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My daughter actually received this board game the Christmas before last, and although we have played it several times over the last year or so, we have played it quite a bit recently so I thought it would be worth writing a review!
What's in the box?
There are four boards (each in two pieces so they need to be slotted together). Each board has a distinctive colour (green, blue, red or yellow) and there is a matching plastic spider to go with each board. The spiders are quite chunky so nicely designed for little hands. The boards themselves are really sturdy and made of a nice thick cardboard, and despite this playing quite frequently it does look as good as new.
There is also a cardboard spider with a spinner in the middle, which points to either a picture of sunshine or a rainy cloud. And finally there are also two die - one traditional numbered one, and one with shapes.
Each player chooses a colour and slots together their board, and places their spider counter on the bottom of the board. This is actually two games in one - on one side of the board are shapes for the spider to move up, while on the other side there are simply blank squares for the spider to "climb". The boards are designed so that the space the spider climbs resembles a drainpipe (or a water spout), and at the top is the spider's goal - his or her web! As the game suggests, this is of course based on the children's nursery rhyme, Insey Winsey Spider, and if children are familiar with the rhyme that could well give them an extra interest in the game.
How do you play?
So the first thing to do is to is choose which game you wish to play - the shapes or numbers. You then choose the corresponding dice. With the shapes game the first player throws the dice, and moves to the first square that depicts the shape on the dice. After moving up the drainpipe, the player then has to spin the spinner. If the spinner lands on a smiley sun, then all good - the spider can stay put. But if you land on the sad soggy cloud, down you go - back to square one!
If you play with the "plain" side, you simply throw the dice and count up the squares on your quest to reach your web - again, spinning the spinner after each move.
The winner of the game is the player that reach the top of the board - of the web - first.
What is it like to play?
This is a very simple game, and each game is unlikely to last for more than a few minutes. Each player's turn is very quick, so children won't get bored waiting for their go.
I would say that the suggested age range of 3-6 is about right. My daughter is just four, and she plays it with ease and can of course recognise all the shapes and do the counting. She really likes the spinner, and gets quite tense waiting to see where the spinner will land! And I think this is a good addition to the game as it adds a bit more interest and excitement. Just today we played this about eight times (!) and it was only right at the end that my daughter started to lose interest. As I say, each game is very quick which I think is quite a good thing with younger ones. And halfway through you can flip the boards over, so it is like a whole new game but without having to get out anything else or learn any new rules!
This game is well designed. The spiders are easy for small hands to hold and the spaces on the board are big enough that it's easy to move the spider up and down the board. It is also bright and colourful, and the graphics are fun, so it is nice to look at and perfect to grab the attention of young players.
I think this is a great game for some simple learning, and there are quite a few things I noticed playing this with my daughter today. As well as the shape recognition, and finding the shape on the board that matches that on the dice, it is obviously good for counting too when using the numbered dice, and I think this is a good stepping stone to other games that use a dice. It helps her learn about taking it in turns, and also dealing with the disappointment of being sent back to the bottom of the board if and when she spins and gets the cloud. This did upset her at first but I was able to talk to her about how the game worked, and whenever either of us got a cloud shape, we recited some of the words from the Insey Winsey spider nursery rhyme - "Down came the rain and washed the spider out!". This took the edge off having to go back to the start of the game!
We also talked about winning and losing and I explained that she can't always win! However, much to my disappointing, although I didn't deliberately let her win, she beat me almost every time we played this today. I was secretly glad when we moved on to the next game!
I would say that the main thing this game will teach younger children is a lot of the basic skills involved in playing games with other people, such as taking it in turns, winning and losing, and the basics of counting. In this way it is a great introduction to board games.
In summary ...
This is a really fun game, and it is educational but without being too serious or boring. It is very quick to play, and simple enough for little ones to pick up the rules very quickly. I find the games are quick enough that neither of us gets bored, and you can easily play quite a few games in succession without it getting too tedious.
I think this is a great game and I would certainly recommend it as a good buy for children of around 3-4. I do think that at the older end of the suggested range, children may find it a bit too simple or boring so I would definitely say it is better for the lower end of the range. As a gift for a child of this age, I would say this is a big hit!
This seems to be widely available online, and is currently on amazon for £8.95. I think this may be a tad overpriced, so I would look out for cheaper versions, and definitely wouldn't suggest paying any more than this.
Number of players: 2-4
Suggested age range: 3-6
I would describe myself a big fan of the Orchard Toy games. I had never heard of them until about 3 years ago when people started to buy my kids board games. I don't know when they were first made, but they are not familiar from my own childhood. They are made in the UK, are usually games with a good educational slant, and very well made. The appeal to younger children is great.
