It’s the summer holidays! This means that just like most families, we are always off on adventures. We rarely stay home for long and we are constantly going on days out, staycations and, if we’re really lucky, holidays abroad.
No matter where we are going in the summer holidays, there are two things that we never leave the house without. Healthy snacks and on the go entertainment. Our favourite type of on the go entertainment by far, is any of the mini travel games by ‘Orchard Toys’.
Why? They are the perfect size to pack away in my handbag. They’re light, they’re not bulky, they’re only £5 each and they provide so much entertainment for the whole family. Whether you’re stuck in traffic, sat in a cafe or a restaurant, staying in a holiday home, camping with your family, going on a plane…the list could go on, these games are great.
Orchard Toys Minis
We were recently sent two of the Orchard Toys Mini Travel Games to review; Animal Families and Build A Beetle. We also have another one of their mini games already, one called Little Bug Bingo, (not to mention a whole cabinet full of their large games), so I’ll also include more information about that one below too.
Each mini game lists it’s suitable age range on the box, but most are suitable for ages between 3 and 8 years. My four year old plays all of the games below with confidence, but did still need a little guidance with them at first.
Little Bug Bingo
We’ve had Little Bug Bingo for about a year now and this game has been played a crazy amount! The game is suitable for 2-4 players and kids aged 3-6 years. The aim of the game is to fill your bingo board with the leaves. Whoever fills there board first shouts BINGO! to win. To play, each player takes it in turns to turn over the bug cards. Everyone who has that animal can then put a leaf over that bug on their board.
The game is really easy to understand and Evie picked up the rules very quickly. Younger players might take a little longer than older players to spot their bugs, but its a great game for helping kids to practise their matching skills.
Build A Beetle
Build A Beetle can also be played by 2-4 people. The aim of the game is to complete your beetle before everyone else. To play you need to spin the spinner. You can only start building a beetle if you land on a six first. This has been teaching my four year old some serious patience skills.
When you land on a six you choose any available coloured body first. Once you have the body, you keep spinning the spinner on your turn and picking up the numbered body parts you need to collect, until your beetle is complete. Body parts include a head, antennae, arms and legs.
You don’t need to use the cutouts to build your beetle, but we’ve been using it so Evie can put the beetle together a lot easier. We really love this game, but my daughter does get so frustrated when the spinner doesn’t land on a number she needs. It’s definitely a game that’s bringing out her competitive streak.
Animal families is a matching and memory game and it is our favourite out of all the minis. Again, the game is suitable for 2-4 players. The aim of the game is to collect as many animal families as possible. To play, each player takes it in turn to turn over two cards.
If the cards match you can keep them and start building a family (you need three matching to make a family). If they don’t, you return them to the table and another person takes a turn. During the game, you also come across two wild cards. If you collect a wild card this gives you permission to take a ‘complete’ family of three from another player and add it to your collection.
This game gets played daily in our house. Whether we are out and about or at home. It’s probably most requested because Evie’s so good at it! It’s also been such a good game for helping her to practise her memory and matching skills. I can tell you her attention span and memory has improved a great deal since we’ve had this game.
Other Orchard Toys Mini Games
There are several Orchard Toys Mini Travel Games to collect. You can find out more about the whole range on their website here. All of the games are available for £5, which I think is amazing value for games that get played so much. If you loved this game, then do check out our review posts of other Orchard Toys games:
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Which one of these games would be your kids favourite? Do you have an Orchard Toys games already? Let me know in the comments below.
*We were sent two of these games for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.