The first thing I think of when I am looking at games or toys for the boys is ‘what can they learn from this’ and ‘how is it going to aid their development’. I rarely buy toys with zero educational benefit, and there are always ways to learn with Orchard Toys games. Orchard Toys seem to be a staple and they are sold in a lot of shops; there is a reason for that.
Orchard Toys have been around for the last 40 years, and they ship to over 50 different countries! They are the leading manufacturer of educational games and puzzles, so we are happy to be Orchard Toys official tester!
Orchard Toys stems from Britain; and the games and puzzles are still designed, produced and packed in the UK. The great thing about Orchard Toys is that they stand the test of time, they really are made to last. Last but not least they hold an educational value, which is what our blog is all about. The games and puzzles make learning fun for our small humans!
Orchard Toys aim this game at children aged 3-7 years, but Mylo who is 2 had no problems playing it. You take it in turns to turn over the cards and try to match them to your bingo board.
There are two ways to play it too;
- you can match the pictures to the bingo board that has the pictures already on the tiled area, which makes it easier to match the dinosaurs or;
- turn your bingo board over and look at the large photo, and have the blank tiled area. You match the bingo cards with what you can see in the picture rather than matching to the already tiled pictures on the bottom of the board.
The great thing is, is that if like us, you have children of different ages and abilities then the children can use whichever sides of the board suits their abilities better.
You can buy the dinosaur lotto game here.
This was the first of the two that we had played and it went down a treat. Both boys are into dinosaurs, especially with the new Jurassic world coming out soon, so they have fully enjoyed playing this one. Mylo also loves to look at just the pieces and match them to the cards on his own, this is great for his observational skills so I sit back and watch until he wants me to join in with the play.
Like the dinosaur lotto, the superhero lotto is also aimed at 3-7 years but again, Mylo didn’t have any problems playing this game. It is practically the same game as the dinosaur lotto except with superheroes.
It is a matching and memory game and has two different skill levels. On one side is the illustrated tiles and blank on the other (like the dinosaur lotto). On the side with the blank tiles there is information on there about the chosen superhero on the picture; it’s quite fun reading them out and talking about the different powers, this helps massively with social interaction, imaginative play and improvement in speech and vocabulary; and that’s before you even start playing!
You can buy the superhero lotto game here.
Both Leo and Mylo have fully enjoyed playing this game as they love anything superhero related! Probably my fault as I’m a big Marvel fan! They literally ripped open the game as fast as they could, tearing through the cardboard of the packing, they couldn’t get into this game faster if they tried. They just sat on the floor where they were and started playing straight away!
Mylo has been getting the game out on his own too and just looking through the tiles and matching them to the right game card. So he’s made a new game of matching and sorting all on his own, he’s pretty into sorting at the moment so he might be a bit OCD like me.
How lotto games aid children’s development
- Encouraging discussion
- Social interaction
- Turn taking
- Enhancing matching and memory skills
- Observational skills
- Personal and Social development as a whole
- Language, speech and vocabulary
- Communication skills
Fab for Christmas and birthday gifts! Give an educational present!
We were sent these items for the purpose of this review. All opinions and images are that of my own.