1000 pieces people, 1000 pieces and it took me about four days ish to complete. Not that I spent the entire day doing it of course, probably a couple of hours at a go and I really enjoyed it.
I find it therapeutic to just concentrate on the pieces, it’s relaxing but at the same time you don’t want to stop because you might just find that next bit you’ve been hunting for.
I’ve done plenty of puzzles in my time, with Megan (Oldest Daughter) we did a 1000 piece puzzle of two dolphins swimming at sea – they were her favourite animal, and it took forever to separate all the various shades of grey and blue but what a joy to finish it and then have it framed and put on her bedroom wall. It was also a time we worked on something together, slow family time which allows for lots of talking and it’s amazing what subjects can come up when you are completely relaxed. I can’t remember any exact conversations I had with Megan back then but I can remember us both enjoying that time together.
I have some tips for doing puzzles, you have most likely worked them out yourself but I find that a little P&O (Preparation and Organisation) goes a long way in this game.
- Invest in a rollable mat as you will not want the puzzle lying around forever and if you don’t crack on and do it it will.
- Separate the pieces that form the edge of the puzzle from the pieces that make the inside and find the four corners.
- Make up the edge
- Work on prominent sections first, this light coloured piece for example was easy to find as the pieces stood out from the others
- As you take each piece up if you can’t find where it goes put it in a new pile and add to it as you go along – this saves picking up the same piece over and over again.
- Remember it’s supposed to be fun, if it’s not then put it away and find something else to do.
Disclosure: We were sent this puzzle by Ravensburger for the purpose of this review