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Reviewed by Sarah B on 02 October 2018
This challenging 150-piece geography puzzle is suitable for ages 5 to 10. It's a brilliant way to help children learn about world geography. So often, children are familiar with the names of countries, but have little idea where they are in relation to others - or of the distances involved. Made to the high spec we have come to associate with Orchard Toys, this colourful map, which includes lots of small pictures, is on strong durable card and the pieces fit together well. It clearly displays the continents, which are colour-coded, and countries as well as showing local inhabitants, creatures and landmarks. There's a lovely giant poster included too, which is a real asset and perfect for displaying in a child's bedroom; it includes a keychart showing the icons that appear on the map. Both the map and the poster offer almost endless possibilities for discussion and extending learning. Where do your friends come from? Which countries did the animals we saw at the zoo come from? Why is it dark in Australia when it's daytime here? What language do they speak in this country? Jigsaws offer many more educational benefits too, including developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, as well as observation and confidence; a big jigsaw like this is great to share too. It's a jigsaw that will be used for many years, with parental help initially and then children will enjoy the satisfaction of doing it on their own and learning about the world at the same time. Why not make sure there's an atlas on hand too?
Jigsaw puzzle. World record!
Reviewed by Daniel on 21 May 2014
Hello, I'm a science and geography teacher in Zaragoza, Spain, and I would like to share an experience I did with my pupils.
My pupils are older but I challenged them to complete the puzzle in very little time. And that is what we did, I made groups of pupils in charge of the different continents and oceans and we practiced once the best way of doing it. As your beautiful map has different colours in the continents it was not difficult. That first time we were able to do it in 8 minutes!
It was great but I told them that we could do it in shorter time. The second time I decided to record them, they were excited. We did it six minutes and a half!
Geography made fun!
Reviewed by LauraCYMFT on 21 May 2014
We bought this for my son for his Christmas last year as he loves anything to do with maps.This is quite a large puzzle but it is really is lots of fun to do as a family.
The attention to detail is amazing and I love the landmarks in each continent - the Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Statue of Liberty in NYC.
At the side of the puzzle, you have a list of the countries in each continent which are arranged by number so you can play find the country. This helps even parents learn more about different places in the world. Highly recommended!!