Father Christmas brought Ben his first Orchard Toys game last year: The Game of Ladybirds. The game is suitable for ages 3-7 (though I’m still enjoying it at 33!) Ben had no problem learning and playing this at Christmas when he was 3 and a half and loved it straight away. Eight months on it is still a firm favourite in our house.
Ben and I have been playing Ladybirds while Chloe was asleep this afternoon and I thought I would write a bit of a review to share all the reasons why we love it so much!
Everything you need to play the game is provided so its easy to just open up the box and go – great if your play time is limited (for example by a sleeping little sister!)
So what do you get in the box?
24 ladybird cards
1 dice shaker
1 instruction leaflet
The game is really simple to play. You take it in turns to roll the dice and pick up a card with the matching number of spots. On the reverse is a leaf with varying numbers of ladybirds. Once all the cards have been picked up you count up to see who has the most ladybirds and they are declared the winner.
I particularly like that the game doesn’t go on forever, it holds Ben’s attention long enough to complete it (and usually play at least once more!)
Ben has been playing this game for 8 months now and I’ve noticed several things (teacher head on here) – when we first started to play Ben counted each of the spots on the dice and then each of the spots on the cards, he is now able to recognise the numbers 1 – 6 on the dice without counting and match these very quickly to a picture. He counts the ladybirds using 1:1 correspondence* with increasing accuracy (and for much bigger numbers than is expected for his age). Today when we had only three cards left, each with one spot on he told me we could push them all together and just throw a three on the dice! Aside from the clear maths benefits of this game it also encourages turn-taking and good sportsmanship. Ben is particularly good at playing games and never sulks when he loses, he just enjoys the game for the game’s sake – long may that last!
So what did we like?
* The instructions are super simple (in fact you would most likely be able to play the game without even reading them!)
* All the equipment is provided (no need to hunt around for a dice)
* The cards are bright and sturdy (I even managed to wipe a sticky mark off with a wet wipe)
* The game doesn’t take too long
* This is a fantastic resource for working on counting and turn taking
What we weren’t so keen on
* I can’t think of anything at all!
I don’t know about Ben but I’m really hoping Father Christmas will add to our Orchard Toys stash this year!
* “1:1 correspondence” put simply means when he counts the ladybirds he points to each one and gives it a number
*I loved this product so much I wanted to share a review with you – the item was paid for by myself. I did not receive any payment for this post*