Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Orchard Toys Crazy Chefs
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Orchard Toys Crazy Chefs
Advantages: Well made
Disadvantages: Can be complicated with all the boards in play
We have found a recent love for Orchard games and while searching Amazon I came across this Crazy chef's game. The reason I purchased it was because it sounds similar to the shopping list game, but they had added an extra part at the end on the game to make it last longer. This game is suitable from three to seven year old children but the whole family can join in. It can host up to five players at once and has everything you need inside the box. It retails at around £8 but Amazon often has them on offer so we picked ours up for closer to £5. For the money we paid the quality is fantastic and they definitely have the target age range in mind when they designed it. The pieces are durable and colourful, so they are appealing to young children while still being practical for them to use.
In the box you receive 5 different place cards. On these cards are different cooked meals. Most of them were instantly recognisable to my children like cakes and pizza but they also include things like Kebabs so its adds a little variation to the dishes available to cook. On these place mats is an animated chef whom my children thought was brilliant. This usually means my children choose their card by the chef rather than the dish, but each time they get excited as there are five different cards to choose from. There are boys and girls to choose from and they are all animated and fun so inviting for children.
Next there are the ingredients to add to your card before you can cook your dinner. They also have utensils included in the items needed to cook the final meal which I thought was great as it introduces both foods and utensils at the same time. There are five plates to dish the cooked meal onto and one colourful spinner which is needed later in the game. Finally are the finished dishes. Although they are pictured on the main game cards in the corner to give the children an idea of what they are making there are cards included to put on the plate when completed to make it a little more fun.
===How to play===
The game is very similar to the shopping list game. Each child picks a finished meal card to cook. Then all of the ingredient cards and utensil cards are placed fat down on the table. Each player takes it in turns to turn a card over and check to see if it is on their place mat. If not they show it to everyone else in case they have it on their card, and turn it face down on the table. Each person takes their turn and continues this until you have all of the ingredients and utensils on your card. Then you turn to the game spinner. On this are different pictures including a plate which needs to be spun first so they can win one of the plate pieces to put their food on. Next they need to spin and land on the waiting child picture, so they can wait for their game to cook. Finally they need to plate their food up and eat their meal. The winner is the first person to achieve all these steps and place their food on the plate.
This game is perfect for teaching young children to wait and take turns, helps boost their memory skills and introduces them to everyday items. While introducing them to all these different things they still manage to make it a fun game that your child will want to play over and over again. As there are seven pieces to find on each card to find and five cards in total I do feel it can be hard for younger children to remember a massive 35 cards where theirs are after they are picked. For this reason I do have to set this up for them especially if only two are playing. By removing a few of the cards and their matching pieces it simplifies it for my children two, four and five. As they get older it can become more challenging as they will have to remember all the cards, but for now this is how we play it.
What we love about this game is that not only is it fun, but it gets children thinking about what goes into a meal. I have tried on many occasions to get them more involved with making their meals so they would eat a larger variation but nothing seemed to work. Since we have began playing this game my little girl will pop her head in the kitchen and ask what we are having for dinner tonight. She will look at the different ingredients and realised food does not just materialise on a plate and she has shown more interest in her meals. Also some of the ingredients are completely new to my children like spring onions and prawns. They were confused as to what they were but now they notice them while we are shopping .On top of all the other advantages it also helps children recognise kitchen equipment. It may only be learning simple things but they are all things that can be used in day to day life like a wok and other items.
Just like other games in the Orchard range we found this was perfect for all the family to play. It is more complicated with more players so we tend to stick to two or three of us playing at once as the children are so young. It is not a game I dread playing over and over again, and I am happy when this is picked out of the board games as I actually enjoy it. It is practical for younger children but still has a lovely family appeal as we can all play it together. The items are all clearly marked on the card in fun illustrations so they are recognisable to children and fun. The bright colours are engaging so they hold little ones attention while introducing them to new things. Little touches like having to place the finished meal in the chefs waiting hands seem to be amazing to my children. They still giggle each time they complete their meal and place it in the hands.
My children really love this game. It is the simple things like having to actually win a plate from the spinner, and then the cardboard cut outs of the finished product too. This gives them a sense of achievement and gives them something to show for all their hard work. They never seem to get bored of this game. We have played it over and over, but still it is one of the first to come down from the cupboard. The bright colours and simple memory game seems to be enough to keep them interested which is a nice break from all the flashy lights and noise. It is something I can give them to play independently, but we find it is much more fun with everyone taking part.
This is another fantastic addition to our set from this range. It is more complicated than shopping list, and can be rather hard if all the pieces are put into play. The pieces are small so again they can be lost easily so you need to be very careful with them. Even at the full retail of £8 this is a fantastic toy that seems to appeal to each and every child that comes to play. It is simple yet interesting for younger children and still promotes a range of educational skills which is great. I would highly recommend this to anyone with young children as it is the perfect board game.
Summary: Great family fun