Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Old Macdonald had a farm
Orchard Toys Old Macdonal Lotto
Member Name: emmad5689
Orchard Toys Old Macdonal Lotto
Advantages: Simple game, very educational, for younger children, bright and durable
My youngest daughter always gets a little jealous when I am playing a game with my eldest daughter so I decided to have a look for a game which would be suitable for playing with her as part of her Christmas present.
We were first introduced to Orchard Games when my eldest daughter brought one home from school as part of her Chatty Matters activity bag so I knew how good they were and so searched Orchard Games on Amazon to see what would be suitable. The really good things about Amazon is you get a lot of information about the games and so I was happy to find that this game seemed suitable for my daughter and was the correct age range being for ages 2-6 years.
I paid just under £7 with free delivery however I have checked the current price and it is currently selling at £5.98 which is fantastic value in my opinion as it is such good fun and educational to boot.
The game comes packaged in a cardboard box which is a decent thickness and nice and strong to keep all the pieces in. The box was wrapped in cellophane when it first arrived which means of course you know you are the first one to have played with it and that all the pieces will be inside the box.
The box is very brightly coloured and has the name of the game across the top in bright white lettering and then "...with a moo moo here, and a moo moo there....."
written underneath it. The picture on the front of the box is of a farmer surrounded by animals and items from on the farm such as the bee hive, a Pig, a tractor and a Cow and then in the bottom corner the box tells you the game is for 2-4 players and for ages 2-6.
On the reverse of the box you have a picture of all the pieces that you will find inside the box along with a list of the contents which are 4 farm boards, 24 farm cards, 4 farmer cards and an instruction leaflet. There is an educational guide on the box which tells you educationally what the game promotes which is,
Reinforces object matching skills,
Encourages observation and memory skills,
Develops social communication,
Links with the Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum Literacy Key Stage 1.
When I read this on the back of the box I was pleased with how much this game could promote especially when it is suitable for children so young.
Inside the box there are 4 playing boards, each playing board is about 8 inches x 10 inches and is made of hard board, the top half of the board has a picture on it of a scene on a farm and then on the bottom half there is 6 small squares with different animal or farm item in them and then a rectangle which has a picture of the farmer in it.
The farmer and the 6 objects in the squares are all within the picture above them for example one of the boards has a farmer in a bee keepers outfit getting the honey out of the beehive with a Goose and a sleeping Cat at his feet and a Sheep and a Dog in a field behind him surrounded by a fence and then a little green tractor travelling up the hill in the background. The items you have to find on your board for this one is a Sheep, 2 Bumble Bees, a Dog, a sleeping Cat, a Goose, the Green Tractor and finally the Farmer in the Bee keeping outfit.
Each of the boards works with the same idea and the others have scenes of a farmer mucking out a pigsty, a farmer using a horse to plough a field and finally a farmer milking a cow. I really like the boards and the way they are laid out and to begin with I just used the boards for Emily to find the animals as my Mam after playing the game with my eldest daughter on Christmas day had told me she didn't think that Emily would grasp it.
The pieces that go with the boards all have a white background and then have the picture of the item in the middle, the pieces all have rounded edges to make them young children friendly which of course is brilliant. Within the box not only was there an instruction leaflet which was very easy to follow but there was also a leaflet showing what Orchard games are available and also what age range each one of them is meant for which I have found very useful as it has pointed out a couple more games which may be suitable for both my daughters to play with.
==Playing the Game==
The game is very easy to play which is exactly what I expected with it being suitable for ages 2 and up, you simply take the 4 farmer cards and the 24 farm item cards and place them face down on a flat surface, you place the 4 farmer cards separately. Each player picks a farm board and then you take it in turns to pick a card from the farmer items section and see if it matches an item on your board, you take it in turns to pick the cards until one of you manages to fill your 6 squares up on your board, once the 6 items are found then you just have to find your farmer and the one who does it first is the winner.
The first time we played the game following from my Mam saying she didn't think that Emily would be able to play the game herself, myself and Emily played as a team against her sister Sophie. The game was very easy to set up although Emily did keep trying to pinch the pieces but after she was told she had to wait she was fine.
We began playing and Emily held the board for us and when we found a piece that matched she was able to put it onto the correct space on the board, it was of no surprise to me that she could match them up as she is very good at the wooden style pull out jigsaws. We continued playing and if Sophie picked up a card which was on our board I would point out to Emily which item we wanted and then once Sophie replaced the piece asked her to get the item and she was able to do so with ease. We played the game a couple of times that evening and we made a big fuss and cheered whenever each of us won which got Emily really excited. We also used the pieces to ask her what noises the animals make and she loved making the noises and to make her more familiar with some pieces we changed the names of them a little such as moo cow for the cow and green chug chug for the green tractor which seemed to help her.
The second time we played the game I decided that after her performance the previous night that we would give the game a go with her playing with her own game board. We found that Emily can grasp the game really well and she really loves playing, she doesn't like when someone turns her card over and she has to wait for someone else to have their turn before she can claim it but I just sit next to her and just remind her to wait her turn and she remembers again which is great in my opinion considering she is 2 years old and not only that but she is nearer 2 than 3.
I love this game and so do both my girls, Sophie is 5 years old and she still enjoys playing the game more for the fact of playing a game that Emily can manage than it being a favourite game of hers as it is too easy for her although saying that she seems to keep picking the same cards up and forgets that she already knows what the card is. Emily gets really excited about the game and when we finish a game she shouts "again, again" she gets really upset when I say it's time to put the game away. I love the fact that Emily is learning so much from this game and not only the facts of matching, taking turns and memory skills but also animal names and sounds which are obviously a basic for any young child to be learning.
The game is fantastic quality and the pieces are all made of thick board and we have played with the game many times through the last few weeks and there is no damage to any of them. The pictures on the boards and pieces are all bold and brightly coloured without having too much detail for your child to concentrate on. The one suggestion I would have for Orchard Games is that I would have a couple of extra blank playing pieces in the box so that if a piece accidentally got lost you could at least replace it with a blank one rather than not being able to use the farm board that needs the item.
I cannot praise this game enough, I get bugged nearly every day to play the game and myself and Emily have played just the 2 of us when Sophie is at school and she is able to play one on one really well, the next step for us is for the girls Dad to join in so that she can learn to wait even longer between her goes and help her learn some patience. I have found that after a few rounds of this game I am sometimes left a little hoarse as I am constantly telling the girls whose go it is and reminding Emily to wait her turn as well as making animal noises and cheering. We all give this game 5 stars, I was surprised to find Emily can manage to play the game and my Mam was even more surprised but I am glad she can as the game gives her so much enjoyment and it is really lovely to see. I am now looking forward to buying some moe Orchard Games suitable for Emily and seeing how she progresses.
Summary: A great game