Newest Review: ... counting games and obviously these are linked with National Cirruculum maths. What I really like about Orchard Toys is that there is so mu... more
Member Name: Whizz11
Advantages: Fun, educational, well priced
Now that my kids are that little bit older, nearly 2 and nearly 4, we have started to buy them some more educational toys such as games and Orchard Toys is always the place I turn. We were given a game of theirs a few years ago now and I thought it was brilliant and have been hooked ever since.
So, what do we know about Orchard Toys? Well, according to an article I read, "Orchard Toys is a leading manufacturer of educational puzzles and games for children aged between 18 months and 12 years, with a reputation for excellence of design, manufacture and service. Orchard Toys products are designed with the ethos of "learning made fun" and combine bright, innovative design, durability and quality with sound educational principles. We have an educational adviser who has had many years experience at reception and key stage 1 and 2. She works closely with our design team to ensure that skills necessary in the various National Curriculum key stages are built into the design of a jigsaw puzzle or into the gameplay of a game.
Over the years we have regularly been awarded toy industry awards with over 50 won in recent years, for both the quality of our products and customer service."
What I love about these toys is that they are fun and I don't think kids even realise that they are actually learning something when they are playing them, this is the best way to learn in my opinion as if its fun they will remember it much better than if they had things drummed into them, telling them they have to learn it or else. Orchard toys always label their games and products with a little symbol indicating its educational value. Each symbol means that the game has been approved as ideal for use within the National Curriculum. For example, there are symbols for National Cirriculum maths, english, science, geography to name but a few, depending on what type of game it is that you have. We have a few counting games and obviously these are linked with National Cirruculum maths.
What I really like about Orchard Toys is that there is so much variety and they offer so many different types of toy and game that you really are spoilt for choice. They also cater for a good age span as well so you can look on their website and find something for each child, no matter what their age. The thing I like about the products though is that even though they say they are for older kids you can introduce them to younger kids fairly soon because they are so easy to explain and teach with and just fun to play. With Orchard toys game you don't need to play by the rules word for word specifically, you can tailor it to the ability of your kids and have fun just looking at the pictures and words.
It's not only games they do, they also produce some really nice puzzles and books as well. What I like about all the products is that they make really nice presents for kids too. If we are invited to a birthday party or something similar I always like to buy one of their items as a gift. It is always well received and it doesn't cost the earth either. Orchard toys products are well priced in the £5 range for most things which I think is a decent price to pay for a good quality toy.
All the puzzles, games and books are really good quality and you can see that in everything they produce. For example, some of the games we have are made of really good quality cardboard that really stand up to some heavy play. We have quite a few games and the pieces are still all in tact, they do not bend or beak easily and the paper on the front does not tear off like it does on other puzzles and games.
All in all, a great place to buy fun and educational toys.
Summary: Orchard toys