This particular game is based upon the popular children's nursery rhyme, Incey Wincey Spider. It can be played by 2-4 players, and I would say the best age is 3-6.
The game comes with 4 sets of 2 jigsaws featuring a drain spout. The cards are 2 sided. On one side, the squares are blank, but the other side features pictures of shapes on every square.
These jigsaw cards are the same colour as the four counters, which are spiders, in red, blue, yellow and green. The game also comes with a spinner card, and 2 dice. The spinner card has six segments, 3 featuring sunshine, and 3 with rain clouds. These alternate on the spinner. You also get a little red cup to shake the dice in, which the kids seem to love doing.
The aim of the game is to be the player who gets their spider to the top of the drain pipe first. It is pretty tricky, as you first spin the dice, and then spin the spinner. If you land on the rain, you are washed straight back to the beginning.
This is a fun little game. It is differentiated for children of different ages as you can play with either the shapes or the number dice. If you roll the shapes dice, you move up the drain pipe till you find the first picture of that shape on the pipe. The spinner is used in both versions of the game.
While this game is pretty easy to play, I think it is a lot better with 3 or 4 players. I have played it with just my older son, and the game is over within 3 rolls of the dice, so less than 5 minutes. With more players, you at least double this.
It is good it is a quick game, as kids of this age like a quick game as it is a game they have a good chance of winning. I like it as they can practice counting and shape recognition, and they don't think of it as learning.
The pieces and game cards are exceptionally well made like other Orchard Toy games, and although we played it when the kids were quite small, the cards have not bent, and the spinner turns freely. The box is also not overly big, so it is easy to store it alongside other games in the cupboard.
I don't think you can go wrong really with Orchard Toy products, whether that is games or jigsaws. They make lovely presents and are long lasting.
I first came across Orchard Toys last Christmas when a friend told me how good they were and so I bought a couple of games for my daughter. Since then I have become a huge fan of the games due to not only the quality of the games, but also the educational value and of course fun! I am now always on the lookout for these games when I am out and about, but also tend to look on Ebay to see if I can grab any bargains! I recently bought one from Ebay called Insey Winsey Spider for the great price of just £3.00. The only downside to that was that there were no instructions but I asked a friend how to play as she had it too, though really it wasn't all that difficult to figure out.
Insey Winsey Spider is one of Orchard Toys best selling games, and the packaging is very typical of this company as it is very bright and colourful using primary colours throughout. Two large cute spiders wearing little boots are the main focus on the box along with the smiley sun and unhappy looking clouds in the background. The yellow spider is poking out of a green drainpipe and looking a little worried! The game title is in large white text at the top of the box and just under that it states "A fun counting and shapes game. Help Insey climb up to the top of the drainpipe before it rains". On the reverse of the box you will find a picture of the game as when it is set up so you can get an idea of what it is like to play. Along with the picture of the game you will see the full Insey Winsey Spider song which I think is a lovely touch. It tells us that the game is for age 3-6 year olds and for 2-4 players. As with all Orchard Toys games you will find an educational guide on the back of the box which shows that the game has been designed to:
* Develop share recognition skills
* Improve numeracy skills
* Link with Early Learning Goals
* Encourage observation and social skills
Inside the box you will find four coloured plastic spiders (red, yellow, green and blue), eight cardboard drainpipes pieces which fit together to make four drainpipes in the same colours as the spiders, a shape dice, a number dice, a dice shaker, and a spinner. The spinner features pictures of rainclouds and sunshines with the background of a large spider, cloud and sun.
Playing the game
Each player chooses a colour and takes the corresponding spider and drainpipe, and the two pieces of the pipe slot together to make one long drainpipe. There are two sides to the drainpipe, one that features shapes in the squares and the reverse has clear squares giving two ways of playing the game.
The shapes version of the game - There are six shapes on the drainpipe, circle, square, triangle, rectangle, diamond and semi-circle. The youngest player goes first (even if that isn't the rules as my daughter always wants first turn!!) and rolls the dice before spinning the spinner. If the spinner lands on a sunshine the spider can move to the corresponding shape on the drainpipe. If the spinner lands on the raincloud, the spider falls all the way back to the bottom of the drainpipe! This is very frustrating when you get near the top!!! The game does seem to be over quite quickly so we tend to play it a little differently in that when there is no shape to match what is rolled on the dice you go back down the drainpipe to that space and this just makes it last a little bit longer.
