Thursday, August 18, 2016

FlipStir Puzzle {TOS Review}

Puzzles are a lot of fun, and I think they are an excellent tool for critical thinking and logic.  Recently we were given the opportunity to review the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC, and I was really intrigued.


What is a FlipStir Puzzle?
FlipStir Puzzles are unique 3D puzzles.  They are full puzzles completely enclosed in the clear tube.  You just Shake.Stir.Solve.  Shake the container, stir the pieces and use the wand to guide the individual pieces to the correct spot to solve the puzzle!

The puzzles come in two different levels, and the crew has reviewed four of the five puzzles.  As far as I can tell, both levels have 10 pieces, but the primary difference between levels is that Level 1 has flat edges and Level 2 has wavy edges.  I would assume the level of detail to the pictures in Level 1 would make them easier to distinguish their order.

Level 1
Rainbow Pencils
Tyrannosaurus Rex

Level 2
Statue of Liberty
Solar System
Periodic Table {limited edition}

The puzzles are listed as appropriate for ages 7 and up.  Emory just turned 7 and had absolutely no interest in the puzzle.  Elliott is 9 and he did attempt it for a short time, but then set it aside.  He's a very smart kid, so he tends to get impatient when something isn't immediately easy for him.  He was a little surprised by the amount of dexterity and coordination required, so I suggested he let me try it first and see what it looked like completed.



It took me about 10 minutes to complete the Statue of Liberty on my first try.  That actually felt like a really long time, considering I was only working a 10 piece puzzle!  It was a lot trickier than it looks, and I admit to getting frustrated a few times.  It requires a lot of maneuvering, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill and patience.  A few of the pieces look very similar, and you might get to the last piece and realize it's upside down!  Ask me how I know.



Final Thoughts
Maybe I should have started the kids off with a Level 1 puzzle, but I liked the challenge.  It's a really neat puzzle.  I love that it's self-contained, and unless you lose the whole puzzle, you'll never actually lose any pieces.  It's also a lot easier to set this puzzle out of the way of a curious toddler too, so even if the kids don't get it finished in one sitting, they can put it up and return to it later without nearly as much trouble as a traditional puzzle.  This is the ideal activity for car rides, waiting rooms or waiting to be seated at a restaurant.  The puzzles are relatively small, self-contained, and quiet!

These would also make fun gifts for that person who is difficult to shop for, like the grandma who has everything, or teachers, or anyone who just likes having unique conversation starters on their desk.  This is something that most people will likely look at and say ~ challenge accepted!


FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

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