Three eye-popping 3D puzzles
From light-up landmarks to a carnival of colour, these 3D puzzles may take a bit of time to put together, but they’re certainly worth it…
Ravensburger 3D Empire State Building with Lights
The Night Edition Empire State Building puzzle requires dexterity, patience and skill, but crikey, it’s a beauty! The 216 hinged plastic pieces fix together to create a sturdy structure, measuring a whopping 48.5cm tall. Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the reverse side, so you can either assemble the puzzle by eye, or just by following the numbers. But the pièce de résistance has to be the five LED lighting effects to make your creation glow with a warm red, yellow, green, blue or pink light. Once complete, keep the mini landmark out of harm’s way by displaying it on the printed base board that comes with the puzzle.
Ravensburger 3D Empire State Building (ages 12+): £24.99. argos.co.uk
Disney Frozen and Despicable Me 3D Puzzleballs
The light-up landmark above is very much for older kids, but smaller hands will be able to put together these 3D Puzzleballs, only needing a little help from Dad. The 72 shaped plastic pieces are all numbered on the back, and fit together perfectly to form a spherical jigsaw of kids’ all-time favourite movie, Frozen, or those cute yellow chaps from Despicable Me. Once finished, the 13cm-wide globe can be proudly displayed in the plastic stand included in the puzzle, ready for your kids’ Frozen and Minion–mad friends to envy. Sweet.
Ravensburger Disney Frozen and Despicable Me 3D Puzzleball (ages 6+): £9.99 or get both for £15. Frozen: Argos.co.uk, Despicable Me: argos.co.uk
Fantastic Merry Go Round
Remember the carnivals that used to come to town when you were a nipper? Glamorous, colourful, slooow… They don’t make them like they used to (which is probably just as well with today’s health and safety laws), but your kids can still get a taste of the carnival’s old-time charm with the 3D Fantastic Merry Go Round. Although it’s simple enough for children aged eight and above to make on their tod, it’s something the whole family will enjoy putting together. And once it’s assembled, you can all sit back and admire the amazing details, from the horses on the merry go round to the children at play. A truly lovely bit of nostalgia.
3D Fantastic Merry Go Round (ages 8+): £15.99. alljigsawpuzzles.co.uk