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Induction Certificate Number:   74020110121-475
Induction Date:   January 21, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction
MSRP:   $13.99 USD
Company URL:  http://www.HABAusa.com
Rating: 

HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  01/21/2011

HABA Puzzles for little hands. These sets of puzzles include 6 puzzles with 2, 3, and 4 pieces. Perfect for the beginning puzzler! Contains solid easy to place pieces with a wooden figure for creative play with the pieces!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Puzzles / Brainteasers 2009 Consumer/Education 2+ Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Age Compatibility Content Quality funQuotient™ Individual Skill Improvement Marketability Overall Visual Appeal
5 4.5 5 4.5 5 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                        





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 



Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

  
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
4010168032788 3278Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
Germany

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about..

Image of the HABA Little Hands Animal Puzzles box.
HABA is continuing to deliver the quality products they are so well known for with this incredible set of three different "Little Hands" puzzles. As stated in the introduction, these sets of puzzles designed for little hands include 6 puzzles with 2, 3, and 4 pieces in each set. Perfect for the beginning puzzler! Contains solid easy to place pieces with a wooden figure for creative play with the pieces!

Who would ever imagine such a small box of puzzle pieces could possibly be so effective in their contribution to active Play, or better yet safePlay™ and education simultaneously! HABA's Little Hand Puzzles has taken the idea of the puzzles one step further with three different theme sets, Animals, Construction, and Farm.

One of our independent evaluators in her evaluation of the HABA Little Hands Puzzles made a statement which we sum up how powerful these puzzles can be for a child. "These three puzzle sets have been designed for toddlers to be able to have safe recreational activity and developmental play. This enables a mother or teacher to have confidence not only in the realms of safety but in the knowledge of an immense contribution to critical skill development as well."
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

Image of the HABA Little Hands Animal Puzzles box.

HABA has demonstrated their amazing skill at putting the right elements together to take something so simple and turn it into a masterpiece. There is a constant battle of need for educational development and fine motor skill development.  These puzzles work so perfectly to fulfill the need in both of these arenas.

Important needs are unquestionably met with this group of products.  "In addition to the obvious benefits these products provide for a child, they serve as an important element in educational development. With the need to identify as well as group colors and shapes, a child learns relational concepts with a significant influence on fine motor skill development."


Mom's and Dad's will find it so hard to imagine seeing their toddler so engrossed in playing with a product for such an extended period of time, with no sign of ceasing soon to be apparent.  For a number of the children in the limited clinical study by one of our independent evaluators, these three products were of higher preference over the rest of the group of toys, puzzles, blocks, and drawing books.  It was so clear to see how HABA has yet again created an award winning group of products that are a sure sell to parents and buyers.
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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


Image of the various HABA Little Hands Puzzles products.
Independent Evaluators - Initial Report Outline
PRODUCT | SERVICE: HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction

MEDIA PLATFORM:
MEDIA CONTRIBUTION:
TARGET AGE GROUP:
Recreational Puzzle and Character
Fine Skill, Self-Supportive Play & Sensory Development
2 years +





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, Ph.D., M.S.
Recreational Therapist and Director of Autistic Health Studies

"The age group for which the Haba puzzles products are designed is a time in which the toddler is most impressionable.  The combination of cardboard puzzle pieces and wood character provide a wonderful stimulus for a wider range of critical skill development. "

"It is of the utmost priority for parents to realize that the time they share with their child at this stage has a critical impact on their behavioral development that will influence them the rest of their life.  The Haba puzzles provides the perfect conduit to enable parents to interact with their toddlers.  This plays a significant role in the development of their psycho-social development which is so vital for communication on multiple levels". 

"For toddlers, their primary method of communication is through their emotional responses demonstrated through their body language and actions such as laughing.  These puzzles and characters break the limitations of a circumscribed source of stimulation. The variety of colors, shapes, and textures encourage extended periods of recreational play.  This in turn creates positive emotional response which serves as a successful catalyst for accelerated skill development."

"These three puzzle sets have been designed for toddlers to be able to have safe recreational activity and developmental play. This enables a mother or teacher to have confidence not only in the realms of safety but in the knowledge of an immense contribution to critical skill development as well.
"

Behavior Change Communications Specialist, Ph.D. MEd.
Professor and Field Services Team Leader in Behavioral Analysis

"The HABA Little Hands Puzzles are an excellent home or school aid designed to stimulate and teach creative problem solving for pre-school age children.  With the use structure of the puzzles, children are not only occupied in a activity, but remain active in a productive activity.  This activity lays the groundwork or builds upon prior ground work established for learning with a try and fail method with no negative repercussions. This is especially useful in the development of psychosocial skill development from interaction during use of the puzzle sets.

