A puzzle is a puzzle, right? What if I told you that not all puzzles are the same and some actually not only can give you hours of pleasure, but that people who are used to doing jigsaw puzzles have lesser chances of falling prey to Alzheimer’s, memory loss, dementia and other old age problems.Source:Social Psychiatry .
I am a big puzzle fan so when I was sent Big Ben Union Flag Edition 3D Puzzle to review, I took it upon myself to set a day during the summer holidays to do this by myself.I expected to be finished within a couple of hours easily.
I first read through the photo instructions and familiarised myself with the pieces.This consisted of a base board, 4 pegs to hold Big Ben in place, 216 pieces of puzzle pieces, 2 platforms and a steeple.Once the pegs were pushed into the board, I sorted all through the pieces, putting them together into small sections starting with numbers 1-132.
Yes, I am really that OCD with puzzles, especially as this was my first 3d puzzle.
As I’m not used to working with plastic and the unique pre-bend hinged 3D puzzle pieces, it took me awhile to work how to follow the numbers when building up the layers.But once I got the pattern, I was clicking them together like nobody’s business.
Once the bottom of Big Ben clock tower was built, the Big Ben section was quickly built.Big ben is the name of the bell in of the clock tower, I know someone will want me to point that fact out.Then a grey platform was placed on top before making up the steeple section of the 3D puzzle.
The steeple section was the hardest part the pieces bent the opposite way to how I thought, which meant me leaving it for a couple of hours before coming back with fresh eyes.I really putting it all together, working out how it fitted together was great use of brainpower and I had huge satisfaction once it was all completed.Another grey platform was placed on top of the clock tower before the steeple section was placed on top.
As well as the Big Ben Union Flag Edition 3D Puzzle, Ravensburger also do flag editions of the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.I would imagine that they would make a great centrepiece on a shelf. They are suitable for ages 10+ and priced around £20.
I am a Ravensburger product tester.I received this puzzle in exchange for an honest review.