Dr. Livingston Anatomy Jigsaw Puzzle the Human Left Leg is part of a seven puzzle set that upon full assembly will make a 10ft tall human replica. This is the sixth of the seven puzzles I will be reviewing. You can read about the first one the human right arm here, the second the human head here, the third the human left arm here, the fourth the human abdomen here, and the fifth the human thorax here.
This is another fantastic learning tool curated by those wonderful people at Timberdoodle Co. I received the Dr. Livingston Puzzle from Timberdoodle Co in exchange for my honest review. I am under no obligation to post a positive review, nor would I ever promote or recommend a product I don't find useful or beneficial to our learning adventure. This puzzle is recommended for ages 14 and up. I used this puzzle with my 13 year old rising 8th grader and my 10 year old rising 5th grader.
We were so excited about getting the chance to review this anatomy puzzle. We plan to study human anatomy for science for school next school year. This seemed like the perfect asset to really enhance our studies. The extra large size and magnificent details really bring the learning to life. The small pictures in science books have absolutely nothing on these elaborately detailed puzzles. This puzzle was illustrated by Mesa Schumacher whom is a certified medical illustrator and is 100% medically accurate. This puzzle is a wonderful addition to any human anatomy study.
The box design is incredibly original. The first time they saw the box they thought it was a really thick book. The realization that it was a puzzle was a very welcome surprise. I just loved how sturdy the box is and how nice that it looks. The magnetic clasps on the side of the box are fantastic. It ensures the lid stays in place and no pieces fall out when grabbed or dropped off of the shelf by eager children. The box truly is pretty enough to set out on display. Once we opened the box we were blown away by all the things we could learn. The picture inside the lid is so incredibly detailed. It's hard to believe the amount of things that are labeled. Every time we looked we noticed a new thing we had overlooked previously. My mother in law is a nurse and said this puzzle was a better image and had greater detail than most of those in her nursing books. The image on the inside of the lid is what you'll use to assemble the puzzle.
The Puzzle Pieces
This like the previous puzzles had such impeccable details. However I'm not sure if it was because this puzzle had more pieces in the same size box or what, but several of the pieces were damaged. Not in unusable condition but it didn't feel like the same quality I had been experiencing before. There were bent pieces and a few were the paperboard appeared to be coming apart like it had been exposed to moisture. I was still extremely happy with the impressive details and large size of the puzzle pieces. This puzzle was over 800 pieces and details were still not compromised with its massive size. The bones, muscles, and veins were so life like. The larger pieces and unique shapes were even more appreciated for this puzzle as it was 50 inches long and there is so much going on the leg. It is so much bigger than its real life body part.
Putting The Puzzle Together
The was the hardest puzzles to put together so far. As stated above the picture inside the lid is incredibly detailed its miniscule size compared to the actual puzzle. It made it harder for some of the smaller areas where you can't see how it all matches up. It took us several days working bits at a time to assemble this puzzle. My 10 year old only helped intermittingly as it was very hard for her. I would say this puzzle it would be better to stick closer to the Z’s recommended age. These pieces did NOT interlock as well as the other puzzles. If moved or slid down several pieces would often break apart until the puzzle was mostly completed. The large size and unique shapes of the pieces really were helpful when assembling places like the muscles and bones that were large and all the same color.
There were only two things I can say negatively about this puzzle. First the image you get to help assist in assembling the puzzle is quite small. Especially when you compare the size of the box to the completed puzzle. I would love for a larger foldable poster size image that could be stored in the box. I really feel a larger image would benefit the assembly process. Second the paperboard for this puzzle did not seem as high quality as the previous puzzles. It was the puzzle pieces themselves not the image on the pieces. We were however very pleased with this puzzle. The size truly brings human anatomy to life. The bones, veins, and muscles were so lifelike. No picture in a textbook can rival this completed puzzle. It truly is a beautiful work of art. I really feel that this is a perfect addition to anyone studying human anatomy. Medical students could even benefit from the use of these puzzles in their studies. We give the Dr. Livingston Human Anatomy Puzzle: The Human Left Leg two enthusiastic thumbs up.
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