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Orchard Toys Farmyard Dominoes are a great way to introduce young children to taking turns, playing games and recognising animals, colours and matching pairs. They cost £5.87 from Amazon, and being a popular toy you might well be able to pick this up cheaply second hand like my daughter did.
The box itself is good quality, and designed to last, so you can safely store your dominoes in it while not in use. Inside the box you'll find a large amount of sturdy, chunky cardboard dominoes. Each domino is large enough for a young child to grasp and handle easily, right from about two years of age if you've got a bright kid you want to introduce these to early. The recommended age is three to five years really, and I'd say that's about right.
Printed on the dominoes are a range of colourful farmyard pictures including horses, sheep, pigs, chickens, dogs, tractors and cows. Behind each animal is a brightly coloured block of colour, and the matching pictures always have the same matching colour behind them to help make the pairing process easy for young children.
To play the game, you deal out seven dominoes each and leave the rest in a pile, just like you would if you were playing regular dominoes. Then each player has to try to fit one of their dominoes to one end of the gameplay. This starts by the youngest player choosing a domino to place in the middle. If a player can't go at any time, because they haven't got a match for the current gameplay, then they have to take another domino from the pile. Play finishes with one player putting the last of their dominoes out.
The grandson is four and finds this is a really enjoyable way to spend ten minutes playing with an adult. He found the concept easy to understand, and learned how to play in just a few tries. Matching up the animals is easy and fun, as is competing to try to win at something. This makes the game an excellent concentration exercise for kids who otherwise have a tendancy to let their attention wander when you're trying to do activities with them!
I think these are an excellent buy for playgroups, childminders and parents everywhere. I think the price tag is a little on the steep side, but in fairness you do get excellent quality for your money. A set of these will easily last more than one child, even with a bit of rough play. These are good for encouraging social skills in youngsters as well showing them how to match things up, so for the price you're getting a good educational activity that's also lots of fun.
Orchard Toys farmyard Dominoes
With a topic of animals in the classroom, we have been re finding all of our animal themed toys and equipment and this was one of the first we started to use again.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The dominoes come in a sturdy box, with nice colourful pictures of the animals on the front and on the back of the box, the instructions- great idea because if instructions are on bits of paper we tend to lose them!
The dominoes themselves are about 8cm by 4 cm with a picture on each half. Each picture is on a colour block background, all bright colours and the pictures themselves (cat dog, tractor, hen, sheep, cow, horse) are all clear and simply drawn so that even very young children will instantly recognise them for what they are.
There are 28 dominoes in total, with 2 pictures on each, so 4 of each picture
WHO IS IT FOR?
The game can be played by 2 - 4 players and is, as Orchard Toys suggests, most suitable for children age 3 - 6 years old.
HOW TO PLAY THE GAME...
Basically this follows the normal and usually well known rules of dominoes:
* Each player takes 7 cards
* Youngest player starts by placing one of their dominoes face up on the table
* Next player matches one of his pictures with those on the table
* If a player can't match one of his/her dominoes they must take a dominoe from the table
* Game ends when one player has no dominoes left or when no one can match the dominoes
* The winner is the player with fewest dominoes
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
Available from orchard toys online, or in toy shops and supermarkets these dominoes cost £7.00
These are good quality dominoes, sturdy and just the right size for little hands to hold. The animals are easily recognisable and are good to practise saying the names of the animals or making the sounds. We also use some of the pictures to match cvc words, and use them as a picture or object/picture matching activity.
A nice simple game for young children and another winner from Orchard Toys.A recommended educational toy.
Thanks for reading.
Match the familiar farmyard pictures together and develop observation skills, in this first domino game.