Thursday, 15 February 2018

There's a lot of blue

Ravensburger Kittens and Cupcakes 500pc Jigsaw Puzzle


I worked on this with my husband to complete, his reaction on seeing the design was: “there's a lot of blue”. It took about four hours to finish but that was working together, one of us sorting pieces the other placing them on the board to complete. We are not accomplished at jigsaws, in fact, I would think it's years since we last did one. There was a lot of blue but with different shades, it didn't make it confusing unlike the patterns of the bunting being similar to the cake boxes.

Despite its challenges, it is an enjoyable puzzle as pieces easily fitted together, giving a real sense of achievement without any frustration during the task.



Review by Petrina M for TSS

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Ravensburger Peppa Pig , My First Look And Find Floor Puzzle -16 Piece

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We all absolutely adore puzzles in our family. All of us have our own favorites but the Jig Saw Puzzles always make fun for all no matter what age .

Usually our puzzles are concentrated for the older girls or my self and my husband as we tend to do them mostly and we have given a few different types such as 2D and 3D a try but we have not however yet tried a floor puzzle for our youngest son who is now 2 and learning .

As always we are happy to receive puzzles from Ravensburger and so when they asked us to give their Peppa Pig Floor Puzzle a try we could not resist, made a huge change from the recent one we had from their brand .

Peppa Pig Floor Puzzle is aimed at children 2+ and is based on the fun loving British Animated series and character of Peppa Pig .
If you have children yourself, younger family members or work in a small childrens environment , you will know this character well. I am sure all who you ask will know who this is .
All my children were fans , even my eldest who is now 13 years old , this is how old the programme is, and it has no signs in leaving us due to its fun and entertaining nature.

With 16 chunky pieces included in this puzzle , it not to hard , but also not to easy and for a 2 year old it holds challenges due to the amount of pieces offered but because of its fun theme , it keeps the children entertained and wanting to learn. 
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The theme for this puzzle is Mr Fox's toy shop , and as we all know , children love toy shops .
All the characters of Peppa pig herself , her mam, brother and friends have taken a trip to the store and there is so much choice .
The stimulating picture captures excitement as the smaller children find all the different toys within the puzzle and there is also a few promps on the outside picture of the board which can be encouraged as a game of ''can you find?'' puzzle.

The puzzle itself is made with the best quality so you have no worry of your small child tearing this cardboard puzzle easily , they would really need to have some muscle behind them and slavver for hours to damage their  high quality pieces.
Over time my son has learned to place the pieces in the correct place and is now getting better at his hand /eye co ordination skills.
He is learning about shapes and structure and to us this is a lovely thing to see in his development.
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The Floor Puzzle measures 49 x 36cm when complete so it is not over sized and is ideal to keep in eye view of a small child , I feel if it ws to big , they would miss half of the puzzle and be less stimulated by its theme , unless of course it had some sort of game that could be played withing the puzzle of its size . Maybe that could be a new idea for the Puzzle makers. 
Make your own Board game from puzzle pieces and after you put them together you could be the playing piece on a board game such as snakes and ladders or even frustration ?
Puzzles are endless and we never grow old of enjoying them .

Ravensburger Peppa Pig Floor Puzzle is available from Amazon for £11.36.

If you could be a puzzle , what theme would you choose to show your personality?
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Friday, 10 November 2017

Paddington Bear 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle Review

On 13th October 1958, an unforgettable new character emerged.   He appeared in a book created by Michael Bond, who at the time did not realise what a success this new addition would have.
His name was Paddington.  He was a bear.   Wearing an old hat, carrying a battered suitcase (which has secret compartments so it carries more than it looks like it can hold), a duffle coat and a love of his favourite – marmalade, Paddington came from deepest, darkest Peru.  He moved in with the Brown family.
Paddington bear has since become a classic character in English Children’s Literature.
To coincide with the release of the second film based on this loveable character, Ravensburger have produced a jigsaw.
The puzzle depicts Paddington holding his marmalade sandwich and showing his love of London.  I was given the opportunity to review the same.
This jigsaw has 1000 pieces and is created with Ravensburger’s oustanding premium quality.
The puzzle is boxed  and the pieces are in a sealed bag inside.
Behind this premium puzzle, made in Germany, is Ravensburger’s Softclick Technology.  This is a unique manufacturing process, based on decades of experience, that allows the pieces to click together in a soft way.   Each jigsaw is made from specially formulated cardboard, developed especially for Ravensburger, which has museum graded embossed paper place on top, allowing a reduction in glare.  This maintains the colour brilliance of every image.
I love Paddington Bear and have grown up with his stories, as have my daughter and grandchildren.  My grandson and I enjoyed making this puzzle and it was great fun seeing Paddington appear as each piece was fitted.
This jigsaw retails at an R.R.P. of £12.99.
To see more jigsaws from Ravensburger check this link Ravensburger Puzzles
I thoroughly enjoyed this jigsaw.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Labyrinth review

