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My son is approaching three years of age and has an increasing interest in playing games. As his concentration develops we can introduce more and more complicated games but, for now at least, the simpler the better. I love to play games with him as it is a good way of spending time with him and I remember the fun I had with games in my childhood. I got him this shopping list game as a Christmas present when I saw it for £5 at Tesco several weeks before the big day. We have a lot of Orchard Toys games and puzzles that we both love so I was confident that this one would be a success too.
The game comes in a relatively small cardboard box that is a bright yellow colour with a cartoon picture on the front of a boy and a girl loading their shopping trolley. The front of the box also tells us it is for children aged 3-7 years and for 2-4 players.
Inside the box, there are the game boards, game cards and instructions on how to play. There are four cardboard trolleys each with a different coloured handle (yellow, blue, green and red). Each trolley has 8 blank squares where the playing cards need to be laid. There are also four shopping lists - each have 8 items on and this is written and has a picture of the object at the side. Corresponding to these items, there are the game cards. These are thick cardboard tiles (that you need to pop from their frame on first use) that have a picture on - of one of the objects from the shopping lists.
All the parts are made from a thick cardboard, with a glossy finish. On their back, they are all dark blue with 'orchard toys' written lots of times in white text.
To play, you need two to four players. Each player is provided with a shopping trolley and a shopping list. All the cards are placed in the centre of the table, faced down. Starting with the youngest player, each player takes it in turns to turn a card over to reveal what is on it. Should that player have that item on their list, they can add it to their trolley. If they do not have it, they turn it faced down again and should another player have that item on their list, they need to remember where it is so that they can collect it when their turn comes round.
The winner is the first player to collect all the items on their shopping list.
PLAYING THE GAME
The game is really easy to set up and very simple to play - ideal for a toddler. The concept is well thought out and something that most children can relate to having doubtless been shopping with their parents. It is certainly something my son took to straight away, without the need for too much explanation. He knew that the list was what he needed to collect and that you put your shopping in a trolley.
It is a good introduction to basic game play and etiquette - taking turns and working towards getting in to a winning position. My son is not yet three and the memory aspect to this game is quite challenging for him - he hasn't quite got the hang of this yet. Therefore, we modify the game slightly to make it easier (and quicker) to play. If a card is turned over, we simply look at both our lists and if it is on either we put it in the relevant trolley. If it is not, we put the card on a discard pile. This means that he doesn't get disillusioned by the game and it doesn't take too long to play (usually about 5-10 minutes). It also means that we have somewhere to go with the game as he gets older and understands the memory concept, meaning we can make the game a little more difficult.
The game is simple and fun to play. My son loves to play this and I enjoy playing it with him. The items on the lists are really varied - they are not just food items. Some of the items, my son has not come across before so it has extended his vocabulary too - items such as stir fry sauce, bacon and aubergines. In this way, it has helped his recognition of different food items. My son has also identified favourite lists - he likes to be the one with the sweets - so this is obviously appealing to him!
I think that this game is very well thought out and cleverly uses something (shopping) that the majority of children will be familiar with. It is so simple that it requires minimal explanation to even the youngest of players yet I can see it appealing equally to older children. This makes it a great game for the family to enjoy together - I hope that when my youngest son (who is a baby) is old enough to play, my older son will still be interested in this. The game time is also ideal for young children as it is really quick to play and is just right for their concentration span.
My son will usually want to play the game two or three times per sitting which is probably just about right as it can get a little monotonous for the adults playing especially - there are not many cards to collect and the game is very simple. It can be enhanced with the purchase of booster packs - clothes or fruit and vegetables - which add a couple more lists and trolleys (so more people can play and there is more variety too). This is something I may consider doing once my son masters the memory aspect of the game.
The game is well made - the cardboard is thick and doesn't bend or peel at all. The pictures are bright and glossy and very appealing to my son. For the price I paid, I think the game is fantastic value and I would envisage it lasting us well. I am really pleased with my purchase and it is a game we do not tire of playing - highly recommended.
~+~ Orchard Toys Shopping List ~+~
I learned about the British toymaker Orchard Toys from a friend who has three children. Having grown up in Australia, I was completely unaware of this company. As this company had been my friend's favourite for several years, she quickly brought me up to date. Particularly because my friend lives in Wymondham - the home of Orchard Toys!
This "shopping list" game was the first that I played with her children, and when it was time for my now three year old daughter to start experiencing these games, it was this one that I thought of first.
~+~ This game ~+~
Designed for children aged 3 - 7 years and 2 - 4 players, the game comes in a robust cardboard box. There 40 pieces - 32 of them are cardboard-backed images of different food and shopping items, four are cardboard illustrations of a shopping trolley and there are four shopping lists with pre-printed items.
The shopping lists have eight items listed with a corresponding illustration next to it. Each shopping trolley is designed as though the user it looking at it side on, and has square outlines for each of the eight items to be placed in the trolley.
I suppose there are several ways of playing this game. The "normal" method, where all 32 items are placed face down and each player takes a turn to choose a card. If the pictured item is on your list you place it in your trolley, if it is not then you turn it back over. The first person to complete their list wins!
We play family rules in our home, whereby each card that is selected is then given to the person who has that product on their list. Again the first person to complete their list wins.
~+~ Our thoughts ~+~
This is a game that is easy for children to play. I have played it with children aged from 2 - 7. We have found that "family rules" work best with the youngsters, and the 4 - 7 year olds are better with the "normal rules".
