We invite you to read Roberta Shore's review on the following jigsaw puzzle. Since she has discovered the advantages of jigsaw puzzling, she has reviewed/journaled several that will be available on this website.
My Confident Puzzler Difficulty Level: Easy
A bit of cereal history . . .
Corn Pops was the first new cereal Kellogg’s introduced after WWII. Kellogg’s described the Corn Pops Cereal as a “crunchy, sweetened popped-up corn cereal”.
The sweet treat was introduced to the market in 1951. “At first, it was called Sugar Pops, then the name was modified in 1978 to Sugar Corn Pops. Corn Pops as we know it today, was named in 1984. Specifically, this most recent version was created with the common trend of the time in mind. Apparently, the cereal manufacturers took out the “sugar” from the names of their products because it did not sound healthy.”
Interesting, 39 years later there are still a lot of advertisements telling us to eat healthy. It seems trends don’t become habits very quickly!
I’ve been puzzling for only 17 months. My new hobby became a daily habit early on. Puzzling is a process that clears the mind and offers calm. Dare I say, it is definitely a healthy habit.
I’ve been sitting in bed, small foam board on my lap, having some relaxing moments piecing Corn Pops. A 100 piece puzzle is perfect at bedtime. This review will get finished in the morning. Good night.
Good morning! Let’s talk Corn Pops the puzzle . . .
Quality: This flavor is one of six that are sold as a set. I have built 3 of them now, and the more than acceptable quality is consistent. Piece fit might be a little loose, but not terrible. The fairly sturdy box opens from a top flap. There is a bit of puzzle dust. The almost full illustration is on the front of the box. A smaller, full version is on the back. Inside is a sealed bag of pieces. Color match to the illustration is very good. The sturdy pieces have some sheen. Because they are more than average size, the 100 pieces are easy to handle, and make a pretty big statement when completed. No pieces were damaged, stuck together uncut, or missing.
Getting started: Find the edge pieces and sort by color. Even with so few pieces, it seems reasonable to do some sorting while turning all the pieces face up. I pulled out the edges, the bowl of cereal, and the pieces that spelled Sugar Pops.
Construction: I actually built the frame first, then filled the cereal bowl. Quite relative to this puzzle, the “Sugar Pops” title was the trickiest part. 100 pieces is all about relaxing fun, and this one met the mark!
Final thoughts: Yes, completing a challenging puzzle is often the goal, but sometimes just having fun is okay too. A small piece count puzzle is perfect when you need a puzzle fix with only a little time to spare. The puzzling process benefits are always the same no matter what is being pieced together. Plus the box is travel size; take one with you anywhere. Cereal puzzles, even though nostalgic, may not be for everyone. These little puzzles can be found with artful illustrations that appeal to adults - they are not just for kids!
I have not done any other Spinmaster puzzles; so far I can definitely recommend these little boxes of calorie free fun.
My grades: Quality A-. Fun Factor A+
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