Reviewed by Laura Wragg
I was really pleased to receive the new Orchard Toys floor puzzle as I’ve been a fan of their products for many years. As a teacher within the Early Years, I can also testify to the quality and longevity of their products. I find that, all too often these days, children are far too quick to pick up a phone or tablet rather than physically play with toys so it’s wonderful to see a British company still making classic toys (updated for a modern audience) so well.
I sat down with my five year old daughter on a rainy Saturday morning with the ‘Woodland Party Talkabout Floor Puzzle’, and after a few initial prompts to get the jigsaw started, I spent the next half an hour, more or less letting her get on with it. The puzzle is very detailed, clear and colourful, with 70 pieces and she needed very little help with it at all. This by no means made me redundant however as Orchard are very good encouraging education and engagement during and after completion. There are a range of activities and questions listed on the box to help you and your child get the most out of the puzzle including questions on literacy, numeracy and imagination which really help your child get the most out of the puzzle and promote observation and parent/child discussion. When we’d finished, my daughter simply wanted to do it all again!
The puzzle was the first thing my daughter reached for when she had friends over after school. They very much enjoyed completing it themselves and had a real sense of achievement when it was complete. Great fun was had by all.
Available to buy from Orchard Toys here.