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      11.05.2013 12:42
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      A great game for children aged 5+ to teach basic maths and early life skills (budgeting/manners)

      We purchased Pop to the Shops for our 4 year old daughter on the basis that it looked like a fun game and was from one of our favourite toy brands - the brilliant Orchard Toys. We now own many games and jigsaw puzzles from Orchard toys, a company based in Norfolk and they haven't let us down yet. The game boards and pieces are durable, eye-catching and most importantly, fun to play! Most of the games have a subtle educational element and for this one it teaches basic money handling, turn taking and encourages good manners. So far so good!

      As with many of the games from this company, the game board is actually a jigsaw puzzle making it easy to pack away and store in the box along with the play pieces. As a result of this is that the box is smaller than more traditional board games such as Monopoly. Having said that the jigsaw puzzle that makes up the game board for this game only consists of 4 pieces (each with a different shop on it) and so it really takes no time at all to assemble. Having assembled the board on a flat surface, the next job is to sort a number of small cards, choose a character to play with and the corresponding shop that they work in and to distribute money to each of the players. I would say that it takes less than 5 minutes to do all of this and it is easy to assign a job to the children playing to get it done quicker.

      There are four characters to choose from and each character belongs to a specific shop - a boy dressed in blue and a Newsagents, a girl dressed in yellow and a Mini Market, a boy dressed in green and a Greengrocers and a girl dressed in red and a bakery. Each shop has 6 items of various prices to buy and the aim of the game is to fill you shopping basket with 6 items before your opponents do. The items in each shop range in price from a bargainous 10p for some carrots to a whopping £1.20 for a salad roll, with all sorts of price points in between! There are cards that are placed over each item so that when you purchase it, you can put the physical item in your basket as a record of what you have bought so far. The player selects the item that they need to buy by picking up a replica card which is placed upside down. When they have travellled to the correct shop and purchased the item, they select a new card and go on to purchase that item next and so on, until they have bought 6 items and filled their basket. Whoever does this first is the winner!

      Plastic money is used in the game and comes in 3 denominations - 10p, 20p and 50p. Each players starts off with the princely sum of £1.50 to help them buy their first item. Players also get money when another player buys an item in their shop or when the pass through the middle of the board. The space in the middle of the board is the "bank" space and when you pass over it you can collect 20p.

      We really like this game for several reasons. Whilst my daughter is not old enough to play without help (from a financial point of view!), she really enjoys it and is slowly getting to grips with budgeting and making sure that she has enough money to buy the next item that she has chosen at random. The fact that only 10p, 20p and 50p coins are used makes the maths relatively simple and is a great introduction to money and making purchases. The fact that you get money when someone buys something from your shop shows that it's a good source of income too! It is also good for talking about change and how when you buy something sometimes you get money back if you don't have the correct coinage.

      I love the fact that when a player reaches the shop in which they need to buy the item they have selected, players are encouraged to ask politely for the item that they wish to buy. For example, "Hello Mr. Greengrocer, please may I buy some of your lovely bananas?". It's such a nice touch and encourages role-play and realistic conversation as well as good manners.

      With the world-domination of supermarkets, I also love the fact that the different shops hark back to yesteryear, where you would go to the Bakery to buy bread or pop to the Newsagents to buy some pencils - how refreshing that it's not all just purchased at the Supermarket! In this respect it is also teaching children about specialist shops and what you would find in a Greengrocers etc, sad that it is having to be taught this way, but when they are disappearing from our high streets this may be the only way!

      In conclusion, we love this game. It's not only great fun, but it is also teaching numerous skills without my child even knowing! And Mummy and Daddy love it too!

      It is possible to play this game with up to 4 people, but we often play with 2 and the "bank" owns the shops which don't have a real person manning them. It is recommended that this game is suitable for children aged between 5 - 9 years, although this is obviously just a guide. The game also links in with Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum.

