Shopping List, Orchard Toys – Review

We have long been big fans of Orchard Toys, evidenced by the huge collection of games and jigsaws taking up much of the top shelves of the storage unit in our playroom! However one game conspicuous by its absence has been the much loved “Shopping List” – a game I’ve seen in many an EYFS / KS1 classroom but yet failed to have in my own collection – until now.
Shopping List has recently been updated and relaunched with updated imagery and features and I was keen to crack on and try it out!
Orchard Toys Shopping List
The aim of the game is to collect all the items on your shopping list and fill your basket or trolley first!  The game can be played by 2 – 4 players and is aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 7 (can’t say I didn’t enjoy it myself though!)
Orchard Toys Shopping List cards and basket
Close up of Orchard Toys Shopping List

 Filling up a basket - Orchard Toys Shopping List

What we love about it: 

* The game pieces, as you would expect from Orchard Toys, are sturdy and well made to withstand many many hours of play

* The shopping lists include an image; giving younger children the option to picture match whilst older children can be challenged to read the items

* Each shopping list is written in a different font which a bonus for a bit of reading practice

* The game is simple enough that once I’d explained the rules Ben and Chloe were able to play it happily by themselves

* As is always the case with Orchard Toys games, the game doesn’t take too long so you can reasonably expect your child’s attention to be held

* Matching the images on the shopping list and also keeping an eye out for other people turning them over is great for developing observational skills

* Paying attention to the cards as other people turns them over develops concentration

* Remembering where the different cards are draws on memory skills

* Counting can be encouraged by asking “How many things are left on your list?” etc

* Personal and social skills are encouraged by turn taking

* It’s a bargain at £7.50!

What we’re not so keen on: 

* Nothing, it’s ace. Get it on your Christmas lists!

*Disclaimer – We received a copy of Shopping List free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

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  1. October 29, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    This would be my first – but I am sure if you asked me after Christmas I'd have a different answer! The range is fantastic.

  2. Susan B
    October 30, 2015 / 6:39 am

    We've had several in the past for the older children but need to start again for the youngest.

  3. October 30, 2015 / 8:54 am

    We don't own any, though I think my favourite is Quack Quack!

  4. October 30, 2015 / 9:04 am

    We have not got any yet, so would love to win!

  5. October 30, 2015 / 9:33 am

    We have a few, our favourite is Pizza, Pizza!

  6. October 30, 2015 / 10:42 am

    We don't have any.

  7. October 30, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    We love Insy Wincy Spider

  8. Karl Borowy
    October 30, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    not yet

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