Are you always looking for non-media things that will entertain your children. I am! We have found through the years that puzzles have lots of staying power and can entertain the children for long periods of time. We just adore puzzles and games. We were very excited to have the opportunity to review the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC. This puzzle is Level 2 and is suggested for ages 7 and up. Level 1 is also for ages 7 and up but is easier than Level 2. There is no way any pieces could come out of the cylinder, so it is safe for young children. It is a good puzzle to take along on car trips, too.
I was especially excited to receive the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle, since we went to New York City this summer and saw the real Statue of Liberty. This is a unique puzzle because it is self-contained in a cylinder. It is a 3D puzzle in which you use a stick to move the puzzle pieces around within the cylinder until you complete the puzzle. The instructions are to shake, stir, solve. It is harder than you think! It retails for $24.95.
Our family took to it immediately. Anne (12) and Dean (14) were able to solve it after many hours of effort. They did not solve it in one sitting. However, my husband solved it in less than 20 minutes!! He wouldn't tell us the secret to his method so we struggled on for a long time. I never managed to solve it, which really isn't a huge surprise if you know me.
The company carries five different FlipStir Puzzles. They are Rainbow Pencils, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Solar System, Statue of Liberty and Periodic Table. To see other reviews from the TOS Crew, click on the banner below.