      The game box contains:
      - Jigged Game Board (4 pieces)
      - 48 Item Cards
      - 4 x Shopping Bag Boards
      - 4 Characters
      - 4 Character Stands
      - Play Money
      - 1 Dice
      - Instruction Leaflet

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        27.11.2012 11:45
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        a fantastic fun and educational game

        ==Pop To The Shops==

        Pop To The Shop is a board game from Orchard Toys and is aimed at those children who are aged five to nine years old. It is a game that is suitable to be played by two to four players at any one time and in my opinion it is a great game

        ==Price and Availability==

        Jack was bought this board game by his Nana for Christmas last year when he was a little younger than five. It was bought from Argos although it is widely available from many shops both on the high street and of course online too. I know that she got it for the two for £15 offer that Argos have running long term but the RRP of the board game is £9.50. it is currently selling on Amazon for a great price of £6.99 pence and I have seen it in my local toy shop for £8 so the price can vary a good deal and for this reason it is worth shopping around to get the best possible price.

        ==Concept of the Game==

        The back of the box states "Help children learn about handling money and giving change by playing this fun shopping game. Go Round the board from shop to shop, using play money to buy lots of different items". This is the basic idea. Each player is given a game card that has six empty squares on and is shaped like a shopping basket. They need to fill this up with six different items from the four different shops that are on the game board using their money and making sure they have enough for specific items. It is a really simple idea yet has endless amounts of playability.

        ==What Comes inside the Box?==

        Four pieces of the large game board which are shaped like a jigsaw puzzle
        Four shopping basket type game cards
        Four different characters each wearing a different colour of clothing (red, green, blue and yellow)
        Little bag of different plastic money, 50ps, 20ps and 10ps
        48 shopping item cards
        Four character stands
        Dice
        Instruction leaflet.

        ==Look and Design==

        I hadn't actually come across any Orchard Toy board games before we had this and another bought for Jack but since then I have seen a good deal of different games and it would seem that they are a highly reputed company who aim at selling games that are a lot more educational than most. The game itself comes in a box which is brightly coloured and designed with cartoon character type people on the front who we also come across when playing the game. The out box gives all the right information that one could need to understand the concept of the game and who the game would be suitable for. The back of the box actually shows a photo of what the game inside looks like when made up and all the items that come with the product.

        The contents of the box is all really well made and definitely built to last even with little hands. All of the cardboard items such as the large game board, the shopping item cards, the shopping basket cards are all made of a thick and durable type of cardboard which has been printed on rather than having a picture stuck onto them. Even though we have had tons of play with them they still look as good as new. There is no sign of the boards peeling or wearing at all and they are all made to a good size for children to hold and deal with very easily.

        The plastic money is true to life size and it is printed clearly with the corresponding amount that the coin is. They are the same shape as real money too so it does seem like you are playing with real money and gets any child used to having dealings with money and getting the right idea as to how much buys what.

        The dice you get with the set is a green one which is well made but I do find the colour a bit of a downside as the game board has a lot of green on it and often it is hard to see as it blends in a lot. I think it would have been better to have had a white dice in with the set but this is really a minor problem and not really worth noting.

        ==Playing the Game==

        Putting the four large piece of the game board together is easily done and the overall size of the board isn't too large so doesn't need a massive amount of play space. Once the board as been put together 24 of the shopping items need putting in the corresponding shops which are sat in each corner of the board. There is the greengrocer. The newsagent, the baker and the mini market. On these shops there are the items that are sold in there printed on the game board, these items need covering over with the smaller shopping item cards so that they can be taken off when purchased and popped into the players shopping basket.

        The remaining 24 shopping item cards need placing upside down on the table or floor so that each player can choose a card which will tell them then which shop they need to head to. Every player has a character player which has a colour coordinating stand so that it can walk around the board. The colour of the players character will also dictate where that player starts the game from, the yellow character will start off in the mini market because that shop is coloured yellow, the green character will start in the greengrocer as this shop is green and so on.

