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!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

My Little Pony 100XXL Jigsaw Puzzle

With the new My Little Pony Movie released in cinemas at the end of the week we wanted to share with you our  stunning 100 piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the amazing Ponies from My Little Pony. 



Characters shown include the magical Twilight Sparkle, Shy Fluttershy, Generous Verity, Hard Working Applejack, Competitive Rainbow Dash and the party pony Pinkie Pie. Suitable for anyone who prefer puzzles with large pieces as this puzzle has 100 high quality extra extra large cardboard pieces.



The finished puzzle measures 49 x 36 cm when complete. Suitable for ages 6 years and up. Made from strong premium grade cardboard, with linen finish print to minimise glare on the puzzle image.

Available from Amazon for £7.99

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Disney Tangled 100XXL puzzle review

It’s always a happy day when we receive a knock at the door and the postman is there with something too large to fit through the mail slot.  recently we’ve had such a knock on a fabulous Friday morning!  On this particular day we opened up the grey plastic bag to reveal a fun Ravensburger puzzle, Tangled.

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Ravensburger kindly sent us Tangled to keep Kallista occupied after the let-down of our town fair ending.  What would she do? How would she spend her days after 2 weeks of family-friendly events?  I’m not sure about the kids, but I certainly was feeling worn out and needed a little peace and calm at home.

I think Kallista may have still been on fast-mode as she had the Tangled puzzle completed within an hour of opening our package, that could be a new record!

She was keen to get started (and avoid the after-lunch clean-up) and because we’d all been running around like crazy, she deserved a little time to herself.  She set up a space in a corner of the front room, removed the plastic from the outside of the box, and cut open the inside bag and went right to work.
The next time I walked into the room, Kallista had half of the puzzle completed and was on a roll.  The colours are bright and the look on Rapunzel’s face is pure mischievousness.

And before long, Kallista came bounding into the kitchen, excited to tell me that she had completed her puzzle already!  I know time flies, but this was fast!  She was quite pleased with her own speed.

Kallista tidied up the puzzle and put the pieces in a zipper-topped plastic bag to keep all of the pieces together should an ‘incident’ occur while opening the box in the future.
New neighbours are just moving in across the road from us and their their granddaughter is going to come visit them.  Kallista has decided she is going to take the Tangled puzzle over so their granddaughter can have something fun to do while she visits.  What a wonderful welcome to the neighbourhood, and a lovely way to make a new friend.
If you have a young child who loves Disney’s Tangled, the remake of the fairy tale about Rapunzel, they they will enjoy this puzzle by Ravensburger.



Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Colin Thompson Lighthouse jigsaw puzzle: Review

I really enjoy Colin Thompson puzzles, they are always really fun to do and full of detail & humour. This sea themed one is in the shape of a lighthouse, with each level of the lighthouse interior filled with all manner of interesting things going on.
This 995 piece Lighthouse puzzle is huge, measuring 97 x 67 cm, and as such it is too long and wide to fit on a standard 1000 piece puzzle board.
Colin Thompson Lighthouse Jigsaw
Colin Thompson Lighthouse Jigsaw
Inside the box the pieces come securely in a plastic bag. This is not a resealable one, so when I pack the puzzle away I will use a couple of sandwich bags to tidy way the pieces.
Colin Thompson Lighthouse Jigsaw
Colin Thompson Lighthouse Jigsaw
This lighthouse shaped puzzle has a few hidden secrets, with specially shaped puzzle pieces coming together to create small shapes such as little lighthouses and starfish. These oddly shaped pieces, in addition to the unconventional outer edges of the puzzle, make the jigsaw more challenging than a “normal” rectangular puzzle. It is going to take me quite a while to finish it completely!
As always with Colin Thompson, the puzzle illustrations are weird, wonderful and witty. It is packed with intricate details and is really colourful, too. I love the way you can see fish swimming through the portholes in the walls of the lighthouse – has it sunk to the bottom of the ocean?
Colin Thompson Lighthouse Jigsaw
Colin Thompson Lighthouse Jigsaw
As always with Ravensburger the puzzle pieces are good quality, with a linen finish minimising the glare and their “soft click” technology making it easy to know when you have placed your pieces correctly. Unfortunately I had quite a few puzzle pieces that were still attached to one another slightly and had to be pulled apart, which surprised me.
I will make sure to upload a photo of the finished jigsaw puzzle when I have completed it, as I have been so busy I’ve only managed around a quarter so far! 
4 stars for this difficult, but enjoyable, puzzle.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Review: Disney Collector's Edition Fantasia Jigsaw Puzzle

If you, like me,  love Disney and Disney films, then you too will have a favourite.
Mine is Fantasia.   I love the animation and how the music fits with the same.  Ravensburger have been caught up in people’s love of Disney and have created a set of Collector’s Edition Jigsaw Puzzles.
I was sent the Fantasia one to review.  I love it.

This is one of a set of 5.   The other 4 are Snow White, Bambi,Cinderella and Dumbo

The most beautiful key scenes. from the world famous and beloved Disney classics, have been made into beautiful puzzles for you to immerse yourself into the world of dreams and wishes.

