Thursday, 3 May 2012

Ravensburger Puzzle Club review #5 : I Love London

Sophie squealed with delight when she saw this month's puzzle from the Ravensburger Puzzle Club. Having French and English dual-nationality, she has a passion for both Paris and London and - I'm ashamed to say - she has yet to visit either of them. I've promised her that we will make a concerted effort to visit either or both over the summer, but in the meantime, she is getting really excited about the Jubilee and the Olympics.

Whether you're a patriotic Brit  organising your Union Jack-bedecked street party or a tourist looking for a fun souvenir of all things British, the 100 XL piece "I Love London" puzzle is perfect. The chunky pieces fit together cleanly and the finished picture is bright and colourful. It's a simple puzzle for youngish children to put together because there are so many easily identifiable, separate elements to work on.

Sophie loved seeing how many of the iconic London landmarks she could recognise - the London Underground, Big Ben, the black cab, red phone box and Tower Bridge didn't cause a second's hesitation but she did need a bit of help to name The Gherkin, St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, all of which she'd heard of but didn't recognise. We made it into a bit of a learning experience and went online to have a look at all of the monuments and do some virtual travelling around London looking at pictures and videos on internet. After we'd done all this, Sophie discovered that there is actually an informative fact sheet included with the puzzle !

Sophie debated keeping this puzzle whole and putting it on the wall in a frame because she loves it so much, then decided she wanted to keep it as a puzzle so she could make it again. She has got the box standing up on her shelf so it acts as a decorative object though !

star rating : 5/5

RRP : £7.99

Disclosure : We were selected to be part of the Ravensburger Puzzle Club so we receive a free puzzle once a month to review for the Ravensburger Puzzle Club blog.

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  1. I haven't done a jigsaw in years, this one looks fascinating.

  2. What a lovely puzzle! Might buy it for my daughter...

  3. daughter took grandkids to London for 2 days last year whilst down that way on holiday, and they saw a lot of these sights, and Fifi wants to go back. he internet is a wonderful tool when use in conjunction with learning.

  4. I have just ordered this from the Ravensburger Website! I adore jigsaws and so do my children! Every year I buy their limited edition Christmas jigsaws, which I complete with the help of my children - then we break it up once Christmas is over! I chose this jigsaw as I thought I would challenge my 4 children to complete it themselves, without my help. The 1000 piece Christmas jigsaws are too hard for them so I do most of it, so I thought this one is great and should be challenging but not impossible for them to complete! I will let you know how they get on!

  5. I love Ravensburger website, whenever its there birthday or christmas this is the first place i go to to buy there puzzles. My two kids absolutely love doing puzzles just as much as i do, keeps them busy and there minds active.

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  8. I love jigsaw puzzles and my eldest son is brilliant at them he has been doing them since he was two, it amazes me how quickly he can do them, so he would love this one