Updated: Jun 27
Dr. Livingston's Anatomy Jigsaw Puzzle the Human Right Arm is part of a seven piece set. This is another great item curated from Timberdoodle Co. I received Dr. Livingston's Right Arm Puzzle from Timberdoodle Co in exchange for my fair and honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, just my honest opinion. This puzzle is recommended for ages 14 and up. I used this puzzle with my 13 year old rising 8th grader and 10 year old rising 5th grader.
I was very excited about receiving the anatomy puzzle since we plan on studying human anatomy for science next year and thought this would be the perfect item to add to our curriculum to help with our studies. I was not disappointed. This puzzle illustrated by Mesa Schumacher whom is a certified medical illustrator and is 100% medically accurate. This would make a magnificent addition to any human anatomy study.
I just loved the box design. I was really blown away at the details even before I opened the box. When we first looked at the box my kids thought it was a really thick book. They were so excited to learn it was a puzzle. The box is very sturdy and has a magnetic latch for closing. Once we opened I could not believe the amount of things my kids were going to be able to learn and label on the arm from a puzzle. The picture inside the lid of the box is stunningly detailed and very clearly labeled. My mother in law whom is a nurse said this was a better image than many of those in her nursing books. All the pieces fit nicely inside the box and the magnetic latch ensures the pieces stay securely inside so you won't lose pieces.
The Puzzle Pieces
We really couldn't wait to start putting this together and was quite impressed in the detail of the puzzle pieces. In my experience when you get close to 500 pieces, the details on each piece is very lacking. That was not the case in this puzzle all the pieces are nice and large and very detailed. I mean you can see the grains of the muscles and the strands of the tendons. I liked that the puzzle pieces are nice and large so younger siblings or older relatives can join in the fun. Assembled it measured 52 in long and between 6in at narrowest and 8in at widest points. It's about twice the size of its real human body part.
Putting The Puzzle Together
Separating the edges was probably the easiest part. While some pieces were a little more difficult to distinguish as edges that was the simplest part of assembling the puzzle. The small picture made it a little more difficult to assemble. While very well detailed it was still quite difficult to assemble. It took us a few days working on it a little at a time. My 10 year old daughter was easily able to join in on the fun but, I feel it would be to hard for kids any younger than her. We appreciated how well the pieces interlock with each other when shifting the puzzle down to work on it it slid a little off the edge of the table and didn't fall apart. Talk about a sigh of relief. We liked the size and shapes of the pieces. Some of those more difficult areas (the muscles) were made a tad easier when we were looking for a unique shape.
While I was disappointed with the fact the image you have to help you assemble the puzzle is the image inside the lid of the box. It would be nice to have a larger imagine perhaps a large picture that was foldable that could be put inside the box. I feel it would make it easier to assemble.
Overall we were quite pleased with this puzzle. The immense size really helps to show the details of the muscles, tendons, and nerves. No picture in a textbook can rival the detail in this completed puzzle. I feel this is a perfect addition to anyone studying human anatomy or even medical students could make great use when studying. We give the Dr. Livingston Human Anatomy Puzzle The Human Right Arm two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
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