Friday, 22 May 2015

RAVENSBURGER WEMBLEY DREAMS




Playing footy in the park is a great way to spend an afternoon, and this nostalgic scene captures all the drama and excitement of those childhood days. Set in the heady days of 1966, these lads have transported themselves to an imaginary Wembley Stadium, with nothing more than jumpers for goalposts and an old football. The boy in the red and white kit has just dashed past the defence, fooled the goalkeeper and scored a goal!




It’s a big difficult 1000 piece puzzle with the toughest bit being the green grass as it’s all the same. There’s lots of detail, as always the case with Ravensburger puzzles. The facial features are really well illustrated with very fund accurate detail.

The artist is Trevor Mitchell who is a freelance illustrator and painter.  

The Wembley Dreams jigsaw is available for purchase via AMAZON for £11.99.

Review by Bizzimummy 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

REVIEW: Bing Bunny My First Floor Puzzle

Bing Floor Puzzle
Regular readers will know that Master C is the biggest Bing fan out there right now. Every day he asks to watch it on the BBC iPlayer and he is completely obsessed with Bing, Sula, Pando and their friends and carers. As I mentioned when I blogged about knitting him a Flop toythere haven’t been any Bing toys available commercially, but that’s all about to change with this Bing Floor Puzzle from Ravensburger that we were sent to review.
When I unwrapped the puzzle from the packaging in which it had been sent I think I instantly qualified for Mum of the Year, and that was while Master C just thought he’d got “Bing on a box”. When he realised that there was a puzzle inside he just started jumping around the room shouting “Bing! Bing! Bing!” such is the power that this bunny has over small children.
The floor puzzle itself consists of 16 large thick pieces and it makes up a picture of the 8 main characters in the programme: Bing, Flop, Pando, Sula, Padget, Charlie, Coco and Amma. Each character has a different coloured background behind them to help children match the pieces together. What I really loved about this puzzle was the picture and the fact that it was arranged so that by just fining two jigsaw pieces and putting them together children are able to form one of the characters and get some satisfaction in doing so. Master C loves and recognises all the characters and so it was really easy for him at two and a half to start to see which pieces he needed to put together with just a bit of prompting from me.
The pieces physically are also a great size for little hands. The thickness of them means that they’re easy for children to pick up and manipulate, and they are also large enough that they have a big picture on each to help them see how they go together.
Jigsaws like this are a brilliant learning toy for children as it helps them develop their mental problem solving skills alongside manual dexterity. Combine that with some well loved characters like Bing and you’ve got a recipe for success.
Bing Floor Puzzle
If there’s a Bing fan in your house then this is quite simple a must have puzzle. It’s available online here and should also be in all good toy shops.
Doing Bing Puzzles? It’s a Master C thing!
Review by Being Mrs C

Monday, 18 May 2015

Ravensburger Bing Bunny My First Floor Puzzle

We were recently sent the 16 piece Ravensburger Bing Bunny My First Floor Puzzle to review. The jigsaw is aimed at children aged 2 and over, and measures 49x36cm once it is assembled. The completed puzzle won't fit inside the box, hence the "Floor Puzzle" status. (The box itself measures 34x23x6cm).

The box is really well made, and it has lasted well. It has a matt finish, so you can easily see the image you're trying to recreate. Each jigsaw piece is really strong too, and my toddlers haven't managed to bend or break any of the pieces!
Syd is almost 3, and managed to put the puzzle together easily, with very little guidance from me. (Sob!) She loved naming each character from the show as she assembled the jigsaw. Even Sam, who is non verbal enjoyed pointed to the characters, when prompted by questions like "Where's Sula?"
Once the puzzle was completed, Syd and I sat and talked about the characters and the colours in the picture. The image features the 8 main Bing characters, (Bing, Flop, Pando, Charlie, Padget, Sula, Coco and Amma). Syd talked about each character's clothes, the colour behind them, and their name. 
The puzzle has an RRP of £8.99. We've had cheaper jigsaws, but the quality of this puzzle is superior to those. It is well worth checking prices online when buying Ravensburger puzzles, as there are usually plenty of deals around.
I highly recommend this puzzle, and I will be buying some more from the Ravensburger My First Floor Puzzle series for my kids, and as gifts for other children, too. The Bing Bunny floor puzzle is sure to be a hit with any fans of the show. 
review by Mothergeek 

