Tuesday 25 March 2014

The Ravensburger Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle

Leo has always loved his cars and trains, anything that he can push along and enjoy imaginative play with gets a big thumbs up in his book. I noticed that he wasn't really that bothered by puzzles and jigsaws, and it was something that I wanted to try and change. I presented him with a number of puzzles that we have around the play room, and noticed that as soon as any frustration came around he would just dis-regard the puzzle in favour of something else. What I wanted Leo to do was look at the pictures on the puzzle pieces and build up the jigsaw to reveal the completed picture. Of course I am on hand to help, and it is something we have been sitting down together and doing, I have been really trying to show him how enjoyable they can be.

We were recently asked if we would like to have a play with the Ravensburger Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle, and after having a look at it I thought it would be a great one to try out with Leo. The very first time we put the puzzle together we were helped by Leo’s Auntie Alice, and although Leo was just putting any old pieces together he was having a great time. I showed him the pieces that were supposed to go together and how they joined up, and then I let Leo actually join them. He had a few moments where he got frustrated but the more we have played with it the more he is willing to listen to instruction.

Leo loves to see the completed puzzle in front of him, and likes to point out all of the different fruits. In our house the Hungry Caterpillar is actually known as the ‘fat caterpillar’ thanks to Leo who has actually re-named him.

I really like this puzzle and think it is a great addition to the puzzle box, it is suitable for children 2 years plus (Leo is 3 years old in June) and shows all of the fruit that the caterpillar eats on his travels just as it is in the book.

1 Red Apple
2 Green Pears
3 Purple Plums
4 red Strawberries
5 Oranges

What I really like about this puzzle is that the jigsaw pieces are really strong, we have used puzzles in the past where the edges fray within a few goes of using them, and before long they don’t fit together as they should. These puzzle pieces are made from super thick double laminated card, and for Leo and I this really makes a difference. Leo can lose his patience and sometimes the pieces do go flying if he can’t get it quite right…So for Leo these jigsaw pieces are great as they are more forgiving.

The puzzle is nice and bright giving little ones lots to look at, and upon completion offers a visual treat of one of our favourite books. It retails at £8.99 and is available to purchase from Amazon.

Leo and I really like this puzzle and are continuing to use it to help Leo get into his puzzles.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Ravensburger Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are completely honest and my own. 


  1. Dylan is puzzle mad and this looks great, strong enough to withstand Archie as well!


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