        Each player is given an equal amount of money from the bank, two 50 pence pieces, two 20 pence pieces and one 10 pence piece. Each player will select a shopping item card from the upside down ones on the floor. If they have chosen and item which is in their shop they will need to pick another card. The shopping item on the card then needs to be purchased from the shop and the player will need to head in that direction.

        As per the instruction leaflet the younger player will roll the dice first. There are a small amount of 12 spaces from one shop to another so one could start and be in the shop they need to be to buy their item in a minimum of two rolls of the dice. Six spaces across the board is the bank (one player will have to be picked to act as banker) when a player passes over the bank or lands on the bank they can collect 20 pence. Once a player has made it to the shop they need to be at and purchased the item they needed and popped it on their game board they return to their own shop, pick another shopping item card from those upside down and then on their next turn head to that shop to buy the next item for their basket.

        The winner of the game is the person who is able to fill up their shopping basket game board with six different items first.

        ==Our Experience==

        I have been really amazed at how much Jack loves this game and how good he is at it! I love the fact that it is not only fun for him but also making him aware of the price of items and they way money works. He is now an expert at giving more money that the shopping item is and telling me exactly how much change he is expecting back from me! He will often ask me to give him different amounts of money so that he can work out the change on my items as well.

        We often play with just the two of us and although the instruction leaflet says that if two are playing that you just play with one shopping basket board each, Jack does like to make it a longer game and plays it so that we have two of the shopping baskets each. This does make the game go on a bit and you do have to have twice the amount of money otherwise you will not have enough to buy everything you need in order to fill both baskets.

        Playing with the maximum players of four is bar far the best way to play the game as it makes it easier when each of the four shops is manned as you don't have to keep taking ownership of other shops and making sure that money goes in the bank. However that said it is just as much fun when two people are playing. The fact that it is suitable for both boys and girls is also good because when Jack's little girlfriend comes around they can both play it together quite happily which is very cute!

        I can not find a single fault at all with this Pop to the Shop board game from Orchard toys. It has so many positives that I would really recommend this for any child of around the 4-6 age range. It does say that players up to age 9 can play but I would think that this age is a little high for most and that a 9 year old may not be as interested in it as say a 5 or 6 year old would be. I love the fact that I know it is teaching Jack all about handling money as well as being great fun to play and he seems to like it more because most of the time he is the first to fill his basket.

        This game is at a much more affordable price that a lot of other board games that we have yet it is one of our most played with in the house at the moment and it is far more educational than a lot of others. It is well made and definitely built to last and should be a good one for keeping until the baby I'm over cooking at the moment is of the right age to play with it and by then we shall see if Jack who will be around 9 or 10 is still interested in playing with us and the game. It is probably so well made that I will keep it for grandchildren just like mum did with a lot of items from my childhood as it is sure to be one that Jack will have fond memories of.

        I am more than happy to award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars for this brilliant game. It would certainly make any child happy to receive for a Christmas gift or birthday gift and it wouldn't out the buyer out of pocket too much. This is a highly recommended game from both me and Jack!


        I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

        Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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          20.07.2012 19:58
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          A good game, but not for the very young!

          'Pop to the Shops' is a board game by Orchard Toys. Anybody who has ever bought Orchard Toys games will know how thick and wipe-clean their cardboard pieces are and the materials in this game are of the usual high quality. The game has an RRP of £9.50 and that's what I paid for it in a department store, but Amazon is usually a little cheaper. The recommended age is 5-9, which is a little higher than some of the games and which I think is generally realistic.

          How you play it

          The board comes in four pieces that fit together, and you have four characters, each with a 'shopping basket' board. Each character starts at a shop.

          This is where it gets a little complicated. You have coloured cards with products on, which you place in the relevant shops (each shop has a colour and a picture of the products, and has 6 products). You also have pictures of the same products, but this time on a white backing. These cards go face down on the table. Note to mums and dads: before you pack away, get two smallish sealable bags, sandwich bags are ideal, so that you can separate the two types and not have to spend an age sorting them out. In addition, you have a bag of plastic money, in 50p, 20p and 10p denominations. Amazon also sell the International version, which has cents rather than pennies.

