My Mermaid Lagoon Serena Charm Shell

It’s a little while since Little Miss C helped me review Marina’s Lagoon from the My Mermaid Lagoon range. She really enjoyed setting it up originally and still plays with the figure and other accessories in her bedroom. She was therefore thrilled when I brought home the Serena Charm Shell from the same range from Blog On X.

My Mermaid Lagoon Serena Charm Shell

Smaller than the original Lagoon sets this Charm Shell consists of a mermaid figure and a lockable charm shell. You an sit the mermaid in the shell and it also has in it a secret compartment (under her seat).

My Mermaid Lagoon Serena Charm Shell

The set also comes with everything needed to make a charm bracelet. The key for the shell goes on the bracelet and can be kept safely there.

Bracelet making set

LMC loves anything crafty and has recently been going through a phase of making jewellery so this was perfect for her.

My Mermaid Lagoon Serena Charm Shell

Apart from a bit of help knot tying she was able to make the bracelet without any other assistance. She particularly loved the fact that it meant she could keep the key for the shell safe and therefore stop her younger brother from being able to get in!

My Mermaid Lagoon Serena Charm Shell

Miniature World Play

Miniature world play is something that LMC still loves and so it is no surprise that the Serena the mermaid and her shell have become part of her play world. She has a variety of characters that she plays with regularly, and some of them it seems now live in the charm shell with Serena.

My Mermaid Lagoon Serena Charm Shell

The My Mermaid Lagoon Charm Shell is perfect for mermaid loving children who are into small world play and who love making things. This set gives children something much longer lasting than just having a quickly completed bracelet making activity set. It’s also really nice for them to have somewhere special to now keep their treasured items.

You can buy the My mermaid Lagoon Serena Charm Shell online here. At the time of writing the RRP is £9.99, but online discounts are available.

Disclaimer: We were given the My Mermaid Lagoon Serena Charm Shell for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Ravensburger Union Jack 3D Sneaker Puzzle

It may not have escaped your notice but there is a lot of red, white and blue around right now. Not only is there a new Royal baby, but there’s also a Royal Wedding fast approaching. The prospect of getting out the Union Jack bunting may not excite everyone, but it does mean that brands are using every opportunity to become as patriotic as possible. I’m pretty sure the Ravensburger Union Jack 3D Sneaker puzzle was already in their range, but what a perfect excuse to promote it more.

Ravensburger Union Jack 3D Sneaker Puzzle

We’re lucky enough to have reviewed one of these Ravensburger 3D Sneaker puzzles before, but it was such a hit that we were more than keen to have a go at this different design.

How the puzzle works

The way these 3D puzzles work is that the puzzle pieces are made out of plastic and interlock. This means that they hold the shape of the 3D object that they will end up being. For the sneaker, you also in the kit get a base to the shoe, and also a toe piece. The puzzle pieces fit into these to give it structural integrity.

Ravensburger Union Jack 3D Sneaker Puzzle

You can put the puzzle together by trying to be clever and work out which pieces go where, but there is a simpler way. One the back of each puzzle piece is a printed number and these numbers tell you how to put the sneaker puzzle together. Starting at the sole of the sneaker you work round and up – following helpful arrows that are also on the reverse of the puzzle pieces.

Ravensburger Union Jack 3D Sneaker Puzzle

It can be a little fiddly in places, but when you get the knack you can make quick progress. I did need to help seven year old LMC, but she was able to do a lot on her own. With only 108 puzzle pieces it doesn’t take too long to complete.

Completed puzzle

Once the puzzle is completed there is then a plastic “bucket” like piece that sits inside the neck of it. Not only does this add further to the structural integrity, but also means that it works perfectly as a pen-pot. My daughter is thrilled with the finished sneaker puzzle. It now takes pride of place on her desk, full of pens and pencils. It actually looks really cool on there too.

Ravensburger Union Jack 3D Sneaker Puzzle

It’s also great to have a finished puzzle that serves a purpose too.  Far preferable to it just being there to attract dust!

How to get hold of the Ravensburger 3D Union Jack Sneaker puzzle

The 3D sneaker puzzle is available to buy online here. At the time of writing, it has an RRP of £14.99.

Ravensburger Union Jack 3D Sneaker Puzzle

Disclaimer: We were sent this Ravensburger Unions Jack 3D Sneaker Puzzle for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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