Monday, 25 July 2016

Ravensburger Finding Dory 3D and Giant Floor Puzzles

A few weeks ago we were sent the 60-piece Finding Dory Giant Floor Puzzle and the 72-piece Finding Dory 3D puzzle both by Ravensburger and the Beans couldn’t wait to get started on them.  All of the Beans have always been keen puzzlers and I think it’s a great past-time for them to enjoy because they have to think about what they are doing and it’s great for their motor skills too.
Finding Dory Puzzles
We haven’t actually seen the film Finding Dory yet but they are all fans of Finding Nemo so it didn’t matter to them, they all knew who Dory was.  The colours in the puzzles are beautiful, so bright and cheerful, exactly how you imagine a coral reef to be.  If you do have a Finding Dory fan then both of these puzzles would make a lovely unique gift and both priced at £9.99 they won’t break the bank either.

Finding Dory 3D Puzzle

Enjoy piecing together this highly detailed plastic 3D puzzle that has been cut into 72 shaped pieces. All of the pieces fit together perfectly to form a strong and sturdy spherical puzzle. Featuring a beautifully coloured scene from the Great Barrier Reef, piece together Dory, Marlin, Hank, Destiny and Bailey. 3D plastic jigsaws are perfect for any fan aged 6 and up. Comes with a plastic stand so you can place your completed 3D puzzle on display in your room for everyone to admire! Measures 13cm in diameter when complete.
When I opened the box I (wrongly) assumed that the Beans wouldn’t have the patience but I should have given them more credit.  Little Bean was about to head out to Brownies when the puzzles arrived so she was only able to help Beanie Boy make a start on the 3D puzzle before she had to leave.  The puzzle pieces are made from a tough curved plastic and each piece has a number on the reverse.  You can do the puzzle traditionally by working solely from the picture on the pieces or you can follow the numbers on the inside which have little arrows pointing you in the direction of where the next numbered piece needs to attach.  They decided to follow the numbered pieces.
Finding Dory puzzles
This is where Beanie Boy really surprised me because although he has been learning numbers in Reception class I didn’t expect him to be able to follow the numbers all the way to 72, but follow them he did and he did an amazing job so I was very proud of his efforts.
Dory 3
The only time he asked me for any help was right at the very end to put in the last 3-4 pieces as he found this a little fiddly, though he did insist that he pushed in the very last piece (just like his Mum – I always want to put the last piece in too).  The end result is a beautiful, bright Finding Dory globe complete with a stand for it to be displayed on.

Finding Dory Giant Floor Puzzle

Set deep in the Great Barrier Reef, follow Dory as she goes on an unforgettable adventure to find her parents. Will she remember everything along the way? This stunning 35 piece puzzle, is perfect for children 3 years and over, who enjoy a challenging puzzle. Featuring colourful characters from the movie, piece together a fantastic group image of Dory, Nemo, Hank, Marlin, Destiny and Bailey. The puzzle measures 26 x 18cm when complete and is suitable for children aged 3 years and up.
On Jelly Bean’s days at home with me you will often find us doing puzzles, he will disappear into the playroom and come back armed with a pile of puzzles for us to complete on the kitchen or lounge floor.  Up until now he has been doing puzzles of around 20-30 pieces so I was a little worried that this 60 piece puzzle might be a little too big for him.
Dory 2
I helped Jelly Bean to create the outside frame of the puzzle first as he can sometimes find this a little bit tricky but once the frame was done he pretty much asked me to leave him alone.  Every now and then he would say “can’t find it Mummy” and I would help him to find a specific piece but each time he knew exactly what he was looking for.
Dory 4
The puzzle pieces are all a great size for little fingers and are robust enough to stand up to their less-than-gentle ways.  They are made from premium grade cardboard and finished with linen finish print to minimise glare on the puzzle image.  It probably took Jelly Bean a little over half an hour to complete the Finding Dory Giant Floor Puzzle and I was super impressed.  Since completing it the first time he has probably done this puzzle another 5-6 times and particularly likes to show off to family members how clever he can be.