Whether the puzzles are being used in the pre-school classroom or at home, the HABA Little Hands Puzzles encourage a child to expand their thoughts, to desire to learn more.  Self-confidence is developed along with greater development of fine motor skills.  A child can become comfortable with themselves with no concern or fear of not meeting specific standards or requirements.  As experience with the puzzles progresses, they develop greater skills in how to ask a question, or petition for a specific result."

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* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member, division of, or Epiphany Communications itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

Image of the HABA Little Hands Puzzles - Farm box.

The HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction were so enjoyable to work with for our spontaneous hands-on evaluation we performed in Santa Barbara, Ca. At a local tourist area and a private pre-school we had an experience of laughter and even tears of joy. 

The #1 comment amongst the women during the hands-on evaluation of the many products "Oh, how cute!" Literally every time we heard that comment it was associated with a child completing one of the HABA puzzles or body language conveyed from a child.


The most often discussed topic about the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction was its application in relation to education.  The second most popular was how children who normally spent little time with their toys were completely enthralled with the puzzles and the "cute wooden characters" that the children were incorporating into their make-believe scenario their minds were creating.

When it came time to go over our feedback forms and all of the video tapes, it was a cinch to see that the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products were a sure win with the consumers.  The end result showed that the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction ranked as #3 in the top 3 favorite products the consumers were evaluating.  We obviously had yet another set of award winning products from HABA to pass this segment of our evaluation.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings". To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

AGE COMPATIBILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In the evaluation category of AGE COMPATIBILITY, the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products were on the money as far as consistency.  The group of products were all independent lab tested for age compatibility with lab results verified. The age compatibility matches specific standards set forth by the U.S. government, CE, and other standards. This was especially applicable in relation to educational perspective.

The HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products took the prize in this evaluation category of AGE COMPATIBILITY with a perfect score of [5 Stars].

CONTENT QUALITY: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

CONTENT QUALITY runs a fine line for definition here.  Taking the puzzle pieces, wood character, and all contents that come with each themed product, the content quality was superb.  Colorful and detailed pieces within each themed set of puzzles were of the finest quality, crisp and easily identified.  Each puzzle piece is well crafted with a design quality that makes them suitable to withstand the wear and tear which is so common with children of this age group in their play with products of this type.

The content of HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction contributes substantially to educational and developmental skills. In the final steps of evaluation for this category to establish an accurate rating score, the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction puzzle products pulled an excellent score of [4.5 Stars] in this category for CONTENT QUALITY.

funQUOTIENT™ : Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The level of funQuotient™ with the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction is nothing short of astronomical to kids. In every segment of our evaluation of the products in the category, smiles, giggles, and laughs were aplenty.  It was so amazing to see children having such an incredible time of fun and frolic as they explored each puzzle and the character with the themed set they had.

The HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products featured here made it through our evaluation with the highest level of value and importance in this evaluation category. There was plenty of funQuotient™ and the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products came through in this category with a perfect score of [5 Stars].

SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

SKILL IMPROVEMENT? The HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction were at the top of their game in this category. The determination of the level of skill improvement gained from these products was impressive. The HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products create a substantial level of improvement with cognitive, sensory, and fine motor skill development.

The strong level of play and skill development with the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction was easily established and clearly validated. The products deliver a catalyst that  serves as a strong catalyst to encourage children to explore their creative capabilities.

One of our independent evaluators who is a recreational therapist and Director of Autistic Health Studies cited: "These puzzles and characters break the limitations of a circumscribed source of stimulation. The variety of colors, shapes, and textures encourage extended periods of recreational play.  This in turn creates positive emotional response which serves as a successful catalyst for accelerated skill development."

In our final steps of developing the accurate evaluation rating for the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products we found the products to be exceptional in their contribution to skill development yet just not enough to pull a perfect score. The HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm products rolled on through with a score of [4.5 Stars] for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Determining the rating for MARKETABILITY with the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction themed products was of no real challenge.  Just as with all of the previous HABA products that passed our evaluation in this category, when you take into consideration the quality, functionality, level of contribution to skill development and entertainment value of the products, pulling a high score in marketability is to be expected.

When you add the multiple HABA products that have made it through our strict evaluation in the past, the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products obtaining a perfect score of [5 Stars] for MARKETABILITY should be of no surprise.

OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction pulled the stops out when it comes to OVERALL VISUAL APEAL.  The products each have their own unique visual characteristics that gives them an overwhelming level of visual appeal.  The retail buyer will find the HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction literally irresistible with such an overall level of visual appeal.  The HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction products pull perfect score of [5 Stars] in this evaluation category for visual appeal.
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