Monday, 20 February 2017

Garden Vistas no.2 - Summer breeze 500pc jigsaw puzzle

I find jigsaw puzzles very therapeutic and relaxing. When I'm feeling 
stressed, puzzles help me to unwind. And if I also have a cup of tea and 
some chocolates to go with my hobby, I am on cloud nine.
in the series of garden scenes, created by British artist Anne Searle.

jigsaw puzzles,

It depicts a wonderfully vibrant garden scene, a real paradise of blooms 
and flowers. The garden is glorious - with lavender, roses, pinks and lilies 
adding enticing aromas. Then there are colourful hollyhocks, poppies, irises,
 foxgloves, clematis and Sweet William. The path and the lawn lead to the 
rustic shed, which is framed by conifers. Imagine sitting in such a beautiful 
garden with a book and a cup of tea!
This jigsaw puzzle consists of 500 pieces. All cardboard pieces are made 
of high quality cardboard, and are easily slotted together. The cardboard 
has a linen finish print to minimise glare on puzzle image.
The puzzle is suitable for ages 10 years and up. It is quite compact in 
size - 49x36cm.

Ravensburger puzzles, garden scenes

I have a couple of friends who love puzzles as much as I do, and I often 
pass the puzzles to them, once I have finished assembling. They, in their 
turn, offer them to their friends. I like the idea that several people will enjoy 
those puzzles.
This beautiful puzzle will make a lovely gift for any puzzle fan or keen gardener. 

Disclosure: I received the puzzle for the purposes of testing and reviewing. 
All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 9 February 2017


We do a lot of jigsaw puzzles in our house and I have memory’s going back to younger than my boys ages of visiting my grandma and the dining table having jigsaw pieces spread across it while my grandma and papa slowly built up the edges. Fast forward 30 odd years and while she still adores doing jigsaw puzzles some of the smaller ones with the little pieces are hard for to complete.

Ravensburger are well aware of this and that many people struggle with the smaller pieces and with that knowledge they have built a new range of puzzles. We were sent the Country House in Spring. 500 pieces but they offer the same puzzle as a larger pieced puzzle. The jigsaw was slightly smaller than normal at 50cm by 37cm. Perfect for having on a board on your lap. No need for a dining table for this one!

The picture is a lovely old fashioned chocolate box cottage with a beautiful garden and foot path leading up to the front door. It’s a pure pleasure to look at and the blue sky and beautiful flowers help make the puzzle a little trickier than a standard 300 piece puzzle normally is.

As you would expect from Ravensburger is has the same high quality print of image and also their soft click technology. All in all a great puzzle and I do hope they expand this range! It took a couple of evenings to complete this and was incredibly enjoyable! 

Review by Bakes Books & My Boys

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Ravensburger Best of British - The Supermarket. 1000 piece adult puzzle. The review

RAVENSBURGER  - The Home to Puzzles! 

I enjoy taking time for myself, however not having much time on my hands, it is hard to do things that I don't have to rushed thou.

A puzzle is a great way to get the cogs working, concentrating, without the pressure of worrying about deadlines.   With puzzles I love a challenge, working out what needs to go where. Coming and going as I please, cracking a pattern and solving areas is always fun

To bend my brain, I was sent a Ravensburger Best of British - The Supermarket.
1000 piece adult puzzle. 

I looked at the box and thought, wow this is an excellent puzzle.  There is so much happening, in the scene.  People, words, speech bubbles everywhere, signs, posters, packets of foods, cartoons, fruit. Its such an entertaining scene, full of life. I would say this is a professional puzzlers dream.

It is one of the hardest puzzles I have done, actually still doing.  There is so much detail, so many colours and different areas.  I have found it is really hard to break the scenes down.

I did the normal thing, completed the edge and added as much to the edges as possible, I tried to get all the speech bubbles done.  I started this 2 weeks ago but there is so much happening.

Its a puzzle that needs a few hours here and there to be dedicated to it.  Being 1000 piece I would recommend having a large area that you can leave the puzzle when you are not putting it together.

I only have one large family table, this get uses every day for different things.