          When you start, each player gets £1.50. One player picks up one of the face-down cards and finds the product they must buy (if it's from their own shop, they pick again). They then throw the dice and make their way across the board to 'buy' the product. When you pass the middle, you get an extra 20p. When they've bought the product, they return to their home shop and pick again, although they may have to pick several times to find something that they can afford. The winner is the first one to fill their shopping basket.

          What's good about it?

          It's doubtless educational, as the coins are quite like UK coins and it teaches children that some coins are 'worth' more than others and gives them practice in adding up and the concept of getting change. It's also quite appealing, the products are drawn nicely and the characters are friendly-looking. You can have fun 'buying' the products, asking nicely if you may have the product and thanking the shopkeeper - my daughter's favourite bit.

          What's not quite so good?

          It's a bit of a faff to set up, compared with lucky ducky or tummy-ache where you just spread the cards and off you go. It can also be quite time-consuming and it's a little repetitive after a while - it might have been a bit better for smaller children if you only had to buy, say, four products. Although this isn't a criticism of the product itself, I would not try it for very small children - I think that the age range of 5 would be the very lower end of the scale without significant help from an adult, and some children would find the adding up and giving change difficult at a higher age.

          In conclusion

          If you're happy that your child would cope with the numbers (or that they wouldn't quite, but you want to encourage them to practice!) then I would recommend this game. If you want a simple game that's quick to set up and play, or your child is younger than 5, then I'd recommend something else!

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          I will be buying more Orchard Games

          We became aware of the Orchard games when our eldest daughter began bringing home what the school call chatter matter bags, the bags contain different activities and a game most of which are from the Orchard brand. My daughter has enjoyed playing every game that she has brought home so we decided to have a look at the range when it was coming up to her 5th birthday and decided that this game seemed ideal and also had great reviews.


          Like most things now I bought the game off Amazon as they were the cheapest at the time selling the game for £6.99 includig delivery which I think is a good price for a game which has educuational values to it.


          The game comes packaged in a mainly red and green box, it has the name of the game across the top of the box and shows a row of shops with a little girl shopping and some friendly looking shop keepers. The Orchard Toys logo is on the box and it states that the game is for 2-4 players and ages 5-9. The game is the ideal age for our daughter and the box is brightoly coloured so attracts your child to it. The box has a strange bottom to it so it can compress down quite easily and this over time I would think will allow the box to become damaged. On the back of the box it tells you that this game encourages concentration and observations, promotes personal and social skills and links in with Early Learning Goals and The National Cirriculum Maths.


          Inside the box you have a set of instructions in an number of different languages, there are 4 shopping baskets, 4 jigsaw pieces for the board, 24 white back cards, 24 coloured back cards, four players with stands, some plastic money and a dice.


          To set the game up you have to place the four jigsaw pieces together to form a square board, each of the jigsaw pieces has a different shop on it, there is a bakers, a greengrocers, a mini market and a newsagent. The board is based around the four main colours blue, yellow, red and green and is nice and bright, each shop has a doorway, a shopkeeper and 6 spaces for thigs the shop has to sell. Each player chooses a playing piece which is a person who stands on a little piece of plastic, the plastic has to be slid on from the side which my daughter found she was unable to do and she did get annoyed with and cause one of the players to begin to split at the bottom. Each player also gets a shopping basket which is a piece of board with a basket drawn on it with 6 little square spaces for you to place your shopping in, you also get 2 x 50p, 2 x 20p and 1 x 10p coins. The small white cards show pictures of the 24 different items on sale in all the shops and these are all paced face down on the table and the other set of 24 cards also show the same pictures but there are 6 with a red background, 6 with a grteen background, 6 with a blue background and 6 with a yellow background to match the shops. The whole game is very brightly coloured, the piece are all made of cardboard but lots of thin pieces of cardboard packed together so the edges can split pretty easily.


