Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Orchard Toys Shopping List
Member Name: cha97mw
Orchard Toys Shopping List
Advantages: helps improve memory, and practice reading and turn taking.
Disadvantages: a little dull for me, cards on the small side for younger players.
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.
Summary: Not my favourite game, but its ok.