Find me a gift! 4 reasons why puzzles rule ok this & every Christmas
Are you struggling with thinking of a Christmas gift your little one will play with for more than 10 minutes before boredom strikes? Are you getting peeved with getting bamboozled by all these ridiculously gimmicky Christmas presents which require a bajillion batteries?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas presents, but quite frankly, I don’t want a tonne of brain-numbing toys exploding onto our floor this Christmas. But what I do want is….a good old fashioned jigsaw puzzle.

Truth be told, we have a bit of a love affair with jigsaw puzzles in this house at the moment. It started with two piece Farmyard set from Orchard Toys at 18 months, and we’ve never looked back since.  In a year of our toddler being absolutely fixated with them, I have come to love these often over-looked ways of entertaining and developing our little tykes. And so I am holding the banner high now, and telling you to go forth, and reclaim the jigsaw puzzle as your Christmas gift of choice for the following reasons!

1. They keep your children better entertained than flashing lights and noises

Let’s face it, when you have seen a few lights, pressed a few buttons and heard a few songs – the holy trinity of most toys on offer – the show is over. The beauty of jigsaw puzzles is that while most toys only touch on very basic problem solving skills – if at all – jigsaw puzzles take problem solving to the next level and far beyond by helping our little would-be cherubs to hone their logic, develop critical thinking and memory, enhance visualization and power up their creativity. Extra brownie points for the fact that the reward they get when they solve a jigsaw puzzle is much better than any flashing light and noise combo!
Pictured above – Alphabet Match puzzle from Orchard Toys 

2. They go the extra mile

Unlike many other toys, jigsaw puzzles take persistence and practice to get them right. This means that while other toys have been long discarded because they have already been figured out, jigsaw puzzles will see strong-headed little ones returning to them countless times, until they have absolutely mastered them. That means months and months and quite possibly dare I say it, years! of mileage – but more importantly hours and hours of relative peace for parents as little ones tackle the challenge of completing and mastering puzzles.

Pictured above – Giant Alphabet Puzzle from Orchard Toys 

3. Learning the fun way

We all know we are supposed to be supporting the learning of literacy and numeracy in our little’uns but quite frankly, in these busy lives we lead, it can sometimes be difficult to have the headspace to find fun and creative ways of doing that. Thankfully there are some great educational jigsaw puzzles out there which focus on teaching ABCs and 123s, and I am a huge fan of the ones by Orchard Toys which encourage counting, literacy and discussion.

The huge One, Two, Three puzzle is a great one for keeping fraggles entertained time and time again, as they happily count to the top of the tree spotting and counting the funky animals along the way. Likewise, the Giant Alphabet puzzle is such a fun and colourful way of learning the alphabet and associated words. Extra points scored for the fact that the puzzles comes with some super handy hits of discussion points, plus questions for parents to ask sproglets to maximise the learning experience (so you don’t have to try and rack your already tired brain for something useful to say).
Pictured above –One, Two, Three Puzzle from Orchard Toys 

4. Helping your child get the hang of the small stuff

Let’s face it, the quicker our munchkins can hone their fine and gross motor skills, the easier all our lives will be. Jigsaw puzzles are a great way of developing their finger muscles and dexterity (think less dropping of everything, everywhere; and being able to hold a pencil!). And so ultimately, they’re not just a great gift for them…but also you!

**Looking for a Christmas present that won’t end up in the charity shop heap? Check out the full range of educational jigsaw puzzles from Orchard Toys here. Puzzles range from £5.25-£13.95.**

*This post is in collaboration with Orchard Toys. All opinions are my own. 


  1. I loooove puzzles, we have bought our boy puzzles this xmas and have asked for more from family as well. They are the best entertainment! They can actually keep DS entertained for 20 minutes – win for me!!! He has the shortest attention span normally, but loves his puzzles 🙂

  2. We MUST as a family get better at doing puzzles and board games. We’ve had a rollercoast couple of months and been relying on screen time a bit too much. Your post is a kick up the back side and a much needed one.

  3. Yes!! I used to love puzzles when I was little and it’s not something I’ve even thought about for Baby Girl. She’s still a little young but I think it would be good to get her a basic one this Christmas. Thanks for the inspo xxx #coolmumclub

  4. I love this post as an antidote to all the latest gadgets that are popping up on Christmas gift lists this time of year. So much fun watching young ones work things out and terrific for all the reasons you give above. I love a good puzzle, but hardly ever make the time myself. Life is a bit of a puzzle some days haha 🙂 #coolmumclub

  5. Love this post! It must be so easy to just buy yet another toy, but this gift shows thought and goes the extra mile! Plus who doesn’t love a puzzle! Competitive streak anyone 😉 My boy and husband will be all over this in a few years #coolmumclub xx

  6. I live puzzle and I remember loving them when I was little 2. We have actually bought Leo a couple puzzles for Christmas as I agree with you,, they are so much better than the flashy noisy things!xx #coolmumclub

  7. I love Orchard Toys puzzles. They just seem that bit more substantial than many others. I think (wink wink) that Santa might have a few in his sleigh for our tots this year….

    #xoolmumclub x

  8. I love puzzles as presents for my little one. He engages more with them than other toys and learns the fun way. I’ve picked up a few for Christmas this year so I really hope he takes to them like he did the others. You really can’t go wrong with a puzzle and it’s a bonus that they are educational as well as fun. Great post! #coolmumclub

  9. I totally agree that puzzles always make a wonderful gift. There is so much learning in a puzzle. I’ve heard really great things about the high quality of Orchard Toys, which is important with puzzles for little ones. #coolmumclub x

  10. Puzzles are fabulous. Unfortunately we always seem to be a piece or two down. The main task is getting all the pieces together before we start. Fantastic Christmas idea though! #coolmumclub

  11. You can never go wrong with a jigsaw puzzle. I love buying these for presents, I agree that there can be a bit more substance to a traditional puzzle than some of the all singing/dancing toys. Great suggestions. #Coolmumsclub

  12. Lovely post! Totally agree with you! I think going back to the basic toys like puzzles is more educational compared to some of the new toys nowadays, they’re cheap to buy as well. #coolmumclub

  13. I love the Orchard Toys range. I’ve asked for puzzles for Mini R (18mo) for xmas hoping they will occupy his mind and so he’s not constantly playing with toys that have songs that make me want to gouge my eyes out. #CoolMumClub

  14. This is such a refreshing post! And has reminded me how much I love puzzles, especially Orchard Toys ones. They definitely win over the latest piece of flashy, noisy plastic crap. Happy Christmas! x #coolmumclub

  15. Yes, even my we-won’t-play-with-anything boys will play with a puzzle!! It’s a struggle to stop bits going between the floorboards (underneath our front room there is a graveyard for puzzle pieces!!) but they do love them!

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