Friday, 5 February 2016

Cooking up a Feast – Ravensburger Puzzle Review

Cooking up a feast is number 7 in the perplexing puzzle series from Ravensburger, this 1,000 piece puzzle is suitable for ages 10+ RRP £11.99.
This is the first time I have tried one of the Perplexing puzzles, and cooking up a feast was a fun puzzle that brought back memories of my Nan’s kitchen. I particularly liked the rabbit jelly mould as this was part of my childhood, along with the bone handled butter knives. Cooking up a feast is a photographic puzzle, and at first glance didn’t look as if it was going to be particularly difficult as there is plenty of colour in the picture.
cooking up a feast
I started with edges and the bright pink, orange of the rabbit jelly mould, next the red of the strawberries, jam and tea-pot. After this the puzzle was a little more difficult but certainly not impossible. There were enough little details in the cooking up a feast puzzle to keep my interest and it took about 4 hours to complete the puzzle. I loved all the vintage packaging and can imagine my Nan’s cupboards having things like these in them, I certainly remember the hand turned mincer!
cooking up

I didn’t find cooking up a feast was more of a challenge than some of the Colin Thompson puzzles that I have previously completed, but it was certainly still fun. The quality of a Ravensburger puzzle is faultless, and the pieces always sit well together. Have a look at the Ravensburger website for more of the Perplexing puzzle series or have a look at my affiliate link below.
cooking up a feast finished puzzle
Review by The Soup Dragon Says.....

Monday, 1 February 2016

Review: Ravensburger Paw Patrol Shaped Puzzles

LP and Little Man’s current love is Paw Patrol. They love watching the cartoon and when they’re not watching it they’re acting out stories from the show. LP loves being Skye and Little Man is always Rubble and they play out adventures together constantly so when we were sent the Ravensburger set of 4 Paw Patrol Shaped Puzzles to review I knew instantly that both LP and Little Man would love them.
The Paw Patrol Shaped Puzzles come all together in one box. Each of the puzzles features one of the much loved Paw Patrol characters and as there are four individual jigsaws this is a great set for siblings to complete together.
Each of the puzzles is a different colour to make finding the right pieces for each puzzle a simple task. The rounded edges of each puzzle make them more exciting than a traditional puzzle and having the character’s names on the puzzles means that they can also teach letters and spelling whilst doing the puzzles – something LP really enjoyed.
The Paw Patrol Shaped Puzzles are all well made out of really thick and durable board and the storage box is equally well made and hard wearing. I have no doubt that both the jigsaws and box will stand up to the test of busy family life.
LP and Little Man really enjoyed these puzzles and they are their current favourites. Ranging from 10 to 16 pieces per jigsaw they were great for Little Man and LP to do together and they give a very gradual increase in difficulty as the children complete them.
If your child is looking to move on from more simple jigsaws and have something a bit more involved but still fun and engaging then the Ravensburger Paw Patrol Shaped Puzzles could be just the thing. LP and Little Man have been playing with them constantly since they arrived and there’s no sign of that stopping!
The Ravensburger Paw Patrol Shaped Puzzles have an RRP of £9.99

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Inventor's Cupboard jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger

If you love jigsaw puzzles, then the name of Colin Thompson must be familiar 
to you. He is a talented artist who has created many truly marvellous designs 
for puzzles. Every time I receive an email from Ravensburger, asking if I'd like 
to review one of Colin Thompson intricate puzzles, I reply the next second. 
Last week I was engrossed in this beautiful puzzle called 

This is the 5th puzzle in the series of Curious Cupboards jigsaws.
As fits an Inventor's job, his cupboard is crammed full with all kinds of machines 
and gadgets including some fantasy ones like a bacon converter and a bed which 
explains the brief history of time.

I love puzzles. My problem is that I find them very addictive. When I start a 
puzzle, life sort of slows down. I am completely absorbed. Thankfully, my 
little man is as enthusiastic as me and loves to "help". He begs me to let him 
help me, so I would give him a piece and point in the right direction.
The other day we were both in our sitting room, with Eddie watching Ben and 
Holly's Little Kingdom on Netflix, me - doing the puzzle. I listened to the 
animation and enjoyed it as much as Eddie did. Sash would come down from 
his room, look at us, watching childish things, shrug his shoulders and disappear 
back into his den.

Eddie and I both enjoyed finding all the small details.
As in many jigsaw puzzles created by the artist, his imaginative world is 
populated with tiny creatures.

Oh, the feeling of satisfaction, when the last piece of puzzle is in its slot. 
Only the puzzle lovers would know what it feels.
The completed tapestry of puzzle pieces looks fabulous.
What a treat for any puzzle lover!

