Ahh man! I have been terrible at posting daily this week. The half term holidays caught up with me (I was doing so well!) and cabin fever set in. We’ve spent the last few days playing outside, avoiding the TV and laptop. It was sunny outside though… and we had fun! I can certainly feel that Spring is just around the corner. How exciting!
So, Board Game Week has turned into ‘Board Game Whenever-I-Can-Post’ Days. After nearly 6 years of blogging, you would have thought that I would be better at time management. Anyways, Shall we continue?
Orchard Toys are a well known games brand in our house. The kids have a few epic games from Orchard Toys (Veg Patch Match, Shopping List, Tell The Time- to name a few) on the shelf, but we recently discovered the wonderful Look And Find puzzle range by Orchard Toys. How exciting!
What’s in the box?
Firstly, the box looks amazing! It’s bright and colourful and catches the eye of any curious toddler. The illustrations are just adorable!
Inside the box was 2 fun puzzles to complete. Each puzzle is just 10 pieces, so is a nice and easy puzzle for young children. The aim of this product is for both puzzles to be completed together. Lay the puzzles next to each other and discuss what can be seen between the 2 puzzles. We took our time spotting all of the matching illustrations and then I played eye-spy with simple phonics. When complete, the puzzles measure approximately 21cm x 30cm.
I really like that there is no extra packaging within the box. It’s just the puzzle pieces- that’s it! No nasty plastic to open and throw in the bin, unlike most puzzles available to buy these days. The box and puzzle pieces are made from a thick cardboard, so totally recyclable (not that you would want to bin this fabulous little puzzle) and has no lasting effect on the planet.
Who’s it for?
The Look And Find puzzles are aimed at children aged 3+, but my 2 year old surprised me greatly and played very well with the puzzle. I know that she enjoys puzzles at nursery, but rarely does she ever ask to play with one at home. I sat with her and helped her get the jist of the puzzle. We discussed how she needed to divide up the puzzle pieces by colour, as there are 2 puzzles to complete. I then helped her (just a little) to put the puzzles together. She didn’t take long to get it and once her confidence was built, she managed perfectly well on her own.
My other daughter who is 4 years old has loved this puzzle lots too. In fact, it seems to have been in constant use for the last 4 days. She’s played with it much more than my 2 year old has. I think 4 years is the perfect age to be playing with this kind of puzzle. She has even requested another one for her birthday, which in a few months time!
Why play with puzzles?
There are lots of benefits to playing with puzzles at such a young age. Taking time to sit with your child and put a puzzle together is not only a load of fun for you both but you will be seriously helping their mental and physical development. Here are just a few reasons why puzzles are great for preschoolers:
- Help with their hand-eye coordination skills
- Boost shape sorting abilities
- Develops memory and problem solving skills
- Gets you talking and developing your child’s speech
- Encourages observational skills
- Gets children understanding pattern recognition
- Teaches patience
- It’s the perfect time to bond!
I really think that Orchard Toys have excelled in creating puzzles for preschoolers. The box is a good size, not too big nor small. The illustrations are beautiful, clear and eye-catching too. The puzzle pieces are made of a strong thick card, made to withstand the rough and tough play of toddlerhood. The concept itself, of 2 puzzles that can be put together and talked about is such a wonderful idea. Honestly, I cannot think of one negative point about this Look And Find puzzle! Well done Orchard Toys, you’ve created yet another amazing product.
There are 4 all-new puzzles in the Look And Find range, each with an RRP of £8.00. They are available to buy directly from the Orchard Toys website– along with lots of other fun and addictive games for the whole family!
** I have been gifted this puzzle from the lovely people at Orchard Toys, in exchange for this honest review. All opinions made are my own.**