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Member Name: BexCam1
Advantages: educational and fun
My son, Kai, who is 6 absolutely loves board games, he would happily sit and play them all day!
He has lots of different ones but the 'orchard toys' ones are by far his favourite, and mine too!
I like them because they are good quality games, simple to play and very educational too!
You can normally get them for a reasonable price on amazon, the ones kai has have cost between £5-£8.
The first game he got was :
'POP TO THE SHOPS' -
This is probably Kai's favourite, he always asks to play this one!
Each player is a shop keeper, all players take it in turns to go around the board to the different shops to buy items they need for their shopping basket. This game comes with 50p, 20p and 10p coins which you use to buy your items. This game is good for role play as you have to politely ask the shop keeper for the item you need, you also need to count out your money to pay for the item so it's great for counting and adding up.
The winner is the first player to fill their basket.
I do like this game, but it does take a while to set up, and a long time to complete the game, I think younger children might get a bit bored or distracted waiting for the game to finish.
The recommended age range is 5-9 years which I think is about right.
This is a very simple game which involves rolling a dice to move around the board, each player has a bus that they need to fill with passengers. The number they throw on the dice is how many passengers they have to pick up, or let off the bus. Whoever has the most passengers left when they have been around the board is the winner!
This game is quick and easy to set up, and very easy to play.
Its great for counting and simple adding/subtracting.
The age range of this game states 4-8 years, which again I agree with. kai started playing this game when he was 4 and he still really enjoys it now.
'PASS THE WORD'
This is another simple but fun game.
There are cards which each have simple words on, and cards with letters on. All the letter cards are placed face down and players take it in turns to find the letters and spell out words. There is a sand timer included in this game & once it runs out the player has to pass the word to the next player, where they continue to look for the letters to spell out the word. The winner is the player who has completed the most words.
Kai really enjoys this game and he gets very competitive with it! Its quite an exciting game as players have to rush to find the letters before the timer runs out!
The recommended age on this game is 5-9 years, again I think that seems right.
Kai got this game for christmas and it's become another favourite!
This game is for up to 5 players. There are 5 different dishes to make which are - pizza, kebabs, shepherds pie, stir fry and cakes.
There are cards with pictures of all the ingredients needed for each meal which are placed face down.
Each player chooses a meal to make, then all you have to do is turn the cards over to collect all the ingredients and utensils needed for your meal.
Once you have all your ingredients ready you spin the spinner to get your plate, then you spin again to 'eat' your meal.
The age range of this game is 3-7 years, I think it is about right, although my 2 year old daughter sometimes joins in when we play this game & she enjoys it too!
This is good for teaching children about different types of food, and ingredients.
There are many other Orchard Toys games available, including :
Tell the time
Spotty dogs, and many more!
They also make puzzles aswell, but we don't yet have any of those so cant comment on them.
The board games we have by Orchard Toys have all been great fun, and brilliant quality.
They are very bright and colourful and illustrated really nicely too, I would certainly recommend them to anyone with young children, we have had hours of fun out of them!
Summary: great games for young children!
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