too!
I love toys that can withstand the test of time while remaining relevant to the day’s children. BeginAgain offers whole line of such toys. This is a piece you could save for your grandchildren and it will be just as cherished as similar toys would have been many years ago.
Pros: Beautiful, classic toy that is built to last for many years. Educational and surprisingly challenging. Great gift for the kindergarten to early elementary set. Eco-friendly construction with non-toxic stain.
Cons: You pay a pretty penny for the quality.
Also available at Whole Foods stores!