Friday, 17 November 2017

Hape's George Luck Ark Puzzle Review

We love puzzles in this house and have accumulated quite a few over the years but none as impressive as the George Luck Ark Puzzle which we were sent for review. George Luck puzzles by Hape Toys are beautifully made multi-layer wooden puzzles created using non-toxic finishes, water based paints and only the highest quality child safe materials. The Ark wooden puzzle design is stunning, it is cleverly filled with all the animals that were saved on the Ark which fit perfectly together to make up this colourful design.

Puzzle Time

The George Luck Ark puzzle is one that will challenge children of all ages as they piece together the animal shapes which is great for developing logical thinking as well as fine motor skills, dexterity and hand eye coordination. It also has the added educational benefit of helping children to learn and discover more about the magnificent animals who were saved from the flood by the ark in the famous bible story.

The twins really loved this aspect of the puzzle and have been asking lots of questions about the the different animals onboard. They found it quite amusing to think that in order to fit them all they could have been stacked on top each other, especially as the elephant, who they agreed was the heaviest, is on top and the poor little snail is at the bottom which lead them to be a little concerned over his shell. This most certainly was an interesting insight into my two 4 year olds thought processes, not to mention a good way of working on basic maths skills such as weights and measures along with counting skills as the twins had fun estimating how many animals they thought would fit in the Ark and then counted them when the puzzle was complete.

Our Verdict

I loved this George Luck Ark puzzle the minute I saw it, it definitely has parent appeal as it is so stunning to look at and makes a wonderful addition to any child's room. It is one of those toys that I have earmarked to keep and pass down to future generations as it will definitely stand the test of time. It wasn't just me who loved it though, the kids have given it a massive thumbs up. It is challenging so keeps them engaged and you can easily add extra to the puzzle making process through introducing some fun maths elements like we did. Zoey and Zachary have made this puzzle over and over again since getting it which is proof enough to me that it is a hit. 

Hape's George Luck Ark Puzzle is recommended for ages 6-10 years although my 4 year old twins have completed it many times so I think younger kids at Reception stage will also love it. It is available to purchase from Amazon with an RRP of £39.99 although I have spotted it is currently reduced so grab it while you can, it would make a very special Christmas gift. 

*Disclaimer: I received the George Luck Ark Puzzle in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 


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