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!
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.
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