Monday, 18 July 2016


BFG Big Friendly Giant is the forthcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic to CGI film and it’s out just in time for the summer holidays!  To celebrate this new film, Ravensburger has launched this XXL 100 piece puzzle for your little fan to enjoy.  This is suitable for children aged 6 and above.
BFG 100XXL Ravensburger PuzzleThis brand new puzzle features the two main characters: the feet of Big Friendly Giant and ten year old Sophie standing on his shoe.  This puzzle comes in three tones of colours.  My children did struggle slightly to do this puzzle.  It is definitely a new challenge for them.  It measures 49.3 cm by 36.2 cm when complete in Portrait.  If you have a big fan of puzzles, I’m sure they will love this puzzle.  This is available to buy on Amazon.
This is our fifth time reviewing Ravensburger puzzles. We had similar Ravensburger puzzles before, with Zootropolis, The Muppets, Big hero 6 and How To Train Your Dragon 2.  Again, we are very impressed with the quality of this one.  The pieces are chunky for young children to hold and piece together.
This picture is simple yet stunning with its colours.  Both my children enjoyed and find it challenging to piece it together and it was a nice distraction from their usual electronic toys.  The pieces have a matt finish and are thick, strong and easy to join up. The only problem is that there are a lots of blue bits coming off the backing which seems to happen with all the puzzle sets.  Once the bits are brushed off, it is fine afterwards. The puzzles can be done over and over again and kept safely in its box when not required.  We had to disassemble it as we don’t have space to keep it out.  We love doing jigsaw puzzles at home as they are a great work out for the brain and can be beneficial for improving problem solving, motor skills and eye co-ordination for children and adults.  This BFG puzzle is a lovely puzzle that we will do again and again in future.  Do check them out on Twitter @RavensburgerPC as they regularly host giveaways!
BFG Ravensburger puzzle 100xxlWe all can’t wait to catch this classic story by Roald Dahl!  It follows the adventure of ten year old Sophie when she meets the Big Friendly Giant who is actually quite gentle and charming.  As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants.  After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.
Review by Eileen 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Around the world with Ravensburger 3D Puzzles

We have been sent some fab 3d puzzles from Ravenburger to have a go at, we have tried 3d puzzles before but nowhere near to this scale. We were sent 4 of the puzzles out of the current range, prices range from £19.99 to £39.99.
The One World Trade Centre - £19.99
At 1,776 feet tall, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Developed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, this building sets new standards of design, construction, and prestige, and heralds the renaissance of Downtown Manhattan. Managed, operated and leased by The Durst Organization, One World Trade Center is the new icon of New York's skyline and the most recognised and desirable office address in the world. 
The Eiffel Tower - £19.99
This puzzle uses unique hinged plastic pieces, which slot together to build a sturdy and strong "building". No glue required! The puzzle has got 216 high-quality plastic pieces and measures 44cm tall when complete. Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the reverse side, so you can either assemble the puzzle by eye, or just by following the numbers. It also comes with a printed base board, so it can be displayed on a shelf or table top. Enjoy some of the world's most famous buildings in your own home!
Tower Bridge - £34.99
Make a unique scale model of 1 of Londons Iconic landmarks, once built it measures over 1 metre long. It would be a fab gift for anyone who loves our capital. Like the other models, it has 216 pieces and they are all numbered for ease of build.
Big Ben - £24.99
This comes with a real working clock! It was the puzzle that we decided to get busy with and have a go at building first.
As you can see all the puzzle pieces are clearly numbered and they all have a direction arrow on them. This makes building really simple. We decided to group all the number together to make building easier and got making the model from the bottom up.
We found that once you get the hang of the puzzle pieces and getting the pieces the right way up by looking a the arrows it takes no time at all to build.
You have the option to have the working clock face in or out, you can just have the non-working version in. The clock just fits inside the top part of the model and once you have attached it to the stand you are all done. 

These are a fab gift idea for the older puzzles, although all the puzzles are suitable for ages 10 plus, it took us about 30 minutes to build. But it is the type of model you can do a little of and come back to it, thanks to the numbered pieces. What do you think of 3d puzzles, do you fancy giving 1 a go?

Review by Mandy at Raising the Rainbows

Monday, 4 July 2016

Ravensburger 3D puzzles – Review

Ravensburger 3D puzzles have a great range. Everything from castles to minions, and also light up night edition models like the Chrysler Building.
The Chrysler Building is just one of a new range of Ravensburger 3D puzzles that light up. The puzzle contains 216 pieces, standing 48cm tall when complete RRP £24.99. The boy was very keen to help me complete this puzzle. We chose to use the numbered pieces rather than completing using the patterned side. Starting at the bottom we built the puzzle up using the clear inserts. I will admit this was a little fiddly. You will need some patience to complete this model.
ravensburger 3d puzzle night edition

Once complete and with the addition of 3 AAA batteries, this Ravensburger 3D puzzle lights up in ever-changing colours. The shape is very authentic to the Chrysler building in new York. With lights shining up from the base this model was fun, and great to look at when complete.