Number version - Using the reverse side of the drainpipe with the blank squares you simply roll the dice and move up the drainpipe the amount of spaces shown on the dice by counting. We have never played it that way as my daughter likes to play it with the shapes.
We play the Insey Winsey Spider game quite regularly, most days at least once, which shows how much my daughter enjoys playing it. The game is very simple to set up - something my daughter usually likes to take charge of to make sure we are doing it right! - and literally takes a minute. The spiders are really quite cute with their bulgey eyes and big smiles, this is something I really like as at the moment my daughter has developed a huge fear of spiders so I try and use this game to teach her that they aren't so bad (even though I am absolutely terrified of them too!!).
I like how the game is reasonably short as it easily holds my little girls attention, whereas some longer games can result in them not being completed as they are a little too long as yet. As I stated earlier in my review, we do play the game slightly different to the way it should be played or it could be over within just a couple of rolls of the dice and that is just too quick in my opinion. Even playing it this way, the game is usually over within about 5 minutes so we tend to have a few games at a time. Another thing I like with this game is that it teaches children shape recognition and matching when playing the shapes version of the game, and counting when playing the numbers version. Any game that has educational benefits as well as lots of fun is a big hit with me!
The quality of the Insey Winsey Spider game follows suit with Orchard Toys games as being high, the game pieces are well made and quite thick making them somewhat childproof. I have never come across a game from this company where the standard has been poor, even the box it comes in is still in as new condition and we got it second hand!
My daughter really enjoys playing this game, she finds it very funny when my spider falls all the way back down the drainpipe, but not so funny when it is happening to her! Whenever we play this game we usually end up having a really good laugh and its really nice when we get the chance to sit and play a game together in some one on one time.
I am chuffed to bits to have bought this game for such a good price, though it had been used it was still in perfect condition. The price of the Insey Winsey Spider game is £9.25 on the Orchard Toys website and I would have paid that happily for such a good game! Insey Winsey Spider comes with double thumbs up from my daughter, and highly recommended from me!
As you may be aware if you have read any of my other reviews I am a big fan of the Orchard Toys range of games. They are great fun but also educational and I think anything that does that is a real bonus as children certainly learn through play.
My son received the insey winsey spider game for Christmas when he was three. This is an appropriate age for a child to have this game I think. The age range on the box says age 3-6 and I would say this is pretty accurate.
The box is very bright and shows spiders-but cute spiders! If they were scary looking spiders there is no way I would let it in my house lol. The spiders are smiling and wearing little boots! There are also clouds in the sky with sad faces and a sun with a smily face. On the base of the box there is an educational guide which informs you that this game will help your child develop shape recognition skills, improve numeracy skills, encourage observation and social skills and it has links with the early learning goals. There is also pictures of the game set up so you have an idea of how it looks but to be honest the game is very straightforward anyway.
When you open the box you will find four reversible drainpipe boards, 4 counters in the shape of spiders which are red, blue, green, and yellow. You have a spinner which has six segments on it, three clouds and three suns. You have a numbers dice, and a shapes dice and a dice shaker. You are then given an instruction leaflet.
There are two ways in which you can play this game. The first way is to play it with the numbers dice. To do this you need to choose a colour and build your drainpipe of the corresponding colour. This is done by just slotting the two pieces together like a jigsaw. You put your matching spider at the bottom of the drainpipe and roll the dice. Next you spin the spinner. If you land on a smiling sun you may move your piece along the board the number shown on the dice. As you progress along the game if you land on a cloud space you need to go all the way back to the bottom of the drainpipe! This does seem to happen quite regularly and can be frustrating but as long as you make a joke out of it and carry on the game it seems to be ok.
The second way to play the game is to use the other side of the drainpipes which have different shapes printed in each space. You set the game up in the same way but this time use the shapes dice which has pictures of the shapes on it corresponding to the shapes on the drainpipe. The same rules apply with regards to the spinning of the spinner. We tend to play the game in this way as we can talk about the shapes.
The winner of the game is simply the one who reaches the top first.
I think this game is good, particularly using the shapes side. The reason I feel this way is that it gives you opportunities to talk to your child about shapes and their features. Some of the shapes on there are diamonds; semi circles etc so I think it's a good feature to be able to talk about those kinds of shapes too.
My son enjoys playing this game when we do get it out to play. You can play the game with up to four people as there are four drainpipes but as a rule it tends to just be me and him that play the game.
I would recommend this game. I think it is another good game by Orchard! You can buy the game for £9.00 on Amazon and I think it is definitely worth the money.
