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My son was given the Orchard Jungle jigsaw puzzle on his first birthday, it is currently retailing on Amazon for £5.39 (May 2012). The puzzle is aimed at children aged 18 months. The box contains 6 mini-puzzles, each having two pieces and depicting a different jungle animal. The pieces are made of sturdy cardboard and are quite chunky for little hands. Each puzzle is 14 cm X 14 cm. The 6 mini-puzzles comprise of a Zebra, Elephant, Alligator, Monkey, Rhinoceros and a Lion. The animals are depicted in cartoon character and have lovely detail without looking too simple. The puzzles are made from durable recycled cardboard that is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. The puzzles are aimed at encouraging young children to fit the two pieces together, so this helps with hand eye coordination and dexterity. Once the puzzles have been completed the child can then be encouraged to identify the animal, say way sound it makes, what colour it is, so basically try and describe the attributes of each particular animal. I have found that my son was very interested in playing with these puzzles, at first he had difficulty putting the pieces together, but he soon picked it up and was able pick which pieces went together even if he could not get them to fit. He is now 2 years old and has no problem, fitting the two pieces together, he likes to spread them all out and then make the sounds each animal makes and I find that he also does the action of each animal. Overall, I would recommend these puzzles to others, as they well made and durable, look great, are easy to accomplish, giving my child a sense of achievement and also they help to develop learning and understanding of different types of animals that live in the jungle.
We have a number of these different puzzles from Orchard toys and although my daughter has now moved onto more complex puzzles she still likes to play with these from time to time as I think she still likes the challenge of being able to do something and also because the pictures are really cute on the puzzle. I think all kids love doing puzzles and I believe they are great tool to promote learning but are also quite fun. They are great for stimulating hand-eye coordination and I love the look of pure pride and achievement on my little girls face when she manages to complete a puzzle all by herself. Obviously when children are really small they can't do giant puzzles without a bit of help so I think first puzzles are great when they only contain a few pieces as they are easier and in a way more fun to do to begin with. That's why these Orchard puzzles are great as they only contain two pieces to each puzzle and so are easy to put together but still add to the sense of achievement when completed. This set has jungle animals on it. We have a lot of jungle themed things in our house and on our toys and so to have a puzzle with jungle animals on it is great. The jungle animal pictures in this set include a zebra, rhino, crocdile, monkey, elephant and a tiger. These are pretty much all the major jungle animals when you think about who you would see on a safari so its great to have them all included. The animals are great, they look very realistic so its easy to teach which is which and really get her looking at the colours and characteristics of all the animals. They are quite colourful and bright as well. This set includes 6 different puzzles and each puzzle has only two pieces so they are very easy to put together. What I like to do though is have all the puzzle pieces out at one time so 12 in total and ask my little girl to find the pieces to each animal and for her to put them together. The puzzles are easy to do as like I've said above each animal is cut into only two pieces which are basically the same size, half of the animal so its fairly easy to put them together although a bit of a challenge for young children. The puzzle is made of thick cardboard and is very chunky so they have definitely stood up well to the occasional chewing, throwing and bending that little kids will do to puzzle pieces. The pieces fit easily together and are not stiff or hard. They don't slot, you actually have to fit on piece into the other with the proper shape and you can't put the wrong pieces together without it looking funny and not fitting right so its obvious to a little one when they do get it wrong. The dimensions of the puzzle are given as 15 x 13 cm so although not massive still a nice size and easy for little fingers to pick up the pieces. Orchard toys say this is suitable for children aged 18 months + but I would start them with these puzzles way before this, its never too young to learn. They come in a cardboard box with a flip top lid so its nice to have this around to store the puzzle in when you are not using it. I think I paid about £5 for this puzzle and have been very pleased with it. I like collecting the different animal types and there are a number of different sets you can get. My little girl still likes to play with it even though she has moved onto more complex puzzles and I can now use it for my little boy.
