Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Fun yet educational
Orchard Toys Shopping List
Member Name: Julie449
Orchard Toys Shopping List
Advantages: Great introduction to board games
Disadvantages: Games over quite quick, repetitive for adults
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.
Summary: Educational shopping list game for pre-schools
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