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The Hape Coffee Maker is a beautifully made wooden toy and if i am honest – I have fallen a little bit in love with it!

There are 6 parts to the toy, the main coffee machine, a cup, sugar bowl, spoon, carton of milk and a coffee filter!

It has that special quality that comes with being a wooden toy. It is lovely to look at, has a fab finish, the colours are vibrant and it almost invites you to play just by being so attractive!

It is a fantastic toy for imaginative play, imitating the grown ups and learning about the world! I am sure it will provide hours of fun!

It is really awesome and a perfect toy for Father Christmas’ list!

 

If you want to see a video review of this, please click HERE

 

 

Disclaimer: I was sent this toy by IzziwizziKids.co.uk for the purpose of this review as part of their Playfest.  My opinions remain 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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I was recently asked by Izziwizzikids.co.uk to review the horse trailer by Brio! So I thought I would share my video here, for you all to see!

Our overall summary is that this is a good quality toy, you expect a certain standard from Brio and with this they have done it again!

The only downside is I don’t think you can buy alone, you would need it as part of a set or to add to a set you may have already; you don’t have to have a brio train track though, any wooden farm, train track or city set would be good to add this too!

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