My eldest daughter has just turned four. She is now at the age where she is beginning to understand how to play board games and enjoy them ( even if a little cheating occurs from time to time ;) ). One of her birthday presents was the game by Orchard toys called Greedy Gorilla. The game involves up to four players to have a board each. On each of the boards are squares with pictures of healthy food on. There are lots of small square tokens which you lay all on the floor (table) face down. Each player takes it in turn to choose a token. If the token is a healthy food, it is then matched to the food on your own board. If that healthy food does not match your board, you place it back down and the player who does have it on their board, has to remember where it is. However! There are also some unhealthy, junk foods in the tokens too. If you pick up an unhealthy food, it has a yellow background, and is posted into the gorillas mouth. The cheeky gorilla then burps! This is much to the amusement of a just turned four year old (and my just turned 34 year old husband too!).
I really like this game, not only is it fun but also educational. The obvious educational gain from the game is the introduction of healthy and unhealthy food. It opens up the topic in a completely non confrontational way to explain why we should eat certain foods, and not so many of others. The game also teaches important social skills such as turn taking, and sharing. It also helps to develop a child's "good sportsmanship" by helping others to remember where their tokens are.
The gorilla is fun, and adds a different dimension to the game.
The game is made of thick cardboard. We have other games by Orchard Toys that are constructed in the same way and these have with stood a great deal of playing with and are still in relatively good condition.
I have a one (nearly two) year old, who also enjoys this game as although she doesn't really understand the turn taking, she is happy to sit with the greedy gorilla and post the junk food tokens whilst the rest of us play the game.
I would highly recommend this game, and at the moment it is only £6 in Sainsburys! :)
Orchard Toys make some fantastic games. One I have recently come across is Greedy Gorillas - a game aimed at the 4-8 age range with the aim of learning healthy and unhealthy types of food.
The game is relatively simple like most of the Orchard Toys games are - I like simple rules as it can engage my boys to play on their own once they know what the rules are. I also like that it looks at healthy and unhealthy foods because my youngest son (aged 5) has just finished his foundation 2 year. One of the curriculum points covered was healthy and unhealthy food, so this reinforces his learning really nicely in a very fun way.
The game can be played from 2-4 players. You are provided with some cards that show a menu that are larger in size. There are 4 of these, one per player. There are then a selection of smaller cards (24) showing the foods from the meals alongside some unhealthy options (8) like a can of coke or a hot dog. These cards are on a yellow background, where the healthy foods are on a blue background so it is easy for a 4 year old to distinguish by card colour even if they haven't learned what is healthy or unhealthy.
You are also provided with a rectangular box which features a picture of a gorilla.This has a post box hole in the mouth of the gorilla so you can feed the gorilla any unhealthy foods you find. As an added treat for children, the box is battery powered by 3 x 1.5V AAA batteries (provided initially with the game) so as you post the card you hear the gorilla make a belching noise. You can imagine how well this goes down with children. My eldest is nearly 7, and he finds this even more amusing than his 5 year old brother if that is possible.
The game is based upon memory. You turn all of the food pieces upside down in the middle of the game, and players take it in turn to pick up a card. If the card you pick is on your menu, put it on your game card. If its not, place it back for the next player to take a turn. If you get an unhealthy food, feed the gorilla. All players should at this point cover their mouths and say 'Excuse me!' I liked this aspect of it, teaching manners in a fun way. We all really did have a good giggle doing this, and my children liked it because my husband in particular was putting on silly voices while doing this. Hopefully this sort of thing sticks in their brain more than us repeatedly saying Pardon or What should you say when they burp themselves.
Overall, its an easy game to play. It reminded me a little of the game Tummy Ache from Orchard Toys which is similar with a meal and picking cards up in the same way, although here the learning aim is a little different and there is the added fun of the bad mannered gorilla having an upset tum from eating so much junk.
It is a fun family game, and suits well the 4-8 age group. A slightly younger child could play in my opinion, if they are used to the concept of turn taking and memory games. I'd have played this with my children from 3 years old.
