“ 100 piece jigsaw. Glitter paint included. „
One of the things Little Miss received for her birthday was this glitter jigsaw, and of course, we had to make it almost immediately. I was dubious because having taught for what seems like 100 years, the very mention of glitter makes me run for cover.
**What do I get**
The whole thing is in a very pretty, very appealing carry box, all pink, and with some extremely cute kittens on the front.
Inside, there is a 100 piece jigsaw,glitter and a glue pen
**Who is it for?**
It suggests that this is suitable for children aged 5+ and I would tend to agree that this is a good recommendation, and would probably appeal until children (dare I say girls?) are about 7 or 8.
**Price and Availability**
The jigsaw costs £5 and can be bought from Marks and Spencer, either online or instore.
**What I thought**
When the jigsaw is made up, the picture is the same as the one on the front, so children are able to look at the picture on the box and copy it until they have completed the jigsaw.
Once it is made up, it is quite clear where the glue has to be put, because there are some swirly shapes and stars. Children have to use the glue pen to outline these areas and then sprinkle the glitter on to the glue. This part is quite tricky because the glue tube has to be squeezed while the shape is outlined, which is quite a difficult skill for a 5 year old. However, once the glitter is on the jigsaw, they do tend to like to look at their creation!
The activity is a great idea because not only does it allow children to complete a jigsaw but then gives them a craft activity once the jigsaw is finished.
Children younger than 5 will probably find it quite difficult without adult help because the jigsaw is not only 100 pieces but also all pink and silver so they have to look very carefully at each jigsaw piece. As I said before, it also takes good fine motor skills to control and squeeze the glue pen, but with adult help and supervision, most school age children should be able to manage the jigsaw.
The jigsaw itself is excellent quality, because sometimes jigsaws can be quite flimsy, but one grouch I have is that there isnt enough glue. The very nature of the jigsaw means that when it is broken up and put away, then some of the glitter falls off, and Little Miss of course wants to re apply glitter each time the jigsaw is completed- I should imagine most children are like this. We have consequently run out of glue and have to use a glue spreader and normal glue.
All in all, this is a really good activity which gives children a chance to complete a jigsaw and get involved in crafts. It is also very reasonably priced at £5 and comes very attractively packaged.
Good product and one which I would recommend- makes a really good gift!
Thanks for reading