Insey Winsey Spider is an Orchard Toys game which is available from a lot of school suppliers, as well as from Amazon (who are presently selling it for £9). It's a board game with educational value which is suitable for pre-schoolers. The age recommendation on the box is 3-6yrs but really it's a very simple game and will probably bore children once they get to around 5yrs of age.
Inside the box, the contents is a bit limited considering the price tag. There are four 'drain pipe boards' which your spider is supposed to climb, four plastic spiders, a spinner, a dice and... No, that's it. For £9 that is a bit cheeky, but on the bright side these are all relatively sturdy game pieces. The boards are made of glossy card and the spinner hasn't broken in the 2yrs we've owned this game for. The spiders are cheap plastic but not too thin.
The aim of the game is to take it in turns to roll the dice, then move your spider that number of spaces up the drain pipe. Then you spin the spinner to see if it's sunny, and your spider can stay put, or if it's rainy, in which case your spider goes whooshing back down the drain pipe and you have to start all over again. The winner is the first spider to reach the top of his drain pipe.
This really is a very simple game, which makes it ideal for a first pre-schooler's board game. I like that using the plastic spiders makes the game feel like a toy to youngsters playing it, and includes the scope for making scuttling movements and spidery-noises while you play. It all adds to the kind of fun that kids this age like to have.
I think this is slightly limited because it's such a short and simple game, but at the same time is serves a much needed purpose of suiting very young children perfectly. It's a great way to teach them basic counting, taking turns and following rules. Just be aware that once you've played this ten times, this will be finished with. That's 90p a go at this price.
Before I bought this game for my daughter I was in two minds as to whether she would be too young for it at two and a half. The game is designed for children aged three and over, but my daughter does seem to be very inquisitive and loves to count which swayed me in buying this game.
I bought this from Amazon for £7.00 just before Christmas.
Insey Winey spider is my daughter's favourite nursery rhyme and this game is based on the rhyme. It's essentially a board game but simplified for young children to introduce them to playing games as well as teaching them counting and shapes along the way.
The game consists of four different coloured boards which are fitted together as a two piece jigsaw, and are double sided. On one side there are blank squares for the counting game and on the reverse there are different shapes in each square to play the shapes version of the game. The boards are designed in the shape of a drain pipe for Insey Winsey to climb up and fall down.
Also included is a spinning wheel which consists of rain clouds and sunny faces, with two dice, a normal number dice and a shapes dice. There are four corresponding large plastic spiders which act as counters and match the colours on the board.
First impressions of the game when I got it out of the box was that it appeared to be well made. The boards are nice and thick and covered in a laminated film to keep the pieces staying in tact for longer. The colours were nice and bright which attracts the children and hopefully keeps their interest for longer.
Putting the game together is very easy, and whilst you can have up to four players in the game I would suggest with younger children to keep players to a minimum. My daughter was fine playing the game as long as she got a turn quickly, and obviously the more players there are, the longer she had to wait.
The object of both versions of the game is to get your plastic spider to the top of the drain pipe to win the game. If you are playing the numbers version then you don't have to roll the exact number to win, but in the shapes version, the game can be dragged out longer as you need to roll the exact shape to reach the top of the drain pipe.
The spinning wheel comes into play after each player has rolled the dice and moved their counter the relevant number of spaces or to the correct shape. The player then has to spin the wheel. If it lands on a sun, then the player can stay where they are, but if they land on a rain cloud then the spider must travel back down to the starting point and start again as the rain is washing the spider out.
I thought this game was well thought out and designed well against the nursery rhyme. I find with smaller children then if they keep going to the bottom and starting over again they get frustrated quickly, but I have also played this with my five year old niece and she enjoys it just as much as my two year old.
I think it's a great way to introduce board games to children, as it can teach them to count the numbers on the dice, taking it in turns, as well as learning how to lose a game if they don't win every time.
For me as a parent, my daughter loves playing this every now and again. She has to be in the mood to play it, but I think as she gets older she will get much more out of it. The game is designed for children ages 3 - 6.
The whole game will keep nicely as long as it's looked after. I thought the boards were thick enough to prevent frustrated children bending the pieces and making them look too tatty too quickly.
This is a great little game to introduce a small child to board games with.
You get four different-coloured "drainpipe" boards, one for each of up to four players. And four matching plastic spiders. You roll the dice and move your spider up your drainpipe (carefully and painstakingly counting the squares!). Then you spin the spinner. The spinner is divided into alternating "sunny" and "rainy" squares. If you land on "rainy" then your Incy Wincy Spider gets washed down the drain to the beginning. If you get "sunny" then your spider can stay put. First spider to the top is the winner.
