My kids love puzzles. I’m always looking for new ones because we inevitably lose pieces – no matter how careful we are. That is why I was excited to have the opportunity to review a puzzle where it is impossible to lose the pieces. When our FlipStir Tyrannosaurus Rex Puzzle by Enlivenze LLC came in the mail, my children were ecstatic, and so was I!
FlipStir Puzzle: Tyrannosaurus Rex
The Tyrannosaurus Rex puzzle is an introductory or level 1 FlipStir. It has 9 moveable, semi-circle pieces that are contained within a plastic cylinder, which doesn’t open. A metal stick with a foot or hook at the end sits in the middle of the cylinder. This stick can be shortened, lengthened, and twirled (but can’t come out).
Here’s what you do: you flip the cylinder and stir all the pieces up. Then, using the metal stick you manipulate the pieces to re-create the picture of the T-Rex. It seems easy, but it can be challenging!
How We Used It
First we had to learn patience and perseverance. The pieces don’t always move where you want them to or stay where you put them. Unlike typical puzzles, the progress you make may become undone. Once we were a little more comfortable with the FlipStir puzzle, we were able to get more creative by having competitions or races against each other: Who could solve it the quickest? I kept it close throughout our homeschool day. We often do lessons at Panera, and it was a great way to take a break between subjects. Also, keeping it in the car was a great boredom buster on longer trips.
I love how all the pieces are contained within the plastic cylinder: No more counting tiny puzzle pieces to make sure we have them all because we know we have them all! 🙂
I love how easy it is to transport. We can keep it in the car or take it with us to the coffee shop when we do lessons there.
Not the Same Old, Same Old
Each time my kids attempted the puzzle, it was a little different, sustaining their engagement over a longer period of time.
The combination of visual puzzle construction, finger dexterity, and hand-eye coordination exercises more areas of the brain and body at once.
Have you tried any of these FlipStir puzzles? I’d love to hear about it below in the comments.
Till Next Time,