This jigsaw is a piece of film history for you to make and puzzle out, awakening nostalgic memories, taking you back to your childhood.

Each Ravensburger Puzzle is produced with the utmost care and checked thoroughly. The jigsaws are made in Germany and have an unique premium quality. The pieces are specially formulated from cardboard that has their unique Softclick Technology.   I know if you buy a Ravensburger Jigsaw you will not be disappointed.

You can find all puzzles created by Ravansburger by clicking this link  https://www.ravensburger.com/uk/start/index.html

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle

I’ll be 50 next year, but I can still remember my first trip to the cinema.  I’m not sure exactly how old I was, but we went to the cinema in Farnham, it probably doesn’t exist any more, or has been replaced with a multi screen complex.  We went to see a true Disney classic, that’s celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.  To celebrate this fact and to reminisce on a childhood favourite I’ve been completing the Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 piece puzzle from Ravensburger.
Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle
The story of Snow White is known the world over and as soon as I looked at the images in this jigsaw puzzle I started humming away to myself.  The soundtrack of my childhood coming straight back to me.  The film, to me, is as magical today as it was when I first saw it over 40 years ago.
Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle
The Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle features all the main characters from the film.  What’s not to love about the lovely seven dwarfs.
Which one have I not included in the collage above? Can you remember all of their names?
As I’m always saying, the quality of Ravensburger puzzles is second to none.  The puzzle image is always perfect, and the pieces are made of a good quality card and are precision cut for a perfect fit.
Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle
As I was completing the Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle I loved putting the film reel clips together, remembering the wicked witch and her alter ego the wicked stepmother, the woodcutter and of course the red apple, which caused so much trouble.
Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle
It wasn’t just the dwarfs that loved Snow White though, all the forest animals did too, and many of them get included in the Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle.  From rabbits and deer to the birds, so many memories came flooding back as I completed this jigsaw.
Aimed at anyone aged 14 and over, this puzzle has been a joy to complete, and I know I’ll enjoy making it up again in the future.  My great-niece is due to be born next week, her Mum is a huge Disney fan so hopefully one day, the three of us might complete it together.
Disney Collectors Edition Snow White 1000 Piece Puzzle
Priced at £12.99, It would make a great present for a Disney fan!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Back to School with Ravensburger

It doesn’t seem long since School Sports Day, and here it is, almost Back To School time!  In fact, I know some students are already back to school.  We homeschool year-round so our home most often looks like a classroom, but I thought it would be fun to reminisce with the children about how my classroom looked at school compared to theirs at home.   We’ve done this with great fun putting together this Teacher puzzle!
Happy Days at Work - The Teacher, a Castle View Academy homeschool review
Ravensburger kindly sent us a copy of their 500 piece Happy Days at Work – The Teacher puzzle for our compare and contrast project.
I started this puzzle one night while waiting for Phil to move some things off his PC onto an external drive as I needed the drive for my own work.  Phil’s PC had crashed and self-wiped the hard drive and he was majorly stressing about it and I was trying my best to stay calm as this was the latest in another run of bad luck we’d been having (this same week I came close to losing at least a month’s worth of blog posts and our car quit).  I took advantage of this wait by taking a big breath and starting to sort out the edge pieces from the centre pieces on our Puzzle Handy.  I’m so predictable with this, aren’t I?
Starting The Teacher at Castle View Academy
I had virtual assistant work I needed to get to, and the night was getting late.  But I concentrated on the puzzle and drank a cup of tea.  Waiting patiently, and glad I had something to make me slow down and focus.  Somehow Ravensburger always knows just when we need a good puzzle to take our minds off our troubles!
After Phil was done with the drive, I started my work for the night after I slid the Puzzle Handy under the sofa and out of the way.  I knew that if I left it out the kids would find it in the morning and be distracted from their school work by putting together a classroom…how ironic, really.
Happy Days at Work - The Teacher at Castle View Academy homeschool
A couple of days later we returned to the puzzle and Kallista helped me sort out some of the internal pieces into piles:
  • Art display wall
  • Book shelf
  • The trees and outdoor pieces
  • The hamster cage
We put some of the Teacher puzzle together together.  It’s nice doing a puzzle on your own, but it’s also nice to have company.
Phil was home ill part of last week and taking things easy.  So he joined us to finish the puzzle.  It was a nice way to spend a little time together, even if he wasn’t feeling his best.
As we put this puzzle together we all chatted about the similarities between a school classroom and our homeschool:
  • We have a clock on the wall.
  • We have art on our walls.
  • We have displays and information on our walls.
  • We have lots of books in different areas.
  • We have a teacher that reads to the children.
How do homeschool and public school classrooms compare, Castle View Academy
We also compared how our home was different to this puzzle:
  • We don’t have desks.
  • We don’t have lots of kids.
  • We don’t have a chalk board.
  • We don’t have a class pet.
Happy Days at Work - The Teacher puzzle, completed by Castle View Academy