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Everyone knows that we have been impressed by Orchard Toys before, so recently when we were getting over that nasty bout of flu, we got out the New ‘On the Farm, Giant Jigsaw Playmat‘ from Orchard Toys in the hope that it would keep the attention of the Monkey and the Mouse long enough for us to sit down and have a drink!

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The Playmat is made up of 14 jigsaw pieces that fit perfectly together to give you the Farm!  The pieces are a great size! They are made of a thick durable cardboard and fit together really easily! Mouse who is 2 years old can build it on her own!

There are 12 characters include; tractor, people and animals, they all stand up too! It is a fab set and playable as a stand alone toy!

There is a massive added bonus that the playmat can also be linked to the Giant Road Jigsaw (which we already have) and it doubles the playing space!

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Well, we wanted it to entertain the Monkey and the Mouse and boy did it?!  Our living room became and city, all kind of figures and cars joined the game! The kids absolutely love it, and each time it is set up, it is set up slightly different. They can play with it for ages!

 

There is so much play to have and it encourages the imagination of both the kids and of Mummy and Daddy too! It is certainly a fab addition to the games shelf and I am 100% positive it will get played with over and over again!

 

Disclaimer: We were provided with the ‘On The Farm’ Giant Jigsaw Playmat for the purpose of this review; this does not affect our review, we remain honest at all times!
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Match and Count from Orchard Toys is a First Counting Puzzle. You get 20 2 piece puzzles in the box and they are fab!

The colours are bright, the pictures are lovely and the cardboard is sturdy!  It is an easy game and educational too!

Here is our review:

Disclaimer: I was sent the Match and Count game for the purpose of this review, all opinions are completely honest!

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A board game from Orchard Toys, Three Little Pigs is aimed at ages 3-6 year olds and it is fab! It is a board game and the aim is to build your three houses (one of straw, one of sticks and one of brick) before making your way to the safe house in the middle to win!

The main playing board is actually a jigsaw so the fun starts before you have started to play with putting together the bits! It is a turn taking game where you roll the dice and collect the materials for your houses, each house has two bits and are easy to put together. There is a wolf that might get in your way though, land on him and you have to spin the spinner – he then ‘huffs and puffs’ and may take a piece away!

The pieces are made from a sturdy cardboard, nice and thick and not easy to damage! Monkey and I played this game three times in a row, it is long enough to entertain and short enough to keep the interest!

Monkey said it was the best game he had and that he wanted to play it again (and again and again).  In the end I had to tag team Daddy so I had a break!

This game is brilliant, easy to play, nice and colourful, strong and most of all fun!

Disclaimer: I was sent this game for the purpose of a review for Orchard Toys as part of the IzziwizziKids.co.uk Playfest, however this has no bearing on the review and all opinions are honest!

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Farmyard Dominoes from Orchard Toys is a perfect first dominoes game for any little one, the pieces are bright and colourful and the animal illustrations are easily recognisable. There are 28 cards made from sturdy cardboard; they are not daily bent and appear to be wipe clean!

Educational Information

Encourages observation

Develops personal and social skills

Links with Early Learning Goals in Creative Development and Understanding of the World

The game is great for encouraging matching skills and turn taking! We added in making the animal noises when you made a match too just for fun!

The age guide for the game is 3-6 and this is about right, 2 year old Mouse did join in and enjoyed playing but it took a couple games for her to getting the lining up (although the matching part she got straight away!).  We have really enjoyed playing this as a family and would recommend to others!

The game retails for £9.50 and I think you will definitely get your money’s worth!

Disclaimer: I was sent this game for the purpose of a review for Orchard Toys as part of the IzziwizziKids.co.uk Playfest, however this has no bearing on the review and all opinions are honest!

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Red Dog, Blue Dog is a first colour match game from Orchard Toys.  In the box you get four playing boards and 24 coloured cards. Each player has a board and the coloured cards are placed face down, each player then takes a their go to turn one over, if it matches pop it on your board and if it doesn’t put it back! The winner is the first one to fill their board!

The pieces are made of sturdy cardboard and are a lovely size for little hands and the simple rules means that the age guide of 2-5 year old is spot on.  Both Monkey and Mouse loved playing this game and really got into looking at the pictures and trying to remember where they had been put back!

The Learning Guide

Links with Early Learning Goals

Develops personal and social skills

Encourages observation

It is a great game for matching colours, pictures and to exercise your memory! It is fun and the kids loved it, they played the whole game with no faltering and want to play again often!

The game retails for £9.50 and I would say it definitely needs to be on the Christmas List of your little ones!

Disclaimer: I was sent this game for the purpose of a review for Orchard Toys as part of the IzziwizziKids.co.uk Playfest, however this has no bearing on the review and all opinions are honest!

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Old MacDonald Lotto is a Fun Farmyard game from Orchard Toys. In the box there are four players boards, four farmer cards and  24 farmyard cards.  Each player has a board and all the farmyard cards are placed face down, the farmers cards are also placed faced down separately.  Each players takes their go to pick a farmyard card and try it over, if it doesn’t match the card is placed back and the player who needs it try’s to remember where it is. If it matches a picture on your board, you place is on top and then do a noise or action to match the picture!

Once the six farmyard pictures are covered on your board you move on to the farmers cards to find the one that matches your board!  The winner is the one who completes their board first!

Learning Guide

Reinforces object matching skills

Encourages observation and memory skills

Develops social communication

Links with Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum Literacy Key Stage 1

Another brilliant matching game, with the added fun of quacks, brum brum and other farmyard noises! Monkey (4 Years) and Mouse (2 years) absolutely loved this game. We had so much fun matching the pictures, laughing when we picked someone else, making noises and doing actions and trying to remember where cards on!

Retailing at £9.50 I believe you will get your money’s worth, the laughs and fun we had together as a whole family was certainly worth it!

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Disclaimer: I was sent this game for the purpose of a review for Orchard Toys as part of the IzziwizziKids.co.uk Playfest, however this has no bearing on the review and all opinions are honest!

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As you may have noticed because of previous posts that I regularly attend Playfest. Playfest is a weekly ‘party’ on Twitter and Facebook, where a group of like minded people get together to talk Play. The best bit is anyone is invited, just follow the hashtag #playfest on Twitter each Tuesday from 8.30 until 10pm or at the same time on a Thursday head over to the Izziwizzi Facebook page! It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you have one child or seven or whether you just advocate play!

I love the fact that we can share ideas, get advice and chat about how important play is! This week (Commencing 11th June)  the topic will be turn taking and sharing in play, so there will be plenty of opportunity to share ideas, and if you have advice on how to encourage children to share – you are extra specially welcome by me!

The great news about next week too is Orchard Toys will be coming along as a special guest and will be available for a questions and answers session. They love to talk to families, and are often involved with playfest chat! They help wherever possible and value feedback from parents, this is a fab opportunity to tell them what you think of their toys and they are particularly looking for input brand new Orchard Toys product launch – Where’s my cupcake?  . There will also be an opportunity to see some real life reviews of games!!

Another bonus is that if you register in advance and then participate in Play Fest you have the chance to WIN Orchard Toys games including the brand new release Where’s My Cup Cake?

If that isn’t enough;  there will be extra give aways in the Twitter party on the evening and you can also get a free Tangram with your next order at OrchardToys.com when you have  registered

So get over to the Izziwizzi Facebook page and like ready for Thursday 14th June or follow @Izziwizzi on Twitter ready for Tuesday 12th June, don’t forget to register too for the added chance of winning a prize!

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