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This puzzle is a variation on another forest themed puzzle. The top layer in this puzzle is a stand of birch trees. If you are interested in the puzzle with a blossoming cherry tree please see other listing. https://www.etsy.com/listing/75135957/two-layer-wooden-tray-puzzle-on-the

I've often found myself on the edge of the forest wondering where all of the animals are. It's rare that you peer into a forest and see it teeming with wildlife. I tried to capture that here while still having the animals visible if you know where to look.

This puzzle is packed with specific kinds of flora and fauna. On the bottom layer you will find a massive oak and a sprawling chestnut, a red fox, a moose, two gray squirrels, a red-tailed hawk and a pileated woodpecker.

The top layer has a butterfly, a stand of birches and a pine tree.

I have tried to make the animals and trees in this puzzle as accurate as possible so that this puzzle might serve as an educational tool as well as a toy.

The puzzle tray is about ten by twelve inches. The moose is approximately six inches across and five inches tall and the cherry blossoms are about the size of my thumbnail. There are small parts in the puzzle and pieces that could break if not handled properly. I do not recommend this puzzle for children under five.


A new take on the tray puzzle! Two layer puzzles offer all of the educational benefits that a single layer puzzle does: hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, tactile appreciation, problem solving and patience. Two layer puzzles take the educational aspect (and fun!) one step further. As the puzzle is completed a dynamic, multi dimensional scene is actually being created by the child. In the design of each I strive to make each layer interact with the other so that it is not simply two puzzles on top of each other. The clownfish are actually surrounded by the sea anemone, the treasure is buried, the baby cheetahs are hiding in the grass and you look through the cherry tree to see the squirrels playing in the oak. Rather than a picture or an image, in which pieces only interact with and inform those next to them, a child working on one of my puzzles is developing a scene that is dependent on visualizing two layers simultaneously.

An additional benefit to the way I design the puzzles is that each of the animals featured is complete and has all four legs (or fins), rather than just the visible part of the animal. Each animal is cut so that it can be stood up which means that the tray is where you keep them, but the child feels like he or she can play with each of the animals outside of the tray. When a child realizes that something can be used in more than one way and he or she asks the question, "How else can I use this?" the developmental impact is tremendous. It is that kind of early innovative thinking that I am trying to encourage in my own children and the reason I started designing these puzzles.


Please feel free to message me if you'd like to see a puzzle with another theme or different animals. I am happy to work with you to match your child's favorite animal or your nursery theme.

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Two Layer, Wooden Tray Puzzle - On the Forest's Edge (Birch)