What do you do with a completed jigsaw puzzle? For years I’ve loved doing jigsaw puzzles but then when you’ve finished them it’s hard to know quite what to do with them. Ages ago I stayed in a little B&B in Brussels where all the walls were decorated with jigsaw puzzles. Massive ones that measured over a meter square. It was quite simply one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen. I’m pretty sure that normally you finish a puzzle, leave it on the table for up to a week and then pop it back in the box before moving on to another one.
Fast forward to now though and jigsaws have moved on a fair bit, especially when it comes to 3D jigsaws. We were sent a Despicable Me 3 Sneaker 3D Puzzle from Ravensburger to review with my 13 year old step-daughter recently and I’ll be honest and say that when she was told she had a jigsaw to review I don’t think she was that impressed with the idea, until she saw the box. The finished puzzle is in the shape of a sneaker and can then be used as a pen pot on a teenagers desk or similar. The sneaker measures 12 cm high by 21 cm in length and looks incredibly realistic.
This puzzle really is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The pieces are made from a plastic material with “easyclick technology” which means that they stay joined together once put in place. I was wondering how you managed to get a 3D puzzle with the usual cardboard pieces, but the answer is that you use plastic instead.
In the box you get a plastic sole to your sneaker and then you work upwards from that. When building the sneaker you can either go for what I call the “hard core” way of doing things, which is to just try to find the right pieces that fit together, or you can get a helping hand in the form of the numbers and little arrows that are printed on the back of the puzzle pieces.
Starting at 1, you can then work your way up the sneaker in order and make sure that you’re getting it all right as you go along. Bearing in mind that the puzzle has a suggested age range on the box of 8 – 99 I would definitely say that both ways of doing it are perfectly acceptable.
The finished sneaker is a great addition to any child’s bedroom, especially if they’re a Minions or Despicable Me fan – and let’s be honest, who isn’t these days? It would also make a fantastic gift for an older child who possible sees themselves as too old or trendy for a “traditional” jigsaw puzzle, but actually still enjoys completing puzzles.
Disclaimer: We were sent a Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 Sneaker 3D Puzzle for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.