This jigsaw is one of the many jigsaw puzzles we have in our house. It is a jigsaw for children aged 18 months and up and it is about animals in the jungle. It comes in a small box with a lid which easily lifts off to reveal 6 individual puzzles, all with 2 pieces each. The puzzles are: monkey, tiger, elephant, crocodile, rhinoceros and a zebra. The pieces are split so they show either the face end or the bottom end of the animal. The puzzles are a lovely little size- 14 x 14 cm and they are very easy to slot together. They are quite chunky so are easy for little hands to hold and the pictures are bright and colourful to make it more appealing to youngsters. The only thing I will say is that all of the animals are realistically coloured except for the elephant who is blue and the rhino who is purple! This isn't an issue as once the puzzle is completed you can ask the child what is wrong with the picture. The puzzles are made out of a recycled card and are nice and durable and each piece is a different shape rather than just a simple square. These puzzles are great to get the child interested in solving puzzles, all the kids in my house love using them, even the little ones who just like to look at them! You can discuss what noises each animal makes, what animal it is, what colours are used and fitting them together can help develop their visual skills. My children are very keen on puzzles and love being able to fit them together with ease, the fact that there are only 2 pieces mean that there is very little chance of it being wrong! I would recommend these puzzles to young children, they are a great introduction to jigsaws and can help with learning skills. They sell at around £6 online.
Children love puzzles and once my son had learnt the pincer grasp he enjoyed doing his peg puzzles. Once he had outgrown his peg puzzles and they had become too easy for him, I went in search of the next stage in jigsaw puzzles and had a look around on Amazon to see what was available. After looking at a few of the different two piece puzzles I opted to order the Jungle puzzle by Orchard this is quite possibly the first product I have bought from this company although they do produce a large range of games and puzzles for preschoolers. This particular set retails at £6.00 but at the time of purchase it was marked down to £4.99 making it even better value for money. I think for six puzzles this is good value even at full price. This set is suitable from 18 months of age, so it is ideal as the second stage puzzle. The item arrived a couple of days later and I was excited to show them to my son. The puzzles come in an upright colourful box, which my son had no problem in opening. The set contains six generous sized two piece puzzles which are great for first puzzlers. Each puzzle is approximately 14cm x 14cm, and the pieces are nice and chunky making them ideal size for little hands to grasp. They are made from a heavy duty recycled board which is quite durable and they have a wipe clean glossy finish to them, which is also a plus with toddlers. The six jungle animals comprising in this set are an elephant, monkey, zebra, rhinoceros, crocodile and tiger. This set appealed to me as these are animals that my son is familiar with, and I really like the fact that the animals are true to their form with the colouration being what you would expect instead of some zany bright colours, that can often be found in books and puzzles that feature animals. The designs are quite simple so you can point out the different features of each animal. This is a really nice set and my son enjoys making the puzzles as they are age appropriate, he can confidently put the pieces together with no assistance and this is a great confidence boost as he looks rather pleased with himself every time he joins the puzzles together. The puzzles are of great quality the pieces are durable and hard wearing and none of them have suffered any real damage, the corners have a bit of wear due to heavy usage, so nothing to really complain about. The poor box didn't last very long as both the top and bottom of the box can be opened out and with the amount of use it has had it doesn't really stay together too well now, so we now store them in a material bag, my son enjoys taking the pieces from out of the bag and pairing them up. Once the puzzles are complete we talk about the animals and imitate the animal noises, although I'm not too sure what noise a rhinoceros makes. My son is now 27 months old and he still gets great pleasure from playing with these puzzles, so they have had many months of use. Jigsaws are great for stimulating young minds, aiding in spatial awareness and problem solving. As well as this they improve hand eye coordination, and concentration skills. Picture puzzles also promote speech and language development as there is scope to talk about the different animals and the noises in which they make, and your child will also learn colour recognition. Completing the puzzles is a nice confidence boost as your child will have a great feeling of accomplishment. My son really enjoys making these puzzles and the animal noises, and he is learning to put them away at the end of play as I encourage him to put them back into the bag. This set is great value for money and I will be buying more from the Orchard range in the future as they have been a great success and excellent value for money.