The puzzle is a brightly colored 35 piece tray puzzle with pieces large and thick enough to be easy to handle but not so large that they don't look like jigsaw pieces. The pieces fit together in a tray that has a grey image of the puzzle printed on it and each piece outlined to show its placement, but the real magic is in the color sequencing.
The puzzle pieces come pre-sorted into groups according to their placement on the puzzle – top, side, bottom, etc. Each group of pieces is presented to the person individually. By following the colored clues on the tray and the sequence of steps in the instructions, the person is guided to successfully place the pieces without help. This is repeated for each group until the puzzle is complete. Because the person is generally able to select and place the pieces on their own, they have a great feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment (often accompanied by a big smile).
As the person becomes more proficient, more than one group can be presented at once, making the activity more challenging.
Included in the package is a laminated sheet showing the finished puzzle in full color to use as a guide. Not only are these puzzles colorful and fun to do, they are great conversation starters when selected to match the interests of the person.