A little while ago I was thrilled to be sent two Orchard Toy products to test and review. I have to take a minute to explain here that it is a toss-up between the kids and Roy and I for who is most excited when a new Orchard Toy product is released. As a parent I love the practicality of the toys (no floppy jigsaw pieces or easy to break parts here), the bright colours and the concepts which merge learning and fun.
The first I received was the newly released Post Box game.
I asked my 2yr old’s (quite frankly wonderful) childminder to test this game out with Taylor and her other charges and her feedback is as follows…
“What a simple but very enjoyable game, it’s great that you can play 3 different games. Everything seems pretty strong and durable. We played all 3 games and Taylor enjoyed the simple pick up letter and the “post in right colour box” version best as well as then shouting the colours out. X liked having his own post box and trying to find correct letter. X also liked reading who the letters were going to as well. All in all a hit at my setting and I would definitely recommend to others“.
What else can you say? Clearly another roaring success from Orchard Toys.
The second product we were sent to review (aren’t we lucky!) was the Big Police Car jigsaw.
This jigsaw is for children aged 3+ however Taylor, who is 2yrs and 3 months old enjoyed it and put 80% of it together himself (with a little help). He found the sturdy shaped pieces easy to handle and thoroughly enjoyed pointed out images of interest in the finished puzzle. He also enjoyed whizzing around the dining room for twenty minutes pretending to be a “Neee naaaaw police car!” at full volume
For me this is yet another quality puzzle. Kieran is nearly 7 now (so too grown up for a 3yr old’s jigsaw) yet still enjoyed helping his brother put it together.
I am yet to find an Orchard Toy item that hasn’t had the wow factor and been loved by all in my house. Perfect for your own family and to give as gifts, I choose Orchard Toys every time.