Win Two Puzzles from Ravensburger

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to review two more adult puzzles from Ravensburger. The 1000 piece Used Car Lot puzzle was very enjoyable and easier to do than the previous 1000 piece I reviewed. I also reviewed a lovely 500 piece, A Day at the Beach. Both puzzles are aimed at those aged 10+ and both are easy enough to do.used car lot puzzle a day at the beach puzzle

Now that I’ve had the chance to complete and review them it’s time to let one of my readers win them. If you’d like to get your hands on both puzzles, simply follow the instructions in the widget below and good luck. Please note that both puzzles have been opened and completed once for the purpose of the reviews. They are otherwise like new.

Win Two Puzzles from Ravensburger

Cath x

Terms and conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Thursday 4th May 2017.
  • One winner, chosen at random, will win both puzzles and receive them directly from me.
  • The winner will be notified within 5 days and will receive their prize within 28 days of the competition ending.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Although this giveaway will be broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • As mentioned the puzzles have been opened and completed once for the purpose of the reviews.

A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Alongside my Used Car Lot Puzzle, I also received A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger for review.a day at the beach puzzle

This 500 piece puzzle features a beach scene as created by artist Andy Walker and features all the things we enjoy about A Day at the Beach, including a Punch and Judy show, donkey rides and sandcastle building.

I decided to take a slightly different tactic with this puzzle as it appeared to be a bit harder than my previous two 500 piece puzzles. This was due to the fact there is a lot of beige sand and blue sky in the picture.

I created the border first and then separated out the remaining pieces into four piles. One contained mostly just blue in it, one contained blue with some other colours/features in it, one contained colours and the other was mostly beige sand. I thought that by doing this it might make completing the puzzle easier.

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The border took 40 minutes to complete

I started with the sky and pier and this section, apart from a few pieces, took shape without too much difficulty.

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Portioning the pieces into four piles
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After 1 hour and forty minutes

Next I moved onto the coloured sections and these came together really easily. Next it was the sand. This proved a bit more difficult than the other sections but it wasn’t long before the majority of this puzzle was done.

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Complete in two hour and a half hours

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The last few sky blue pieces were put into place, and after only two and a half hours, this A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger was complete. I couldn’t believe how quickly it had come together and I wonder did my different tactic help!

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE A DAY AT THE BEACH PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Easy to do and complete. I finished it in two and a half hours.
  • Appears difficult and complicated due to the lack of variety of colours but wasn’t at all.
  • This 500 piece puzzle is aimed at ages 10+ and should not prove difficult to complete.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle to minimise glare on the puzzle image.
  • Contains all the aspects of A Day at the Beach that everyone loves including donkey rides and building sandcastles.
  • Measures 49 x 36cm when complete.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE A DAY AT THE BEACH PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • Nothing!

This 500 piece A Day at the Beach puzzle from Ravensburger was easy to complete and enjoyable at the same time. As mentioned I took a different approach to completing this puzzle and I think it helped. The puzzle is aimed at ages 10+ and should be more than doable for that age range.

So if you are looking for a puzzle for yourself or a child age 10 years of age or above, then this puzzle may just fit the bill. The A Day at the Beach puzzle retails at around £7.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. They cater for both children and adults!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received the A Day at the Beach puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Following on from last month’s Vintage Travel Guides Puzzle Review, I was kindly sent a Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger which contains no less than 1000 pieces to review. As you know by now, I’ve been really enjoying revisiting my youth and doing puzzles at the kitchen table of an evening so to get one which I would class as the next step up was lovely.

A tantalising, tricky treat for puzzle fans

Ravensburger claim this puzzle is challenging … but not impossible. Well it was time for me to see if this was true.glittering gemstones puzzleI can tell you they did not disappoint! I thought this puzzle was going to break me. As always I started by gathering the edges and putting them together before attempting any section within the main body of the puzzle. And this is where I first stumbled.

I thought I had gotten all the edge pieces out but as I put them together I soon found I was short by about 5 or 6. Cue another round of sorting through nearly 1000 pieces to find the elusive edge pieces I’d missed the first time round.

And you’ll never guess, I needed a third round before I completed the edges! With the border finally done I could start attempting the main body of the puzzle.glittering gemstones puzzle

Firstly, I thought it would be easy enough to get all the pearl-containing pieces and put them together but as there are so many different sized ones within various sections of the puzzle, this proved a lot harder than I first imagined. In fact, some of the pearl sections were not completed until the very end of making this puzzle.

