Our family absolutely loves games from Orchard Toys! We were lucky enough to be one of the first ones to check out their new release, the Games Compendium. I have to say, we have a lot of Orchard Toys games in our cupboards, but this is hands down our favourite set yet. Why?
The Games Compendium comes complete with not just one Orchard Toys game but four! Four games that can be enjoyed by any 3-6 year old, and grown ups too!
Games Compendium by Orchard Toys
I really, really love this box! So far we have played with it more times than we can count. The Games Compendium was just released this month and it is already available in all the major toy stores. The Games Compendium includes two classics: Jungle Snacks & Ladders and Monster Dominos. The other two games are equally as brilliant and are called; the Old MacDonald Game and the Red Dog Colour Game.
The thing I love the most about Orchard Toys is that not only is each and every one of their games really fun to play, but they have been cleverly designed to teach children through play.
Jungle Snakes & Ladders
I used to absolutely love Snakes & Ladders as a child. At first I thought my 3 year old might be a little bit young for this game, but she picked it up really quickly and it’s been so good for teaching her a whole range of different skills.
Rules of the game?
Climb up the ladders and slide down the snakes as you make your way through the jungle to the top of the monkeys tree.
So far Jungle Snakes & Ladders has taught Evie; how to read a dice, how to follow the direction of a board and how to deal with falling behind as well as getting further ahead.
Snakes & Ladders has been one of Evie’s first introductions to a dice. It’s strange to think how something simple to us, like counting a dice or following a games board, can actually be really challenging for a little one.
Snakes & Ladders is the most challenging game out of all of them in the box. But it’s a great game for helping to develop number and counting skills, observational skills and navigation.
The second game in the box is ‘Monster Dominos’, another game that’s a take on a classic. ‘Monster Dominos’ is bright, it’s vibrant and it not only teaches your children shapes and colours in a fun way, but it also shows them how to recognise similarities and differences.
Rules of the game?
Develop observational skills and learn about shapes and colours as you match the friendly monsters.
This colourful version of Domino’s has been brilliant at getting my daughter to see and connect patterns.
She loves sorting through her pieces and matching them up to the next. She’s also learnt the rules of the game really quickly and loves to be the one to count out the dominos to each player at the start.
The quirky characters are perfect for helping kids to learn shapes in a fun way. After playing several times, Evie’s now getting clever at working out which pieces to put down first, in order to win. This game is great for developing shape and matching skills.
Old MacDonald Game
The ‘Old MacDonald Game’ is Evie’s absolute favourite out of all of them. We’ve recently had a family holiday on a farm and she is now obsessed with farm animals.
Rules of the game?
Collect animals as you make your way through Old MacDonalds farm, by matching the colour spot dice to the colours on the game board. But, be careful! If you land on a gate, some of your animals will escape.
This game is great for matching colours, for practising number skills, for identifying animals and for following instructions.
The idea is to collect as many animals as you can. When you reach the finish line, count up how many animals you have collected. The winner is the one who has the most. But, along the way if you land on a gate, you’ll need to give some of your animals back.
One thing I love about this game is that the winner isn’t necessarily the one who finishes first. The winner is the one with the most animals. It’s been the perfect game for helping Evie to work out how she’s going to react to winning and losing.
Red Dog Colour Game
The ‘Red Dog Colour Game’ is the easiest out of all of the games to play, but smaller children can still learn a lot and there is a lot you can improvise to make this game even more fun.
Rules Of The Game?
Match colours as you try to be the first player to cover all the coloured spots on your board.
We’ve been using the ‘Red Dog Colour Game’ to combine with maths learning. During each game we’ve been asking Evie how many spots she’s collected so far and how many she still has left to collect.
It’s also great for teaching colour recognition and for helping smaller ones to work on their matching and memory skills.
Orchard Toys – Not Just For Home
One thing we do as a family, is go on lots of adventures. We’re often travelling around or heading out for food. We always make sure we take one of Evie’s games with us in the car, either on holidays, days out or to restaurants. It’s so lovely to get to sit and play them as a family while we wait for our food to come, or while we have some spare time on holiday.
Although this box is a little bit bulkier than others, we love that it comes with a little carry handle so we can easily bring it about with is. Games are a great replacement for technology and are amazing at helping us bond as a family.
The Games Compendium by Orchard toys offers variety, fun and great value for money. It would make the ultimate Christmas or birthday present for any 3-6 year old. For us though, we never need an excuse to buy Orchard Toys. Orchard Toys makes learning fun and we love playing the games with our pre-schooler, every single day of the week!
What do you think of the Games Compendium by Orchard Toys? Do you have any Orchard Toys games at home? Let me know below!
*We were sent this game for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.