Melissa & Doug Princess Dress Up Chunky Puzzle Review

Melissa & Doug Princess Dress Up Chunky Puzzle Review -
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Ready to have some fun playing dress up – but the puzzle version? Dress up fun doesn’t just have to be with clothes and accessories that your daughter puts on HERSELF, you know!  Activities like the Melissa & Doug Princess Dress Up Chunky Puzzle that we’re looking at today are also fun for little girls!

Recommended age: 24 months – 4 years.

Pricing: Usually under $20 (pricing fluctuates based on sales)

Star Rating:  A variety of puzzles, all having 4+ stars out of 5 average reviews.

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What Makes Them Great?

Playing Princess Dress Up Puzzles - www.kidslovedressup.comMix & Match Dress Up Puzzles combine all the fun of paper dolls, but the chunky wooden pieces that are great for little fingers! The recessed walls of the puzzle board help the outfit pieces slide into place with ease, giving that wonderful feeling of “success!” to your daughter as she puzzles away.

There are many different combinations on each board, so your little princess can change her little puzzle-princess’ gowns with a quick switch of the tops and bottoms. She’ll have fun trying to figure out her favorite outfit!

All of the pieces are stored right on the board, so it’s easy puzzle-style clean up!

Mix & Match Dress Up Puzzles help develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They are also good for working on matching, color identification, and creativity!

They are great for quiet time play, long car rides, time spent in waiting rooms, etc.

My Review

I think these Melissa & Doug Princess Dress Up Chunky Puzzles are great. My two children, as well as my many nieces and nephews have all loved wooden puzzles, but I must say, by age 4 they are often on to more challenging puzzles and dress up activities than these ones. I’d put the recommended age at 18 months – 3 years old.

I find with wooden puzzles in general, it’s a quick play/figure out, and the game is over for the day. But these “mix and match” puzzles do have more options and possibilities for fun than your regular wooden puzzles – so you will likely find that the fun lasts a bit longer! Depends on your daughter’s creativity and love of princesses and dress up!

As far as “is it worth the price”?  They aren’t all that expensive – under $10. But, even though we have several wooden Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles here, I honestly can’t say as I’ve ever bought any NEW.  I can often find them in great used condition at thrift stores or buy/sell swaps for Moms for just a buck or two.  If I had a big time Princess Lover daughter, I’d be tempted though, especially with Christmas approaching.  In truth though, I don’t… my own daughter would likely prefer “Firefighter Mix & Match Dress Up” these days! 🙂 Who knows when that will change? 😉

I love that these are so brightly colored, very well made (sturdy), and quiet! No noisy play with these!

Have fun princess-puzzling! 🙂 



Check out these posts for some other fun dress up activities!


8 thoughts on “Melissa & Doug Princess Dress Up Chunky Puzzle Review

  1. Patrick Ginise November 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Wow! I am glad I found your site. My 3 year old daughter is such a dress up lover and can’t get enough of changing her dollies clothes. I think this would be the perfect thing for her and now maybe she will want to spend time on these instead of trying to dress up daddy all the time :). I really enjoy your site and will definitely be checking in from time to time for more fun ideas for my daughter and myself. Keep up the great work!


    • Marlaine November 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Patrick! Glad you enjoyed stopping by! I have a 3 year old daughter too and I have learned not to show her too many pics of fun dress up activities like these (or awesome costume stuff) if I don’t want to be hearing “Mommy, I can have that?” all day LOL. But, Christmas is coming, right? 😉

  2. Michel November 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    You are right about those dress up puzzles being great toys. I remember my little girl used to love them. Better still though is that they are sturdier than paper dolls, so they last a lot longer.

    Ours was still in very good nick when we handed it down to her younger cousin.

    • Marlaine November 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      I’m always amazed at how well they hold up, quality wise. Melissa & Doug puzzles are great!

  3. James Harvey January 25, 2017 at 8:06 am

    This is a very cool item and I’m sure my little girl would absolutely love it. I like that it has wooden pieces and is not to complicated for kids. I will invest into at least two of these in the near future for sure. Especially with a few birthdays coming around next month.

    Can you only buy these on Amazon or can you get them else where also?

    • Marlaine January 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Melissa and Doug gear is becoming very well known all over, I believe! I’m in Canada, so it might not be the same where you are, but I’ve found it in Walmart, ToysRUs, and other big department stores too. Good luck!

  4. EricaCrystal May 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Oooo, I’m glad I’ve found your site too! These are perfect for my little girl, who’s actually only 14 months, but I think these would be good for her now… I used to love my old paper dress up dolls, ah memories 🙂 I haven’t seen them here in Australia, so I’ll check Toysrus, like your comment – otherwise, I’ll have to grab from Amazon. Thank you for reviewing these, Marlaine.

    • Marlaine May 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Erica,

      Thanks so much for commenting! I love these stickers – and I hope you can find them closer by for your daughter (unfortunately shipping from the US to Australia isn’t always great, cost-wise! Maybe Amazon Australia has them?)

      My kids at 14 months already liked the animals one (Habitats?) – they popped them all over our windows, mirrors, etc. I love how they aren’t easily rip-able either – great for little ones!

      Have a lovely day!


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