The packaging and all items are not at all flimsy. We like playing this game several ways. The design means that we can play in the different ways outlined as above. Sometimes Millie and I play as a team of one, lining up all four shopping lists and filling all four shopping trolleys as quickly as we can.
Millie tells me that she loves this game, especially when she wins!
Finally I like the way that this game encourages observation and memory skills. The packaging explains that the game supposedly correlates with Key Stage 1, but I haven't look closely at this.
~+~ Final thoughts ~+~
This is a simple, easy-to-play game that everyone can enjoy. It takes up little space, a short amount of time and can easily be packed away in seconds.
~+~ Recommended? ~+~
A resounding yes from us!
Available from Amazon for £4 (January 2014).
Got this for my two and a half year old on sale at £4.50. The game consists of four cupcoard trolleys, four shopping lists and small cards with one shopping item on it. Each player has an empty trolley and shopping list and takes it in turns to turn over one of the food cards. If you have that item on your shopping list, you put it in your trolley. I'd you dont have it you put it back. The winner is the first person to fill their trolley with everything on their list.
The game is simple to set up with the cards just ending popping out of the cardboard surround.
My toddler grasped the rules very quickly and really enjoys checking the shopping list for each item. He also helps to check each players list too. He has leant the phrase 'exactly the same' playing this game and now if he sees anything that matches he says 'exactly the same mummy' wherever we are.
If you are only playing it with two players it is quite long as only half the food cards will be on either list so often you turn a card and it is not needed. If you had four players every card would be needed by someone and they would quickly be able to turn over the cards they needed and fill their trolley.
This game has taught my son to take turns, match items, check things carefully, learnt many more food items than he already knew and he has also learnt now if I turn over a card he checks his list and if he needs it, he knows to turn that card over for his next go.
A thoroughly enjoyable game and I look forward to trying out other orchard games with my kids.
I am a huge fan of games by Orchard Toys. The games we have played have all had a slight educational twist, but they have been a lot of fun while you play them to disguise this fact to my children.
Shopping list is a game that relies on the skill of memory. It is based upon the familiar experience of going food shopping that most children will be very familiar with by the age of 3. Aimed at children aged 3-7, and for 2-4 players, it takes the traditional task and makes it a game.
Each player has their own shopping list. You have 8 things on your list to find.
You then have a shopping cart card with 8 spaces to place the items when you find them.
There are 32 cards that need placing face down in the middle of the play area. They all look the same on the back - dark blue with Orchard Toys written on them. Each player turns a card over on their turn, and if it is on your list, you can add it to your cart. If not, you put it back face down and let the next player have a go. The winner is the first person to find all 8 items.
The only real skill here is memory, so I am not as keen on this game as I am on other toys from this range. I like it when a game will teach a child something as well as test their memory. I also find that the cards in this game while still well made from thick card are that little bit smaller - so a bit less suited to the 3 year old end of the scale compared to other games, though this might just be my opinion. My children are 5 and 6, and had no problem grasping what was expected of them from this game. I think if anything, it was a bit too simple, but they did enjoy the game especially having a board shaped like a shopping trolley. I did hear them talking about which food would be heavy and need to be at the bottom of the trolley, which made me think they do pay more attention than I think when we go food shopping.
I think the game is as well made as others in the range, but personally, I would recommend others before this one because it is a bit too simple for the age my children are at now. I may have thought differently when they were 3 and just getting used to the concept of playing a game, but I would rather now buy a game that looked at another skill or reinforced the curriculum more when they were playing it. However, I cannot deny, it has some appeal because my children were reading the lists by themselves while they were playing and were willing to play without adults once they were aware of how to play.
Its ok, but I prefer more fun games like Greedy gorilla, or Tummy Ache compared to this one. Even Old McDonald had more appeal for me than this.
One of Little Man's targets to get him ready for full time school was to improve his social skills, to get him taking turns and sharing as at nursery he tended to play alongside other children rather than joining in. One of the suggestions from nursery was to play some games at home with him which involved turn taking as well as improving his cognitive skills. I found Shopping List from Orchard Toys at a summer fair for a bargain 50p I decided it was worth a try.
Shopping List is a really simple game based on memory for 2 to 4 players. In the box you get 4 cardboard shopping trolleys, 4 shopping lists, 32 shopping item cards and the instructions. Each player is given a trolley & a shopping list to start. You play the game by placing the food item cards face down and take it in turns to pick up an item - If it is on your list you put it in your trolley and if it isn't you put it back down. The winner is the first person to fill their trolley with all the items on their list.
We absolutely love this game! The shopping lists have a picture of the item as well as the word so you do not need to read to be able to play but it gets the children used to recognising the word that matches the picture so helps with reading skills. The card features a great selection of everyday food items that you would find in the supermarket including fruit and vegetables, Washing powder, toothbrush and treats. The game also works fine motor skills picking up the small cards from the floor or table and placing them in a slot on the trolley.
When we first started playing this I used to take out any cards that wouldn't be used as it took a while for Little Man to stop picking up the same wrong card over and over again, but now I see him putting the cards he doesn't need as far away as possible so he doesn't keep going for them, so I don't have to do this anymore. The game has really improved Little Man's patience and he is really good at waiting his turn. However, he does like to win and can get a bit stroppy if he doesn't - a trait he gets from his dad, and it gets a bit competitive when they are both playing!