          The youngest player goes first which my daughter thinks is great as her younger sister is too young to play so she always goes first, you pick one of the face down cards up and look at which item you have to buy and which shop sells the item, if the item is from your owhn shop you must replace the card and if the price on the card is more than the money you have you must replace the card. You then throw the dice and move towards the shop, between each oif the shops is only 12 spaces so it doesn;t take too long to reach the shop. In the centre of the board there is a bank and when you pass over this space you get 20p from the bank until the bank runs out of money although we have never had the bank rtun out of money yet although we only ever play with 3 people. Once you reach the shop you give the shop the correct amount of money for the item you are buying and place the coloured card on your shopping basket discarding your white backed card onto a done pile. The aim of the game is to fill your shopping basket with 6 items from the shops and be the first to do so.


          This game is really great and helps to teach young children the idea of money, my daughter was really pleased when she opened the game on her birthday as she recognised the Orchard games logo and said that they have these types of games at school. We were badgered to play this game for a couple of days until we actually got chance and we have played this game many times since and it's only a couple of weeks since her birthday. The game was very easy to set up the first time, the pieces were all on a flat piece of card and you had to push them all out but they pushed out easily causing no damage to the pieces and our younger daughter enjoys stacking up all the discarded pieces and making a tower.


          Our younger daughter is not quite 2 but she will sit with us when we are playing and we mke a point of couting with her although she still barely speask so numbers are a bit of a way off yet but I think it is never too early for children to learn these things. My older daughter has not really began learning about money yet but when she gets to the shop and we tell her which coins she needs to make up the amount she needs to pay she is able to select the correct coins and she understands and little more about needing change from some ccoins which is a good start.


          This game is easy to understand and although it takes about half an hour to play with 3 players it doesn't drag and is wuite an enjoyable game and I find it really enjoyable watching my children learn new things. The only issue we had with the game is it wasn;t clear from the instructions what happens to the money that is paid to the shop and we at first left it in the shop but we have realised you can end you being stuck with all three of you not having enough money to buy items from the shops and therefore we have started keeping the money from our individual shops. The only thing I think would have been better for this game is that there could have been a different number of spaces from one shop to the other to make it mopre interesting in who will get there 6 items first. My daughter loves playing this game and at the moment it is certainly her favourite game, I am going to buy both my girls Orchard games for Christmas as I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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          a great learning tool hidden in a game

          My daughter started school this year, and seems to have a flair for maths. Wanting to encourage this love of numbers, I decided to buy her the Pop to the shops game from Orchard Toys after reading such good reviews on the product.
          We love playing games in the house, and anything that will encourage her learning whilst she enjoys it is a bonus.

          ** In the box **

          Inside the box you receive four shopping baskets, a game board that pieces together as a four piece jigsaw, 48 small cards with items on, four character people with plastic stands, play money and a dice.

          ** Set Up **

          To set the game up the first time you play it, you will need to attach the plastic feet to the characters as these will be your playing pieces. The item cards all slot out of their cardboard shell which can be discarded and you can store the cards easily inside the box.
          The board is placed together as a jigsaw, and you will see four shops, a newsagent, bakery, green grocer and a mini market. These are colour coded in green, blue, red and yellow. The items that belong in the shop (six in each) are also colour coded to the item cards that you will have received in the box.
          The coloured cards are placed onto their corresponding matching square on the board, and the characters are placed in their shop doorway. These are also colour coded to the clothes they are wearing.
          Play money is issued out to each player before the game starts. Each player will begin with £1 which is given in the form of 1 x 50p, 2 x 20p and 1 x 10p.
          The remaining item cards which all have a white background are placed face down on the table.

          ** Playing the game **

          One person is assigned the job of being the banker. It is the banker's job to deal out the money, change money as required etc.
          The aim of the game is to fill your shopping basket with items during game play. Starting with the youngest player, they choose a card from the face down item cards. Once chosen, they have to see which shop the item is from and move their player around the board to reach the shop and buy the item. If the player chooses an item from their own shop they have to return the card face down and choose another card.
          In the centre of the board is the bank, and each time a player crosses the bank, they receive 20p from the bank.