We had a new game to play this weekend, one I have never heard of before but it was really fun, all our family enjoyed playing together.
The Labyrinth game is a fun strategy game where you have to slide the paths around to find your way around the maze and collect treasure. The first player to collect all their magical objects is the winner.
The whole idea of the game was really cool and not really like anything I have played before, it was a really fun game to play. I really liked all the characters that you could choose from. Although I did notice a mistake in the instructions because it says there are six characters to choose from when we found that there were only four. I really think you should make up some fun names for all the different characters because it would definitely make the game better. Everyone in our family really likes the game. It a great game to play at this time of year as a lot of the treasure is quite mystical and spooky so it makes you think of Halloween, and the characters are all witches and wizards.
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To play the game, everyone chooses a character and you share out the treasure cards. The maze is laid out randomly at first and there is one spare path piece. Each player takes turns to insert the path piece into the maze to change the paths so they can get to the treasure that they each need.
At first we played the game following the proper rules, but it did take quite a long time to complete, so we made up our own rules and decided that instead of collecting the treasure one at a time, we spread all our cards out and you could collect them in any order and collect as many as possible in one turn, this made the game much faster and I thought more fun to play as you could try and create really long paths to collect loads of treasure in one go.
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I really loved all the illustrations for the objects, they are all so imaginative and they all suit the game very well. I loved how you had the whole idea of a moving maze and that you had to find your way along it to get to the piece you need. The arrows on the board were also really helpful so you can tell which pieces you can move and which pieces are fixed to the board. I think that you should probably provide a variety of spare pieces with the game as well as you could loose some of the tiles.
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I thought that the game was a bit like chess because it helps to plan your moves ahead and also try and work out what your opponent is going to do and try and block their path so you can collect your treasure first.
The game is rated for ages 7 upwards. I think that is about right, my sister is 7 and she enjoyed playing it, but younger children would probably find it hard to work out a good strategy and get bored if it took too long to finish the game.
My sister who is seven years old played with us too so I asked her what she thought of everything. This is what she said:

The layout of the game:

She thinks how its all laid out is interesting and she says that she too likes the illustrations.

The idea of the game:

She says it is a really fun game to play because she likes that you have to slide all the tiles.

The game in general:

She likes the pieces because they are all different magical characters.
Overall she said she would give it:
•The layout: 10 / 10
•The idea: 9 / 10
•Overall:   10 / 10
My score would be:
•The layout: 10 / 10
•the idea: 9 / 10
•overall: 9.5 / 10
I really like this game and I think we will be playing it a lot. I would definitely recommend it to my friends and anyone else who is looking for a new type of board game to try.
If you fancy playing this game the link to buy it is here:

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Despicable Me 3 Pencil Pot and Storage Box 3D Puzzle

We have always been a big fan of Ravensburger's quality 3D puzzles. Last year we reviewed their practical Funky Owl 3D puzzle range (a vase that can store water, as well as a pencil pot and storage box to store stationery, bits and bobs) and Abby is still using them.

Ravensburger has released even more designs since, including licensed ones such as Despicable Me 3, which we were sent for review.

Clay was over the moon as he has been collecting his own stationery (so he doesn't have to "borrow" from me and Abby anymore), but still had to share Abby's storage for them. Now he can have his own Pencil Pot and Storage Box to store them all. The bonus is that he could build them (he just loves building things!) and they came in his favourite Minions design too!


Despicable Me 3 Minions Stationery Holder, Ravensburger 3D Puzzle, build your own pen pot and storage box

Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 Pencil Pot (RRP £5.99, suitable for 7-99 years) contains 54 quality plastic puzzle pieces, pot base and top, a yellow card paper to line the inside of the pot and instructions.

Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 Storage Box (RRP £14.99, suitable for 9-99 years) contains 216 quality plastic puzzle pieces, box top and base, a tray that fits inside the storage box, 4 yellow card papers to line the inside of the storage box and instructions.


Despicable Me 3 Minions Stationery Holder, Ravensburger 3D Puzzle, build your own pen pot and storage box

Despicable Me 3 Minions Stationery Holder, Ravensburger 3D Puzzle, build your own pen pot and storage box

With minimal instructions (to follow the numbers and direction indication on the back of each puzzle piece), Clay completed the whole 3D pencil pot all by himself! He didn't ask for my help to put the top and base on either and presented me the completed pot to my surprise! He was so proud of himself, especially because he has no problem sorting the numbers out.