As this mega puzzle has been taking centre stage in my living room and conquering my table.
I had also been sent the best Puzzle buddy.

I was also given a foldable portable board, which is incredibly handy.  The board can easily fit both 500 and 1000 piece puzzles.  This has been so useful, I have been moving my puzzle all over my living room.  The board opens up,  you will only have to position 4 clips on each side of the board, this will make it secure.

Overall I have had so much fun and very happy to of tested out the foldable portable board, it is so useful.  Making it easy to transport my puzzle without spoiling my it.
Even everyone at home can use easily move the board, without destroying my hard work.

This is still a work in progress, very enjoyable!

This excellent puzzle can be found on the Ravensburger Website: Currently at RPP: £11.99 Amazon - Best British Supermarket-1000pc

Also their particle foldable puzzle board: Puzzle-handy

If you want to bend your brain this is the puzzle for you.

Review by London Bird Lucy 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Recording Breaking Jigsaw puzzle

Ravensburger have broken the world record for the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, with an amazing 40,320 pieces. That’s a staggering 8,000 more puzzle pieces than the previous world record!

Guinness World Records confirms that Disney Moments from Ravensburger is the largest commercially-available puzzle in the world, in both number of pieces and sheer size.

Weighing a hefty 20kg, the completed puzzle is almost seven metres wide and just less than two metres tall – bigger than football goal! It is packed in separate bags, with each one forming a separate section, so you can complete it in stages. When all the sections are combined, the puzzle is complete.

This giant puzzle features 10 hand-drawn scenes from iconic Disney films including, Snow White, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Each scene is framed by a film strip indicating the film's year of release and depicting additional scenes from each movie. Instructions include helpful hints for assembling the puzzle and a reference guide. 

For an added bonus! A Mickey Mouse symbol is hidden in each of the 10 scenes, giving puzzlers an added element of fun whilst completing the puzzle! The record breaking puzzle will no doubt become a highly sought after item for serious puzzle enthusiasts and collectors. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ravensburger Trolls Puzzle

We loved working on our puzzles over the Christmas break, and now that we’re getting back into a groove of homeschooling, I still want my children to have fun.  And since jigsaw puzzles cover math, coordination and patience, Trolls are a nice way to make everyone happy.
Ravensburger Trolls jigsaw puzzle is lots of fun for kids at Castle View Academy homeschool
I’ve not known Kallista to be crazy about Trolls, but when she saw me looking at this Trolls XXL 100pc Jigsaw Puzzle, her face lit up and she said she really wanted it.  Thus, I replied back to Ravensburger that yes, we would like to review it for them. 
To read the rest of the review head over to Castle View Academy 

Friday, 13 January 2017

Best of British – Fit 4 Nothing Gym 500 Piece Puzzle review


I can imagine anyone joining ‘Fit 4 Nothing’ would look forward to burning off the calories and then adding a few more before leaving. The opportunity to utilise the cake machine would be a good reason to revisit and you could start the process all over again.

An extremely good quality, colourful and highly amusing jigsaw which I very much enjoyed doing. Not just for the visual jokes which are funny in themselves but also the signs and advertisements on the walls and screens. Some of the jokes are obvious but some are very subtle and have to be searched for. Looking for the jokes I find is just as enjoyable as completing the puzzle itself, so the enjoyment and entertainment is twofold.


All in all an excellent medium ability puzzle.

Review by Kay as featured on TSS Reviews

Available to buy on Amazon 

Monday, 19 December 2016

Ravensburger My First Puzzle - Christmas Friends - Review

Review by Lily's Little Learners:

Lily is a huge fan of puzzles and so when Ravensburger asked us if we
would like to review this Christmas Friends one I Knew that she would
love it and said yes.

I didn't actually know that Ravensburger did puzzles for children so young
and so I was really happy for it to be brought to my attention that they
make puzzles that are for 18 months plus.

As soon as Lily saw the box she wanted to do the puzzles straight away
and brought the box to me. She sat so nicely on the floor and waited for
me to get her the pieces out.Its really nice for her to have a Christmas
Puzzle as this is the first year she understands a little more about Christmas
and is started to recognise some Christmas characters.