Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Shopping can be fun for young children well this game is!
Orchard Toys Shopping List
Member Name: claireylulu
Orchard Toys Shopping List
Advantages: a lovely game my son loves.
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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Summary: a must have.