This is a very simple game, which is what you need with 3-5 year olds. They like it because they know the rhyme, and the spiders are quite cute to hold and play with. They like to whizz the spinner (which stands up to quite a lot). The game doesn't last very long, and there are a lot of reversals of fortune - one minute you're losing and the next you've nearly won. This is excellent if you have several children playing as no one has time to get upset about not winning.
My three year old daughter was given this game for her birthday and absolutely loves it. It is her first introduction to the concept of board games, but she loves waiting for her turn to shake the dice!
This game is based on the traditional Insey Winsey Spider song which most three year olds know very well. The aim of the game is to help Insey climb to the top of the drainpipe before it rains.
It is a game for 2 - 4 players and I think that for three year olds they do need an adult playing with them! There are two versions - counting and shapes. Each player chooses a coloured spider and has a matching drainpipe board which has a blank side and a shape side. If you are playing the counting game you have the shape side of the drainpipe facing downwards and if you are playing the shape version they are facing upwards. The players basically throw a number die and move that many spaces up the drainpipe. With the shape version they throw a shape die and move to that shape on their drainpipe.
It all sounds very straightforward bu there is a twist!!
There is a weather spinner and on each go the player has to spin this and yess, you've guessed it. If it points to rain, they have to go back down the drainpipe and start again! Great fun!
As with all Orchard games, it comes in a bright stimulating box which contains four doble sided drainpipe boards, four spider counters, 1 spinner, i number die and 1 shape die, i dice shaker (which my daughter thinks is great - sometimes the old fashioned things are the best!) and very importantly, an instruction leaflet. Everything is very well made and sturdy which it needs to be with toddler.
I think it is a great game and really enjoy playing it with my daughter. She is having fun and practicing her colours, shapes and counting along the way! It costs about £8 but does seem to be worth It!
This game is from the excellent "Orchard Toys" 2001 Catalogue,. and is suitable for children aged between 3 and 6. We recently bought it for our daughter (who is 2 and a half) and she loves it already! The company who make this product have, according to the catalogue, been established for 30 years. They now have a vast range of imaginative games, jigsaws and creative activities. It is re-assuring to know that all their games have been extensively tested in playgroups, nursery and primary schools, as well as in the home. The company have also won awards for their standards of safety, durability and quality. Their new catalogue is very well laid out and has sections for Early Years, Fun Learning, Ready for French, First Puzzles, Floor Puzzles, Talkabout Puzzles, Challenging Puzzles, Tell Me A Story Puzzles, Children's Books, Games and Partybags. The coloured dots throughout the catalogue represent links with NAtional Curriculum Core Subjects. As a primary school teacher, I find this very useful and have just spent over £40 very easily, and could have spent much more as their products are of excellent quality. The idea behind "Incey Winsey Spider" is obviously based on the Nursery Rhyme of the same name. It helps children learn to count by moving a cute plastic spider (available in a choice of 4 delightful colours!) up and down the darinpipe before it starts to rain. Each player has their own gameboard (great for toddlers who can't share!) The toy is a Gold Award winner in the Good Toy Guide, so therefore it must be good! If you wish to order, the website is on: www.orchardtoys.com (suprise, suprise!) and you can request a catalogue by phoning: 0115 9373547 Happy puzzling!
Orchard Toys are a good quality name in puzzles, games and activity packs. I didn't think there was much out there in the way of board games for under three's but I have found two games that my two year old absolutely loves. Shopping List is a game for 4 players (recommmended for 3-7 years). Each player has a trolley and a shopping list. All the shopping items are on small pieces of card and are faced down on the table. Each player turns a card over and play is something like the memory pairs game. If you turn over an item that is on your shopping list you put the item in your trolley. My daughter is patient enough to wait until it is her turn to 'claim' a piece of shopping she has seen someone else turn over, which I think makes it an excellent game for 'waiting for your turn', memory and indentification with every day tasks and objects. Not to be confused with ELC's 'Shopping Game'. Insey Winsey Spider is also highly rated by by two year old, though we sometimes make the incentive to win a little more obvious than just merely 'you've won!'. Each player has a coloured spider and a drainpipe. The dice moves you forward and the weather spinner moves you down to the start if it rains and not if it's sunshine. These games really hit the nail on the head for two and three year olds and as they get a little older they can play them unsupervised with their friends. Shopping List is only £4.99 and comes in a box which is nice and compact. Insey Winsey Spider is £5.99. I think they are both excellent value for money.
A game aimed at developing a childs counting skills.