Here on the farm we love to embrace nature. Alongside our farm animals if you sit in a quiet spot on the farm all manner of wildlife will pass you by. However for those less patient we have a fun woodland trail to hunt down our wildlife statues cunningly hidden just enough to make it a challenge.
Add to nature a little mystique and imagination and little ones can spend hours in our wooded fairy gardens. Often our weekly farm activity hour will involve hunting for treasure or bugs in here or collecting flowers, leaves and twigs for crafts.
I like to do a few of our worksheets sheets from the website, read a story or make a jigsaw at the start of our activity sessions. When Orchard Toys asked if I would like to review their Woodland Party Jigsaw I knew immediately it would be the perfect start to my hour of fun. I have reviewed Orchard Toys games in the past I am always impressed with their quality and educational bias; the Christmas Surprises game had everyone engaged at our family Christmas Eve Party so I had high expectations from the Woodland Jigsaw. I laid the pieces out on a large table and invited children over to have a go. There was a real mix of ages all joining forces to complete the magical jigsaw of a fantasy woodland party scene. What I loved about the jigsaw is how it brought the children together, created team work, sharing and a sense of achievement. It was lovely to stand back and watch as interest in the task took hold. Older children helped the younger ones and everyone had a turn at fitting a piece into place.
The jigsaw is designed to cover 4 key educational learning areas
1. Developing manual dexterity
Actually fitting the pieces together required careful coordination even on this large puzzle.
2. Encouraging imagination
The woodland scene is full of fantasy and possibility for the wonder of the woods.
3. Reinforce counting skills
By counting how many pieces are left or how many pieces have been placed
4. Promote observation and discussion
The back of the box is full of useful discussion areas around the puzzle picture to engage young minds.
The recommended age for the jigsaw is 4 to 7, however I know some of the children, including my own, enjoyed in joining in too and still found it a challenge. If you are making the puzzle alone with your child, rather than with a group, a younger child may need a hand getting started with some corner pieces to work from.
The completed scene did remind me of many of the garden parties, casual picnics enjoyed by our holiday makers and children’s parties we have had at Coombe Mill over the years.
The Woodland Puzzle is available from the Orchard Toys website for just £9.75 offering hours of fun to complete again and again.
Win an Orchard Toys Woodland Party Jigsaw
If you would like to try and win one of these lovely puzzles for your child just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
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