The cards are well made from a thick card that is slightly wipe clean, so it should be long lasting. Orchard Toys are fabulous because even heavy handed children find it hard to wreck the thick pieces, and I am all for supporting UK companies by buying their products.
A fantastic addition to the games cupboard.
Jack has so many board games seeing as every time his Nana comes to visit us she brings a whole brand new selection for him and also at Christmas and Birthday she will always get him a coupel then too. So much so that I bought a massive retro (G-plan) sideboard for our front room which has three super large cupboards and this has already been filled to bursting with all the different games we have.
Greedy Gorilla is a board game fro Orchard Toys and is available from Argos. I do believe the Jack's Nana bought it as a special offer with another game from Orchard Toys and this was on the 2 for £15 deal. This is not a bad price for £7.50 pence a board game and I would definitely think that we have had our monies worth from the game ten times over.
The game itself is suitable for children aged 4 years and over and can be played by 2 to 4 players. We have found that it is better when there is 4 people playing but this is just so the game doesn't go on too long!
What you get when purchasing the game is outer box which houses 4 large game cards, 32 different small food cards and a tower like item which has a gorilla pictured on along with a small leaflet that gives the instruction for the game play.
The idea of the game is simple in the fact that all players are given a large play card and then the 32 small food cards are shuffled and then placed upside down on the floor. On the large play board there are a selection of six different healthy food items that need to be collected to fill the play board and the first one to collect all six of their items is the winner of the game.
Hidden in amongst the 32 small play cards are around 8 junk food cards which need feeding to the gorilla. These little cards can be posted through a little slot where the gorillas mouth is and this will trigger an electronic sound chip whereby the gorilla will make a "burp" noise. The player who has posted this card into the gorilla will need to then say "excuse me".
Of course choosing one of the junk food cards means that you haven't been able to get a healthy food for your large card and the more turns taken up by getting these the less the chance of you winning the game. Not only by picking a junk food card are you getting less chance of winning but by picking up a healthy food item which isn't pictured on your game board means that you have to place this card back upside down on the floor and wait your turn till you get another chance to find the foods you need.
Everything about the game is well made and the large board game card and the smaller food cards are made from a thick and chunky type of cardboard and the pictures are printed on rather than stuck on so there is no chance of any peeling off of the pictures. The gorilla does need 3 AAA batteries but these actually game with the game itself (Shock horror!) and we haven't had to replace them but we do make sure that we use the off switch when we have finished playing with the game just to conserve the battery life.
To play a whole game doesn't take that long and it can be great fun. It is a good idea for younger children as it is teaching them the difference between what is junk food and therefore bad to eat and what is healthy food. It is also good at recognising different type of food that maybe the child hasn't come across yet or is unsure of the names. Jack has had it since around the age of 4 and I think he could of managed to play it easily from around the age of 3. Seeing as he is now nearly 6 he is getting a little bit bored by the game although this isn't to say that we still don't play it but he much prefers other games we have over this one.
All in all I think this is a really great game for young children. It is robust and funny as Jack used to find the gorilla burping something to really giggle over. It is good that it is teaching them all about healthy options and manners too. There is nothing to say negatively about this game. It was a good price and has had a lot of play but still in a great condition and will surely get more use once the new addition to the family is big enough to play with it.
It has to be a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a super high recommendation. This would make a fabulous, fun and affordable Christmas present for any child!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
As my daughter loves the Orchard Toys games so much (well I am a fan too) I am often on the lookout for cheap ones. I was looking on Ebay and I came across one for sale called Greedy Gorilla and it was starting bidding at 99p so I thought I would put a bid in. Three days later I won the auction for just over £6.00 which was a good price for the game which retails at £11.50. When the game I arrived I was really impressed that it was in perfect condition and just looked like I had bought it brand new from the shop.