Friday, 15 May 2015

Delphinium Cottage

This month I have been completing a different Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle. Delphinium Cottage is number nine in the cottage collection of 1,000 piece puzzles, available for RRP £11.99.
delphinium cottage
Delphinium cottage like all the other Ravensburger puzzles that I have completed, features the softclick interlocking puzzle pieces which lock together to form a seamless picture, with great colours and amazing details. The picture for the Delphinium cottage is made up of a mixture of photographic images and some hand drawn parts, with sweet birds and colourful flowers as well as the cottage and its cheeky family of Labrador dogs.
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I enjoyed this months puzzle challenge, and found it took me between 3 and 4 hours to complete. I thought from my first look at the puzzle pieces that it would be difficult to finish, as there seemed to be vast amounts of grey and white pieces. It was easy to pick out the bright colours of the flowers to complete first, and once the outside words and border was complete the rest of the puzzle fitted swiftly together.
delphinium cottage ravensburger
There are 8 other cottage collection puzzles available from Ravensburger and feature bright pretty country cottages with roses, birds and butterfly’s. The boy enjoyed helping me with a few pieces and at age 9 was pretty good at finding the right places. The Delphinium cottage would make a perfect gift, and certainly brightened up my rainy Sunday afternoon. I only wish my cottage garden looked this good!
Review by The Soup Dragon Says 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Ravensburger Country Collection Delphinium Cottage Puzzle

Ravensburger has a range of jigsaw puzzles depicting beautiful quintessentially English country cottages, which are perfect for anyone wishing to experience our glorious countryside all year round from the comfort of their living room.

Each puzzle illustrates a beautiful English country cottage in a different location of the UK. The designs show a cottage and its grounds in full bloom with the added splendour of some local wildlife. Plus, as an added treat for those with green fingers, the edge of each puzzle has the names of all of the plants that feature in the picture for that classic Ravensburger attention to detail.



The new Delphinium Cottage 1000 piece puzzle is depicted here with its white-washed, thatched cottage and is many people's idea of heaven. Tucked away in the depths of the countryside and surrounded by vibrant herbaceous borders, it's a place where you really could enjoy nature. This colourful and detailed puzzle is perfect as an accompaniment to a lazy summer's day. Whatever the season, we hope you'll enjoy piecing together this classic pastoral scene.

Puzzle available from Amazon 



Monday, 4 May 2015

Star Wars Rebels XXL 100 Piece Puzzle

Star Wars Rebels XXL 100 Piece Puzzle: RavensburgerStar Wars is so phenomenal – I mean which other film has its own day (May 4th/ May the Force)? It would therefore come as no surprise that everyone is going crazy for the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens teaser!
You can imagine my 7 year old son’s delight when he was asked if he would like to review Star Wars Rebels XXL 100 Piece Puzzle from Ravensburger.
“From the popular Star Wars Rebels America animated television series (produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation) the image shows Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Zeb Orrelios, and Ezra Bridger in action. The Rebels defeat the Empire with their actions, anger and power”.
Star Wars Rebels XXL 100 Piece Puzzle: RavensburgerThe puzzle is recommended for those ages 6 and over. It is a 100 pieces and clearly split into a top and bottom section. It took my bright 7 year old approximately an hour (late at night if I am honest) to do – half of which was after he had worked out the outer edge. He told me that he found the puzzle really easy to do and the only tricky part was the fact that there were two laser weapons. There is also writing on both sides of the bottom of the image – but he did not find this difficult at all and in fact was how he started to piece it together.
Star Wars Rebels XXL 100 Piece Puzzle: RavensburgerThe pieces are of high quality and feel like they will have a long levity of life. I liked how the back of the puzzle pieces are all just plain – giving a grown up feel to the set. I think the image on the box is a very good replica of that on the puzzle piece and was a great guide for helping my son to complete the image. It is approximately 49 x 36 cm so the pieces are the perfect size for the age range. The puzzle itself fitted nicely on our small coffee table.
I like that the Star Wars Puzzle was full of action and gave my son lots to think and talk about during and after building it. I think that this puzzle is good for any Star Wars Rebels fan, or any adults who wish to help their child share their interest in Star Wars before the release of the new film later this year (December 2015 in USA).

Review by Pink Oddy

Monday, 27 April 2015

Ravensburger - London the Thames 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

I was super excited to receive this fantastic London River Thames Puzzle from Ravensburger, I am a massive lover of London.

London The Thames is illustrated by Christopher Rogers and shows London from the Houses of Parliament, looking eastwards out towards the Thames Barrier and the O2 stadium, there's just so much going on in this 1000 piece puzzle.
The puzzle shows just how important the River is to the City of London.


  
The detail in this puzzle is just fantastic, its really captured London at its best.
London the Thames measures approx 70 x 50cm when finished. As with all Ravensburger puzzles it is cut using only the highest quality premium grade card with a linen-paper finish for a glare-free image.
This puzzle would make a great gift for all those London Lovers out there. London the Thames can be purchased from Amazon for just £11.99

Review by Beth Bear