Review of Enlivenze LLC Solar System FlipStir Puzzles1:47 PM
My boys love brainteasers! I am actually a big fan of puzzles. But when we continually lose the pieces to them, it makes it frustrating. That's why we were so happy to be able to review the Flipstir Solar System Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC. It's a self-contained puzzled you can take anywhere -- and it's so challenging!
This Level 2 Puzzle (which is more challenging than the Level I puzzles) contains 10 large, 3D pieces that can only be moved by the little stir-rod that's inside the tube. Kids can manipulate the pieces to be turned any direction, with the goal to line them all up exactly the right way to form a picture of our solar system!
I admit that I don't quite have the patience for this activity. I'm not very good with my hands, and I seemed to not be able to get many of the pieces lined up. My boys, however, love this kind of challenge, and I found them working on it here and there, between school work activities or when just longing on the couch.
The product is designed for kids 6 and up, but the pieces are all self-contained. If you have a child that's interested in trying to solve it, they are of the appropriate age, in my opinion. Shake it, stir the pieces, and solve the puzzle.. that's pretty much all the instructions you need!
Here are some ways you can use this puzzle:
- On long car trips
- While waiting for an appointment (doctor, dentist)
- In lieu of TV time
- As a quiet activity while the little ones nap
This is not a child-only product. Adults who enjoy puzzles can use it, too! I would just recommend that only one person be working on it at a time. One of my boys got upset when he had it halfway worked out and then another son came along, stirred it up, and lost his progress. We keep it on a high shelf so that only the person who is working on it at the time is allowed to give it a go. Then after so many days, we take another turn with a new child.
You can find this puzzle (as well as the others in the line: Rainbow Pencils, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Statue of Liberty at the Enlivenze website and on Facebook and Twitter. See other parent reviews below: