Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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A Game to help the Environment
Orchard Toys What's rubbish?
Member Name: cloud99
Orchard Toys What's rubbish?
Advantages: A fun educational game
Disadvantages: Bine could be better designed
I have an abundance of Orchard Games in my house. I do find some are different themes but teaching the same skill but I am always on the lookout for new games for my four year old son who started school in September. I do find that the age recommendations are accurate and as a result my sons games are all designed for children under five. I spotted this Orchard game at a car boot with the age 5+ so carefully read it to see if it was too advanced but it seemed appropriate so purchased it for £1.50.
My son wanted to play it immediately upon his return so I set about reading the instructions which my son followed to set up the game. His first task was to build the four piece jigsaw which was to be the main playing board which at his age is very simple but does help with fine motor skills and cognitive recognition. Also put out the ready assembled rubbish bin. This seems strong and sturdy and unlikely to fall apart without effort. Then he had to turn all of the small tile cards over on the table. There are 50 of these tile cards and these contain a variety of Rubbish: different types of recycling and litter bugs. You then place twelve cards anywhere on the board without looking at them. This was a very difficult for my son not because he didn't have the dexterity to complete the task simply he wanted to look at every piece he put down.
The game is for between two and four players. To start the game each played picks two different recycling cards and place their coloured counter anywhere on the board. The instructions suggest that the youngest starts first but this is not a rule I follow. I think it is important for children to learn right from the beginning that they don't go first all the time. The game begins with the first player spinning a spinner it has various sections a large litter bug section and smaller number sections.
If you land on the litterbug section you don't get to look for a piece of your recycling but you do put one of the spare small tile cards another space on the board. This means it will be quicker to fill the card. This seemed to be almost impossible for my son to do without looking at the small tile he was putting down. I frequently have to take the tile off him he has looked at an ask him to collect another.
If you land on a number section which are the numbered between two and six you get to move the number of squares around the board and any picture tiles you pass you get to check.
If you land on a piece of recycling that you need for your card you can take it off and put it on one of the empty squares on your card. If it is one of your opponents then you should simply turn it back over however if it is Rubbish then it gets posted through the slot in the bin. We also post recycling if our cards are full as we have no idea what else to do with them. We did have tears the first time we played as I hadn't looked what my son was recycling and threw a T shirt in the dustbin which was what my son needed so I have since paid more attention. The types of things that are recycled are paper, cans, glass and clothes. It does encourage little ones to think about recycling and has lead to quite a few conversations on the subject. The other type of tile is a littler bug and if you pick one of these up you return one of your tiles on your collection back to the table. Any tiles that are removed from the game board during your turn are replaced at the end of your turn.
This game is made from sturdy laminated thick card which is made from the quality that I have come to expect from Orchard. The only thing I would have preferred was a base in the bin as every time my son moves the bin all the rubbish tiles seem to fall out. The instructions for this game are on the side of the box which does prevent them getting lost.
Educationally it is a great introduction to recycling. My son already does help with the recycling and like most boys is fascinated with the dustbin and recycling truck so was already aware of most recycling we do. As a game that is 5+ I do think this game did stretch my son a little more than previous Orchard games. This is a game that we enjoy on a regular basis.
I have found this game on Amazon and discovered that it was £24.00 with free super save package and postage. I was actually quite shocked when I discovered the full price of this game. There is another version of this game with a more modern type bin for £10.69 which seems a far more reasonable price. Most Orchard Games are around the £10 mark and while my son has enjoyed this game I do not think it is worth the full price of £24. If you spot this cheaper than it is a great game for moving your child on to the next level of game playing but not that astonishing that I would pay £24.
Summary: A good game at the right price
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