Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Twirlywoos My First Floor Puzzle, 16pc

For those of you that haven’t seen it the  Twirlywoos is a childrens programme on Cbeebies featuring colourful creatures from  Ragdoll Production’s Anne Wood, the woman behind such hits as Teletubbies and In The Night Garden.

The CBeebies series of  11-minute episodes about four fruit tea-loving bird-like characters started back in February this year.

Described as; Silly, fun and full of surprises, Twirlywoos combines stop-frame animation and live action sequences set in the real world. 

This My First Floor Puzzle shows the adorable antics of four characters: Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick. 

Developed and designed especially for toddlers aged 2 years and over, this fun-to-learn jigsaw puzzle is made from super-thick, double laminated card. With 16 large, sturdy pieces (just right for the age group). This simple yet colourful puzzle is a great way of introducing key pre-school activities, such as colour identification and simple counting skills.

As usual another great product from the guys at Ravensburger and very well priced at under a tenner.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review of Bugs in the Kitchen by Unicorn Mummy

Ravensburger -Bugs in the Kitchen Game Review
Review by Unicorn Mummy

As a family, we all enjoy family time. One of our favourite things to do is playing games together. Last Christmas during Black Friday, I spotted on Amazon -Bugs In The Kitchen by Ravensburger, the game uses a HexBug Nano, which is a robotic bug. You may have seen the HexBug sets you can purchase.
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The object of the game is the first player to receive 5 tokens. You get these by catching the bug in your kitchen. To start the game you set up the board following one of 4 layouts. If there are less than 4 players you barricade your kitchen with traps so the pesky little bug can’t come in your kitchen.
Then you turn the HexBug on, the vibrations make the bug run around, he must start in the centre square.
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Each player then takes turns to roll the dice. You can either roll a fork, knife, spoon or a question mark. Depending which object you land on, you turn the matching utensil on the board, and try and get the bug to go towards your kitchen corner, or you can be extra cunning and block your opponents. When the bug lands in your kitchen, you receive a token and show your winning face (see below). Then reset the utensils to the chosen layout and start again.
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As a family, this is one of our favourite games. The game is fast paced so no boredom in sight, or hours waiting for the game to end. Total time is about 15-20 minutes. The moving bug adds to the excitement and changing layouts makes each time we play different. The battery has still lasted on the HexBug, and we do play this game often.
Bugs In The Kitchen is also ideal for children playing on their own, as the game keeps them interested and the instructions and rules are simple to follow so quite often this is a favourite when friends come after school.
Take a look at Ravensburger Website for their other games and puzzles. We are very excited for the new Tsum Tsum puzzle and will be keeping an eye out for this.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Happy Days - Edinburgh

We were really excited to try one of the latest puzzles from the Ravensburger Happy Days range - the Happy Days, Edinburgh

This lovely puzzle captures a busy day outside the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. The scene has locals and tourists making their way along Princes Street, together with all the cars and buses, jostling for position on this busy road. 

The picture also shows a little girl that stops to say "hello" to the piper's cute white Highland terrier, who seems happy just to sit by his master and watch the world go by. There are plenty of bright colours and interesting details for puzzlers to discover and enjoy as they assemble the scene.

As is usual for any puzzle from Ravensburger its made to really high standard and the pieces fit together excellentally

Monday, 20 July 2015

Country Cottage Collection no9 - 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.
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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.
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.
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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 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Disney Pixar's Inside Out 100 piece puzzle

With the latest Disney Pixar film out very soon Ravensburger has launched this great new puzzle. This bright and colourful XXL 100 piece puzzle is developed and designed especially for children aged 6 years and over. 

Ravensburger images as usual are always stunning and this is no exception it features key characters from the upcoming film including Sadness, Disgust, Fear, Joy and Anger. 

The quality is always excellent as the pieces are made from strong premium grade cardboard, with linen finish print to minimize glare on puzzle image. The Puzzle measures 49.3 x 36.2cm when complete.

