New Orchard puzzles target pre-schoolers

Company launched fresh products at Toy Fair last week.
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Orchard Toys is going after the pre-school market with a host of new puzzles aimed at kids over two years old.

The firm launched no less than four new games and two jigsaw puzzles at Toy Fair last week.

Simon Newbery, Orchard Toys MD, said: "Although we manufacture games and jigsaws aimed at children from 18 months to 12 years, the three to six years age group has really become our core range.

“But, saying that, on the back of the popularity of a couple of our games for two year olds upwards, Old MacDonald Lotto and Red Dog Blue Dog, we decided to produce two more games for that age group, both of which we launched at the Toy Fair last week."

The first of these is Post Box Game that can be played by one to four players. This is a first colour matching game where young players have to post coloured envelopes into the correctly coloured post boxes.

Pirate Shapes is also suitable for the under threes. Players must match the missing shapes to complete their very own pirate picture. Again, this is suitable for just one player and up to four. 

With jigsaws Big Bus, Big Aeroplane, Big Digger, Big Tractor, Big Fire Engine and Big Racing Car in its stable, Orchard Toys has now added Big Police Car (pictured), a shaped 30-piece floor puzzle for children of three years and above.

Another for those aged over three years is On the Farm – Giant Jigsaw Playmat. 

Spooky Steps and Goldilocks and the Three Bears are two of the new board games both designed for children aged four years old and above.

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