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It was my little boys fourth birthday earlier this year and in an attempt to cover all angles and make sure he'd be pleased with all his gifts I tried to get something with each of his favourite characters on, there was Transformers, Thomas The Tank Engine, Bob The Builder……..I didn't really mind what the toy was as long as it was not too expensive and would entertain him in some way. Roary The Racing Car was a slightly more tricky choice as he had toy cars coming out of his ears (not literally of course!) already and I didn't really want to add to the collection so instead we decided to buy him some puzzles, that way he had the combination of his favourite character and a challenging toy.
Roary The Racing Car is an animated childrens television programme featuring a selection of race cars, the talking kind of course, their home at Silverhatch race course and their human friends Big Chris & Marsha. Roary is the youngest and newest of the cars at Silverhatch and is the hero of the show. Christopher adores anything car related so it was no surprise when he became obsessed with this show.
The Roary puzzle set we bought for him consisted of 2 puzzles, one with 12 pieces and one with 24, Christopher had never really done puzzles before so the 12 piece puzzle seemed like it would be the perfect starter for him. The puzzles measure approximately 10x8 inches, feature brightly coloured and highly detailed images and are designed in more or less the traditional jigsaw puzzle fashion, made from a single card backed image and cut into pieces, the main difference with these puzzles to a regular puzzle is the shaped, curved edges.
I was pleasantly surprised on opening the box that the 2 puzzles were in separate bags with the pieces already separate, in the past I have had to split the puzzle pieces which usually ends up with tears in the image or card backing, it was also nice to not have to sort the pieces for both puzzles out even though the pieces on the 12 piece are naturally bigger then those of the 24 piece and wouldn't have taken long to sort.
I left Christopher to play with the puzzles expecting him to struggle piecing the image together and produce something that would rival a Picasso painting so I was delighted to find that he had quickly managed to put together the 12 piece puzzle perfectly, for a little boy who hadn't done this style of puzzle before he caught on quickly. Next came the 24 piece puzzle and this time I watched as he selected the correct pieces, putting them in place and recreating the image he could see on the box, it took a little longer on the first few tries to put together the 24 piece but now he can put them together with ease.
After seeing him manage so well with the puzzles we purchased him a range of other puzzles with more pieces and I have to admit I started to worry that my money had been wasted on the Roary puzzles as he could manage them quickly and would probably end up bored with them, yet he still wants them out when we play puzzles and still enjoys putting them together, we stop him using the box for reference now so it's a bit more of a challenge for him but he loves the puzzles as much as ever. Christopher is a smart little boy and needs to be kept busy and challenged, I like to allocate times during the day for certain activities and there is always puzzle time, it encourages him to sit and concentrate on a project, learning how to work with it until he's finished rather then walk off when it's half done and it also teaches him to keep trying when he's made mistakes as in the end he gets it right.
We've used the puzzles several times a week since purchasing them in July and the pieces are still in great condition with no bent parts and no damage to the images, we're careful to put the pieces back in their bags and again into their box and so far have managed to avoid loosing any pieces. These puzzles are great quality and I can certainly recommend them for any young Roary fan, if your little one is used to puzzles then they may be a little too simple but they're still fun. We bought our puzzle set on Amazon.Co.Uk for £3.00 for the 2 which is an absolute bargain, especially for a popular branded toy, sets of 4 puzzles of varying piece sizes are available for £4 and sets of 10 puzzles for £9.99, all on Amazon.
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