Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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A fun memory game
Orchard Toys Shopping List
Member Name: xmum2threex
Orchard Toys Shopping List
Advantages: Fun and easy to use
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.
Summary: A perfect first memory game for any child