Review by Chez Maximka

Monday, 18 January 2016

Ravensburger The Lion Guard Puzzle (Disney Junior)

It's a great idea to have four puzzles of different sizes in one box, as it means the puzzles will offer your child fun over a much longer period that just one puzzle at a single level. It's great for siblings playing together, too, as each can choose a puzzle that suits their ability. The box contains four puzzles, suitable for age 3+ - a 12 piece, a 16 piece, a 20 piece and a 24 piece; each puzzle has a different coloured frame so it is easy to separate out the puzzles (you may like to put each into a separate bag when completed, for ease next time, as there's not a huge difference in the sizes of the pieces).
As with all Ravensburger puzzles, the pieces are well cut and fit together firmly. The colours are bright and the pieces are durable; the pictures will appeal to all fans of The Lion Guard, of course, but the appeal is not limited to those who follow the TV series. The animals are appealing and playful and these lovely jigsaws will really be a hit with children.
Review by Parents in Touch

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Ravensburger Best of British - Fit 4 Nothing - Puzzle Review

Regular readers will know that our family are big fans of Ravensburger puzzles so when we were offered the chance to review one of the latest additions to the Best of British range we weren't going to turn it down! The puzzle that we were sent is of the Fit 4 Nothing Gym (highly suited to a family into sport and getting fit):


The artist is Geoff Tristram who has created this quirky range of cartoons to give you a laugh as you piece the puzzle together. I decided that the best time to do the puzzle was in the lull after Christmas when we were cooped up indoors due to the weather. Once I had found myself a flat surface (not an easy feat in our house - I had to use a cardboard box!) I set to finding all the edge pieces:


Well most of the edge pieces on my first trawl through! The great thing about the softclick technology is that you know straight away if you are putting the right pieces together as they go in without a fuss. 

Once I had got the border in place it didn't take a huge amount of time to complete the puzzle. Apart from being distracted by reading the sections of the picture as they appear that is! There weren't too many tricky parts as each part of the cartoon was pretty distinctive:


We have all had a hoot reading the gym instructors names and finding all the funny bits that are all over the puzzle. All in all a fun puzzle to do and it provides lots of entertainment once it is complete too.

Review by Lakes Single Mum 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Star Wars Jigsaw Puzzle

We had a few rainy days over the Christmas holidays so this meant for some indoor activities, we played a few family board games, watched some movies plus we also set ourselves a challenge and that was to complete a star wars jigsaw puzzle as a family project.
Bradley started us off by piecing the outer edge first.
Admittedly it took us a few days to complete but that was because we done the puzzle at our own leisure and not in one go, we took the relaxed approach.
The puzzle consists of a whopping 1000 pieces, it features colourful and detailed artwork from the latest film Star Wars episode 7, The Force Awakens. The puzzle is full of detail, we done the puzzle in sections and then pieced it altogether from there as we found that easier to do.
star wars puzzle
The puzzle is of high quality and is made with soft-click technology, meaning the pieces fit together nicely and it was easy to maneuver into place.
star wars puzzle
When the puzzle is complete it measures 70 x 50 cm.
We had great fun putting this puzzle together, it was put together with great team work. Bradley really enjoyed watching each character slowly be pieced together and then slowly watching as the whole scene was pieced. We love family time and family projects that keeps us away from our screens/gadgets and spend quality time together and this puzzle was a perfect project, it was challenging and became addictive.
Bradley loves the finished puzzle and is now asking for it to be glued, framed and hung on his bedroom wall.
star wars jigsaw puzzle
This action packed Star Wars puzzle will be ideal for any Star Wars fan 12 years and over.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Ravensburger puzzle review : World Wonders 2000 piece

Ravensburger recently sent us through one of their puzzles to review and I correctly predicted that it would turn into a family project over Christmas.

The World Wonders puzzle contains a whopping 2000 pieces - the largest puzzle I think I have ever undertaken - so make sure you have some help and make sure you also have a tablecloth handy because your dining room table wil be requisitioned for at least a couple of days !

The panoramic (wide and relatively short) puzzle measures 132 x 61cm so it just about fit our table - you might want to measure your table first though to be on the safe side !

It is jam packed with details so it's one of those puzzles where you will be constantly looking at the picture on the box to see where each section goes. What slightly confused us to begin with is the wraparound, meaning that there are two Hollywoods and two Sydney Opera Houses, for example, on both edges.

It's an educational puzzle if the kids get involved, pointing out the different continents and countries, as well as the various cultural symbols, landmarks and wildlife that represent them.

It's a beautiful puzzle that would look great framed in a child's bedroom once complete.

We even discovered Father Christmas, which was very apt, as we were doing the puzzle on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

As you can see, it's such a big puzzle that we had to climb up on a chair to manage to fit it all in shot !

We always like a family project like a puzzle to keep up busy and away from our screens over Christmas and this one was perfect, because it was as addictive as it was challenging. The pieces fit together really well so it was easy to slide and even lift different sections into place and it also survived having the tablecloth put on and pulled off repeatedly. As you can see, we were all really proud when it was complete ... then the kids had great fun breaking it all up again !

star rating : 5/5

review by Madhouse Family Reviews