The age range on this game is 3 - 7 which I think is about right. We got this for Little Man when he was 3 and he has got better at the game in the year we have had it. We also have a copy of this game in the nursery where I help and I often play this with a group of 3 & 4 year olds. They are all really good at playing, but they tend to tell their friends if they pick up a card that one of them needs which is quite amusing.
All the game pieces are made of high quality wipe clean card, which is really durable. You would never have known our version was second hand when we got it and it still looks just as good now. We play this game together at least once a week, and as it comes in quite a small box compared to some of his other games this is one we normally take on holiday and to Nanny's house as she loves this game too!
This game currently retails at £5.97 on Amazon - While looking up the price I noticed that there are two booster packs available Clothes and Fruit & Veg for £4.50 each so I have just ordered them too!
When my child was approaching age 3 we realised that she was outgrowing all of her more "baby" toys and so looked to see what was out there for the younger pre-schooler. This is when we first encountered the marvellous Orchard Toys and their best-selling game, Shopping List. This appeared to look the part and be at the required level and so we purchased it from Amazon and excitedly awaited it's arrival. It arrived in a sturdy, brightly coloured box and the game pieces were all made of thick durable and wipe-clean cardboard - just what you need when buying a game for little ones.
Essentially Shopping List is a memory game based on the different products that you may find in a supermarket. Each player chooses a coloured trolley (funnily enough my daughter always chooses the pink one...) and a shopping list. This shopping list is a list of 8 items that you have to find and put in your trolley, with the first person to fill their trolley the winner! Each of the items detailed on the shopping lists have their own cards which are placed faced down on the floor and each player takes it in turn to turn over one card. If the card selected is on that player's shopping list then it goes into their trolley, if not then it gets placed back down. If one of your opponents picks up a card that you need, then you need to remember where they put it back down in the usual memory game fashion. Each game is relatively short (10 - 15 minutes max), so that kids don't lose concentration and adults don't mind playing it too.
What I Like About it:
Numerous things actually - firstly, it's fun! Not just for children either, Adults that have played this too have got quite competitive over the game play with great lengths being taken to sneakily hide the card they have just picked up that a fellow player needs!
I love the fact that it is easy enough for even 2 and 3 year olds to play (the box states an age range of 3-7 years, but as always it is dependant on the child's ability). I have found that even very young players manage to pick it up very quickly and they love the fact that they are playing a "grown up" game.
A big appeal of this game is that it teaches children the names and spellings of everyday items that you may see for sale in a shop or in the home. The items range from Stir Fry Sauce to Toilet Roll to Peppers and Baked Beans and it aids recognition of these and they can clearly see the spelling of each item on the shopping list with a picture of the product next to it. Fantastic for word recognition.
Unlike most games, Shopping List has 2 expansion packs available for purchase separately - the Clothes Booster pack and the Fruit and Veg Booster pack (priced at around £4.50). Not only do these packs give you an extra range of cards to find and 2 new shopping list cards, they also contain 2 extra trolleys too, which boosts the original game to a 6 player game if required. We purchased the Fruit and Veg one early on and found it great for teaching recognition and names of some more seasonal foods, such as baby sweetcorn, asparagus and blueberries. Certainly a worthwhile buy as more cards makes it more difficult to find the ones you need too!
This game is one that we still play a few years on and I am sure it will get a revival when my son is old enough to play too. I have also given this game to other children for birthday presents and it always seems to go down very well. It is a great game with a subtle educational undertone, which means that children learn without realising. It is a great introduction to turn taking and encourages good observation skills to find all of those pesky cards on your list. Importantly it also teaches that you can't win every game and to be gracious in defeat - a good life lesson for anyone I feel!
Available at the time of writing for £5.97 on Amazon.co.uk.
For my young nephew's third birthday last year, I purchased two board games for him, one of which was the "Orchard Toys Shopping List" game. Since then, me and my nephew have played the game at least once a week, and in fact it has proven to be such a popular choice with the youngster that he has often turned up at my house with the small boxed game tucked under his arm, ready for playtime with aunty.
The Orchard Toys Shopping List game is suitable from ages 3 up to 7, and can be played with 2 to 4 players. The game is available from a whole host of retailers, including Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk), where it currently costs around £6 with free postage, or Tesco (www.tesco.com), for around the same price. (Info correct as @ April 2013).
~ WHAT'S IN THE BOX? ~
The box for the game is very small, much smaller than your average board game. It's more than fit for purpose however, and it stores its contents neatly.
All of the elements of this particular game are made of the same material, which is basically a very thick, sturdy and robust card. There are four 'card' shopping carts/trolleys, six 'card' shopping lists and a whole variety of 'card' shopping items. The shopping items themselves are very small squares and all have the same blue-coloured backing, so they all look the same when they are overturned.
The trolleys in comparison, are 'shaped' cards, which offers a little decorative detail. There are eight 'squares' outlined within the body of the trolley itself, and this is where the small shopping item cards will sit as they are collected.
The shopping lists are oblong in shape and have eight items listed on them, alongside their respective picture, which matches that of its corresponding small square card.
~ THE GAME ~
Each player chooses their shopping trolley, all of which have different coloured handles to allow for the usual family squabbles over such matters. Once selected, the players then choose their shopping list. All of the shopping item cards should be placed with their picture side face down, so that their backs are facing upwards. Doing so will ensure that the pile of shopping items all look the same. The pile of items should be easily accessible to all players, so we usually sit on the floor, with the pile in front of us.