I next gathered coloured pieces and started putting them together. I did have some confusion with the various pink gemstones but soon deciphered which went with which. There was no real order to how I put this puzzle together. Some sections came together quite quickly while others proved more difficult and took a lot longer to put together.glittering gemstones puzzle

Along with some of the pearls proving troublesome, the various diamond pieces were tricky to put together. Some could have fitted in more than one section so I had to take my time over them and spent quite a long time twisting and turning the diamonds to see if they fit where I thought they would.

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Adding the 1000th piece to my Glittering Gemstones Puzzle!

But when all is said and done, I completed the puzzle and what a sense of achievement that gave me. It took me well over 10 hours to complete, spread from Sunday afternoon to a Thursday evening in one week. While there were times I felt like quitting, I did it. BattleDad even commented a few times with “why are you torturing yourself? Just roll it in a ball and throw it back in the box”.

But I didn’t give in. The more I completed, the more the puzzle started coming together, the more determination it gave me. And I’m now quite proud of myself for having completed this 1000 piece Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger.

What I loved about the Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Quite tricky to do and challenging.
  • 1000 pieces is definitely for someone who is used to doing puzzles.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle.
  • The puzzle does feel like a premium puzzle.
  • Very easy to lose a few hours to this puzzle without realising.
  • Gives an unbelievable sense of achievement once completed.

What I didn’t like about the Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Nothing! Although unlike the previous two puzzles I have reviewed this wasn’t the most relaxing until towards the end.

Although it nearly broke me, and at times I felt like giving in, overall I quite enjoyed completing this Glittering Gemstones puzzle from Ravensburger. It was quite challenging and tricky in parts but if you are used to doing puzzles and are looking for something challenging, to stretch your mind, then this is the puzzle for you!glittering gemstones puzzle glittering gemstones puzzle

BattleKid joined me at the kitchen table on the Sunday afternoon when I started this Puzzle to try out his own new puzzles from Ravensburger. Once I had completed it, on the Friday morning when he spied the completed article on said kitchen table, I got a “oh good girl mama, you do your puzzle” from him. Praise from your boy for completing a tricky puzzle made it all worth it, all 10+ hours and 1000 pieces of it.

So if you are looking for a puzzle to take you to the next level with puzzles, then this Glittering Gemstones puzzle from Ravensburger might just be what you are looking for. It retails at around £11.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received this Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products

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Rachel Ellen Boys Puzzles from Ravensburger Review

We were recently sent a set of Rachel Ellen Boys Puzzles from Ravensburger to review with BattleKid. BattleKid has the Ravensburger 4 in a box Thomas the Tank Engine and Gruffalo puzzles and he quite enjoys doing them, especially when I have been doing my own puzzles on the kitchen table. He loves nothing more than getting his out and doing them alongside me.

However, as they are a set of My First Puzzles, he is quite adept at doing them now and gets bored quite quickly with them. They are designed from the age of 18 months and contain puzzles with 2, 3, 4 and 5 pieces. The Rachel Ellen Boys Puzzles are designed from the age of 3 and contain puzzles with 12, 16, 20 and 24 pieces so are certainly more advanced than the My First Puzzle sets we already have.rachel ellen boys puzzles

The Rachel Allen Boys Puzzles set contains puzzles with a pirate, superhero, astronaut and dinosaur. These designs are bright and colourful and certainly what BattleKid needed to take him to the next stage of puzzles. He was delighted with his surprise!rachel ellen boys puzzles

We started with the Pirate puzzle of 12 pieces and it took BattleKid a while to figure it out but he managed it. It kept his attention, although I did hear on a few occasions “I can’t do it mammy”. With a little encouragement from me to turn the pieces to see if they fit, he completed the puzzle and felt quite proud of himself.rachel ellen boys puzzles rachel ellen boys puzzles

He attempted the Superhero puzzle but found this one very challenging, even though it only contains 16 pieces. Next we moved onto the Astronaut puzzle and although I had to help him with this the first time around, he seemed to enjoy putting this one together. One particular piece proved a bit tricky for him, with him trying to convince me it was the right one. You can guess who was right!rachel ellen boys puzzles

The Dinosaur puzzle definitely proved the trickiest for BattleKid but he was determined to get it done. I helped with the edges and he set about trying different pieces together. Again with a little help from me, he got the puzzle completed and was quite pleased with this. I think the fact that he is obsessed with Disney’s The Good Dinosaur at the moment meant it really appealed to him. rachel ellen boys puzzles rachel ellen boys puzzles rachel ellen boys puzzles

What we loved about the Rachel Ellen Boys Puzzles from Ravensburger:

  • Bright, colourful designs.
  • Great characters including a pirate, superhero, astronaut, and BattleKid’s favourite, a dinosaur.
  • Pieces are lovely and chunky for small hands.
  • Great set of puzzles to take toddlers and pre-schoolers to the next level in puzzle making.
  • The puzzles are made from special recycled board and feel strong and sturdy.
  • Ideal to keep BattleKid going for a few years.

