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The Animals are posted Two by Two
Orchard Toys Two by Two
Member Name: Autarkis
Orchard Toys Two by Two
Date: 11/03/10, updated on 29/08/12 (151 review reads)
Advantages: A fun and educational game
Disadvantages: The ark won't be sailing for long!
I thought this would be an ideal introduction to games for my son's first game, as the concept is quite simple, and it looked fun.
~What's in the box?~
The game comes in a bright box with a carry handle, which is ideal for easy transportation when you have a toddler in the other hand. The box is just the right size with the Noah's Ark snugly fitted in the box, along with this you are provided with 42 cards, (20 pairs of animals and 2 rain clouds) and an instruction leaflet. The cards are an ideal size for little hands and they are nice and chunky, they are made from a heavy duty board with a glossy wipe clean finish. There are lots of animals that my son is familiar with such as, tigers, elephants, parrots, hippos, and snakes, and some not so common animals that were new to my son such as iguanas and flamingos.
The Ark is also constructed from card and for some reason it isn't as sturdy as the cards that would take quite a bit of effort from and adult to bend. I was a little surprised that the ark was card and quite thin in comparison to the cards, I did wonder how well it would fair with my boisterous toddler. It is brightly coloured with some of the animals decorating the sides of the ark. There is a slot at the top for posting the cards into and a larger opening in the base to retrieve the cards from once the game has finished.
~How to play~
The game is designed for 2 - 4 players and it is aimed at children from 2 - 6 years. The idea of the game is similar to that of pairs; to begin with you need to make two piles of cards each pile containing one of the animals you then take one of the piles of cards along with the rain cloud cards and place them face down on the table. The other pile of the cards should be equally distributed amongst the players and placed upwards in front of each player; the players then take it in turns to turn over one of the face down cards to see if they can form a matching pair. When a matching pair is found the player is to then post them into the top of the ark, if the cards turned over by the player does not match then they place it face down in the position in which they found it. The game continues until one of the players has matched up and posted all of their animals, the player who has matched all of their animals must then find a rain cloud card which they must then post into the ark so that it may "sail away" and win the game.
This game is designed for children aged from 2 years up to 6 years; I thought the concept of the game was a little too difficult for my then 24month old son to grasp at this age so we changed the game and played it in a more similar style to basic pairs. To begin with I placed the ark in between my son and myself and I sorted out the animal cards so that only the animals that my son is familiar with were used for the first few games, and this also meant that there wasn't too many cards to make it easier for my son. I placed the cards face up and asked my son to find an animal and its matching pair, and then to post it into the ark, my son seemed to enjoy this and had great delight in posting the animals. Over time I increased the amount of animals and now we are playing with the cards face down, my son is now 27 months old and he gets a little over excited and doesn't quite understand to only turn over two at a time, it is still lots of fun even if he does cheat he-he.
My son is also quite happy to play with the cards alone and he also enjoys posting the cards into the ark and retrieving them from underneath. He will sit for a long time 'sorting' them and pairing them. It is also nice to use the cards to talk about the animals and the noises they make. My son will sit for long periods of time looking at the animal cards and he likes to post them into the ark.
We play naming and matching games with the cards and this is great to promote my sons speech development and he is learning about the animals too. It is also great fun trying to imitate the animal noises and this often makes my son giggle.
My little boy has found out that the ark comes to pieces as it is made out of two separate pieces of card. Nothing gets past toddlers as they like to explore everything; unfortunately the ark is not very toddler friendly as it is quite flimsy, which is not very good for boisterous heavy handed little ones. The ark is a little worse for wear as it is a little bit squashed and crumpled looking which is a shame as it is a vital part of the game. The material used for the ark is about the same thickness as a cereal box, it has a glossy finish to it so it looks attractive and it will appeal to toddlers it is just a shame that it isn't a bit more robust so I'm not sure how long it will last. I am quite disappointed with the overall quality of the ark as this is essential to the game. It really could be improved greatly if it was made from a more sturdy material which would be more suitable to heavy handed toddlers.
The cards are of a good quality, with a nice shiny gloss finish to them, they have been played with a lot since my son has had them, they have been tossed about the floor walked on and stacked up, my son also likes to scoop them up and let them fall, so they really do get thrown about and none of them are showing any signs of wear, the box is also ideal for storing the game in as it is well made and it is easy to carry about with the handle.
I just wish the ark was of better quality as this is a lovely little first game that will grow with your child as the game can be adapted according to your child's abilities. I would have happily paid a little extra if the quality was better as I like toys that are built to last.
Games are great for bonding with your children and siblings can play together too, as this game is designed for children from 2 years, at this age toddlers are learning new skills and they are learning how to play alongside other children and how to share and socialise. This game has many educational values as it will teach your child to take turns, share, and play alongside others. It will promote speech development and animal recognition and matching and sorting. It will teach your child social skills, as well as this it is a game that encourages observation and it will build on a child's concentration, focus and memory skills.
Overall this is a great game that is fun and educational, I would love to rate it higher but the ark lets it down a bit as it is a game that has great longevity to it which unfortunately the ark itself doesn't share.
Summary: Great first game