One of the worlds favourite past times is to sit down with a lovely drink and solve a jigsaw puzzle. There is something both relaxing and frustrating about trying to find the right piece for that spot, sorting the edges from the middle pieces and seeing the final image emerge from a see of little segments.
There have been many debates on where the oldest jigsaw puzzle would date from and to be honest from our research, none are conclusive. We only need to think about ancient mosaics to see one incarnation of a historic puzzle format, but the jigsaws we know and love today seem to stem from the 1760’s and a man names John Spilsbury, who was a cartographer. Maps were among the first known, (to date), pictures to be chopped up for the purpose of reassembling for pleasure. There is however no conclusive proof.
Now puzzles come in many forms and with a type of puzzle for everyone. One of the most loved companies are Ravensburger, who have an incredible range of jigsaws for all ages and abilities, accessories to aid puzzling and even games.
It is never too early to get the little ones interested in puzzles and using their spacial awareness to solve jigsaws. As a fabulous introduction into puzzles Ravensburger have range that features the much loved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
The puzzle comprises of 16 large, chunky pieces, suitable for tiny hands. The picture of the finished article is of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the fruit that he has munched his way through. It introduces the use of numbers, colours and objects to your little one, in a really fun way.
They also have a range of giant floor puzzles for those children who are slightly older and need a bit more of a challenge. One example is the 24 piece jigsaw of Disney’s Doc McStuffins.
Based on the TV show, the jigsaw features Doc McStuffins and her adorable animal patients in a bright, colourful and engaging image.
Of course kids are not the only ones that are able to do puzzles, in fact many of the jigsaws available today are made specifically with adults in mind and Ravensburger are no different. There are a number of challenging, photographic and even artist ones available, but we are going to share with you a couple of their more tongue in cheek, comedic versions.
The Frog & Trumpet Pub puzzle is a little bit of comedy. Everywhere you search on the image, you can find little bits to make you giggle or exclaim ‘that’s clever’. The scene is obviously set in a rather busy, if not small, pub. There is a lot going on in The Frog & Trumpet, from ‘Carrie Oakey’ to the newspaper headline ‘Bearded Mn Walks Into Pub’ (there is also a bearded man at the door.
The puzzle is part of The Best of British Series and a lot of the gags definitely give the feeling that our Dad’s have made these jokes once or twice.
Our final puzzle to share with you today from Ravensburger is The Pet Parlour. Pamela loves her animals and really enjoys owning a pet parlour, but she longs for something else, she dreams of a different future. This jigsaw gives you the opportunity to realise Pamela’s dreams buy completing this, What If? puzzle. The box image shows the current situation that Pamela finds herself in, but by slotting the pieces in the box together, you can find out what Pamela really wishes for.
As mentioned earlier Ravensburger also do games. Our favourite by far has to be Bugs In The Kitchen. The 3D game board comes equipped with everything you need to get playing, including the bug, a special edition Bug Nano! This little fellow finds his way around the board powered by batteries. He is such a clever little thing that the kids, (and grown ups), will be amazed and delighted as the game is played out.
They also have a selection of accessories available to help with your puzzling exploits. Including trays that let you sort your pieces into edges, middles, corners, colours or however you sort. They are even shaped like puzzle pieces themselves and stack neatly together so they can be stored away easily and tidily.
Ravensburger also produce Puzzle Boards. These boards are not only strong, lightweight and rigid, they have a flocked, non-slip surface to help keep all the bits in place while you complete your puzzle. It is easy to move about, so you don’t have to clean up when it’s dinner time and start over.
All in all, Ravensburger have a lot of different options to meet anyone’s puzzling needs, their website shows the full range which in addition to the above, also includes craft items. Because we enjoyed our experience so much, we thought it only fair to share with you, so today we are giving you the chance to win a puzzle of your very own.
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