The idea of the game is to fill your shopping trolley with all of the items on your list. The player who fills their trolley first with all eight items on their shopping list, is the winner.
Each player takes it in turn to select an item card from the pile and overturns it, allowing all players to see what item is on the card. If the player does not have that particular item on their shopping list, the card gets returned to the pile, and play continues to the next 'shopper' in turn, allowing each player to have the chance to find one of their shopping items within the pile of item cards. If the player successfully finds one of their items within the pile, the item card gets placed into their trolley, where it will sit neatly into one of the 'squares' outlined within their trolley.
The Shopping List Game is very simple, as you would expect, given the intended age of its users. The game falls neatly into the category of 'Memory Game' as each player is required to remember what shopping items are needed to fill their trolley, although you can refer to your shopping list as much as needed. The real memory test comes from remembering where certain item cards are located within the pile, as it is more than likely that your rival players will turn over some of your own item cards during the search for their own items. By watching the player return the card to the pile, you can remember where the card is and select it on your next turn, thus securing one item card for your trolley.
~ OUR EXPERIENCE ~
Alas, my young nephew hasn't really developed his competitive streak as yet, being only three years of age. Whilst he loves to win games, and can often be seen dancing and waving his arms upon obtaining a new victory, it is fair to say that he hasn't fully grasped the concept of rivalry or competition. For this reason, he will often help aunty during our playtime with the game, by helpfully reminding me where, for example, the "Bubble Bath" card is located in the pile, as he has perhaps just overturned it for himself, and knows that he doesn't require the item for his own list completion exercise....but I do, for mine.
Whilst this is extremely helpful of the youngster, and a clear reflection of his kind, giving personality, the idea of the game is, of course, to compete against your other players, in a bid to fill your trolley first. I'm looking forward to seeing how his competitive streak develops in the future, where his 'helping' will no doubt subside, during our time playing with his collection of board games.
My nephew actually plays the Orchard Toys Shopping List game during his time in nursery, and it's not difficult to see why it would make the ideal choice in this environment. Firstly, the pieces themselves are very robust and hard-wearing, and are in near mint condition, even though this little game has been played at least twice a week since November of last year. True, we have had a casualty with one of our item cards having gone missing (the tin of tuna card, if my memory serves me correctly), but other than this, the whole game remains intact and in perfect condition. Also, the card used for the pieces is very thick, and has certainly withstood plenty of slightly 'rough' play at times, at the hands of my young nephew who is a very 'robust' young boy. The cards have been stood on and dribbled on, and I believe some of the card trolleys had sticky finger-marks on them recently, which were removed easily with a quick going-over with a moist baby wipe.
The game's appeal is evident, mainly because my nephew usually suggests it - or presents its box - within a few minutes of my arrival at his house for our weekly play time. The bright colours used in the illustrations on both the shopping lists themselves, and of course, on the card items, work well in this game, as the items really stand out from each other, so remain quite memorable throughout play. To explain this better, I feel that if 'duller' or drab illustrations were used, the items themselves wouldn't be as distinctive as they are, which would possibly cause a little confusion for younger players. I feel the items are extremely memorable, which is possibly helped by the fact they are so bright and vibrant visually.
As a final note, I think it is worth mentioning that we recently had an instance of four generations of our family playing the Orchard Toys Shopping List game, which was just lovely. My nephew and myself were able to include my mother (nephew's grandma, of course) into our game, with MY grand-mother (nephew's Great-Grandma) - who is ninety years old! - also taking part in the game, which was easy enough for her to cope with, even though she struggles with her sight, her hearing and her memory. Playing the game across these four generations of our family felt quite special, and I was secretly pleased at getting my grandmother's slightly weak "memory cogs" turning too, which was a definite bonus. We all enjoyed the few games of Shopping List that we played together, and my grandmother coped quite well with the idea and play of the game - proving, I think, it's ease of use and simple concept.
Overall, I thoroughly recommend the Orchard Toys Shopping List game and feel it is a very worthwhile addition to any youngster's toy box.
My daughter was slow at beginning to talk and we looked around for all kinds of imaginative ways to help her to speak. We bought this shopping list game as we thought it looked fun and hoped it would improve her language. My daughter is now 5 and still loves playing with this game so it has more than paid it's way! I think it cost us about £8 about 3 years ago so it was good value for money.
=== Orchard toys ===
I hadn't really noticed Orchard Toys before but since we bought this we now have lots of these games in our play room! The toys are lovely, imaginative board games which help children to learn about turn taking and other valuable skills. We have a few including a lovely cupcake one, this shopping list one and a bingo type game. They are all really very good quality and seem to engage my daughter and her friends so we find it hard to fault them.
=== Shopping list ===
The idea of this game is to complete your shopping list. Within the box you get cardboard supermarket trolleys with spaces for 8 items, there are four of these and also four shopping lists. These lists have words of items on as well as pictures. Each of these items are the same as the little products which come on pieces of card which fit the spaces on the supermarket trolley. These are about the size of a large stamp so they are quite small for young children.
The idea of the game is to give each person (up to 4 players) a shopping list and a trolley. All of the items are turned upside down on the table and people take it in turns to select an item. If it is on their shopping list they then add it to the trolley. The person to fill their trolley up is the winner. It is a very simple game which is very easy for children to understand.
