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

On The Go Entertainment With Orchard Toys

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.

On The Go Entertainment With Orchard Toys

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

On The Go Entertainment With Orchard Toys

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.

On The Go Entertainment With Orchard Toys

On The Go Entertainment With Orchard Toys

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

On The Go Entertainment With Orchard Toys

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.

On The Go Entertainment With Orchard Toys

On The Go Entertainment With Orchard Toys

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:


How do you fancy winning some mini games of your own? We have two Orchard Toys Mini Travel Games of your choice up for grabs today. To enter, simply fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. 



  1. August 20, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I love that they are small and easy to carry when travelling or packing for a holiday. I also love that there is a mixture of both traditional and more moden games that are bright and appealing to children.

  2. Anthony Harrington
    August 20, 2018 / 8:35 am

    we love Orchard, we haven’t tried any travel games yet, these look perfect.Little Bug Bingo looks fun!

  3. Solange
    August 20, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    It’s perfect to go in a child’s bag for days out or when going out for a meal. Keeps the little ones entertained for hours and educational too.

  4. Joanne Stoddern
    August 20, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    We love Orchard Games – my little one has just turned 3, so we often amend some of the rules, but we love mini games like Bus Bingo and Dinosaur Dominoes, he has also just had bigger games like Pigs in Pants and The 3 Little Pigs House game for his birthday – just so much fun to play!

  5. Iain Maciver
    August 20, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    perfect for the kids ,orchard games keep them happy

  6. August 20, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    They are fun to play, educational and look great! Really love them

  7. Claire Aldridge
    August 20, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    Love orchard games great for all the family

  8. Margaret Gallagher
    August 20, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Fun way to learn – nothing beats Orchard Games here

  9. Catherine S
    August 20, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    Love orchard games; these travel sized ones look brilliant.

  10. August 20, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    We love orchard games we have quite a few at home. These travel ones would be great for taking on holidays or when we spend a weekend visiting family xx

  11. Christopher Read
    August 20, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    The bright colours and friendly artwork help engage young children, and they are a fun way to learn. Thanks for running this comp.

  12. Sheena W
    August 20, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Fun and engaging for kids – a great way to learn

  13. Angela Treadway
    August 20, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    the fact that they are compact enough to take wherever you go, to keep the kids entertained x

  14. Ashleigh Allan
    August 20, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    We love orchard toy games and have lots already

    • Ashleigh Allan
      August 20, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      I love that they are easy to play and goos learning games

  15. Isabel O
    August 20, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    I like that there’s always learning involved, but it’s fun learning. 🙂

  16. Marion Hill
    August 20, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    My grand daughter would have such fun with these toys

  17. Amy Bondoc
    August 20, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    i love animals so does my niece so the animal families game looks perfect for us x

  18. Charlotte G
    August 21, 2018 / 12:03 am

    Me and my son love these games. It’s hard to find games for children that are easy enough but still fun for them

  19. Laura Turner
    August 21, 2018 / 8:29 am

    They’re easy to fit on a tray and the pieces are big enough to not get lost.

  20. Sally Collingwood
    August 21, 2018 / 9:03 am

    I love Orchard Miini games and they are such a must when travelling or going on holiday!

  21. August 21, 2018 / 9:22 am

    Perfect to take when out and about and play with other kids

  22. Christine Caple
    August 21, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Easy to transport around with you, and learn whist having fun

  23. Debbie Finnerty
    August 21, 2018 / 10:59 am

    I love orchard because they are fun and educational. They are quick too some games take forever but these don’t so kids don’t get bored so don’t start to cheat haha

  24. Susan B
    August 21, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Orchard Toys is an enduring brand that I remember from my childhood and it is no surprise as their products are cheerful, engaging, educational and well made.

  25. Monica Shah
    August 21, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    my boys love old orchard games, these looks so much fun . thanks for chance for winning. keeping my fingers crossed

  26. Lorna Ledger
    August 21, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Portable, keeps the kids quiet, educational, fun, and bright! thanks for the chance

  27. Linda Ford
    August 21, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    I love orchard games ahead them for my sons, they are so much fun that children don’t realise they are learning through playing the games! I would love to win so I could play them with my nephews.

  28. Pam Gregory
    August 21, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Orchard Toys’ games are robust and also educational

  29. Samantha O'D
    August 21, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    They are compact and fun, ideal for holidays and train journeys

  30. Andrea Fletcher
    August 21, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    We have got several Orchard Toy games, they are always good fun as well as educational.