          Each player takes it in turn to roll the dice and reach the shop to buy their item. The item cards all have a numerical value on them ranging from 10p to £1.10. Each item must be paid for with the player's money they have (remembering they started off with £1).

          To win the game, the player must fill their shopping basket, but they can only buy items with money they hold. To receive extra money you gain each time you cross the bank square and also when another player buys an item from your shop.

          ** A parent's perspective **

          Immediately I loved the fact that the game had great educational value in terms of counting, monetary value, and subtracting. It was good to discuss how to change money, and even though we only play with three different coins, they are a good starting point. How to make 30p from two 20p coins is a question that comes up more than once in a game, and it really makes my daughter think about how to change it.
          I liked the fact you have to learn not to spend all your money at once on a large item despite not having a choice in this game, but if you run out of money then you can't buy the item you have chosen. This is a good life's lesson to learn.

          The pieces in the game are of a good quality which we have come to love from Orchard Toys. We know we are buying something that will last when spending our money on these games.

          ** Overall **

          We have been highly pleased with this game and it will definitely be played over and over again. I think we could introduce different coins as my daughter grows in confidence with the game.
          It's well worth the retail price of £6.99.

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            This is a wonderful game which you could use toteach your children about money and shopping

            This is a great game to play with children as it can help then learn about adding and subtracting. The goal of the game is to pick a card with an item you are going to buy then walk to the correct shop by rolling the dice. You get additional money evey time you pass the bank. When at the shop the child needs to count out the correct amount of money and put the item into their shopping basket. The player who buys all six items first is the winner. The game does not take too long to play, aproximately 30 minutes for 4 players. The money peaces are made of plastic and look like real coins. The box suggests age rating of five and over but I found that both my five and six year old had alot of trouble giving the right amount of coins and needed a lot of support. However they both had great fun playing the game.

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              orchard toys do it again!

              Orchard toys games are known to be quite educational as well as being fun and this is the main reason that I am a fan of theirs. There is then the fact that the games are well made, durable and reasonably priced.

              Orchard toys pop to the shops game is reasonably priced at around £8.00. You can purchase it from good toy shops and online shops such as Amazon.

              This game comes in a hard wearing, bright coloured cardboard box. On the front there are nice pictures of the things you can buy from the shops inside the game. The back of the box shows you a picture of the game set up for play which is a good thing as you have an idea of what is in the box before you buy it.

              Inside the box you have the game board which is in four pieces which need putting together like a jigsaw. These pieces are each of the four shops that you can visit whilst playing the game. You have the item cards, four counters, play money and a dice.

              To begin you need to set up the game board. The pieces slot together easily and it is perfectly possible for a child to do this. You have the green greengrocers, the yellow mini market, the blue bakery, and the red newsagents. In each of the shops there are six items for sale ranging from 10p for some carrots up to £1.20 for a big chocolate cake. You can then use the item cards to put on the game board in each of the shops so that when you come to purchase something you can take away that card. Again a child can do this without adult assistance. The white item cards should be turned face down on the table ready for game play.

              This game is suitable for four players as there are four counters. There is one of each colour to be the same as the shops. Each player must choose a counter and is such then the shop keeper from the corresponding coloured shop.

              To begin play each player is given £1.50 in play money, from a range of coins. The youngest player then turns over one of the item cards which are face down on the table. This is the item that they must travel around the board to go and purchase. The only exceptions to this is that you must choose a new card if you do not have enough money to purchase the item, or if it is from your own shop.

              From then on the game is simple and follows the same pattern as you repeat the process travelling around the board purchasing the items you need. When you reach the shop which has the item you need you have to ask the shop keeper for it, pay for the item and then return to your own shop to stat the process all over again. The winner is the first person to buy six items.

