This afternoon we’ve been playing our latest game from Orchard Toys: Cake Monster. Dave had played it with Ben and Chloe the other weekend but it was the first time I’d have chance to join in with them.
The game is super quick to set up – you basically just need to slot the sides into the cake monster, give everyone a “cake stand” which is their board for the game and then set up the cakes according to which version of the game you are going to play.
|The Cake Monster himself!|
The game is designed to develop number recognition, counting and observational skills. I have to admit the whole time we were playing it I was mentally assessing the skills Ben and Chloe were demonstrating.
Fill Your Cake Stand
In the first version of the game you spin the spinner and pick up the cake to match. The first person to fill their cake stand is the winner – however if you happen to find a cake with the Cake Monster on the back you have to feed it to the 3D Cake Monster. You must ensure that you fill your cake stand with 5 differently numbered cakes so if you spin a number you already have you miss a go.
Chloe, at 3, is able to count to ten quite happily however she doesn’t recognise the numbers yet. The game gives several opportunities for her to work on this – first as she spins the spinner and has to read which number it lands on and then again when she counts up the number line to see which sort of cake she needs to pick up. Once she has chosen her cake and placed it on the cake stand she is given a third opportunity to practice recognising numbers when she ensures she doesn’t repeat any cakes on her board. You can also count the number of toppings on the cake to match the number on your spinner. Ben who, at 5, is obviously more confident with recognising the numbers and counting didn’t need to count up the number line to find his cakes and actually didn’t really use the number line at all – mostly he just remembered which cake was which but the number line was there for a quick reminder if necessary.
|Spinning the spinner|
|Counting on the number line|
|Feeding the Cake Monster|
|This is the face of a little girl missing a turn|
Feed the Monster Bingo Game
To play the Monster Bingo Game you need to separate out the Cake Monster cards as these are not needed for this version. Each player fills their cake stand with matching cakes and then each time the spinner is spun everyone takes that number cake off their board and feeds it to the Cake Monster – the winner being the person to empty their board first. Dave thought this game was pretty dull but Ben and I enjoyed playing it. We went for the trickier version with the numbers hidden so that you had to count the number of toppings on the cake.
What we love about it:
* The instructions are simple so the game is very quick to learn and easy to play
* There are two games to play – both of which can be made more challenging for more capable players
* The pieces are bright coloured and appealing to play with
* The pieces are made from good quality, substantial card so as not to be easily damaged by young players
* Everything is easily stored in the box (which itself is good quality)
* It doesn’t take too long to play
* There are lots of different ways to support learning
* It’s great value at less than £10
What we’re not so keen on:
* Dave wasn’t so keen on the “bingo” version of the game as he thought it was boring however I really liked it, I think probably because I could see the learning potential!
So – teacher head on here . . . this game is encouraging turn taking and good sportsmanship (particularly if you have to feed the Cake Monster your card or miss a turn due to already having cake of that number on your board) Both versions of the game give the opportunity to practice counting on a number line, number recognition, counting with one-to-one correspondence, matching and memory skills and I could happily use this in the classroom as well as at home!
*Disclaimer – We were sent this game from of charge for the purposes of this review however all thoughts and opinions are our own*
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