What we didn’t like about the Rachel Ellen Boys Puzzles from Ravensburger:

  • Nothing!

These puzzles are designed for ages from 3+ and we can vouch for that. BattleKid, at just over 3 years of age, found them challenging and needed a little help from me with some of them. That said, he is a determined little boy and I think this set of 4 beautiful puzzles will grow with him in the next few years. They have certainly taken him to the next level of puzzle making and we have been enjoying these on rainy days at home and in the evenings after nursery. They are sturdy and chunky enough for his hands and feel like they will be long-lasting.rachel ellen boys puzzles

So if you are looking for a set of 4 puzzles to challenge your pre-schooler and take them to the next level of puzzle making, then I cannot recommend this set of Rachel Ellen Boys Puzzles from Ravensburger. And I am sure there are some girls out there who would thoroughly enjoy these puzzles too!

These, and a whole host of other character 4 in one boxes of puzzles, are available from all good retailers as well as Amazon, costing just £5.99. I am already adding more to my wish list!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We received a set of Rachel Ellen 4 in a Box boys puzzles for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

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Vintage Travel Guides Puzzle by Ravensburger Review

Last week I told you how I received a jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger to review at the start of the month and how much I enjoyed it. It’s not often I get something to review that is just for me, so imagine my delight when I was offered another Ravensburger puzzle to review, all for me! I received the Vintage Travel Guides Puzzle, and once it arrived I couldn’t wait to dive right in.

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Ravensburger have been creating puzzles for over 100 years and I’m sure most households have at least one Ravensburger puzzle. Their jigsaw puzzles now come with softclicks technology which guarantees 100% interlocking mechanism for an optimal fit of individualy formed puzzle pieces. This results in an absolutely smooth puzzle once complete.

The Vintage Travel Guides puzzle is a brilliantly colourful puzzle which depicts bookshelves filled with vintage travel guides. It was created by American artist Aimee Stewart. Self-taught, she specialises in digital painting and photo manipulation.

The book shelf in this puzzle is filled with vintage travel guides, as the name suggests, and is wonderfully colourful with some postcards hidden behind the books with really inspiring travel quotes on them such as this by Saint Augustine:

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

Just looking at the book covers in the vintage travel guides puzzle and the places they refer to fills you with wanderlust. It’s just as well we already have some holidays planned for this year. If we didn’t I would be taking inspiration from this!

The puzzle itself is made from strong premium grade cardboard with a linen finish print to minimise glare. It has 500 pieces, measures 49 x 36cm when complete and is aimed for those age 10+.

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As before with the Garden Vistas puzzle I reviewed already, I started with the border and worked my way inwards. This time around the border was slightly more difficult to put together and certain areas seemed to take longer than others. However, unlike the Garden Vistas puzzle, I didn’t seem to concentrate in one corner and complete it before moving onto the next. It seemed easier to complete small sections across the entire puzzle before final pieces brought it together.

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It took me just over 4 hours to complete it in total, spread across two evenings, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Vintage Travel Guides puzzle. Dare I say it, I enjoyed it more than the Garden Vistas, but this was probably only due to the fact that the Garden Vistas puzzle was the first one I had completed in many, many years.

What I loved about the Vintage Travel Guides puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Quality puzzle.
  • Extremely colourful and vibrant.
  • 500 pieces which is a good amount for a novice or someone looking to get back into doing puzzles.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle.
  • The puzzle does feel like a premium puzzle.
  • So easy to lose several hours over and is a great way to relax and unwind of an evening.
  • The finished book shelves invokes feelings of wanderlust looking at the different places from around the world.

What I didn’t like about the Vintage TRavel Guides puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Nothing!

I really enjoyed completing this Vintage Travel Guides puzzle from Ravensburger. It wasn’t too difficult and I found this more enjoyable than my first one, particularly looking at all the names of places around the world and thinking how wonderful it would be to visit all of them. I found it an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a few hours in the evening to help me unwind after BattleKid had gone to bed. This time around he didn’t join me on the kitchen table but did gaze in wonder the morning after I had finished it. I even got another “good girl mama” for completing my puzzle.

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So if you are looking for something to while away a few hours, why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. This particular one retails at £7.99 and is available from Amazon.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received the Vintage Travel Guides Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger for review. As Always, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are wholly my own.