Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
Newest Review: ... that '3' has more numbers higher than lower! This probably isn't the most exciting game that Orchard Toys puts out - a full game takes q... more
Its play your ducks right
Orchard Toys Lucky Ducky Game
Member Name: jillycat
Orchard Toys Lucky Ducky Game
Advantages: Well made good for children who can count to ten to recognize what the numbers look like
Disadvantages: My son found it frustrating duck board could be better designed as confuses higher and lower
Lucky ducky is an Orchard toys game we have borrowed recently from the Toy Library. My son is struggling with learning his numbers and counting and I think he may have inherited his mother's dyslexia! I had thought this game based around the numbers one to ten may help him and he liked the look of it as he found the cute ducks appealing but it hasn't really lived up to my expectations.
What is it?
The game is for children aged 4 and above and is for 2- 4 players. The 40 duck cards are all spread out face down on the table. Each player takes a duck board, and the first player starts by spinning the mother duck spinner. You then have to decide if the number on the duck you are going to pick will be higher or lower than the number on the spinner. Each player has a duck number guide to help them decide whether to go higher or lower. The number guide has the not only the numbers on but above it a duck for that number such as 4 and the pirate duck. If you guess correctly you can keep the duck; if not, it goes back in the "pond" face down. Play continues until all the ducks have been taken from the pond, and the player with most ducks at the end of the game is the winner. I have to say the higher and lower concept always makes me think for Bruce's "Play your cards right"
The game as with all Orchard toys game is made with durable recycled board that can be wiped clean. As it is a toy library item it does get a lot of rough and tumble and goes through a lot of houses and the robustness of the item is clearly demonstrate by the fact that all of the items are still in good condition with no marks or scuffs bar on the box.
The ducks are all brightly coloured and patterned and because of this are very cute and appealing to my son and all his friends who have played this game. They all seem to get a favourite my sons is the king and the pirate and he gets a bit disappointed if he can't get these ducks.
The duck number card that is to aid picking higher or lower could be a bit better designed. The reason I say this is as the numbers are done on a horizontal and this seems to confuse my son when we are talking about higher and lower as he sees them all on the same level. If the numbers were done vertically this problem would be eradicated and would cause a little less confusion. As using the terms higher and lower seems to confuse my son we talk and refer to will the number come before or after the number on the spinner. Doing it this way seems to make it a lot clear for him and we can then use the duck card to help him seem if there is more or less duck numbers than the number on the spinner.
The game seems to be a bit frustrating for my son he finds all the numbers still a bit confusing and gets easily frustrated at not recognising the numbers even with the help of the spinner and the duck card. He also finds it odd that he can't try to get the number of the duck he wants and would like to pick for example the king duck and then find it and add it to his collection. We have often abandoned the game rather than playing all the way through as he has got bored or upset that he hasn't got the ducks he wants.
My hopes for this game improving his number recognition and counting seem to be falling a bit flat due to it not holding his attention that well. I think for a child that can count to ten then maybe it would be a good aid to help them recognise the numbers and what is higher or lower but given my sons number difficulties it doesn't seem to be helpful.
We have tried playing this game as pairs and him learning to match the numbers on the ducks and he seems to enjoy this more and is start to recognise both the number 1 and 4 by doing this. At the end we put them in order to count using the duck number card to help him count them in order to ten and this has been more successful for us.
Overall and recommendation
This has proved the least successful of all the Orchard Toys we have played and I am not sure how much is down to the design of the game with the duck number board being horizontal and confusing in regards to higher and lower. I don't think it is helping my son learn his counting and number recognition in the correct way of playing it. However other children who have played this on visits to us who can count to ten have loved the game and I think if your child can count to ten then it is probably a good game for recognising what the numbers look like and introducing the concept of higher and lower. I am only going to give it 3 stars for how helpful we have found the game and as my son gets frustrated by it. However it is well made and enjoyable for other children hence it can't be a one star game. At between £9-10 from Amazon it is a good buy but I personally prefer other Orchard Toys games to this one.
Summary: Not the best orchard toys game doesn't really help with counting but is good for number recognition