Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Orchard Toys Greedy Gorilla
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Orchard Toys Greedy Gorilla
Advantages: really appeals to small children through the gorilla, re-inforces curriculum in foundation stage.
Disadvantages: needs batteries. gorilla box is more likely to wear than the cards and game boards.
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.
Summary: rudeness can be quite fun in this case.