  31. Lydia Joy
    August 21, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    I love the variety they offer and the simplicity of the games. The simplicity however doesn’t detract from them being thoroughly enjoyable

  32. Chris Andrews
    August 21, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    they mind their Ps and Qs . . . Price and Quality

  33. Sue McCarthy
    August 22, 2018 / 7:07 am

    They are entertaining, bright & colourful and small enough to fit into Mum’s bag.

  34. Leanne Hansell
    August 22, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I love the Orchard Toys Mini Games because they are small and easy to carry around but still great fun and educational.

  35. Jenni N
    August 22, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Build a beetle would be popular in our housr

  36. Clare Hubbard
    August 22, 2018 / 8:22 am

    I love how handy they are and orchard toy games are always entertaining and educational, we have loads!

  37. tina Glover
    August 22, 2018 / 9:12 am

    I love that fact you can take them anywhere. They are great for keeping the little ones entertained

  38. AMANDA W
    August 23, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    i love that the games are easy to play and small enough to pack up and take anywhere with you!

  39. August 23, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    There’s so much choice and the games are fun made with good quality too

  40. Sharon Saunders
    August 23, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    I think these games would be a life saver on our journey from the midlands to Cornwall when we visit family who live there. We love going but every one of us from our 2 year old to me find the journey long! Mini games would be fabulous.

  41. Angie McDonald
    August 23, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    They are fab for taking with you on the go, whenever you might have some spare time to keep the kids entertained!

  42. Helen Moulden
    August 23, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    I love that they alleviate boredom and keep little ones entertained!

  43. Karen Barrett
    August 24, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    Very good value and durable! I still have some games that belonged to my children and now my grandchildren are playing with them.

  44. August 24, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Orchard games appeal to everyone, no matter how old or young they are

  45. Laura Walker
    August 25, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    My little boy loves to take a game to his Granny’s house. These are a great size to put in the bag and Orchard Toys are always a hit

  46. Rose
    August 25, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    My daughter loves these Orchard games for her children. She takes them away on holiday to keep them amused. When nanna stays I have to play to.

  47. Rachel Butterworth
    August 25, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    I love the variety and the fact that they are educational is a real bonus.

  48. August 25, 2018 / 11:58 pm

    I love Orchard Toys games in general, and it would be nice to have more that are easy to take with you. I’ve found Shopping List works well, but most others don’t.

  49. janine atkin
    August 26, 2018 / 7:24 am

    the kids love them and they are so handy to take on trips

  50. A.E. Adkins
    August 26, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Very compact and quick to repack for on the go entertainment

  51. Rebecca Whatmore
    August 26, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    They are fun but educational too. They are small so can easily take them on holiday or even in hand luggage for the plane. They are bright and colourful.

  52. laura stewart
    August 26, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    they are easy to carry around with you x

  53. lynn neal
    August 26, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I love the bright colours which immediately interest children in the game!

  54. August 27, 2018 / 12:11 am

    We are such huge fans of Orchard Toys and the travel games are genius! Perfect for taking abroad, for days out or just every day use too! So much fun!

  55. paula cheadle
    August 27, 2018 / 1:16 am

    my grandson loves the shopping game, he could do with some new ones

  56. Emma Fox
    August 27, 2018 / 9:37 am

    My son loves the lunch box game – they are all fun games that encourage some form of learning 🙂

  57. August 27, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Easy to pack but make the journey ad any spare times on holiday much more enjoyable, lots of fun for all.

  58. Allan Fullarton
    August 27, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Lovely for a summers day in the garden.

  59. Rebecca Powell
    August 27, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Ww have quite a few of these games, they’re brilliant – they are educational and the kids love them

  60. Louise Green
    August 27, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Grandchildren would love these

  61. Anthea Holloway
    August 27, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    My grandchildren love these mini games – so easy to transport and so easy to play too. We all love playing them together.

  62. August 27, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    My kids loved travel games, I’m sure the grandchildren will love them as well

  63. Lara Latchem
    August 27, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Love the choice of mini games orchard toys do and makes packing light for trips out easier

  64. Donna W
    August 27, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I love that Orchard Toys games make learning fun. These would be perfect for our holiday to France in October as we’re driving there.

  65. Emma Middleton
    August 27, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    I think they are ideal for rainy days and days at the beach, somwthing all the family can enjoy

  66. Natalie Crossan
    August 27, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Orchard games are so fun for girls and boys, all my daughters friends and her enjoy playing with them x

  67. Adrian Bold
    August 27, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    We love Orchard Games as they are ideal to take away with you on journeys and holidays to keep the little ones entertained for a bit.

  68. Lia Burns
    August 27, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    I love that they aren’t too complicate and incorporate learning with having fun and keeping occupied at the same time x

  69. Tee Simpson
    August 27, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    I love that they are easy to travel with to keep the kids entertained and that they arent too complicated.

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