Product Type: Orchard Toys baby toys
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Get that dog a bone
Orchard Toys Spotty Dog
Member Name: emmad5689
Orchard Toys Spotty Dog
Advantages: Bright pieces, bold pictures, learning numbers and counting without realising
My daughter gets a bag of activities from school each week called a chatter matters bag, each bag has a story and some tasks such as drawing and counting and then there is a game. This game was in our recent chatter matters bag and she loved it so much I was made to play it every night we had it and now she will be receiving it from Santa for Christmas.
The game is produced by Orchard Toys and sells for about £7 which I think is a good price for a game which can be played over and over and trust me ours certainly will be.The game comes packaged in a cardboard box which is sturdy so keeps the pieces well and brightly coloured. The front of the box is green in colour with 3 different dogs on the front of it sat behind a dog bed containing a couple of bones. The box states the game is for sges 3-6 but I would think a child aged 6 would probably find this a little boring as I would expect they would know their numbers well enough by then.
The box contains 6 different types of doggy cards with four of each different card, each card has a different dog on the front of the card with a different number of spots on it, the reverse of the card has a dog basket on it with either 0, 1, 2 or 3 bones in the basket. Inside the box there is also a spinner which has the numbers 1 to 6 on it on either a blue, green or red background and a black piece of plastic in the middle to spin along with four little dogs heads one in each corner.
The idea of the game is that you spin the spinner and then pick the card with the corresponding number of spots on the dog, you turn over the card and see how many bones you have. You play the game until all cards have been turned over akthough this can take a while when you get to the last couple of cards. When you finish turning the cards over you count up to see how many bones each person has collected and the one with the most is the winner.
This game is pretty quick to play which I always like as it means if I only have a spare ten minutes I can still play a game with my daughter and feel I have had some one on one time with her. The game is very brightly coloured making it attractive to little ones and my daughter loves dogs so this is an added bonus for her. The pieces are made of hard board making then sturdy and they are also wipes clean which is another great thing with little grubby fingers. The game is very simple to play although at first my daughter was counting the number of cards she had with bones on rather than counting the actual bones and it took to about the third night of playing to game before she accepted she needed to count the bones (she is very stubborn)
My only issue with the game is the spinner and I feel it would probably be better playing the game with a dice as you have to hold the board spinner down with one finger to be able to set it spinning which means you could cheat and manage to direct the spinner although my daughter at 4 years hasn't worked this out yet although i'm sure it is a matter of time. I think this game is great and so did my daughter, it helps children to count the spots on the dogs from 1 to 6 although there are 6 different dogs each with a different number to make this bit a little easier. The game also teaches your child to count higher when they are counting the bones they have collected and the game also helps your child learn to take turns and be patient when they don't manage to spin the correct number.
I would recommend this game as we really enjoy it and it teaches your child through play so they don't realise they are actually learning something.
Summary: A quick fun game
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