Orchard Toys: Giant Road Jigsaw

 The Boy has recently developed a taste for cars. Cars and jigsaws! As long as he can 'brum' a car along then he's a happy chappy. Give him a 24-piece jigsaw as well and he's in seventh heaven!

Now wouldn't it be good if someone combined the two together?

Well, the genuis that is Orchard Toys have! They've created an extra large floor puzzle in the format of a road jigsaw. Now strictly speaking this is not a typical jigsaw: as there are a great deal of combinations that can be created from the 20 chunky pieces which include corners and junctions, as well as straight roads.

When it first arrived, I honestly cannot tell you who was more excited: The Boy, me or Mr. TheBoyandMe. Mr. TBAM has undertaken a personal challenge to create as many different layouts as possible using all the pieces, as his OCD is worse than mine and he won't allow a layout to be counted if there's a piece left over. I often have to ban him from playing it until The Boy has gone to bed, but both of us love setting out a new system for The Boy before our bedtime so that when The Boy wakes up, he's got something new to play with.

Of course, The Boy gets a look in! He's very fond of making roundabouts and straight roads; it took me some time to get him to realise that he can combine the two to stop the car crashing into the wall. However, he adores it and often races off to find his cars so he can 'brum' along the roads.

This game (and I call it that because I think it is more than just a jigsaw) creates hours of fun, and I don't use that phrase often or lightly. It is more than just a jigsaw:

  • It's a problem solving activity. Older children could be given a drawn picture or photograph of a layout and asked to recreate it.
  • It's a tool for imaginative play. Use cars, create shops with old cardboard boxes, get little figures out and create an imaginary world.
  • It's a real-life discussion activity. The beautiful illustrations demonstrate some very important real-life situations: recycling, litter, road safety, etc.

I cannot even begin to convey how fond we are of this game/jigsaw. Every child who comes into our house, be it boy or girl, heads straight for it to try and come up with an exciting road system. I've already suggested to Orchard Toys that they do add-on kits for it. Mr. TBAM would like to see cul-de-sacs and cross-roads, I'd like a single roundabout piece. Can you imagine a layout over the entire ground floor of your house?! How cool would that be?


The Giant Road Jigsaw is available to buy from Orchard Toys for the bargain price of £13.50. I truly mean it, this is a bargain! Coming up to Christmas, if you are looking for a stand-out present for a pre-school age child, then this should be it!

Competition

To be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing jigsaws, then please do the following:

I want to win a Giant Road Jigsaw with @OrchardToys & @TheBoyandMe's blog http://www.theboyandme.co.uk/?p=4394

Please leave one comment only below.

T&C

Competition closes on Tuesday 11th October 2011 at 8pm. One winner will be drawn at random and notified that evening. I will need a response by Thursday 13th October 2011 or I will redraw the winner.

We were provided with this for the purpose of review. Our enthusiastic opinions are honest, as always.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to @MummyMummyMum who has been chosen as the winner by the reliable random.org

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Comments

  1. says

    All done, I've tweeted as @carafreckles Looks like a great jigsaw, we love things with lots of little details to find in the illustration.

  2. Andrea Smith says

    Hopefully I've done all 3 correct, I've only just ventured onto Twitter and am still a bit scared of it :)

  3. Tracy Nixon says

    Thank you so much for the great giveaway! I have liked both Facebook pages – Tracy K Nixon and I am following you on twitter and have tweeted too @tracyknixon xxx

  4. says

    All 3 naturally!
    This looks amazing! I live the quality, durability & colour if their toys. They are all such good value and stay intact and played with for years to come :o

  5. Karen A Barrett says

    Thanks for the giveaway
    I have liked both FB pages and tweeted
    @chocolateonemse – Twitter
    Karen A Barrett – FB

  6. kellieanne mitchell says

    fb-kellieanne mitchell
    twitter-kellieannem83
    done all three,what a lovely prize x x x

  7. Kirsty Fox says

    Great giveaway!

    I have done all the above

    Facebook – Kirsty Fox
    Twitter – @bloomingfox

  8. Kate Cunningham says

    Have done everything
    Facebook name Kate Cunningham
    twitter @01592_katie
    I love Orchard Toys!

  9. Rachael Lines says

    I am fans of both on facebook, and have tweeted @stralisemiai

    This is a wonderful idea for a toy, great giveaway. :)

  10. sarah clegg says

    hi there i have done all the above my fb name is sarah clegg
    twitter name is sarahclegg2

  11. mrs s pearce says

    already liked both pages on facebook (s pearce mse) and have tweeted messages and followed both pages on twitter (srjcs)

  12. KathV says

    I like both Orchard Toys and Boy and Me on facebook as Kath Vlcek
    have tweeted messages and follow both on twitter as kathvcomps

    thanks!

  13. Alice Hindley says

    I have 'Liked' Orchard Toys on Facebook (Alice Hindley)

    I have 'Liked' TheBoyandMe on Facebook (Alice Hindley)

    I have Tweeted the message: on Twitter – tweet me @aesop57

  14. Clare Webb says

    Have already liked both pages – Clare Jaibaby Webb
    Have followed & tweeted – @mrs_jacksparrow

  15. Cheryll H says

    Done all three steps :) My kids love jigsaws so if I don't win this is gonna be on their Xmas list :) @pipersky1

    ps. oooops, did I just say the 'X' word? 'm I bad??

  16. lowie789 says

    This looks great – bet my boy would love it too. I'm following on FB and have tweeted @lowie789

  17. Claire Butler says

    Love orchard toys!!
    But my son doesnt havce this one so have liked both facebook pages and have tweeted @BBDIVA1977

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