Monday, 17 October 2011

Thomas & Friends Clock Jigsaw

With so many all-singing-all-dancing toys and games available to buy these days, it can be easy to forget the value of the simpler, traditional varieties such as the humble jigsaw puzzle.

We have always loved jigsaws in our house and as my children grew older it became something of a Christmas tradition to get a new (ever more challenging) puzzle, start it on boxing day and see how quickly we could have it finished.

Most of our puzzle collection (in particular, those aimed at younger children) was donated to charity when divorce meant I had to move home. Had I known then that in a few short years I would be starting a second family with my new partner, I would never have parted with them. At least this way it means I  get to start a whole new collection.

This Thomas & Friends jigsaw by Ravensburger is exactly the sort of puzzle I will be looking for to go under the Christmas tree this year.

I have to confess that I am not a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine but my little boy did enjoy pointing at the pictures of the trains so maybe it is time for me to rethink! At 16 months, he was more interested in throwing the jigsaw pieces than working out how they fit together but my daughter is very good with puzzles.

At 3 and a half years, she might be considered a little young for a 60 piece puzzle (the recommended age is 4+) but with some help from her big sister and a lot of encouragement, it was not beyond her.

The puzzle pieces were a lovely size for little hands and made of robust card. They slotted together firmly to create a finished picture that did not break apart too easily.

As well as being a quality jigsaw puzzle, there was an additional feature which I absolutely loved - movable clock hands. This added a whole new level of fun and learning.

My daughter enjoyed playing with the clock and moving the hands into different positions. I can clearly remember how hard I found telling the time as a child so anything that can assist with the mastery of this difficult skill has to be a good thing.

Ravensburger have launched six new puzzles as part of its Thomas range (including this one which was sent to me for review) to coincide with the DVD release of Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels. They are well worth checking out.

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