Wednesday, August 17, 2016

{Review} FlipStir Puzzles - Solar System

FlipStir Puzzle - Solar System

We haven't used a puzzle in our house for several years now - basically, since we adopted our first cat. Gone are the days of leaving a puzzle sitting out on any available hard surface to be completed as time allows. While we love our kitties, they simply don't understand that the kitty sized pieces are not for them. And it has just proved too difficult to keep a puzzle project going when we are forced to pick it up after every session (some day we may finish the 3-D Hobbit puzzle, if we can locate it).

Until we were offered the chance to review FlipStir Puzzles (Solar System) from Enlivenze LLC, I had not imagined any of us working a puzzle again. So, you wonder what is this magical item that allowed us to puzzle again without losing pieces to the ever curious kitties?

The FlipStir Puzzle is a self-contained system shaped like a restaurant straw holder that's covered at the top.  Inside the container are the puzzle pieces, which are rounded on the side that should face the plastic sides and printed with a portion of the design on the opposing flat side. Coming from the top of the container is a metal rod with a plastic foot at the bottom that you can move all around the inside the cylinder, as well as up and down.

FlipStir Puzzle - Solar System

The premise of the puzzle is that you shake up the pieces, stir them around with the rod, and eventually create the intended design by positioning the pieces in the correct order. The puzzles do come in varying difficulty along with a selection of designs, and we chose the level 2 difficulty in the hopes we had not gotten in over our heads. I'm not terribly patient with these types of puzzles or brain teasers, so it was up to Amber to solve our Solar System FlipStir Puzzle.

When it first arrived, we opened the package and Amber right away tried to solve the puzzle. She figured out the concept immediately, however was very frustrated and unable to get a single piece into place. Having said that, she was exhausted after a long day of running errands and not in the frame of mind for any kind of thinking. I suggested she wait till another day to try the puzzle.

A few days later when Amber was feeling more herself, I handed over the puzzle nonchalantly to see what would happen. She solved it in 3 minutes flat. No joke.  I barely had time to get pictures of her working on it - thank you, iPhone in my pocket.

FlipStir Puzzle - Solar System

That second time around when Amber was not grumpy or tired, it simply clicked in her mind exactly what she needed to do to solve the puzzle. I'm not going to give away her method, but she very much enjoyed the challenge presented and proudly demonstrated the process several times that day.

I think this would be a perfect way to occupy children or adults on car rides, in waiting rooms, or even just something fun to work on at home. Amber definitely enjoyed the FlipStir Puzzle when she was able to think clearly. And she finally was able to work on a puzzle without kitty interference!

The members of the review crew had the chance to try out four different FlipStir Puzzles, so please be sure to check out their reviews of the various difficulty levels.

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  1. I never thought of the bonus of being kitty-proof! :)

  2. I love that it is kitty-proof! We do not have a cat, but that is an excellent point.
    Blessings, Dawn