Who’s in Space?, Orchard Toys – Review

We are big fans of Orchard Toys and we were thrilled to be sent one of their newest products, the Who’s in Space? jigsaw to try out.

Orchard Toys - Who's in Space?

When I showed Ben his new jigsaw his immediate response was “WOW!”  Now Ben is a bit of a master with jigsaws and has been doing 50+ piece jigsaws since his third birthday (he even has a couple of 100 piece jigsaws in his collection now) so I have to admit that I was a bit worried that he would find this 25 piece jigsaw overly simple and have it done in minutes.

Orchard Toys - space puzzle

Ben put the jigsaw together without using the picture on the box for help. I would say it probably took him about ten minutes the first time. I love watching the look of concentration on his face as he checks the pieces and slots them all together.  The pieces are nice and chunky so you know it will withstand being put together over and over and over again. The picture is complex enough that he did have to think and it took him longer than I expected. (Admittedly the second time he did it was considerably quicker!)

Once the jigsaw is completed there is plenty to talk about – I pointed out Earth and asked Ben if he knew what it was, he said “That’s our world!” and then spotted it on the flag as well which he was really exited about.  We talked about the different planets using the box for extra information.  He pointed out the “boy spaceman” and the “girl spaceman” – we talk about how they are actually called “astronauts”. I was amused that he asked me why the girl was fixing the satellite and not the boy! How soon these gender stereotypes set in!!

Orchard Toys - jigsaw puzzle

So what did we like about the Orchard Toys, Who’s in Space? jigsaw?

The pieces are chunky and sturdy – they’ll survive being used over and over

The picture is bright and colourful – with an exciting theme

There’s so much to talk about on the jigsaw – good for developing knowledge & understanding of the world (teacher head on there)

Good for fine motor skills and manual dexterity – manipulating the pieces into place

What we weren’t so keen on?

Ben would benefit from a jigsaw with more pieces but it’s a great jigsaw for your average 3 year old!

To sum up – when I asked Ben what he thought of his new jigsaw he replied “Cooooool!”  

* I was sent this product free of charge to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own (and Ben’s!)*

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20 Comments

  1. katefever
    August 30, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    We love Orchard Toys, their stuff is of such good quality and educational value. Looks like Ben enjoyed it too. Great review, thanks for sharing.

    • August 30, 2013 / 9:44 pm

      We ended up adding two more items to our ever growing Orchard Toys collection yesterday too – they are just fab!

  2. Emmysmummy
    September 2, 2013 / 9:30 am

    Love orchard toys. Great value

  3. Andrea @ love and cake
    September 2, 2013 / 9:34 am

    This looks great, Sophie is also a jigsaw whizz, so will be looking out for a few for her for Christmas, this sounds like the ideal size for her right now 🙂

  4. Vikki Holness
    September 2, 2013 / 9:38 am

    This looks great, we're HUGE fans of Orchard Toys because their products are just such great value for money x

  5. September 2, 2013 / 9:36 am

    My boys would love this! I always trust Orchard toys, and this puzzle design looks fun!

  6. September 2, 2013 / 9:54 am

    My Tristan would love this – he's started loving space-themed things (thanks to Buzz Lightyear) and adores puzzles. Thank you x

  7. September 2, 2013 / 10:10 am

    I've never really used orchard toys products but they always sound good quality x

    • September 2, 2013 / 10:57 am

      We have quite a few puzzles & games now. They are great & make wonderful gifts x

  8. September 2, 2013 / 10:34 am

    Haha his smile in the middle photo ><. Never heard of this company before but they seem to have great reviews from what i've heard! x

    • September 2, 2013 / 10:58 am

      He was really chuffed with himself.
      Definitely check them out – Orchard Toys are great x

  9. Mama Owl
    September 2, 2013 / 11:39 am

    Looks fab! My youngest is a HUGE fan of puzzles!

  10. September 2, 2013 / 11:12 am

    My daughter loved Orchard Toys when she was younger, it's great to see that they are still making fun but educational toys for children. I love the big grin photo with the finished puzzle.

  11. September 2, 2013 / 11:39 am

    We love orchard toys but have never tried the jigsaws before, looks great

  12. Emily Foran
    September 2, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    That looks like good going, I'm not sure my 3yr old could put a jigsaw together so quickly without a box – clever boy! xx

  13. Rachel Hirst
    September 2, 2013 / 11:30 pm

    I love Jigsaws and they are so good for children’s learning, we used to have loads of them in class when I worked in school and all the children and adults loved them

  14. Anonymous
    February 22, 2014 / 12:43 am

    Does look a nice colourful jigsaw, with a great subject. Believe the kids would love this.

    Rachel Craig

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