The pencil pot looks really good, and we love the colour of the rims as it matches the Minions pants!


Despicable Me 3 Minions Stationery Holder, Ravensburger 3D Puzzle, build your own pen pot and storage box

The storage box was a bit more challenging, with corner pieces to be folded and having to find the correct number from the big pile. So I helped Clay sort the first 100 pieces out in tens, which helped a lot and he had no problem attaching the corners either.

Abby eagerly helped Clay with the rest of the pieces, although they struggled to attach the base and the top. Even I struggled as the completed puzzle was quite wonky! However, as soon as it's locked in between the top and base, the storage box became very neat and sturdy. Look at how happy they are!

Despicable Me 3 Minions Stationery Holder, Ravensburger 3D Puzzle, build your own pen pot and storage box

To make it more challenging for the adults, simply don't look at the numbers.

We really love the quality of Ravensburger's 3D puzzles. They are made of solid plastic and even the pieces that needs to be folded are strong. We all love the Despicable Me 3 designs chosen for each item (especially love the side of Gru with the girls), and they are very well printed on too!


Overall a brilliant product range from Ravensburger, we highly recommend you to check the 3D puzzles out. There are a lot of designs, from Big Ben, to vases, orbs and the new Sneaker shaped pen holder, there bound to be something for everyone!

Friday, 20 October 2017

The multi award winning Penguin Pile-Up: REVIEW

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Oliver has this fascination with Penguins. He absolutely adores them. So when Ravensburger got in touch and asked if we would like to review Penguin Pile-up I said yes! Knowing full well that Oliver would absolutely LOVE it! The game can be played on your own or with up to 6 players. As a family of 5, it is great finding a game we can all play without having to join up with somebody else. The box states it is for players aged 5 years and above but Arthur (3) loved it just as much as Oliver.

Contents
1x Base and iceberg
1x Cardboard Ring
24x Penguin figures (in 3 separate bags, Self-assembly needed)
Instructions
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Setting the game
Setting up is pretty simple the iceberg sits on top of the base. The penguins are a little more fiddly as you have to build all 24, but the boys got involved and it didn’t take long at all. For more stability, you can use the cardboard ring to place the base on. This is great for younger players.

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PLAYING THE GAME

The 24 penguins are all divided equally to the playing players, Everyone then takes it in turns to place their penguin onto the iceberg. If your penguin was to fall and knock other penguins down along with it then you take all the fallen penguins. Be prepared for lots of laughs! as the boys found it hilarious! All 3 boys really enjoyed playing the game and I can see it being played with again and again.

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OUR THOUGHTS

As it is quick and easy to set up it is a game the boys can play on their own. The Penguin Pile-up instructions are really easy to learn and follow too and everyone (even Arthur) understood and played by them.

Friday, 13 October 2017

PJ Masks Night Sight Game Review

As a family of board game lovers we are rapidly expanding our collection, and the latest addition is the PJ Masks Night Sight game from Ravensburger.


Aimed at children aged 3 and over, at its core the PJ Masks Night Sight game is a fairly simple memory game, however it has a fun little twist.

The instructions explain that Romeo is stealing toys and the aim is to stop him by remembering where the toys are. However, you can only see the toys at night time when you have your PJ Masks masks on!

Be your favourite PJ Mask character and use your memory to stop Romeo from stealing the toys.

What's in the box?

You get three playing toy shop 'cards' each with three removable shelves with three toys. There are 27 Romeo tiles, and one toy rack with five places on it. It also comes with three PJ Masks masks with special 'night vision' so once your kids have finished arguing about who wants to be Catboy, Gecko and Owlette they can have hours of fun pretending everything is pink!

How to play

Don your PJ Masks and take the corresponding toy shop. Select three shelves and put them into your toy shop so that the toys are on the back and the special 'night vision' tiles are face up. Place the Romeo cards and the empty Romeo toy stack in the centre.
Using your night sight masks, memorise the toys in your stack, then take off the masks for the game to begin. Select three Romeo cards, and working together to try and place each card in the correct toy shop.
Masks back on, you can check whether you were right; if you were, the toy goes back to the shop. If you chose the wrong shop then it goes into Romeo's toy stack. If he gets five toys, he wins. If he doesn't, the PJ Masks win!

My two love PJ Masks so I knew this game would be a hit. 


It's aimed at players aged 3+ so understandably it was a little complicated for my youngest who is two, although he made his own fun by wearing the mask and matching the tiles to the underside of his card. However the big one quickly caught on to the rules and between us we managed to beat Romeo several times.
You can play in teams or two or three, so, it's a fun little game which we can enjoy playing together. It will definitely be a fun family game to play at Christmas. Hopefully by the time the small one is big enough to play along properly we will still have all the pieces!