Over the years I have found some puzzles to be too fragile or too frustrating. Sometimes the paper and cardboard peels apart while the children are trying the pieces in different spots. Other puzzles have a poor "photograph" or color quality and it is nearly impossible for the children and I to get it put together. Some puzzles end up never being completed and being either donated or tossed into the trash. For these reasons, I am on the look out for quality jigsaw puzzles. I have found that Ravensberger creates quality puzzles.
Current Puzzle - Ravensberger Disney's Pixar: The Artists Desk
The previous two puzzles that have been on my table were real stinkers. Too difficult to complete due to color quality. So it is exciting to be working on this Disney Pixar 1000 piece puzzle. I was introduced to the Ravensberger brand by Treasures by Brenda and am enjoying this puzzle very much. It is made of quality materials (it is not peeling apart), the pieces are solid and thick, and even though the colors are very similar in portions of the puzzle, it is not frustratingly difficult to put together. Many children like to draw, so this theme has been interesting to them.
Next Puzzle - Ravensberger Disney's Pixar: Disney-Pixar Movies
This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle is the next in the line up. I chose it due to the variety of Pixar celebrities that are included. The older children may initially behave as though it's too "baby" for them, but I know they will work on it anyway. The younger children will like it. And what a great way to start a conversation than by asking which of the movies shown are their favorite. And why. Children aren't often asked their opinions. It is meaningful when you genuinely ask and want to know.
|Disney-Pixar Movies Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 piece)|
Other Puzzle Recommendations by Review This Contributors
Beverly recommends Susan Wingate jigsaw puzzles. She shows us several examples of the pretty garden and country living artwork. Beverly gives personal reasons why she enjoys puzzles in general, and these puzzles specifically. I have to agree, the Susan Wingate puzzles are beautiful.
Barb's love of California shines through her review of puzzles of California. As a native Californian, she shares samples of Zazzle puzzles created from her travel photographs as well as manufactured state puzzles that are available. If you love California you should read her California puzzles review.
Speaking of creating puzzles from personal photographs, Mary Beth explains how she does this on Zazzle in her article Create a Puzzle from a Favorite Photograph. Whether you are interested in her fantastic lighthouse puzzle collection or in making your own puzzles, her article is helpful.
And when you have finished your puzzles, you may choose to glue them together and hang them for display. I love this idea and would do it, except that I cycle through my puzzles at work and we put them together more than once. Beverly reviews puzzle glue that she has used with success.
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