=== Enjoyment. ===
My daughter enjoys playing this game, she finds it really exciting seeing what will be the next card t obe turned over and will she have it on her list?! She loves it and it always creates lots of laughter when she finds a item on her list! She likes trying to guess which items will be turned round next. Each game lasts about ten minutes which I think is a good length, any longer then children can get bored and lose concentration. This is a very simple game with easy instructions so children will enjoy it, it's important to have easy instructions for children of a preschool age so they can follow it and also not get bored when you're trying to explain it to them. When my daughter has friends round to play they enjoy playing it too.
=== Education ===
This game is very educational. My daughter didn't speak very much but we used these supermarket items to help her to learn words and also recognise them. She would learn to recognise items which was really important so we could see she could understand what the words were even if she couldn't say them. She has learnt to recognise the items, recognise letters in the words on the list and also this has helped when we go shopping in real life too! She has learnt the basic skills of game playing so knows about how to take turns and how she can't always win but it's okay. Her dexterity skills have improved too as she's learnt to place the pieces in the trolley carefully.
=== Conclusion ===
This is a brilliant game which is so simple and straight forward yet entertaining and educational too. My daughter loves playing with this as do her friends when they come round. It is very good quality, made from strong card and the pictures are nice and bright so attractive to children. We have had this for several years and it still remains in very good condition. We highly recommend it.
To be honest until my daughter received this game in a book bag I had never heard of it. For homework each week she receives a game and a book that matches the theme which I thought was a really good idea. After using it for the week we decided that we loved it so purchased it ourselves, along with a number of other items from their range. Having a look through the orchard games I found there were a number of simple yet attractive games for children. They are great educational tools and have become a favourite in our house since. This game is a simple memory game. The box contains everything you need and to get started including 4 shopping trolleys, 4 shopping lists and over 30 food/household items that are easy to recognise by little one. You can purchase a booster set that contains two more shopping lists, and the corresponding items. These are clothes and other non food items just to make the game a little more interesting when little ones become bored. When you purchase the game you have to push each piece of card from the cardboard sheets they arrive on.
They are sure to use foods which are purchased everyday in households so that they are recognisable and familiar to little one straight away. The pieces are card are fantastic quality, really thick which is perfect when being used by toddlers. The box they come in is also very durable and is still in perfect condition. They cars are laminated which makes them perfect for sticky little hands as they can be wiped down. The pieces are small, and so we have to be very careful not to lose any. To play you simply take a trolley card and a shopping list each. Then you place all of the items of grocery cards face down on the table. Next you take it in turns to turn over a card and check if it is on your list. If the item is on your list it moves into your shopping trolley. If not it is shown to the group and replaced face down so that it can be found if needed when it is their turn. Continue this until someone has all the items of their list in their trolley.
What I love about this game is it is simple there is no need to need to read, or write as you just need to look at the pictures. This means it can be used by everyone in my family, even my youngest son who is two. It is still very interesting for older children too and my five year old son loves it. As it is suitable for 2-4 players it means that we can all play as a family which interests the children a lot more. My children can play it independently so it is also perfect for an activity while I am cooking dinner. It holds their attention for a good fifteen minutes so I know I can get on and they are staying out of trouble.
It sill introduces words and letters as the names of the products are written on the shopping list. Once the little one matches the item to the list they also look at the word, and in time learn which word matches with that item. It also requires little one to take turns so promotes sharing which is important in our house. It teaches children to take turns and although it is a competitive game there are no fights while playing it. As it uses familiar objects to any child it is teaching them about day to day life. My children love to hunt out different food while we are in the supermarket, and although a simple idea this game brings the fun home. My children do not just use the cards for this game but also for role play too. They were playing with this before bed this evening, and once they had finished their game I could hear them playing. Looking on they were using their supermarket set and scanning the little cards through the till. This may not be the way they are intended to be used, but they were still using their shopping lists to identify items and having fun.
The cards are a little small so I was a little worried about my two year old son using it. All of the pieces are easy for little one to pick so under supervision I see no problem with him using them. The pictures are all child friendly very simple so that they are easily recognisable, bright and colourful to keep them interested and a little cartoony so they again appeal to children. I think it is the perfect first board game for little one. It teaches them how to take turns and the objective is simple so they can understand. Whenever we reach for our board games this is the one that is chosen first despite its simple appeal. It is also great for concentration. My two year old little boy is like a whirlwind at the moment and this is one of the only things that can keep him entertained for more than five minutes. It is great for teaching him the names of everyday things. As we shout of what item is on card we have picked up each game he begins to expand his vocabulary. At first he was only able to recognise a handful of the product, but now he can say almost all of them and as we are doing our shopping he tells me the names of different things.
My only downside is that as the cards are so small they can become lost very easily. My children know that it is important they put all the pieces to their board games away otherwise they could become unusable if we lose the accessories. As they are so small I often find pieces left behind after my children have played. Over time we have lost two of the food cards. As the food items all appear on the lists this means we were unable to use it. We decided to make our own to replace the items that were lost. My children found it fantastic to create a small square with some card and draw eggs on them. This seems to have made the game even more fun for them, and as the homemade cards do not last as long as the game pieces they can take it in turns to draw the replacements.
We absolutely love this game and it seems to be a hit with every child that enters our house. It is simple yet fun and lets little one use a wide range of skills while still being fun. It retails at around £7 and honestly for the fun we have received from this game already there is no doubt that it is a great purchased. I managed to pick up the game for around £4 when it was on sale which is even better. It is long lasting even with its target audience, and something that a family with young children can enjoy together.