Friday, 10 July 2015

The Minion Invasion, Ravensburger Puzzle Review for 6+ (80 pieces)

This summer, Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are coming to a cinema somewhere near you.  I can not wait to watch the new movie.  My boys and me are big Minion fans.  The merchandise that is coming out is great for the new movie too. 

I was kindly sent one of the new Puzzles from Ravensburger they have a great selection, so make sure to check them out.

We received this new 80 piece beaut.  The Minion Invasion has begun! Ours to Puzzle together Kevin, Bob and Stuart as they race through the streets of London on a 60's inspired bike!

So much detail on this puzzle, lots of words, symbols, pattens and colours to piece together, perfect for young imagines and little fingers.   

This puzzle is designed for 6+ the pieces are a good size, not too small.

James is 6 and being a boy at this age, he is always problem solving.  When I showed him the Puzzle he could not wait to get stuck in.  Little brother Liam showed some interest too.  They both sat down eager for me to open the box and take out the pieces. 

I left them too it.  I had over an hour of pure silence, this actually brought me joy to see them so content together.  They tried their hardest to complete the puzzle by themselves.  Eventfully James asked for a little help and then wanted me to stop helping after a few helpful hints.  

By the end of puzzle I had a very smug little boy.  James said he felt he had accomplished something.  He told me it was the first puzzle he had really enjoyed doing, more so as him and his brother worked together as a team.  He has now asked to frame it, as he wants to hang it in him bedroom. 

The Ravensburger puzzles can be purchased online through Amazon this one is RRP: £4.99 an absolute bargain.  

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Ravensburger Minion 3DPuzzles – Review

The Minions are coming!
If you hadn’t noticed Britain has gone Minion crazy and with the film set for release on 26th June you don’t have long to wait for more antics from Stuart, Kevin and Bob. Ravensburger have a fantastic range of movie exclusive puzzles and we have been asked to review three of the new 3D Minion puzzles for you.
We decided to try out the two 3D mini Minions Puzzles first, these cost RRP £9.99 each and have 54 pieces to make up the globe shape puzzle. Recommended for ages 7-99, I was interested to see how the boy would get on with these. Like all Ravensburger 3D puzzles the Minion Puzzles come with numbered sturdy plastic pieces, so there are two ways to complete the puzzle. Either the traditional way by following the picture clues, or by finding the numbers and arrows on the inside. The boy decided to start the Pirate Minion puzzle with the numbers, and soon had the start of the globe shape. It was easy for him to complete, and even the last piece fitted surprisingly easily.
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The second Minion puzzle is called “London” and this one the boy decided to complete via picture, and he admitted afterwards that this was a much more interesting way to complete a puzzle. The 3D Minion puzzle comes with a coloured paper picture of all six mini pictures around the globe shaped puzzle, and this made completion very easy. Each puzzle also has a small yellow plastic cupped stand so you can display your finished puzzle. The finished puzzle is 7cm across, and can be popped neatly back in the cube box for storage.
Next we completed the 72 piece 3D Minion puzzle which cost RRP £10.95 and is suitable for ages 6-10. The finished puzzle is 13cm across and with bigger pieces than the mini Minion puzzles is much easier to complete. Again there are six mini pictures around the globe shaped puzzle, this time of the Minions having fun in tropical dress! We found this puzzle so much easier to complete than the mini puzzles and have to agree younger children would have no problem with this puzzle.
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I was very impressed with how these globe puzzles fit together. I thought there might be problems fitting pieces or bits dropping out, and was convinced the final piece would be tricky. But I was wrong, they all clicked together easily with minimal readjustments. The boy loved these puzzles, and they were the perfect distraction while waiting for food in a restaurant, the staff were intrigued too! The boy has loved these puzzles and has been telling all his friends at school about them. We liked the Mini Minon puzzles the best although they are a little pricey, they were perfect for popping in my bag on days out, and I would defiantly get some more as gifts for friends.
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If you are looking for something a bit more tricky have a look at the Despicable Me 2 puzzle I reviewed last year and yes it truly was despicable!