Wednesday, 25 October 2017

TODDLER: Family Game Time with Orchard Toys Games Compendium

Getting the family together, turning off the television and having some nibbles...all while playing a board game, was one of my favourite ways to spend an evening as a child. We used to play board games quite a lot as a family, especially on holiday when life didn't get in the way. It was something I looked forward to doing with my own children, so when I fell pregnant with Isabella I dreamt about all snuggling up and playing games together in the evening. Fast forward nine months and I quickly realised it was going to be a long while until board games were going to be part of our day (kind of obviously, but my excited mind had run away with me). 



Isabella is finally at an age where she can not only understand how to play simple games, but also absolutely loves them! Orchard Toys have recently released the Games Compendium* (£15.95), which contains four games in one box aimed at 3-6 year olds. The four games include: Old MacDonald Game, Monster Dominoes, Red Dog Colour Game and Jungle Snakes & Ladders, all of which require between 2 and 4 players making them ideal for some quality family time.

The Red Dog Colour Game is Isabella's favourite - you roll a dice with coloured spots on and pick up a counter on the corresponding colour. Place that on your board and it is the first person to collect all the colours on their board that wins. This is a really good 'first' game because it is simple to understand, doesn't require any counting and helps children to learn their colours. 

The Monster Dominos are also a popular choice in our house and I really like that the learning opportunities are extensive with this game. You can discuss matching the colours, shapes, monsters and learn the concept of dominos.

The Old Macdonald Game is a fun one for any children that love animals because on the back of the coloured counters used for the Red Dog Game are an array of animals. 

The final game in the box is Jungle Snakes and Ladders, which is not only a classic childhood game but also one that is ideal for slighter older children. Isabella is a little bit too young for this game at the moment because she hasn't learnt the concept of counting consistently yet. That's a really good aspect of this Games Compendium, it has games suitable for a range of ages and will therefore grow with your child. 
As will all Orchard Toys products children's development is the focus, all while having fun and creating happy memories. While playing the four games in the Games Compendium children will be developing their matching, colour and counting skills. Children want to be entertained and are learning all the time, so having four games in one box is the perfect way to spend some quality time together. 

What was your favourite board game as a child?

Feel free to leave a comment - I love reading every single one :)

Helen x
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35 comments

  1. We love the Orchard Toys range, we have them at ours and both sets of grandparents! #BloggerClubUK

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  2. We love family game time. Admittedly though, we haven't had much time to do it lately. Those games look so much fun.

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  3. I wish we had them when my daughter was younger they look like a lot of fun , i will buy some for my niece for Christmas xx

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  4. Looks like a great family game. Good idea for my niece's Christmas present.

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  5. I LOVE this! I always want to get some board games for the family for the cold season. last year, the toddler was only 1, so I haven't looked yet. This year, Im thinking of looking for some little games for her and maybe some other for the grown ups. What a lovely idea to involve the whole family xx

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  6. I love board games for the colder season and I can see the kids loving this one!

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  7. I used to love playing board games when I was younger. Mouse trap was a particular favourite x

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  8. They look great. We're eagerly awaiting our son to get a bit older to enjoy board games with him as we love them. My favourites were Monopoly and Operation.

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  9. Ooo this looks perfect for a Xmas present for Sophie - she loves games now x

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  10. I love that it is four games in one box - space saving and extra fun!

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  11. I got some board games for the kids. Going to be playing with that a lot this half term.

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  12. We absolutely love the orchard games , they have kept the girls amused for hours .

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  13. This looks like a great set, we love Orchard Toy and have reviewed a few over the years x

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  14. We love Orchard as their games are so much fun for little ones and educational - we always end up ordering something for Christmas but this big box of games sounds ace for the whole family

    Laura x

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  15. We love orchard toys, such good learning tools for kids

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  16. Oh this is a great Christmas gift idea. I dreamt of family board games too ha ha. I also have a while before we are all sat round the table playing scrabble;)

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  18. We love Orchard Games and already have quite a few 😃 this is a great price for four games too . Fab post

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