Product Type: Orchard Toys baby toys
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Orchard Toys Red Dog Blue Dog
Member Name: hlb2009
Orchard Toys Red Dog Blue Dog
Advantages: easy to do, simple, fun
Red Dog, Blue Dog.
Hope turned three this week and one of her presents was this game. I had been recommended it by a friend who told me it was very easy for a three year old to understand as well as being educational and fun too. I have to agree, in the short time we have had it I can see how this is a very good game suitable for a three year old to play.
In the box
The game comes in a sturdy cardboard box. This box is more sturdy than some that we have so it is ideal as Hope has a habit of standing on them or being rather rough which can lead to us then having to find a new home to house the game. Within this box you get 4 game boards and 24 cards. Each board is different; it has six pictures on all in a different, bright colour. The cards are the same as the pictures on the boards. As you can tell from the above description of what is inside the box it is nothing complicated or awkward to set up or tidy away so it is very easy to play.
Playing the game.
The idea of the game is to play it like you would Bingo- each player has a board each and the winner is the person who finds all the correct cards to go on the tiles of their board. It is up to you how you go about getting the tiles. You can put them in a pile and take it in turns to turn them over until you fill the board, putting the ones which don't match to the end of the pile. Or you can spread them out and turn random ones over at a time or put them in a bag and pull one out... Hope has a short attention span at the moment so we spread them on the floor and see who is the fastest to find them all without really taking proper turns!
This game is simple. You do not need to spend a lot time setting it up or a long time trying to explain the 'rules' to a young child who is likely to get bored as all they want is to get on and play. It can take as long or as short as you require to play it as you can spend more time talking about what the tiles are that you have picked up or you can just crack on with the game. The pictures are very bold and simple so that a child can easily identify them and see if they match what they have on their board. It's good because they do not have to work hard at identifying them.
This game is not going to teach your child to be super intelligent but it will help them to learn about colours, objects, turn taking and hand-eye coordination as they learn to put the pieces on top of the pictures on their board. What I like is that it is aimed at 2-4 year olds and I can see how this can really help a child slightly younger than Hope (3) to learn about colours. The age Hope is at now she is very well aware of colours but now she is learning about concentrating and identifying whether they are the right colours for her board and is also learning about what the objects are and noticing the differences.
It has to be said that this game is very enjoyable. Some children's games can be really dull for adults to play but I don't mind this one and it certainly seems to capture my daughter's imagination as she really enjoys playing with it. I think because it's easy to understand and quite exciting (ooo will the next card be the one I want?!) it is enjoyable and holds her attention. Some other games that we have we struggle to get to the end of them as she grows bored.
The board and the tiles are good quality, they are a very robust cardboard which is difficult to bend and so ideal for a toddler who is heavy handed (and let's face it, they all are!) The only thing that could really affect these are if they are chewed upon as teeth marks will make an imprint.
I think that this game deserves 5 stars because it is very easy to play, enjoyable, educational in a simple way and it is just right for the age group which it is aimed at.
Summary: great game