I first came across the Orchard Toys range when I worked at an after school club about 7 years ago now (gosh that makes me feel old) however looking at the packaging and some of the game titles I think I may well have come across these games before when I was younger.
Orchard Toys are a well known British brand who produce fun and educational games and activities for children. Age ranges vary but most games are suitable for children of a primary school age. The shopping list game is listed as for ages 3-7 but I definitely think the age range is much wider than this and it can be enjoyed by older children and even adults though of course it is more fun when playing with those younger as it is designed to benefit them.
Shopping Trolley is a game for 2-4 players. The concept of the game is very simple. Each player is given a shopping list and a trolley. 32 small square cards are placed face down on the table/floor. Each one of these has a grocery item on it. Taking it in turns, players turn over cards and if they get a match with their shopping list they put it in their trolley, if not it is put back. The first player with a full trolley wins.
This game is fun and it was often out at the after school club being played by children as young as 4 right up to around age 12. It was a fun game that didnt take long to set up or put away again which of course is an added bonus - there is nothing worse than having to pack a game away once the fun is over and you have finished playing.
The game is designed to assist development in children and there is a focus on memory and remembering whilst there is also an opportunity for discussion and the game really can be tailored to suit anyones needs. As a parent or caregiver you can change the game to help educate your child a little further either by asking questions eg 'what part of the supermarket would you find the apples in?' or 'how do you use eggs to make an omelette?' The picture cards are all varied and each has a picture of a food on that all children are more than likely to know about. The game can be extended to the supermarket too eg. 'here is your shopping list, see if you can help me find these things on the way round'.
The shopping 'trolleys' are made of a wipe clean board with eight square sections which allow the food card to be placed on the board once a match is made. The board is solid and though our game at the club had probably been use 100 times it was still in a decent condition - yes the box was a bit battered but all pieces were intact.
The shopping lists are made of board too and these have each food written on in bold, easy to read letters but there is also a picture of the item which makes the game easier to understand for little ones. It will also help with spelling when older.
The game is fast paced and dependent on how many players you have it can range from a 5 minute game to a 20 minute game. I found this game was one that had everyone wanting a go and it proved to be very popular with young and old alike.
If getting bored of this game then extension packs are available and you can even get a clothes one which I imagine would be fun.
This game gave me a really good idea of what other Orchard Toys games could entail and since using this game I have sung Orchard Toys games praises more than once. It is a fun, fast paced game that seems to be loved by all but it is also educational which is of course an additional bonus.
Many other Orchard Toys games are available including Crazy Chefs and Lunch Box. All of these are available on Amazon but Orchard Toys do offer free delivery with orders over £15.
Currently, the shopping list game is retailing at just £5.76 on Amazon which I think is a brilliant price for a game which has proven to be so popular amongst all ages. It is made with quality materials and is great fun.
I bought this game last year for my grandchildren to play and I think it is wonderful! It keeps them entertained but also helps to educate them too! It's very simple which makes it ideal for a young child to play.
What you get within this box are 4 cardboard shopping trolleys with space for 8 items ad 4 cardboard shopping lists. On the shopping lists are 8 items written down and then a picture next to them. You also get 36 items which are the same pictures that are on the lists and are little squares the size of the spaces in the trolleys. The pictures are very bright and simple so it's easy to work out what they are. The pieces are quite small- only just bigger than a stamp so if you have babies around do be careful as they do fit in mouths very easily.
The game is simple; you have to fill your trolley up with the items that are on your list. It is up to you how you play it really. You each have a list and a trolley and then you take it from there. One game that we play is that we turn all the pieces over and select 8 each and whoever has got the most from their trolley wins, this takes the less time but it's good because it involves counting and because it only takes a few minutes to do it keeps the younger children engaged. Another version we play is where we turn them all over and take it in turns to pick one and then put them back if they do not match what is on our lists. This helps to teach about turn-taking and also memory as we have to remember where pieces that have already been picked up have been replaced.
This is not essentially an educational game but it is aimed at children around 3-6 and so during these years everything can be educational and this game is no exception. Playing a game like this can help children to learn about the importance of being patient and taking turns, it can also help children to realise how to be a gracious winner/loser. This game in particular helps to teach children about what different grocery items are, my grandchildren can recognise nearly all of the pictures now. It can also help children learn to count and read as well as relate to what happens when they go to the super market. It isn't a difficult game to understand so it will seem like fun whilst at the same time they are learning.
This is entertaining. My grandchildren like it and I think it's because they see it as exciting- turning over the pieces, holding their breath to see if it's one of the items on their lists and then getting really excited if it is! The game never lasts very long so it's ideal for their ages (3 and 5). My older grandchildren don't have much time for this game anymore, usually after one game of it they are bored and had enough so I think it really is entertaining for younger children.
Yes I think it's a quality product. The cardboard is quite robust, it has survived being played with regularly and none of the pieces of boards have been bent or ruined by being chewed on. The pictures are all still in tact and even the box- which is slightly different to the one in the picture that Ciao have provided- has survived! I have quite a few of the Orchard Games and I think that they are all a certain quality which can be relied upon.
I spent £8 on this game an it is worth it. The only down side is that the little pieces can easily be lost or choked on by babies so you have to be careful about that. It's a very simple game so it's easy to understand for young children and it doesn't take much more than a few minutes so that your child doesn't grow bored. It's an exciting game and also helps to teach children about groceries. I think it's nice how you can vary the rules depending upon how you would like to play. Definitely deserves 5 stars!
