Monday, 18 March 2019

RAVENSBURGER MY FIRST PUZZLES – MOTHERS AND BABIES

We at Family Clan really do love Ravensburger. Having reviewed a number of their puzzles in the past, each new puzzle that we receive is always fantastic quality and as good as the last.
When asked to review this My First Puzzles – Mothers and Babies puzzle we said yes, as we knew that Jensen would love this!
My First Puzzles – Mothers and Babies from Ravensburger contains 6 different animal puzzles that each have 2 pieces.
Jensen took a big instant liking to these puzzles, although he is nearly one, the puzzle is suited for 18 months. But I know that starting him at this age will do no harm at all and will be great for his development.
The bright colours are a big hit for this age and he couldn’t wait to explore.
Each of these 2-piece puzzles is cut to a unique shape and shows a different mother and her baby.
The “baby” puzzle pieces lift out from their mothers’ tummy area, and can be placed back inside when required, allowing children to match the mother and her baby.
The animals in the puzzles are duck & duckling, cow & calf, dog & puppy, sheep & lamb, cat & kitten, pig & piglet.
The puzzles are made from super-thick, double laminated card and are presented within different coloured frames.
These simple puzzles are ideal for youngsters aged 18 months upwards. Made from strong premium grade cardboard, with linen finish print to minimise glare on puzzle image.
We have reviewed other Ravensburger Jigsaws:

MORE ABOUT RAVENSBURGER

Ravensburger also have over 100 years’ worth of experience in the manufacture of puzzles. Not only do they make the best selection of puzzles, but also pride themselves on having the highest quality.
Individual pieces are stamped with such precision that a quiet “click” can be heard when one piece is inserted in the other – this phenomenon is so unique that they have given it its own name ‘Soft click Technology.’
The puzzles are made using unique punching templates and punching tools, which are hand-crafted with watchmaker precision to ensure the greatest possible accuracy and variety of the puzzle pieces.

OUR THOUGHTS

My First Mothers and Babies Puzzle from Ravensburger is aimed at children aged 18 months and over, Logan has really enjoyed showing Jensen how to do these puzzles and watching them bond together has been lovely.
You can find this puzzle on Amazon.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Gardening World - Spring 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle - REVIEW

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"Sometimes since I've been in the garden I've looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places."
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

I grew up in a big city. We always lived in flats, so having a garden of our own was out of the question. Until I was 14 we lived in a ground floor apartment, with a big yard and a front garden shared by all the flats. My Mum used to plant flowers and shrubs under our windows. I loved the smell of lilac in late spring, wafting in my room, when I was sitting by the window, doing homework.
My Mum has green fingers, and always grows lots of flowers and vegetables on her balcony. And now that we live in a house with a big garden, she loves to visit and work in our garden.
Right now my garden is full of hyacinths of all colours, as planted by Mum last autumn when she stayed with us.

Our garden is beautiful, but not as tidy and orderly as the one in Gardening World - Spring 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger.
This garden is immaculate.

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The garden scene in the puzzle is truly idyllic. A couple are working in unison, tending to the vegetable patch. (If only my vegetable patch was as neat. And I'd love that cold frame too!)

The dog is watching its owners with great interest.


The garden around the vegetable garden is full of trees in bloom and flowers.


The birds are busily working on the bird feeder.


The round pergola would provide a good cover against the strong sun and the rain. Imagine having tea and enjoying a book there, listening to the bird song and smelling all the scents of the garden.

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The attention to detail in this puzzle is striking.

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This beautiful puzzle measures 70x50cm when complete, and is suitable for ages 12+.

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Like all Ravensburger puzzles, this jigsaw puzzle is made from strong premium grade cardboard, with a linen finish to minimise glare on puzzle image.

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This colourful puzzle will make a lovely gift to a garden-loving friend or family member. If there's a lady in your life, who enjoys puzzles, this could be a wonderful gift for Mother's Day.

Monday, 4 March 2019

RAVENSBURGER 3D CHILDREN’S WORLD MAP GLOBE PUZZLE REVIEW

This half term, we have been busy by piecing the Ravensburger 3D Children’s World Map Globe. This is a 180-piece 3D puzzle ball featuring beautifully illustrated animals on the world map and comes in a rotation stand. It is suitable for aged seven and above.
We are no strangers to Ravensburger 3D puzzles! In fact, over the years we have pieced many of these Easy Click Technology range of puzzles!
Ravensburger 3D Children’s World Map Globe Puzzle Review
This lovely 3D puzzle is made from high-quality plastic and features 180 curved plastic pieces that all fit together perfectly to form a globe. It comes with a blue base dish to helps provide a stable base while building. Both of my children were very excited when they saw this! Since both of them wanted to do the puzzle, we decided to split it into half for each to make on their own.

Ravensburger 3D Children’s World Map Globe Puzzle pieces

The puzzle is easy to fix together without the need for any glue. Occasionally you will need to use your fingers to smooth around the puzzles. The pieces are clearly labelled with the arrow at the back which makes it easy to navigate. You can choose to place your globe on a rotation stand using the two blue pins to secure it or place it on the blue base dish.

Ravensburger 3D Children’s World Map Globe Puzzle building

The finished puzzle measures about 20 cm in height. It is a small scale globe that includes countries’ names but not their capital cities or names of the states. One of the downsides of this globe is the print for the name of the seas. It is printed in a slightly navy blue colour against the blue background. My daughter who has colour blindness finds it hard to spot.

