Personalised Jigsaw Puzzles from TinyMe – Perfect for Little Wanderlusters

We were kindly given the chance to receive a personalised jigsaw puzzle from TinyMe for review. I had never come across TinyMe before, but once I checked out their website and the range of products they have to offer, I immediately said yes. We were offered a puzzle of our choice and I chose an intermediate level puzzle for BattleKid. The intermediate jigsaw puzzle from TinyMe is designed with 4 and 5-year olds in mind. As he is almost four, I thought it would be a good idea to get a puzzle that he could grow into. And if you like the sound of the intermediate personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe so far, I advise you to read on!

BattleKid enjoys puzzles and has a set of four with puzzles ranging from 12 to 24 pieces. He can easily do the 12 and 16-piece puzzles of the set, but still needs some help with the bigger ones. That said he still enjoys trying to fit the pieces together.

Personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe come doubled sided so there is twice the fun. They are made from premium quality materials and are printed in high resolution colour. They are also coated with a clear gloss for extra durability. And they come with a handy felt pouch which will make tidying up easier, and storage even easier.personalised jigsaw puzzles from tinyme personalised jigsaw puzzles from tinyme

Creating personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe

Choosing your personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe couldn’t be easier. You first chose the age range suitable for your child, or children, from the four choices.

  • Beginner – 19 months+ is a 6-piece puzzle
  • Junior – 3 years+ is a 12-piece puzzle
  • Intermediate – 4 years+ is a 24-piece puzzle
  • Advanced – 5 years+ is a 48-piece puzzle.

Once you have chosen the degree of difficulty for your puzzle, you then move onto your choice of design and colour. There are 14 designs to choose from, and 6 colour choices. You can also choose between an A4 or an A3-sized puzzle. And you can preview your design before you commit to purchasing it.

I chose an intermediate puzzle from the personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe for BattleKid. As he is quite good at recognising his numbers already, I chose the Alphabet puzzle to help him with learning and recognising his letters. I chose to have it in Bright Bolds, as I like bold and bright colours. I inserted his name into the website and was very happy with the design.personalised jigsaw puzzles from tinyme personalised jigsaw puzzles from tinyme

What do I think of the personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe?

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened our package. As the puzzle we received was A4, there was minimal packaging (which is always good in my books), and I was very happy when I opened the puzzle. The puzzle is made of really good quality materials and feels sturdy and durable. These are important properties to any children’s toys.

There is a lovely smooth feeling to the surface and edges of each piece, and the gloss coating isn’t noticeable. Each piece is quite chunky, so should easily be managed by pre-schooler BattleKid. The pieces fit nicely into each other but aren’t too tight either. I’ll admit BattleKid hasn’t gotten his hands on this yet as it is going to be added to his Christmas gifts.

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Pen shown for perspective – nice big chunky pieces for pre-schooler hands

The colours are bright and vibrant, and the design is exactly as it was shown on the screen when I created it. The storage felt pouch has a Velcro closing and is ideal for storing the puzzle flat. This means it won’t take up as much storage space as a puzzle box. Nor will it take up much luggage room when we look to bring it on holidays with us.

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Bright, bold, vibrant colours

What I love about the personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe

  • Easy to create and design.
  • Comes in four different age ranges depending on your child’s age and skill level.
  • Huge range of designs and colour combinations to choose from.
  • Colours are bright and vibrant.
  • Available in A3 and A4 sizes.
  • Easily stored flat in the felt pouch it comes in. No more puzzle boxes taking up room!
  • Ideal for travelling as it won’t take up much luggage space or weight either.
  • Made from high quality materials.
  • Chunky pieces feel smooth and sturdy.
  • Designed to stand the test of time with children.
  • A lovely gift for special occasions, a birthday or for Christmas.

What I don’t like about the personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe

  • Nothing.

I am really impressed by the personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe. They are well designed and will stand the test of time with children. The colours we chose are bright and vibrant, which for me, is a must in children’s toys and puzzles. They are also an ideal personalised gift for a special occasion such as a christening, or for birthdays and Christmas.