The Empire State building is also available as a Ravensburger 3D night-time edition. The puzzle contains 216 pieces, requires 3 AAA batteries (not included) finished height 48.5cm RRP £24.99. The Empire state building was our favourite of these puzzles.
There was so much detail to look at on the completed model. With 5 different light effects that scroll through. This model is almost as good as the real thing! Fitting some of the flooring and clear pieces again takes some patience, but it is worth it when finished.
Finally we completed the final New York Landmark the Statue of Liberty. This Ravensburger 3D model has 108 pieces, is 37.5cm tall when complete RRP £19.99. The Statue of liberty has great detail and was we were a little disappointed that there were not more pieces. The base of the model is made up from the puzzle pieces.  The statue comes in a few pieces, but it would have been nice to have a few more.
ravensburger puzzles
The models still has some great features and when complete, looks very authentic. The clever way that Ravensburger 3D puzzles fit together allow some complex shapes and a great finish.
We have enjoyed our Ravensburger 3D puzzles, especially the night editions, as these would be perfect on display for any fan of New York City!

Monday, 27 June 2016


We were recently sent the Ravensburger SpongeBob Squarepants 100 XXL piece jigsaw puzzle for review. Jacob is a big SpongeBob Squarepants fan, and he loves puzzles, so he was super excited to receive the latest one from Ravensburger.
We were recently sent the Ravensburger SpongeBob Squarepants 100 XXL piece jigsaw puzzle for review. Jacob is a big SpongeBob Squarepants fan, and he loves puzzles, so he was super excited to receive the latest one from Ravensburger.
And as with all Ravensburger puzzle, you know you are receiving a good quality puzzle, which allows Jacob to do this one over and over again.  
Jacob is 6-years-old and he really enjoys this puzzle - he has completed it a few times now. Each time he will sit there and complete it by himself and afterwards he was super proud.  
The puzzle is bright and fun, full of all the SpongeBob Squarepants favourite characters in Bikini Bottom- the kids were playing spot the character. The final piece allows you to explore and spot some great features within the picture, with a bit of SpongeBob Squarepants humour.
I love the kids doing puzzles and really encourage it as puzzles are a great way to help develop concentrations skills.
The RRP for this puzzle is £7.99. 


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Secret Life of Pets range from Ravensburger

To celebrate the release of the Secret Life of Pets movie Ravensburger has launched a stunning range of four puzzle sets  and a card game. These will undoubtly make great gifts for fans and are suitable for ages 3 and up.

The range includes a 4 in a box set, a XXL100 piece puzzle, a 3 x 49 piece set a 72 piece 3D puzzle and mini memory set.

Featuring characters from the movie puzzlers can enjoy piecing together Max, Duke, Katie, Gidget and more!

This great range of puzzles is perfect for recreating scenes from the movie  and with prices starting at just £5.99 these also make great gifts for any occassion!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Review - Bugs in the Kitchen from Ravensburger

Bugs in the Kitchen is a fun family game for 2-4 players from Ravensburger for ages 6+ RRP £24.99.
Bugs in the kitchen is a hit in the dragon house, and it has a lot to do with the cute little Hexbug. We have loved these little creature from the first time we discovered them, a game with a Hexbug in it was always going to be fun. Anyone who has played with a Hexbug, will have made a maze for it to travel through. Bugs in the kitchen is based on this style of maze, built from knives forks and spoons, simple and lots of fun.
bugs in the kitchen gamebugs in the kitchen
There is very little assembly needed for Bugs in the kitchen, simply insert the plastic knives forks and spoons into the playing board as illustrated in the instructions. Press out the bug tokens and kitchen compartments. There are a few different patterns to start your game then it is time to play and switch on your Hexbug.
bugs in the kitchen review
Bugs in the Kitchen gameplay is simple, take it in turns to roll the dice, move the illustrated part of the maze, and trap the bug at your end of the kitchen to win a bug token. The winner is the first person to collect five bug tokens. Games are fast and full of giggles,lasting 10 – 20 minutes. Everyone who has played this game with us has enjoyed it and even Granny had a fighting chance of winning if she could stop laughing. Bugs in the kitchen requires no great skill, just speed and a little luck that the Hexbug or dice will turn your way.
bugs in the kitchen game
We love Bugs in the Kitchen, and think this game will be a great hit with kids of all ages, and it has already been voted a Toy Testers TV Gold Award- Voted for as the “Most Fun Toy 2014” by children aged 4-15. Little ones can make up teams and work together to capture the most bugs. While the adult wont be able to stop giggling at the frustration as the little Hexbug changes direction at the last-minute. Visit the Ravensburger website for more family fun games.
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