Orchard Toys games are fun yet educational games for children eighteen months and above. They have a good range aimed at the pre-schooler age which my eldest son is currently at. He is four years old and loves to play games with his family and we like it too. We have a number of Orchard toys range but my son's favourite at the moment is the 'Shopping List' game. It is a fun memory game and the idea is the first to fill their trolley with the items on their list is the winner. I like to call this game the modern, updated version of lotto.
*****Contents of the game*****
The contents of the game come in a good strong box so you are able to keep all the pieces safe. The box measures 20cms by 14.5cms and 5cms in depth. It is a bright and colourful box that will appeal to any young child with a boy and a girl and a shopping trolley full of food on a bright yellow background.
The game consists of:
* four shopping trolley cards which are roughly 19cms by 12cms there is eight squares marked on the trolley to position your food cards on once you have won them
* four shopping lists which are 17cms by 9cms. The lists have eight items on which you have to collect, as well as the items being listed in words each item also has a picture next to it
* thirty two food cards which are 3.5cms squared. Each card has an individual item on them
* and one instruction leaflet.
*****Playing the game*****
The shopping game is for ages three to seven years old and is based on observation and memory skills. It is suitable for up to four players. All thirty two item cards are shuffled and placed with picture down in the middle. Each player is given a shopping trolley and a shopping list card. We always play the youngest member goes first turning over a card in the middle. If they have it on their shopping list they get to place it on their trolley card and take another go. If the item isn't on their list it is turned back over and it is the next person's go. This carries on till one person manages to fill their trolley with their items. The first one to do so is the winner.
*****My son's opinions*****
My eldest son has had this game over six months now and he has quickly got the hang of it. Lotto style games are highly marketed at my son's age and although we do have a traditional style lotto game my son prefers this one. Generally shopping is a huge chore for my son but this is fun as he is shopping for himself. He understood the game quickly and I have found his memory skills coming along nicely. One thing that is taking a little longer to come along is taking turns, especially with his younger brother.
My youngest son is two and half years old so he is a little bit young for it yet but he still likes to give it a go. I also like to involve him as not only does it bring his personal skills along it also helps with his speech which he is struggling a little with. The type of items that are on the lists are good everyday items, words your children will need to use like milk, bread, chicken, cheese, pasta etc. My son doesn't have the memory skills yet but they will come with time he just enjoys been involved and filling his shopping trolley!
I really like this game for both my son's it is not only fun but helps with their educational skills they need for school life. I am pleased the lists have the item in word and picture. My son is beginning to sound words out now but having the picture next to it means he can independently play this game without our help. As always with Orchard toys games all the little details have been thought out well to make a perfect pre-schooler game. It is made with good quality thick card so yes it can be bent but not that easily. My son's version is still in perfect condition and has been played with a good number of times. Another great positive about this game is you can buy booster packs to go with it increasing play.
This game is available in many high street stores and independent stores but can also be found on the internet. I got my son's version from Amazon which currently (May 2012) have it for sale at £6.39 which I feel is worth it.
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This is my 3 years old sons favourite game.
Orchard toys make fun yet educational toys.
The box is made of thick sturdy cardboard which is able to take being bashed about or thrown down the stairs. The box is bright yellow in colour which is very eye catching. The front of the box has a picture of a cartoon style boy and girl with a trolley full of shopping. The front of the box also features the orchard toys logo and the aim of the game "Be the first to find the items to fill your trolley in this memory game". Age range is 3 - 7 and players are 2 - 4. A star also features on the front of the box which states there is an educational guide on the back of the box.
One side of the box is blue featuring the logo and the aim of the game as described before and a picture of a cartoon style box of cornflakes.
Other side of the box is yellow which features the shopping list logo, aim of the game, orchard toys logo, players age range and two pictures of the playing pieces.
Reverse of the box is yellow, features the logo, contents list and a picture of all contents and the aim of the game. Also gives us a brief sentence about orchard toys "Orchard toys fun learning games encourage children to communicate, share and play together". The educational guide mentioned on the front features here and it is as follows,
observation and memory skills
Personal and social skills development
Link with early learning goals and national curriculum English Key Stage 1
Top of box is yellow in colour and also features logo, aim of game and a picture of two playing pieces. The box opens from the top with a fold in flap which keeps everything safely inside the box. Little chance of pieces falling out.
Overall the box is eye catching, noticeable from every angle and is clear to the customer what it is no matter what way it is stacked on the shelves.
Inside the box there are four trolleys, four shopping lists, 32 item cards and 1 instruction leaflet. All of which are made of thick cardboard which can be wiped clean and will stand the test of time. The 32 item cards are as follows
Stir Fry Sauce
Aim of the game-
Each player has a trolley and a shopping list. All 32 item cards are placed face down on the playing surface. Each player takes a turn to turn over a card. If the card matches an item on their list then they place it face up on their cardboard trolley. If not the player places it back down where it was found after showing to everyone what it was. The first person to have all 8 items on their list on their trolley wins.
