Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Orchard Toys Pop to the Shops
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Orchard Toys Pop to the Shops
Advantages: Teaches money awareness, fun to play, easy to understand
Disadvantages: Box isn't very sturdy
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.
Summary: I will be buying more Orchard Games
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