Today’s a little special, there will be a bunch of posts as I catch up from my cold earlier this week. The first one is featuring Zen Art & Design’s Peapod Puzzles series. Peapod puzzles are their children’s line, and I have to say …. They are really cool! I was sent three puzzles to share with my godsons, Minions 1 & 2.
The boys were stooked to see me come over with new puzzles for them to try!
The third puzzle I’d assembled at home to get used to before helping the boys with theirs. I love the designing of the packaging! The embossed pea-pod is so minimalist it’s cute, and the boxes are easy to open and reuse.
My puzzle is the World Turtle, something that fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series are sure to recognize! It’s the flat disk of the world sitting on the back of four elephants which are in turn, standing upon the back of a gigantic turtle! Peapod puzzles come in either 25or 53 pieces, which makes it easy to adjust any design for the age range of the child it is meant for!
World Turtle is a 25 piece puzzle, which comes with one whimsy, or as Zen calls them, figural.
The boys worked on Sea Turtle 1 and T. Rex. My Minions had 53 piece puzzles, which come with four figurals apiece! They loved these! Once I showed them the technique to putting together a wooden puzzle, they had a blast assembling them. I had worried a little about the fact that there would be a squabble about who owned which, but the boys exclaimed over each others’ puzzles, assembled their own, then switched! For an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old, it was a miracle!
One nice touch I found with the Zen puzzles is that each of them comes with a small card letting you know who made your puzzle. It’s a great way to help the company track any errors and to also adds a personal feel to each puzzle!
- Company: Zen Art & Design
- Title: Sea Turtle 1 / T.Rex / World Turtle
- Artist: Unknown
- Year released: 2018
- Pieces: 53 /53 /25
- Cut-Style: Random
- Finished size: 7½ by 7½ inches
- Bonus poster: No
- Made in USA
- Box: Sturdy white cardboard, 4 × 4 × 3¼ inches
- Board: Birch wood
- Cut: Laser
- Image Quality: Excellent, great color saturation
- Finish: Semi-gloss
- Puzzle Dust: None!
- Piece shapes: A good mix of traditionally cut and irregular pieces
- Piece Fit: Excellent. Some of the irregular pieces make it so that pieces can only be moved in small groups.
Disability Notes: These are great puzzles for people who are bed bound using a lap desk or for those with failing mental capacity. While the Peapod series of puzzles are marketed to children ages 4-8, the artistry of these wooden puzzles is such that they will appeal to all ages!
Minion Notes: Minion 1 thought that the puzzles were great, and loved the figurals, but thought that paper-based puzzles were easier to disassemble. He really liked the fact that his herbivore dino figurals were hidden in the foliage of the T.Rex puzzle, while the carnivores were part of the Rex itself. He also noted that Minion 2 would not have been able to handle a 53 piece puzzle without an adult to help him. Minion 2 had fun learning the names of his figurals and pulled out the BIG DINO BOOK to figure out that the herbivores were a hadrosaurus and a parasaurolophus!
Where to buy: PeaPod Puzzles, which is the series of puzzles that Sea Turtle 1, T. Rex and World Turtles are from; is available on the Zen Art & Design website, which is running a sale, for $19.99 USD.
Disclosure: I received complimentary puzzles from in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own.
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