Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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If you go down to the shops today...you're in for a fun time!
Orchard Toys Pop to the Shops
Member Name: littleme96
Orchard Toys Pop to the Shops
Advantages: Durable game board, fun gameplay, teaches money handling and encourages manners.
Disadvantages: None that I can think of!
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
Summary: A great game for children aged 5+ to teach basic maths and early life skills (budgeting/manners)
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