Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ravensburger Puzzle: Extra Benefits

These boxes are great! Very sturdy!

WHAT: Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzles
DOES: allows you to use and adjust your solving tactics, give you a chance to work cooperatively, must be courteous of other's space and their "projects"
INVEST:  some 100 piece puzzles cost $9 and up  (Pictured is $9-12 "Fire Department")
TOOLS: Family Fix-it, Foment Love of Language, People are People

Here are a few more notes to make about Ravensburger Puzzles.

  • Their boxes kick butt.  They are so sturdy.  Have you ever seen my box preservation methods that are somewhat indicative of an underlying clinical need?  Anyway, I NEVER have to tape up these boxes. They are easy to open and close too.
  • On their box, they do show an actual size piece.  I placed a piece on top of the box (the plain piece noticeably covering the picture) just to demonstrate that they really mean what they say.  I think for young kids, those big pieces are just great.
  • Lastly, it's nice to see the picture of the boy holding up a completed puzzle.  The last thing you want your kid to do is to solve it halfway only to realize that he doesn't have enough room.
  • Again, think of the conversations that come out of a puzzle scene like this!  You can talk about jobs; talk about how a fire can start; talk about what people could be saying and thinking which is inferencing (a skill necessary for reading).   You can't see it but the faces of the firefighters look calm.  It's a little weird and yet, I get that you want to convey a feeling to your kids that there are people who can help and they know what they are doing.

  • These puzzles would really make a gifting alternative for those folks that like to give books as presents.  The artwork is great and hopefully you will find the right theme for the child receiving the gift.  There are many themes to choose from. 

Don't miss First Post: Easy Icebreaking Social Scene Helper - Ravensburger Jigsaws  click here

Don't miss the sequel either: Are you a hoarder, border-obsessive, or opportunist? What puzzle solving in a group says about you....  click here

Disclosure statement: Toys are Tools has not been compensated in any fashion by the manufacturer or retailer of any of the mentioned products for the publication of this post. 

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