My parents and two of my younger sisters visited for my birthday last week. It was a whirlwind few days, but I managed to wrangle both Hime (not her real name but she’s 9 and I’m keeping her online presence on the DL) and Little-Big (she’s younger than me, but MUCH taller!) into doing a puzzle for the blog. This wasn’t overly hard, LB and I grew up doing puzzles, and Hime has been doing them electronically for the last year.
As the theme of my week with them was Halloween decorating, Cobble Hill’s Halloween Cookies was perfect! The Family Pieces puzzles have pieces in large, medium and small so everyone in the family can participate!
I wasn’t able to get my usual picture of the frame(edges) as we had a bit of a problem finding them all! While the Family Pieces puzzles are meant for a range of ages to partake in the assembly, this one was incredibly tricky! We ended up filling in the frame as we found the pieces and filled in the puzzle.
We assembled this puzzle differently from my usual method. Because LB and Hime hadn’t worked with random cut pieces before, we focused on the pattern recognition of the cookie designs. Teaching Hime to focus on searching for black and white webbing or pretzel pieces helped her not be discouraged as her older sisters seemed to take random pieces and made them fit. She made or finished several of our cookies once she got the technique down!
Overall, it took us 2 hours and 20 minutes from start to finish. I figured it was a great way to spend time with the sisters I rarely get to see. When I asked the girls their opinions on the puzzle, I got these responses:
LB: I liked the bonding, but I’m not sure if I like the random-cut pieces. They’re new to me I would have liked to have a poster or picture separate from the box lid.
Hime: It looked good enough to eat! I had fun and like the family bonding. I have no dislikes.
- Company: Cobble Hill
- Title: Halloween Cookies
- Artist: Cobble Hill Creations
- Year released: 2018
- Pieces: 350
- Cut-Style: Random
- Finished size: 26″ x 19″
- Bonus poster: No
- Made from recycled materials
- Made in USA
- Box: Sturdy, Medium-weight, 10″x14’x2.5″ Matte-Linen Finish
- Board: Thick and sturdy pieces, good for all 3 sizes of pieces
- Cut: Steel-cut Die
- Image Quality: Excellent, great color saturation
- Finish: Satin,
- Puzzle Dust: Small amount, more than the other Cobble Hill puzzles I’ve done before
- Piece shapes: A good mix of traditionally cut and irregular pieces in 3 sizes
- Piece Fit: Very Good, but loose. You cannot pick up multiple large or medium pieces and move them, but the small pieces could lock together and be moved in small batches.
Disability Notes: I can definitely recommend this for any multi-age family, or for a person whose hands have good and bad days. My sisters and I had fun and the full assembly only took us 2 hours and 20 minutes. My hands didn’t ache after assembly, and the difficulty level was certainly up to adult standard. I can happily recommend a large piece puzzle for people with fine motor skill issues, or arthritis.
Where to buy: Halloween Cookies is available on the Cobble Hill website for $15.99 usd.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary puzzle from the manufacturer in exchange for review. The opinions are my own.
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