Ravensburger 3D Children’s World Map Globe Puzzle rotating stand

Overall this is a great puzzle for children. It sits beautifully on display once it is done and children can also learn from it. It is made with good quality plastic material with a great design. I would recommend it! It is available in good toy shops, online and Amazon. For more information, please visit Ravensburger.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Fairytale Fantasia 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger

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"Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and 
lapis lasuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. 
Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and coves, rare red meat and 
wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end."
George R.R. Martin

And though you might argue with George R.R. Martin, there is something about
this quote that rings true.I thought about this description, when I received a new 
Fairytale Fantasia 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger.
This gorgeous puzzle is a colourful tapestry of indigo and purple, moss green 
and rust red.

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C.SLewis said: "One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again".
I confess I have never outgrown fairytales. There are so many wonderful YA 
writers nowadays who put their own twist on the classic stories, or invent new 
fairytales for the modern audience.
I often buy YA fiction books just for myself. Just the other day Eddie and I were 
browsing in the local bookshop, and one of the ladies there told Eddie that he 
might like to read A Pinch of Magic, which is currently the book of the month at 
Waterstone's. To which I replied that I've already bought it for myself.

Fairytale Fantasia jigsaw puzzle will appeal to book lovers who enjoy fantasy 
adventures, enchanted objects, cruel curses and pure magic.
The scene is highly detailed and richly-coloured.
You meet characters from famous fairytales, who come to life on the shelves 
among the old volumes.

There is a Mad Hatter having a tea party.

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Snow White holding an infamous apple, ready to take the fateful bite.


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Cinderella is leaving her glass slipper, escaping from the ball. Magic creatures, 
enchanted castles and dragons, knights and fairies, ships on the stormy seas 
and circus performers - all of them spring from the pages of the books.

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This beautiful puzzles measures 70x50cm when complete, and is suitable for ages 12+.

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Like all Ravensburger puzzles, this jigsaw puzzle is made from strong premium 
grade cardboard, with a linen finish to minimise glare on puzzle image.

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Once I finished the puzzle and took the photos, I gave it to a friend who's looking after
an elderly lady who loves puzzles. I know she will enjoy it as much as I did.

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This delightful jigsaw puzzle will make a lovely gift for any book worm.

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle review

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first film I saw at the cinema as a little girl and it’s still one of my all-time favourite Disney movies.  I couldn’t wait to get my teeth stuck into the Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle I received for review recently.  It brought back all of the memories from that first trip to the film and how much the Evil Witch scared me at the time.
Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle
The puzzle is full of the nastiest wicked women you could imagine from the Disney films we all know and love.  Although completing the Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle has made me realise that I’ve never actually watched The Little Mermaid, so haven’t come across Ursula before.
Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle
I do however know the rest of the villains in this jigsaw puzzle, from the Evil Queen and Evil Witch from Snow White, Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Malificent from The Sleeping Beauty and The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. All these films I’ve watched countless times over the years.
Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle
The jigsaw puzzle blends the characters together as part of a stained glass window, complete with twisted thorn branches to ensnare them.  It’s been so much fun to complete as I’ve brought each of these wicked women to life in the puzzle.
Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle
The Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle is designed for anyone aged 12 years and over to enjoy, and it’s the sort of puzzle theme that would be enjoyed by children, parents and grandparents I think.  We’ve all grown up with these characters in one form or another.
As well as the women themselves, there are also other characters from the various films Incorporated into this particular puzzle, including a few of the dalmatian puppies.
Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle
It’s a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle to complete, with lots of colour and challenges to be overcome as you put the pieces together.
Ravensburger Disney Wicked Women 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle

Monday, 11 February 2019

DREAMWORKS SPIRIT RIDING FREE 100PC XXL PUZZLE BY RAVENSBURGER REVIEW


Check out this simply beautiful puzzle from Ravensburger from the hit TV series Spirit Riding Free.
The puzzle shows Lucky and Spirit, Pru and Chica Linda, Abigail and Boomerang setting off for another adventure, and will be a fun challenge for spirit fans everywhere to enjoy.
Grace loves watching the episodes of Dreamworks’ Spirit Riding Free – she’s aged five and also loves doing jigsaw puzzles.
To receive this Spirit Riding Free puzzle from Ravensburger to review she was thrilled to bits because it has 100 XXL pieces which is more than she is used to so it was great that there is more of a challenge for her.
The pieces were inside the box protected in a bag, we opened them out the bag and I wondered how Grace would start this puzzle as she normally starts by connecting the character’s faces.
As there was 100 pieces there this might be a lot more challenging for her to start this way.
She found a few connection of the characters, but I then showed her the best way that I start puzzles, is by starting with the edge pieces.
So we did this, we sorted through all the pieces pulling out all the edge pieces, these were easily identified as their is a floral border on the puzzle.
spirit riding free ravensburger 100pc puzzle review by Family Clan 5
I loved working together with Grace on this, having ‘girly time’ as she would call it.
The puzzle started to take shape and she enjoyed connecting the horse pieces together along with their riders Abigail, Pru and Lucky.
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Excellent effort from Grace, she was so proud of herself that there were so many pieces and she completed it.
spirit riding free ravensburger 100pc puzzle review by Family Clan 5
Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free 100pc XXL Puzzle by Ravensburger is available from Amazon.