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A great counting ladybird game
Orchard Toys The Game of Ladybirds
Member Name: jillycat
Orchard Toys The Game of Ladybirds
Advantages: Well made cute ladybirds fun to play and helps with counting
Disadvantages: Not cheap for what you get in the box
Ladybirds is a game my son picked as a reward to aim for with some good behaviour over a set period. He picked it from the list that Orchard toys produce that is included in each toy and is then carefully studied by my son to decide what toy he would like next. The appeal of ladybirds for him was the brightly coloured creatures which are one of his favourite to find in the garden or on walks.
The game contains 24 cards that are made from very robust recycled cardboard. The surfaces of which are wipe cleanable. As with all of these from Orchard toys we have been very impressed with how tough they are and have noticed no damage to the cards themselves in nearly a year of play. The cards are red on one side with white spots to match the configurations of the red dice included in the game. On the other side of the cards is a very cute green leaf these leaves will have either no ladybirds or up to three ladybirds on them. The ladybirds themselves are again very cute and bold with their appealing red and black design.
To play the game the cards are laid on the table with the white spots upwards. You then take it in turns to shake the dice and match a card to the amount shown on the dice. This is where the colour matching and same configuration on the cards as on the dice comes into its own as it is nice and easy for young children initially to match from a pictorial basis only before they start to learn to count. We tend to try to now to prompt him to count the spots on either the dice or the card to ensure they correctly match and to help him with his counting. Depending on often how tired he is he will either be more than happy to do this or start to get frustrated at being made to count them when he can clearly see which card he should be picking up. You can then vary it slightly and either leave turning the cards over to see how many ladybirds you have to the end or as more common in our household count the ladybirds as you go. Taking it turns you then continue with the game till there are no cards left. If we are playing this with young children who are really only just 3 then we let them shake till they get a card as the numbers dwindle or if it's just myself and my son we miss a turn when there is no matching card to be had. Even doing this missing a turn it only takes about 10 minutes to play a game. The winner is the person with the most ladybirds at the end. My son loves being the winner but even having a few ladybirds at the end does tend to make him happy and this is one of the better games we have for when he loses as he still thinks he has won something with the ladybirds he does have.
The game is designed for children between 3-6 years and I have to say in our experience the younger age part is correct whether a child would still enjoying this at 6 I am unsure though but they may still enjoy the competitive aspects of being the person with the most ladybirds.
Education wise this game is designed to help children with their counting and it does certainly seem to be helping my son with his counting as not only does it have the aspect of counting the dice but counting all the ladybirds at the end which can go quite high if one person has got a lot of the 3 ladybird cards. We don't always focus on the initially counting with the dice as this sometimes reduces the swiftness of the game and can lead to frustration in my 3 year old.
As there are a lot of similar cards the game can also be adapted to play either snap with the ladybirds or the dice spots upwards or pairs again either way round both of which my son loves for a bit of a change and he can be a bit of a snap demon with them.
The box does suggest that they can be used alone just as an education tool to help with counting however this is not an activity that has appealed to my son when I tried it and even the brightly coloured ladybirds couldn't persuade him to just do counting rather than just to play the game as he simply doesn't see the point and just wants to play the game.
Overall this is another great game from Orchard Toys that is well made and simple to play with an educational underpinning. Whilst it is a game my son loves to play it isn't one of his favourite ones despite choosing it himself. At around£7 for the game I do think it is slightly more expensive compared to what you get in other games we have by Orchard Toys such as "Yo Ho HO" or "doodlebugs" and for this reason and for not being my sons favourite game I am only going to give it 4 stars.
Summary: A great first counting game that is fun to play and well made