As part of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review program, I received a free Ravensburger Puzzle Ball in exchange for an honest review.
Puzzles are a great resource for learning geography. I remember when I was young repeatedly putting together a state puzzle that we had. I still remember the corn, wheat, steel, and cattle images that were found on the different states.
Now that I have my own children, I’m always on the lookout for great puzzles that will teach as well as entertain. That’s why I was happy to see the Ravensburger Puzzleball. The Puzzleball is a unique globe-shaped puzzle with colorful pictures of animals and landmarks found throughout the world.
My boys had it out of the box and were putting it together the same evening that it came in the mail.
The puzzle has 180 pieces and the recommended ages are eight and up. My boys, ages 8 to 15, really enjoyed it. I think younger children could probably manage this as well. The pieces are numbered on the back so the boys took the easy way out and used the numbers to find the correct pieces. (Although, after they were finished, they said that they were going to try it again without looking at the numbers.)
With so many hands, the puzzle went together fast.
The pieces are made of sturdy plastic, so it didn’t matter that one of them found it’s way into the mouth of our toddler.
The Puzzleball Globe comes with a stand that allows you to display the finished product. The end result is a sturdy usable globe. The toddler carried it around the house and played with it. It didn’t suffer any harm, but you might not be as lucky.
We were very pleased with the Puzzleball Globe and how well it went together. It would make a great hands-on addition to a geography program. For that reason, Timberdoodle includes it in their 3rd Grade Curriculum Kit.
We’ve enjoyed Timberdoodle’s products for years, so if you’re not familiar with them, I highly recommend checking out their website.
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