Of all the myriad delights that Santa delivered this year, the jigsaw puzzles have proved to be a huge hit with Alfie. We regularly have mammoth afternoon sessions where we have to complete all five and I’m already getting to the stage where I think I might have to buy some more. So, I thought I’d share my research, plus I’ve added a couple of options for younger children too. This 36-piece Djeco design, above, Â is, frankly, a bit mental. Which is exactly why I love it!Â Â£11.95, Bird Kids.
We were the lucky recipients of a Sebra jungle puzzle and the illustration is gorgeous. Love the owl, birdies and little acorn house on this 38-piece one.Â Â£12.50, Scandinavian Minimall.
Animals? In a tower? Yes, please. 33 pieces and 13 cool creatures from Crocodile Creek.Â Â£12.30, Nutwood Toys.
In terms of packaging, it’s hard to beat the hat box of French toy company Janod‘s 36-piece knight and dragon puzzle.Â Â£18, Kinder Room.
I’ve featured Londji‘s two-metre long train puzzle before, but it’s so fab it deserves a second mention. 52 pieces and a host of quirky passengers.Â Â£17.50, Pippa & Ike Show.
For little ones, these first puzzles, consisting of four-pieces per picture, by Mudpuppy are hard to beat.Â Â£8.99, Hanover Lane.
Fancy injecting a little Gallic chic into the playroom? French designer Nathalie Lete has created this wonderful Parisian landmark puzzles for Vilac – three designs, 25 pieces each.Â â‚¬20, Noeuf.
This one is a little more advanced with 48 pieces, but oh so lovely – by Hungarian company Marbushka.Â Â£11, Little Baby Company.
Games gurus Orchard Toys have a plethora of puzzles. I can’t think of many little ones who wouldn’t adore this road design – you can even drive your own cars on it.Â Â£13, GLTC.
And finally, one for the creatives out there. A wooden colour-your-own jigsaw, a bargain atÂ Â£5, Tate.