Greedy Gorilla is described as a healthy eating game, which essentially it is though it is a fun way of encouraging healthy eating. The box is a very bold looking one, bright red in colour and features a large picture of a gorilla eating some pizza with a boy and girl on either side eating some healthy foods. The title of the game is at the top of the box in white bold lettering which really stands out against the background. Just under the title is a little information about the game "Feed the junk food to the gorilla while you make up a healthy meal". As with all games and jigsaws from this company you will find the large Orchard Toys logo on the box, and it tells us that the game is for 2-4 players with an age range of 4 to 8 years. On the reverse of the box there is an educational guide which explains the game has been designed to:
* Link with Early Learning Goals
* Link with National Curriculum Science Key Stage 1
The box comes with a chunky plastic handle so it is easy for a child to carry the game around. Inside the box you will find 4 playing pieces, 24 healthy food cards, 8 junk food cards, 1 gorilla posting box and the instruction leaflet.
Playing the game
To play Greedy Gorilla the food cards (both healthy and junk) must be shuffled together and spread out face down on the table. Each player chooses a playing card which contains their own menu and the game can begin. The youngest player is the first to turn over one of the cards. If the card matches one of those on their menu they can keep the card and place it on the corresponding place on the board. If the card doesn't match it is placed face down again on the table. However, if the card is a junk food card it must be placed in the gorilla's mouth to make him burp! When the greedy gorilla burps, the players are to put their hands over their mouths and say "Excuse you!".
The player to fill their playing board will all their healthy foods first is the winner.
I think this game has already overtaken her other games as her favourite to play. Of course I think this is probably largely due to the fact that there is burping involved which is quite hilarious to a three year old!! As with most Orchard Toys games it is very simple to set up which means my daughter can do it herself so it is ready to go as soon as she asks me to play. I think the length of this game is quite good, as some games can be over quite quickly but others can take longer, it simply depends on remembering where the cards are once they have been turned over. With this game, even the longer games manage to hold my little girls attention for the duration whereas some others of this length she does seem to lose interest.
Whenever we play this game we have lots of laughs, purely down to the burps! My little girl thinks it is hilarious when she is putting a junk food card in the gorilla's mouth to keep pulling it back out so that it burps multiple times!
I like how the cards are split so that the child can instantly see which food is junk food if they aren't really aware what junk food is. Healthy food has a blue background and the junk food has a yellow background. There are some foods in this game that children quite possibly haven't come across such as a tuna steak, or chicken fillet so I like that it teaches them some new foods. Each playing board has the foods required pictured down the sides of the board (three at each side) in a silhouette type picture so it is a little tricky to match it as easy as it is had the pictures been colour like on the cards. However, each board has a list of the foods in colour down the centre of the board along with the words so children can learn to read the words also.
The game is great fun as well as being educational in teaching children healthy foods, and turn taking. It also really helps to develop memory skills as when someone puts one of the cards you need down you need to remember where it was placed. Now I don't normally find burping funny but it is really hard not to laugh when the gorilla lets out a great big burp, and even funnier when my daughter copies!
Greedy Gorilla is available from the Orchard Toys website for £11.50, and slightly cheaper on Amazon. I would happily have paid full price for this game and would recommend it to everyone as it really is a good game. The gorilla box takes 3 x AAA batteries which are simple to change as the base of the box is open so the battery box can be unscrewed.
Thank you for reading my review.
I am a huge fan of Orchard toys games. I think they are fun but always with an educational slant and this game is no different in that it aims to teach children about foods that are healthy and foods that are not so healthy. I find that during and after playing this game that my son will discuss foods that are good and bad for you which I feel is great. That is not to say that playing this game will make your child refuse chocolate! It does however give them some awareness of healthy choices.
The game comes with a hollow rectangular shaped tough cardboard box which has a picture of a gorilla on the front. It has four game cards which are set up like a menu and on each card there are six pictures, all of which are healthy foods. There are then corresponding picture cards to go with the menu cards along with some other non healthy picture cards too. The game also comes with batteries pre installed which is a nice change for things these days! It requires 3 x AAA batteries for when those run out.
To begin the game you must put all the small pictures cards face down on the floor or table. Then each player must choose a menu card. It is the aim of the game to match up the pictures on your menu card with those on the floor.
