I cannot even begin to convey how big a fan I am of Orchard Toys. The British brand produces some of the best games and toys around on the market, and that's both mummy-voice and teacher-voice speaking there.
We were recently sent Nursery Rhyme: Four in a Box jigsaws to review, which came at the right time because The Boy has become very interested in puzzles lately.
The images used on the puzzles are: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Humpty Dumpty; Jack and Jill; and Hey, Diddle, Diddle. Which is, quite frankly, ever so convenient as these are his favourite rhymes at the moment! If you are unsure of the words (I'm certainly not, that much I can assure you) then they are written on the back.
What I really liked about this jigsaw set is the differentiated puzzles that come with it. There are four puzzles: a four-piece, six-piece, eight-piece and a twelve-piece. The set is billed as being for 3 years+, however The Boy is 2 years and manages quite well with the two larger piece jigsaws (i.e. the 4 and 6 piece).
As for the other two puzzles, the 8-piece and 12-piece, when the pieces are laid out loosely in the correct order then he is able to do the puzzle. The bright, attractive and uncluttered images make it easier for the children to visualise the adjoining pieces. Additionally, it is very easy to complete the puzzles due to the fact that each one is colour-coded around the edges; The Boy was able to see very easily which piece goes with which.
The puzzle has been designed to: encourage observation and fine motor skills, develop social communication, and communication and language and literacy skills.
Now the lovely folk over at Orchard Toys have offered one of these up as a prize for one lucky reader. In order to be in with a chance of winning simply do three compulsary things:
- Visit the Orchard Toys website, have a browse and then come back and tell me which is your favourite product
- 'Like' Orchard Toys on Facebook
- Tweet the following message: I've entered to win an @OrchardToys game with @TheBoyandMe's blog http://www.theboyandme.co.uk/?p=3353
One comment only please!
Competition closes on Wednesday 27th July 2011 at 8pm. Winner will be chosen at random and notified that night, they need to reply by Friday 29th July or I will redraw another winner. Orchard Toys will despatch the prize directly. No alternative is available. UK entrants only. Facebook are not affiliated with this competition and have no responsibility for it.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
The winner of the competition is Would Like to be a Yummy Mummy. Congratulations!
Thanks to all who entered, keep checking for new competitions all the time.