The game is over quite quickly so you can fit it in when you've only got 10 minutes to kill, but can be played repeatedly when there's more time available. I would love to get add-on packs for more variation which are available. I haven't seen these in shops but I know they are available online. The shopping lists have the word next to the picture so the game is good for young children who will only recognise the picture but is also good for children as they get older for word - picture recognition. My son found it hard to start with if he didn't find an item for his trolley and wanted to keep looking but soon got the hang of it. There was also confusion when only two people were playing as there are lots of items left over so to begin with we took the items on the unused lists away to make it easier. But now we can use them all. My son loves this game but as an adult it can be a little on the repetitive side. I feel it is good for 3 - 5's but for ages up to 7 might be a little ambitious as by 7 the game may be a little on the easy side and get a little boring but only time will tell on this. The game is great as an introduction to board games for young children. The game is gender neutral, great for any little boy or girl. One thing to watch out for is that the stir fry sauce and soup pictures look quite similar and younger children may struggle with this. We got this game in waterstones but have seen it in John Lewis, Dobbies, large toy stores and online. I would highly recommend this game. I also have other Orchard Toy games all of which come with the same high standards.
I got this game for my 3 year old after her teacher recommended it to me, it is a very educational game my daughter enjoys playing it, it teaches her to take turns, exercise her memory and word skills. I think it is a very well made product which all the family can play, my 2 year old also enjoys playing with us. I have become such a fan or Orchard games that I have purchased Telling the time and Ladybug counting game. It was very reasonably priced at £5 from amazon.
The aim of the game is who can fill there shopping trolly first, its for 2-4 players, you place all the items cards face down and take turns in to finding your items which is on your very own shopping list and whoever fills their trolly first wins! My daughters and I probably play this once a week and we haven't got bored of yet its a bonus that it is educational and fun which makes it an excellent product.
This is my current favourite of the Orchard Toys games, and my children seem to have a keen interest in playing too, with many games being played consecutively in one sitting.
The box states "Be the first to find the items to fill your trolley in this memory game", and is recommended for children aged 3-7 and can be played by 2-4 players. Within the box you will find 4 shopping trolleys, 4 shopping lists, 32 item cards and 1 instruction leaflet. All items of play are made from thick glossy cardboard and are very good quality. The trolleys have 8 squares marked out on them, which is where you position your item cards as you collect them. The shopping lists each have 8 items on them and these are displayed as pictures and words.
Each player must first choose a trolley and a shopping list, and then the item cards must be laid face down in the centre of play. Each player takes a turn to turn over an item card, then they have to cross reference it with their shopping list, and if it is a required item, they can put it in their trolley. If it is not required, they just return it face down with the rest of the cards.
The winner is the first to fill their shopping trolley.
***Playing The Game***
When we first got this game, my 4 year old insisted on playing it over and over again, she really enjoys the game because it is similar to Red Dog Blue Dog, which we play regularly, but I suppose it is a bit more complex - firstly because there are more items to collect, but also because you are not just matching cards to pictures on your play board, you are also matching pictures to words and images on your list, and then depositing them into your trolley, so it takes a little bit more thought and effort. My 3 year old will play once or twice and really enjoy it, then get bored and move onto something else, although I have found that if it is just me and her, and I remove the item cards that neither she or I need, then she is more likely to play for longer. I think this is because if I turn a card over that I don't need, she knows that she needs it, and vice versa, so the game can be over very quickly, and this she can handle numerous times over.
I have found that when all 3 of us play, there is a certain amount of skill involved because I usually keep all the item cards in the game (including 8 items from the list that we are not using), so there is a higher risk of turning a card over that you don't need, which prolongs the game, and sometimes the agony of failing to fill your trolley quickly. My 4 year old has quite good observation skills and can often remember when someone has turned over an item she needs, and she will await her turn and make a beeline for that piece. She is not always on target, but more often than not when we are playing as a threesome, she usually wins. My 3 year old has no memory skills whatsoever, or perhaps she has no concentration skills, either way when the 3 of us are playing she tends to lose interest while the other players are taking their turns, and by the time it is back to her turn she ends up turning the exact same card she turned over on her previous turn. This can be very frustrating for me and also very upsetting for her when her trolley is not getting filled up. I sometimes work out which pieces she needs and slowly move them towards her card in the hope that she will turn them over.
I think this is a really great game for children, and I would say age 3 is the lower limit for playing, although perhaps an intelligent 2 year would manage a game or two. I find that because there are 8 items to collect this makes the game longer and is thus perhaps not suited for a younger child who doesn't have the patience to wait until their trolley is filled, especially if there are 4 players in the game. The problem for younger children is that it is not blatantly obvious what items you need, because you have an empty trolley and a list to look at, and to actually turn over a card, then look at your list, work out if you need it, then put it in your trolley, I think might involve a bit too much thought processes for some young children, it certainly is a bit overwhelming for my 3 year old, but like I said earlier, she's not the best when it comes to concentrating.
What I also think is that the use of words on the shopping lists is directed more towards a child of school age because they will be able to read the words, or at least associate the words with the pictures, and therefore the game is assisting in their word recognition skills, in one way or another. I think for a 4 year old, it is really quite educational, not perhaps in a direct manner such as learning to read and write, but definitely in the way it helps with concentration and memory skills. My daughter has been able to memorise where certain items are, and the fact that she can hold that thought in her mind as other players take their turns, I think takes great skill, especially for a 4 year old.
I really recommend this game for children. It is fun to play, requires a bit more skill than the basic Orchard Toys games, and encourages your child to use their brain and concentration skills. If you have a child who is not the best at sitting still, then you can adapt the game slightly to make it easier for them, as I do for my 3 year old.
Currently available on Amazon for £6.47 (November 2011)
Educational game that aims to improve childs memory