Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
Newest Review: ... when he came up to my house to visit. It is now being kept for my daughter in a few years time. This Dotty Dinosaur game is a very... more
Dotty Dinosaurs - an ideal first educational board game
Orchard Toys Dotty Dinosaurs
Member Name: karlsm93
Orchard Toys Dotty Dinosaurs
Advantages: Educational, bright, colourful
When I first qualified as a teacher, there was a real lack of permanent teaching positions and so worked as a substitute teacher for a while. THis meant that I could easily get a call in the morning to ask me to come in to cover a teacher off sick and so I needed a little 'bag of tricks' to get me through the day, especially when a teacher may not necessarily have left anything. I have a variety of things in this bag most of which were books but there were also a few practical things including this Orchard Toys 'Dotty Dinosaurs game', which I bought mainly for teaching, but it ended up being a real favourite of my nephew when he came up to my house to visit. It is now being kept for my daughter in a few years time.
This Dotty Dinosaur game is a very basic board game that is suitable for ages 3 to 6 which I would say is a good age suggestion. This board game can actually be played in two ways: you can choose to play the game based on shape, or based on colour. There are four coloured dinosaurs with reversible sides - one side has shapes and one side has colours. You are given two dice - one with colours and one with shapes, as well as a little cup for shaking (good for little ones!). You are also given a variety of shapes and coloured circles to use depending one which game you are playing. Since there are 4 game boards, you can play this as a group of 4 players, but you can also play it in pairs. When I used it as a substitute teacher, it would usually be used in this fashion, with a couple of children who were finished a piece of work, being allowed to play this with a partner or in a small group or 3 or 4.
If you choose the shape game: you role the dice and if the shape that comes up is one that you have, you can place it onto the matching shape on your dinosaur board. The person to have filled their dinosaur board first is the winner. The same is true of the colour game. You roll the dice and see what colour it lands on and then put the corresponding colour onto the board.
For children that are already beyond colour and shape recognition, this would definitely be deemed by them as being too babyish, but for those in their early years of schooling, this is an ideal game to reinforce these basic facts. As I said, my nephew used to play it constantly every time he came to my house from the time he was a preschooler, but as he got older, and was way beyond shape recognition and colours, he was no longer interested.
All in all, this is a lovely, bright colourful board game for preschoolers etc. It is very educational, reinforcing early colour and shape work, in a completely fun way, where children don;t even realise they are learning. I can't wait now to get this out for my daughter when she gets to the appropriate age.
Summary: A perfect first educational board game
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