              I really do think this game is brilliant and so does my son. The reasons I like it is because whilst it is a fun game my son is also learning as we play. He is developing his mathematical skills as he counts moves on the game board and counts money to buy items. He is learning about turn taking and cooperation. Ok, so the monetary values aren't accurate as it costs 20p for a cream doughnut but I think it is better that it is simple figures that your child is dealing with.

              My son likes this game as he gets to play with pretend money. He enjoys buying and selling and also likes the competitive aspect of the race to be the first to get six items. Even though the amount of money you have at the end doesn't have any effect on winning he also likes to have the most money at the end!

              The age range on the game is for 5-9 year olds and I think this is accurate. The game lasts around twenty minutes when just me and my son play, as yet we haven't played with more than that but it would probably last a bit longer with more players. This time frame is fine for my son and he doesn't lose concentration.

              I would definitely recommend this game for children! Orchard Toys have definitely done it again in creating a fun and educational game!

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                A great game for children who love to shop and play.

                I was looking for a game to help my five year old son with his maths, particularly addition and subtraction. He struggles quite a lot at school and even the thought of sitting down doing maths terrifies the life out of him. I wanted to find a way to help him, but make it fun at the same time, so I popped along to the shops to find some suitable games.
                This one jumped out right away, I was instantly drawn to the fact that it was made by Orchard toys. I have several of their games and they are always good quality, entertaining and educational. I thought I would give it a try and here is how we have got on .....

                The box is strong and sturdy, I always look for this in a game as in the past, I have lost so many vital pieces of games due to flimsy boxes that have broken after a few uses.

                The playing board is made up of four pieces that fix together like a jigsaw. This makes up the town, there are four shops the green grocers, the newsagents, the supermarket and the bakery, these are colour co-ordinated with the playing pieces. Ie if you have the green counter you would be the shop keeper of the green grocers. To get to each shop there are pathways, which all pass through the bank in the middle.
                Each shop has six items for sale, these are displayed in the shop window. There are two cards for each item, one is placed in the shop window, the other is placed face down on the table.
                Each player is given £1.50 in various denominations of plastic money. The money is shaped and coloured like real English coins, there are 10, 20 and 50p coins. It is strong and hardwearing.
                Once you have stocked up the shops and placed all the remaining cards on the table you are ready to play.

                The players must decide what shop they want to work in, one player must also take on the role of banker.
                To start players pick up a card from the table, they must then make their way to the shop that sells the item and buy it from the shop keeper. You do this by rolling a die and moving along the path. When you have bought your item, you pick up another card and so on. The aim of the game is to be the first person to buy six items from the various shops.
                Each item has a price ranging from 10p carrots to £1.20p strawberries. Players receive money from other players paying for goods in their shop, they also get 20p for every time they pass the bank.

                My little boy loved the idea of becoming a shop keeper, he particularly likes being the newsagent as he sells magazines, ice cream and sweets.
                We found it easy to set up and he can manage this with little help.
                The actual rules of the game are very simple and my son felt confident explaining how to play it to his friends after just a couple of games.
                He really enjoys the game and even though its been about three months since I bought it, we still play it a few times a week and it has fast become a firm favourite.

                In terms of helping him with his maths, it is a slow process. It has helped him with his numbers from sight. So when he rolls a five he knows it is a five and can move five spaces without counting each one out. It has also helped him recognising the coins and that two 10ps are the same as one 20p etc. I think as he grows in confidence he will progress and be able to work out how much change he will get and what coins to use to pay for different amounts.

                You can change the game slightly, If we are short of time I sometimes say we only need to buy three items to win. We also make things up like you have to speak like a pirate when you are buying something from the newsagents and a queen when you are going to the supermarket. It adds a little variety to the game.

                Pop to the shops is suitable for ages 5-9 and is for 2-4 players.
                It is available from many toy shops and is priced at approx £8.00. I am glad I bought the game, it is fun and educational and will still be fun and helpful in a few years

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