“ Brand: Galt / Age: 4 Years+ „
My two year old toddler is inquisitive and has a great imagination. For all of these reasons we bought her some matching games a few months ago. We actually bought this lotto game at the same time, knowing she was way too young to play the game properly, but it would be brilliant as a matching game for the time being, increasing her skills as well.
The game centres on the basic idea of bingo, turning cards over and matching them to the corresponding boards, being suitable for children over four years old.
With four boards with nine pictures on each card, there are thirty six individual animal cards that can be placed on top of the same picture on the boards.
I found the boards to be a decent size even for little fingers, and they are backed well with strong card, all sealed with a thin plastic, encasing them together, keeping little and big fingers from wrecking them.
The small cards are made exactly the same way, and even after months of use they are all still in perfect condition.
So you have your boards and cards laid out on the floor. Whilst the game can be played with up to four players, we quite happily play with just two of us.
The proper rules state that all cards should be placed face down, but with a two year old this would lose her attention too quickly so we play with the cards facing upwards. We each take a turn a pick a card, matching it to the correct picture. In the true game you would only match your card if you had it on your board.
I think my version is a great way to encourage children to play without the edge of competition and this helps them each take a turn.
The lotto we have is based on animals, and there are the more common pets, farm animals to the unusually jungle animals and some that even I wasn't sure what they were until we looked more closely.
I think this is a great way for children to associate with different animals, and get used to what they look like, remembering them as they are trying to match the same pictures together. This just doesn't happen when you look at a picture of an animal in a book or on the TV. Repetition is the key to learning.
Whilst this is a fun game, it can be used as a learning tool and you should be able to elaborate on the games as the children get older and wiser to the game, making it last even longer. We have played games where we attempt the noises of the animals whilst looking around the pile for them.
Having only nine pictures per board you can make this game last quite a long time, but there is also the option to shorten the game by taking a couple of boards away.
I paid £4.99 for my game and I thought it was money well spent. It should last us a long time through the time when my daughter will be able to actually play a game of lotto. Highly recommended and well made.
A fun game for 2 to 4 players designed to encourage matching skills. Players match the animals on their lotto boards with those on the cards and the winner is the first to cover all the animals on their board. The lotto boards feature 4 animal groups: Pets, Farm, Rainforest and African Plains. Contents: 4 lotto boards, 36 picture cards and play guide. For 2 to 4 players