Friday, August 19, 2016

Enlivenze LLC FlipStir Solar System Puzzle REVIEW

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
We LOVE puzzles! We also love games that force us to think. Mix the two together, and you have a home run with Enlivenze LLC! We were blessed with a FlipStir Puzzle  Solar System puzzle to review, and we've really enjoyed it!
Just what in the world (did you see what I did there? HAHA!) is this thing? Well, it's a contained puzzle in a clear plastic tube like structure that you arrange using a stirring wand, shaking, and moving the pieces around without actually ever touching them. In other words, it's the most frustratingly fun device we've played with in a long while! 

It looks simple enough. Just a few plastic wedges with curvy edges that you line up to create the puzzle. But it is deceptively easy looking. It is NOT easy to do! At first, I thought Mr. B would breeze through this with it being a level 2 puzzle, then I used it myself. Nope..level 2 is just fine, thank you very much! HAHA! 
FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
Enlivenze LLC offers a variety of this 3D puzzles, including the Statue of Liberty, and even the Periodic Table! I chose to go with the Solar System because Mr. B is really into all things astronomy right now, and it is our chosen science topic for the time being. This is a great tool to use to reinforce the learning, and a fun element to his curriculum. 
What we liked:
It is not easy! It's not a device that you'll drop $25 on and have it solved in a few minutes, then never touch it again. Noooo....I actively worked at this thing for around an hour before I had manipulated all the pieces together. Mr. B worked for a long time, before giving it to me for help! It is a tricky little beast! Once you solve it, it's not as if it is easier the next time. You shake it and stir it all up, and then you can solve it all over again. The tube allows for plenty of room to move the pieces, but not so much that it's "easy." The curvy edges add an element of difficulty that I truly did not expect. I worked for a while to get Mercury from the bottom, to the top where I needed it. I was so frustrated, but I was enjoying it too haha.

What we didn't like:
This is definitely not for small kids who get frustrated easily, or give up easily. It's kinda difficult to move the pieces around, and not lose the positions of the ones you have in place. The FlipStir stirring wand thingy seems a little too flexible for my taste, and I was concerned it may snap. It didn't, so perhaps it is more sturdy than I perceive it to be. I do wish there was a way to "lock" it in place when not in use so that it doesn't accidentally get pulled on or broken.
Our overall thoughts:

This should be in the bin of every pre-teen/teen OT patient. It's GREAT for fine motor skills! It is frustratingly fun, so if you want to unleash some stress, this may be the perfect thing----or the worst thing haha. I guess that will depend on your perspective. I did get frustrated with it, because it was a challenge. It's not really big, but it's a little too large to stick in a purse and go. I wish there was a small version that I could take with us more easily to doctor visits and such. I was able to pack this along, but it did take up some space in my bag. Overall, we really like it! 


Does Enlivenze LLC Solar System Puzzle Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

This is a physical game. You can't adapt it beyond it's current design.   

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

Mr. B is 11, and I am....more than 11. We both have enjoyed this! It's a physical product with no hidden fees.  
 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

This is an tough one to answer. Some with ADHD may get too frustrated with it, Mr. B did, but then he went right back and eventually solved it. I found it rather entertaining.  I think this is perfect for fine motor skills therapy!!

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

This is only a fun product. There are various "themes" such as this one being the Solar System, so you may find one that fits in with something you are studying as an added element of fun.

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