One of the things I want to do this year is to spend more quality time with my children during the school week. Time to put laundry and dishes aside, and just sit with my children and enjoy their company. We enjoyed putting together our Christmas jigsaw puzzle so much we’ve continued putting more together since then. Kallista is enjoying her Trolls puzzle, and we’ve also been working on this humorous one: Best of British No.15 – The Supermarket.
When Ravensburger contacted me to see if we would like to try out one of their newest puzzles, along with their nifty Puzzle Handy, I replied back as soon as I could.
It was a happy day when our package arrived! We were looking forward to using the Puzzle Handy because our home is small and we don’t have a big table on which to work on our puzzles. We usually just do them on the floor, but for larger puzzles that take some time to complete, this means that other activities have to be put on hold until a puzzle is completed.
Now we can work on a puzzle right on our area rug, on the floor, or gently lift the Puzzle Handy up and onto the kids’ little table. It’s sturdy enough with the clips in place that the bit of over-hang isn’t a problem. Using it on the table is also a little easier on our backs that sitting on the floor. And when we’re done for the day, it slides easily under our low sofa to keep it safe from running feet and dust. The Puzzle Handy worked really well…just unfold like you would a board game, put the clips in place and you’re ready to go.
The board has outlines that conveniently correspond with Ravensburger puzzles of 500 and 1000 pieces. Now there’s no more wondering how big your puzzle will be and just where those corner pieces should sit.
Best of British – The Supermarket
So to try it out we went the traditional route and sorted out the Best of British No. 15- The Supermarket 1000 piece puzzle into ‘edge’ and ‘inside’ pieces. Having a correctly-sized outline was very useful; you can see a little of the border peeking out in the upper left corner. You can also see it in use for a smaller Trolls puzzle here.
Next we sorted out the inside pieces;
- pieces with bits of text in one pile
- blue plaid pieces
- parts of people
- blue pieces
- brown and orange pieces
- grocery basket and trolley pieces
Then the children and I worked at piecing together speech bubbles, hanging signs, the fruit stand, and the man in blue plaid.
We were on a real roll. Housework and even some school work was put on hold. We’d worked hard earlier in the week, and it was so relaxing and enjoyable to sit down with my children, have a cup of tea, and chat with them.
We had some laughs as we fit together the signs and read what they said. Here are a couple of examples:
- ‘Mouskouri’ ‘Nanas (Nana Mouskouri Bananas)
- 1980s Mullet (with a fish wearing a mullet-styled wig)
- Offer Must End Last Week
- Try New, Delicious, Middle-Aged Spread
And then…it was time to make dinner and get the kids ready for bed, so we had to stop for the day.
The next day we were up again and after a morning of math, dishes and tidying up, we sat down with the Supermarket puzzle once again.
Does anyone else find jigsaw puzzles to be as addictive as I do? I even worked on it throughout a telephone survey.
Next we filled in the rest of the puzzle as we found pieces and groups of pieces that fit together. Kallista was content to sit and work most of the afternoon on with me, whereas Tristan came and did a few pieces and then flew off around the house saving the universe before returning again to add a few more pieces.
Time got away from us once again and before we knew it we had to start prepping dinner and get ourselves ready to eat and rush out the door for the childrens’ first Ju-jitsu class. Kallista put the last three pieces into place just as Phil was walking through the door from work.
We may have gone a little overboard completing this 1000 piece Best of British Supermarket puzzle in two days, but it was a lot of fun and has me geared up to have a more hands-on year with the children this year. Since the puzzle has finished I’ve been planning more hands-on activities both for school and fun.
When was the last time you did a jigsaw puzzle? If you’re looking for something to keep your mind and fingers working during the long, cold, wet and windy days of winter that is sure to fall upon us soon, give this puzzle a try!
Best of British No.15 – The Supermarket is available through fine retail stores and Amazon.co.uk.
The Ravensburger Puzzle Handy is also available from Amazon.co.uk and retail outlets.