I love the fact that they don’t take up a lot of room, which is always a good thing when you live in a small home like we do since moving to Portugal. Puzzle boxes always need space and it’s a luxury for us these days. But the personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe are designed to be stored flat in their felt pouch, which they come supplied with meaning less storage space.personalised jigsaw puzzles from tinyme

I am always on the hunt for educational toys that we can take on our travels and these jigsaw puzzles are ideal as they don’t weigh much. As they are designed to be stored flat, they are perfect for popping inside a suitcase or cabin bag. We could have done with this on our recent trips to America and Bluestone. Also, both the Alphabet and Numbers puzzle are ideal as educational toys.

So, if you like the sound of the personalised jigsaw puzzles from TinyMe, then I urge you to check out their website. But be warned, you might make more than just one purchase. I’ve just ordered BattleKid some more items from their website. Don’t tell BattleDad. Or why not try winning yourself one with my giveaway.

The lovely people at TinyMe are offering one of my readers the chance to get their hands on a personalised intermediate puzzle. Simply follow the instructions on the widget below and best of luck!

An A4 Intermediate TINYME JigSaw Puzzle

Cath x

*We were kindly send an intermediate personalised jigsaw puzzle from TinyMe for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions about the product.

Competition Terms and Conditions:

  • Open to my UK and Republic of Ireland readers only.
  • Competition ends at 23.59GMT on 17th November 2017.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • One winner will receive a code redeemable against an A4 intermediate jigsaw puzzle at www.tinyme.co.uk. The voucher code is valid until 31st December 2017.
  • The winner will be picked at random and notified within 5 days.

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personalised jigsaw puzzles from tinyme

 

 

Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger Giveaway

I was recently given the chance to review a 1000 piece Glittering Gemstones puzzle from Ravensburger and have reviewed it on the blog. This puzzle was certainly challenging and tricky but I completed it none the less. It is certainly the next level up from the previous 500 piece puzzles I have reviewed. And now it’s your turn.glittering gemstones puzzle

If you’d like to try and complete this 1000 piece puzzle from Ravensburger, then click through the widget below to enter to win it. Please note that the puzzle has been opened and completed once for the purpose of the blog review but is like new otherwise.

Glittering Gemstones Ravensburger Puzzle Giveaway

Best of luck and I’d love to hear back from the winner if they find it as challenging as I did!

Cath x

Terms and conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Wednesday 29th March 2017.
  • One winner, chosen at random, will win the puzzle and receive it 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 puzzle has been opened and completed once for the purpose of the review.

Ravensburger Adult Puzzles Giveaway

I recently wrote reviews for two new Ravensburger Adult Puzzles. These included the Garden Vistas Puzzle and the Vintage Travel Guides Puzzle. I thoroughly enjoyed doing both as it brought me back to my childhood when I used to do puzzles on a regular basis. It was a great way to relax and lose myself for a few hours. Now I’d like to pass on these two puzzles to someone who will enjoy them as much as I did. Please note that the puzzles have been opened and completed once for the purpose of the reviews but are like new otherwise.

garden vistas number two vintage travel guides puzzle

If you’d like to get your hands on both, simply click the widget below and follow the instructions.

2 Ravensburger Adult Puzzles

Best of luck. I hope whoever wins them enjoys them as much as I did!

Cath x

Terms & conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Thursday 16th February 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.

Cryptic crosswords?

Can you do them? Do you ‘get’ it? I don’t!

crytpic crosswords

My colleagues in work started doing them at break times before I returned to work from my maternity leave and I have to say I haven’t the foggiest when it comes to them. I try my hardest but to no avail. I’ve even gone to the trouble of buying a book about solving them but I’m still lost. Now I’m not a stupid person and must be somewhat intelligent to have gotten a PhD but cryptic crosswords have me beat.

Is it just me? Sometimes I can see where the answer has come from when it’s been solved but until then I just can’t see the woods for the trees, so to speak.

Take for instant the following; “very sad unfinished story about rising smoke (8)”. The answer is Tragical and comes from these points: Very sad = tragic, Unfinished story = tal (from tale, one letter missing) and Rising smoke = ragic from cigar. I mean really?

Then there’s different types of clues like anagrams, deletions, double definitions and many more. How are you supposed to know one type from another?

I think I’m destined to be a noddy forever where cryptic crosswords are concerned. No matter how hard I try or how long I stare at the crossword or read the clues, I remain in the dark beside my colleagues. Even when I think I might have cracked it, the answer they come up with is nowhere near the one I conjured up. My colleagues have said it just takes practise and time but I can’t see me cracking the whole cryptic crossword thing anytime soon.

Is it just me?