Thursday 9 February 2012

Ravensburger Puzzle Club review #3 : Loopy Laboratory 200XXL pieces

January brought the snow ... and a new puzzle for us to try out from the Ravensburger Puzzle Club. This month's challenge was the 200XXL piece puzzle called Loopy Laboratory. As you can see from the picture, it's quite an intricate design which I thought might make it quite difficult for the girls but, as long as you use the box as a guide, it's actually quite simple because the multitude of colours and details make it easy to spot the different parts on the box.

This was actually a really good puzzle for them to do together because there are definite, separate sections for them to work on side by side with no squabbling. This is where the Puzzle Store really came in to its own again because they could sort the pieces into the different sections so that they both had their own stash of pieces to place.

It's a very "busy" puzzle with a lot going on, so it's one of those designs that you can do many times and still keep spotting new details each time. It's based on an image from Colin Thompson's book The Last Alchemist and the girls loved the huge amount of detail, pointing out strange creatures and funny objects as they put it all together. It was a great way of testing their observation skills too because they had to look really hard at the picture on the box to spot where each piece needed to go.

Quality-wise, it is once again absolutely perfect, with no rough edges or badly cut pieces. It stays together really well, even when you need to slide the different sections to the right place. Designed for age 8+, it was ideal for 6-year-old Juliette to do with big sister Sophie, aged 10, but she would have found it a bit too difficult by herself.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £7.99

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  1. I loved doing jigsaws when I was younger with my Granny

  2. looks good, like the puzzle store too

  3. looks difficult my dad would love it!

  4. My eldest son is 5 and addicted to puzzles and he is really good at them, he will sit for ages and do one, he would probably love this although I may have to help him a bit

  5. Will keep this in mind for my nephew who adores jigsaws, although he's only 4 and is still on the 25 piece ones so might be a while yet hehe!


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