Disclaimer #1 - Yes, I know that, as a homeschooler, "ain't" should not be used. But, it is in the dictionary and it added affect to the title of my post so . . .
Disclaimer #2 - No offense to Grandpa or his regular Jigsaw Puzzles! If you continue to read my first paragraph after these ridiculous disclaimers then you will find out that I loved Grandpa's jigsaw puzzles. However the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle that I received from Enlivenze LLC is in a class of it's own!
So, anyway, after reading the aforementioned ridiculous disclaimers, let me begin.
I, like many of you all I'm sure, grew up with a set of grandparents that loved jigsaw puzzles. I knew that whenever we traveled to Grandpa Tinkel's house their would always be a 500 or 1000 (and often more) piece puzzle sitting on a card table in the living room. I loved being able to spend some time with Grandpa and Grandma helping them complete a complicated puzzle. I think that is why I have always loved puzzles of one sort or another and why my children also love puzzles.
When I found out that we would be reviewing the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC I was thrilled. FlipStir Puzzles are cool little 3-D Puzzles that are all contained in small compact plastic tubes. You solve each 10 piece puzzle by arranging and stacking each piece using a small wand with a little hook or "foot" on the end. The foot helps you to turn around and place the pieces where you want them until you have all 10 pieces stacked the correct way to complete the puzzle. It is that simple!
However, just because the method of completing the puzzle is simple, it doesn't mean that the actual completion is simple. I mean, after all, the method for putting a jigsaw puzzle together is pretty easy. Just pick up a piece and place it where it goes. As we all know, it isn't quite that easy though. It takes a while to get used to using the wand and hook. You might catch a piece but then drop it and it might ruin what you have done so far. Or, if you move the puzzle a certain way all of the pieces could get out of order and you have to begin again. It is very challenging! Just take a look at the pictures and of the video below and I think you will figure that out.
When our Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle first came in the mail I was going to save it to bring out on one of our frequent ministry trips. However, the boys would have nothing of that and wanted to try it out right away. They each worked and worked at it but sooner or later had to put it down to do chores, schoolwork, or something else. So, who should pick it up and work at it to finally get it done (while neglecting his own chores of course) but me! Yep, I was the first to get it done. I held my head up high and posted the above picture proudly on Facebook! Now the kids are jealous and want to be able to complete it as well but, you know how Grandpa and Grandma would glue a particularly hard jigsaw puzzle together for posterity? Well, I have hoarded our FlipStir Puzzle so that they can't mess it up. I couldn't bare the thought of my great handiwork getting ruined!
But, alas, I am afraid I will have to give in and allow them to try once more. I am sure that after reading this review that all of you want to try it as well. There are several different FlipStir Puzzles that you can choose from. Just click on any of the highlighted links above to get to the Enlivenze LLC website. Many of the other Schoolhouse Review Crew members reviewed other puzzles from Enlivenze LLC and you can find what they had to say by clicking on the banner below. Happy Puzzling!