You need to take it in turns to choose a card from those laid out. Be careful though...if you choose an unhealthy food you must feed it to the gorilla on the front of the rectangular box and he will do a burp! My son finds this hilarious! When he burps you are supposed to excuse the gorilla in a ploy to develop manners as well. Sadly my son finds it too funny to say "Excuse you" !
The winner is the player who completes their menu card first. I think with many board games this is great for children to learn about turn taking which can be quite a difficult concept to grasp at a young age! The game also encourages memory development as you try to remember where the cards for your menu are within the pack of laid out cards. My son is brilliant at this-I on the other hand am not so great and am blaming my increasingly old age!!!
The age recommendation for this game is age 4+ but I think this is being a bit generous. I would be amazed if three years olds couldn't play this game also with an adult. The game lasts around 15 minutes I think and is a reasonable amount of time. Usually my son will just want one game of this before he decides something else needs playing with.
The game is currently included in Argos's two things for £15 long running promotion or you can pick it up individually for around £10.
I think this is a good game. It encourages children to think about healthy eating, develops memory and is fun as well!
Are you a greedy gorilla? Well there's one way to find out, play the greedy gorilla. This is another lovely presented game from Orchard Toys - reknowned for there lovely animated games with up to dates themes.
Greedy Gorilla aims to teach what is healthy and what is not healthy to eat.
The games is essential a remembering game, each player has a menu card with a selection of food on, the idea is for each player in turn to turn over a card and see if that item is on their board - if it is put it on your board, if it isn't and it's a healthy food put it back with the other cards. If it is an unhealthy food item - donoted by being on a yellow card then you must feed it to the greedy gorilla, who will burp - all the players then have to say "Excuse Me" and play resumes. The player to win is the one who fills there board first.
Suitable for the age range identified.
In my opinion, Orchard Toys always make really good games for young children and this Greedy Gorilla game is no exception. Many of the games hve something a little quirky or unusual and in this case there is a gorilla that actually burps! More about that later...
The main purpose of the game is to help children understand about healthy eating in a way that is fun. When my youngest daughter received this as a Christmas present it was actually quite timely as both my girls have been learning about healthy eating and this game is a good reinforcement.
It's actually a very simple game to play. The game is for up to four players and each person has a very attractive menu card to play with showing lots of healthy items. Like all Orchard Toys, these are on good quality sturdy card with a wipe clean surface. There are also 24 healthy food cards and eight junk food cards. The idea is to have all of these cards mixed together face down on the table. Players pick a card in turn. If the picture shows something healthy they can look for it on their card but if it is an item of junk food they must feed it to the gorilla. This is where the fun really starts because when the gorilla is fed something he always burps! Players have to remind him to say excuse me too! You can imagine the hilarity this causes every time! The winner is the first player that can match all six healthy items on their card.
This is a very entertaining game and highly educational at the same time. I was really pleased to note that both my daughters were very clear about which foods were healthy and playing the game did provide quite a few talking points as they wanted to know why some foods were not so good.
The gorilla is really just a cardboard box with a picture of a gorilla on the front and a slot in his mouth. It also has an on and off switch so you can choose not to have burps if you want. It would have been great to have something that was more of a gorilla shape but my daughters don't seem to mind. Also, the gorilla will burp whatever you feed through his mouth so if children are playing on their own there is nothing to tell them if they are right or wrong about the food. I guess it would have made it a much more expensive game if it had a device that differentiated between the two types of food.
Like many games, Greedy Gorilla is great for encouraging children to take turns and to share. They also need to observe carefully and do lots of thinking about the different types of food there is. On the box it tells you that it links to the government's Early Learning Goals and also National Curriculum Key Stage 1 Science.
Overall this is a great game suitable for children between the ages of four and eight (and their mums and dads too!). It's available from Amazon for £9.78. which seems a reasonable price for such a good game!
ncourage healthier eating in a fun way. Use the healthy food cards to create nutritious meals and post the junk food into the gorilla's mouth to make him burp. 2 to 4 players. This puzzle supports communication, language and literacy. It is also suitable for national curriculum Science.