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My sister is like me in that she loves a good jigsaw puzzle, so for Christmas when looking for presents, I decided to pick her up a Horrible Histories: Putrid Pirates jigsaw after I saw it in Hobbycraft. It seemed like a perfect present as it actually managed to be the perfect size and difficulty for children of her age, which is always a plus in my book as I don't have to hear her complain about it being too simple or too difficult.
I'm not sure if this can be purchased in toy stores, as I have only seen it in Hobbycraft, but I'm sure it can be found on the Internet. I paid £8 for this jigsaw, and I think it was definitely worth it.
It has become one of her favourite puzzles as not only is she a big fan of pirates, but she is also a pretty big fan of Horrible Histories, in both the books and the television show. I wasn't even sure that they had things like this, but the jigsaws do make a nice addition to the series of products.
The picture of the puzzle is a pirate ship scene with loads of different pirates doing various actions as the boat is being attacked. There are loads of little details in the puzzle and it kind of has the look of a Wheres Wally book to me with all the different little features that individuals have and the way it's drawn. It does look exactly like the illustrations in the book, so fans of the series will be happy to see that. The colours are bright and colourful to, matching into the scene and making it look very piratey.
The puzzle pieces are quite a decent size, not too small and not too big. However, like all puzzle pieces I do worry about them getting lost, so always make sure to keep them in a plastic bag in the box. All of them are of good quality and durable, as there has been no issues with them breaking or dulling in colour yet even though we've had it for 6 months.
The box that it comes in is quite strong to, which is always a plus, as some jigsaws we have had have come in awful boxes leading us to hunting down the pieces that have fallen behind my sisters cupboard that they're stacked on top of.
It's a good puzzle to challenge kids as it does have loads of little features making it difficult however it is not too challenging in that it's impossible to find matching puzzle pieces. My sister can complete this in one very long sitting, however she always goes back to it and completes it again, which shows it has very good longetivity.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this as it makes for a great puzzle to complete and a great gift for any Horrible Histories fan. Looking challenging enough for older kids while still remaining frustration less, this is a puzzle that definitely will be liked.
Call me old fashioned but sometimes I find the traditional toys are the best ones. With that in mind, I was surprised how hard it actually is to find a puzzle for a child aged 7, who is not quite ready to tackle 1000 piece jigsaws, but beyond doing puzzles for smaller children. My daughter spotted this Galt puzzle in store in Hobbycraft (she had some pocket money burning a hole in her pocket and had been on the hunt for a puzzle for a while and they'd all been either too big or featured teddies or fluffy cats), and I'm glad to say it's been a resounding success. The first time she completed it she did it straight away again, which goes to show how good it is.
The "Putrid Pirates" puzzle is a "Horrible Histories" product, part of a range of items including books, and currently popular as a BBC series which "leave the horrible bits in" and aim to make history more interesting to children. There are various puzzles in the collection available featuring different periods of history. As you can see from the picture, this particular puzzle features a pirate scene, with a boat being attacked. There is lots of detail to the picture which features pirates aplenty attacking sailors with a range of weapons. It's not over gory, but it does feature blood shed and lot of pirate utterances in speech bubbles, in cartoon style. The colours are quite muted but it's well drawn and there's plenty of interest. As a puzzle it works well as there is a range of shades to the colours which makes it easier to find the pieces, and as there are lots of figures that helps too. It's a fun, realistic scene which definitely does not feature any stuffed toys - phew!
This is a "grown up" puzzle, and so the pieces are a couple of centimetres across. The puzzle itself is quite substantial at 47cm by 67cm so you will need to make it on quite a large table. I found that my 7 year old could complete the puzzle in a couple of sittings, her level of concentration is fairly good, but with a little guidance she didn't find this too frustrating, though she did realise quite early on that the puzzle would be quite a challenge. As I have already said she enjoyed making it, I think it is well designed because the pieces are a good range of different shapes and the fact that they have "horrible histories" printed on the back makes it easier to sort them so they are all the right way round before you start finding the edge pieces (that IS the only way to do a puzzle - right?).
I would say the 300 piece puzzle, which is 15 pieces high by 20, takes a couple of hours to make at first, though as she has played with it more she has certainly sped up somewhat! We both found the accompanying leaflet which tells you some of the truth behind the pirate myths, really interesting and written in an age appropriate way, I learned something too - pirates apparently never made people walk the plank and lots of them died from drinking too much! Play wise this puzzle works more as a fun activity which provides plenty of opportunity for parent-child discussion than an actual educational or history activity in all honesty. For a start there is no indication on the puzzle which period this is set in, though the leaflet does talk about the 18th century and Blackbeard, so I can only assume it's this period which is illustrated - it might have been nice to know.
Once play is finished the puzzle is easily stowed in a sturdy box - a good box is always a plus, and we have found the cardboard of the puzzle pieces is quite strong too, though care has to be taken when taking the puzzle apart as the connectors can bend, but overall it is quite durable. At the price we paid (£7.99 in hobbycraft and a similar price elsewhere), I think this puzzle is good value for money for the amount of enjoyment it has provided. I would say that it is ideal for any child of 7 or above, probably it is best avoided for younger children who may find it too challenging and the subject matter a little gory!
Recommended as perfect for a present or a rainy afternoon or two - this is a good toy.
I grew up with a lot of Galt toys. My parents believed in raising me with traditional toys as well as commercial action figures. Jigsaw puzzles were a staple part of weekends for myself and my mum. We would take turns to put pieces in puzzles and solve the mysteries. To date, Galt have produced some the finest puzzles on the toy market. They do a range of different puzzles, which are suitable for children and adults.
This puzzle comprises three hundred pieces, so it is a large one and it measures close to seventy centimetres in length, so you might need a kitchen table to lay it down on or a nice flat surface. With deligthful glossy big pieces, which slot together with ease, it is the kind of puzzle that you can return to again and agaiin. Based on Blackbeard's swashbuckling tales, from the best selling book written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown, this puzzle is a rich tapestry of life in the pirate era. We are talking old school pirates here, wooden legs, parrots on shoulders and unsavoury looking men up to no good. I particularly liked the fact that each character is up to something different, so you build stories around the picture too.
Because the puzzle is so big, there is so much to see in the picture. You could spend quite a while examining each little scenario on board the ship. Some pirates are scaling the nets while others are having tiffs. All done with bright breezy colours, it is humourous and good swashbuckling fun.
Easy for kids to assemble on their own, though youngsters under eight might need assistance due to the sheer number of pieces. The puzzle also comes with a grisly fun pirate leaflet, which boasts some grim pirate facts to tickle the tastebuds. A solid puzzle package and a good price too, at under the ten pound mark.
300 piece jigsaw puzzles based on Scholastics best selling Horrible Histories books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown. Each jigsaw includes an 8-page Loony Leaflet stuffed full of foul facts. History with the nasty bits in pieces.