Monday, December 27, 2010

Arctic Puzzle take 3

We have had the Arctic Puzzle for awhile now and I must say that my son still loves it. The puzzle came in really handy this past week as he was sick from a stomach bug for a few days and this kept him from getting bored. I would recommend this puzzle to anyone who has a child and it would make a great Christmas gift, Easter gift or a birthday gift. I would even give it as a reward for doing a good job like keep their room clean. lol

All in all this puzzle would make a great gift no matter what it was for. It is educational while being fun.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Arctic Puzzle a few days later

We have had the Arctic Puzzle for about a week now and while my son is not as excited about it as the first day we got it he still loves to play with it. He hasn't tried to play with it on his own and the reason may be that it is kind of bulky for him to carry himself. He likes to be able to do things on his own (carry and such) and if he can't carry it himself to where he wants it whenever he wants to he gets a little frustrated.

Other then that he has been playing with it with us. He loves to do it with his father when he comes home from work each day. They look so cute sitting together at the table. He loves saying what each animal is before putting the animal into it's place. This also helps us because he has a speech delay and we can correct him without making it seem like we are.

Another thing I have noticed it that is my 14month old daughter also tries to play with it. Obviously she can't get the pieces in all right but she will sit with me and try to do it. It is really cute how she will stack them up first before putting them down.

This is a great puzzle and so far the only thing we have noticed is how bulky and heavy it is for my son to carry himself. I am going to remedy that by putting the pieces in a cloth bag so he will be able to carry it.

I received the Arctic Puzzle from to facilitate this review, the opinions expressed are my own honest opinions and were in no way influenced. :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Arctic Puzzle from Maclaren

I was picked a couple of weeks ago to be a kid tester for Maclaren and we get to test out their brand new Arctic Puzzle. I was especially excited to be testing out a puzzle as my 4yr old son Cole loves puzzles. This is also a 3-d puzzle and we haven't done one of those kind yet so I was also looking forward to seeing how he did with it.

We received the puzzle today and my first impression was that it was a very well made puzzle. The bottom board is a nice thick wood so I don't have to worry about it breaking. The actual pieces were also sturdy so no worry there about them getting broke either. I like that it has the outline of the shapes on the bottom so that child can get a feel of what goes where. Overall this is a great puzzle and I can already see ways to make it more challenging when he memorizes the layout.

Cole's reaction was in a word priceless. He was excited at first because I let him open the mailbox (he doesn't get to open often since I have Christmas presents coming in lol) but he went beyond excited when he saw the puzzle. It took less then a minute for him to open the box and get the puzzle out.

Our first reactions to the puzzle were very favorable. At first glance this puzzle would be a great addition to any home. Please check out what else Maclaren has and follow them on twitter and facebook where they give out great info and do giveaways!

I received the Arctic Puzzle from to facilitate this review, the opinions expressed are my own honest opinions and were in no way influenced. :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snow day!

I know it snows here and sometimes quite a bit but it doesn't mean I have to be happy when it does. I love snow, don't get me wrong, but I hate when there is so much of it you are literally trapped in your house. Here is my car (yes it is under there) I figure it will take me all weekend to dig out .

Here is my kids toy set that is in the backyard. It is so high back there that our dog will not go to the bathroom because it is over her head. lol

We go through this at least once a winter and after living here for over 30yrs I am still not used to it. the kid on the other hand love it because they get a snow day from school.

I think it is time to move to a warmer climate

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