When I attended Blog On MSI Winter 2016, the colourful 3D puzzle range by Ravensburger for children has caught my eyes while I was queuing for sign-up. I have built a vase that's similar to the one from Ravensburger before, but it's more for people who love antiques. I loved the idea though, because you can actually use your creation, rather than putting it on display only, or if you lack the space, back in the box.
When I saw the Ravensburger's 3D Puzzle - Funky Owl and Unicorn range, which are really colourful, cute and attractive, I think that it would be a popular range. And they aren't limited to vases only. There are 4 products in each style, all very useful and more interesting for kids (and adults too!) to build and collect.
We were kindly sent 3 of the 4 products from the Funky Owl range to review, which includes:
Pencil Holder (£4.99, suitable for 7 years+, contains 54 plastic puzzle pieces, plastic base and top, backing card and instruction sheet)
Vase (RRP £14.99, suitable for 9 years+, contains 216 plastic puzzle pieces, plastic base, plastic top, internal plastic vase and instruction sheet)
Vanity Box (RRP £14.99, suitable for 9 years+, contains 216 plastic puzzle pieces, plastic base, plastic top frame, plastic tray, 4 backing cards and instruction sheet)
We didn't get the chance to finish the Vanity Box, as Abby would like to take her time to put her favourite out of the 3 together, but you'll be able to find all the information you need here.
|Left: Colourful and good quality materials|
Right: It is possible to build the Pencil Holder using the pictures alone
|Right: Numbered puzzles with arrows indicating where the next piece should go|
(note number 12's arrow is pointing up, meaning that number 13 will go on top)
|The bottom row of puzzle pieces have little edges on them, which fits into the plastic base, allowing you to lock the base onto the puzzle for stronger attachment|
|Functionable vase! You can pour water in the internal vase before slipping it into the main body|
|We can do with some real flowers!|
You piece the puzzle together, either by matching the pictures on each puzzle, or you can use the numbers on the back to help. Each number also comes with an arrow, indicating where the next number piece should be placed. To allow the puzzle mould into a 3D shape, they are made into angular shapes instead of the usual squares, so the arrows will definitely come in handy when you aren't sure how to fit the pieces to make them curve the right way.
Once done, you can attach the plastic parts and backing card to the puzzle as per instruction, and you'll get a cute and functionable 3D puzzle to use!
It is not impossible to put the puzzle together without looking at the numbers, because the design is very colourful. So there is hardly any large patch of area that contains one colour only (I always leave those until the last to do!).
But for young children who might lose interest quickly, using the numbers to help build the beautiful products they'd like to use sooner has been made possible. We used the number line method for the vase for example, where we line the numbers in order, and connect the pieces together as soon as there is a match.
Overall, we love the Funky Owl 3D Puzzle range, (the other product is a jewellery tree) and would love to recommend it to children and adults alike. The puzzle is fun to build, made with good quality plastic, the designs are cheerful and will look good as decorations, and they are functionable as well.
You can buy Ravensburger's 3D puzzle - Funky Owl and Unicorn range now from Amazon UK and all good toy stores.