Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Orchard Toys Tummy Ache Game
Member Name: pootlegirl
Orchard Toys Tummy Ache Game
Advantages: Great quality, a relatively quick game to play
Whilst we own several Orchard Toys games and jigsaws, Tummy Ache is not one we have so please forgive me for being vague about some of the details (eg exact number of cards!). However, I work at the local pre-school and it is a firm favourite with the children there so this is a game I have played MANY MANY times so I am definitely qualified to review it!
In the Tummy Ache box you get:
4 large place setting cards - on one side of the place setting is an empty glass, on the other side is an empty sundae glass for your pudding. In the middle is an empty plate with a knife and fork at either side.
30ish food/drink cards - the majority of these show images of nice, edible food - either a portion of vegetables, some sort of carbohydrate or a type of meat (or limited vegetarian option!), plus drinks and puddings. The remaining cards are the dreaded "TUMMY ACHE!" cards. These cards are the same as the other cards only this food is covered in bugs! Yuk!
To play the game place the food cards face down in the middle of the table and give each player a place setting. The first player then takes a card from the top of the pile and places it in the correct place on their place setting. Orchard Toys have made it easy for children to work out where the card goes, the drinks are all in the same shaped glass and (I think!) they all have a straw; the vegetables have a fork with them so go where the fork is on the place setting; the carbs have a knife on them so go where the knife is; the meat doesn't have cutlery so goes in the middle of the plate and the pudding is in the sundae glass! Very young children will need a little bit of help working this out at first, but they will soon pick it up. If a player picks up a card with bugs on then all the players shout "TUMMY ACHE!" If the card corresponds with an empty space on the place setting then the player must put the card there until they can replace it with an edible meal. If the space is already filled with an edible meal then the player places the card in a new pile, face up, next to the original pile. This, face up, pile is also where rejected edible meals go - quite possibly the most time consuming part of the game can be waiting whilst children decide whether they want peas or carrot with their omlette! Should they have a jacket potato or pasta?! Players now have the choice of which pile to take a card from. The winner is the first player to fill their place setting with edible food.
I have yet to come across a child that doesn't like this game. They love squirming and moaning at the yukky food, they love being able to swap their existing cards for new ones, they love hoping they're going to get their favourite food (and hate it when they don't!) and most of all they love that they get to shout everytime a tummy ache card is selected!
Tummy Ache is a relatively quick game to play (unlike matching pairs games which can go on for a loooooooooooooong time if you're playing with a child who is either not quite ready for them or just not paying attention!), it takes as long as it takes to turn all the cards over, plus a bit of extra time for making meal choices!
Tummy Ache provides a good opportunity to talk about healthy diets and how our body needs a variety of food from each of the different food groups. When I'm playing it with older children we'll discuss what each type of food does for us and why we need it.
Like all Orchard Toys games the quality is excellent. The illustrations on the cards appeal to children (the bugs are very cute and friendly looking!) and the cards themselves are thick and durable, as is the box. The box is one piece (as opposed to a bottom and a lid) which opens at the top, much more suitable for children to carry around!
Tummy Ache is marketed as suitable for children aged 3 - 10. I have played this with children under 3 and they need a lot of support, so I would agree that 3 is a good age to start. Whilst children aged 7 - 10 may still enjoy playing it, I certainly wouldn't buy this game for them as it is definitely more suitable for a younger child! It is currently available from Amazon for £8.49 which is a reasonable price for such a well made game that is sure to be popular.
Summary: Another fab game from Orchard Toys!
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