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New Orchard Toys Games
Orchard Toys have released a great selection of new games, perfect for children from pre-school to primary ages. We were sent 4 games for older children focusing on mathematics skills. This was perfect timing for the kids as we are currently practising times tables with my 8 year old and the 6 year old is catching on quick too.
The first game they chose to test was Mammoth Maths. As you can tell from the title it’s a prehistoric themed board game about maths! Everyone has their own mammoth and a playing piece, plus 4 rocks with slots cut into them.
The aim of the game is to move your person around the board and when you land on a plus or minus symbol you solve one of the sums on your rocks. If you get the sum right you place the rock on your mammoths trunk. There is a number line on a bone to help with the addition and subtraction and a flaming torch that you can use to check if your answer was correct.
However, if you land on a feather picture then you need to use the feather piece to tickle someone else’s mammoth, who then sneezes and drops one of the rocks on their trunk! Once your mammoth has all 4 rocks you need to get back to your cave before someone makes you sneeze again!
It’s a simple and straightforward game, but the interest of the magic flaming torch to check answers and making your opponents sneeze certainly makes it hit with my children.
Times Tables Heroes
Both my children love pretending to be super heroes, so they were excited to play Times Tables Heroes. The box itself looks very inviting with three heroes and capes and outfits looking pretty cool!
The premise for this game is to to travel along the board through town, solving any problems in the city as they go. Each person chooses their own hero and places the counter on the board and keeps the card detailing the superhero powers in front of them. Each hero has their own specific superpowers, such as travelling through time, ability to invent anything they can think of.
The player needs to spin the disk with numbers (the green disk is for 2, 5 and 10 times table and the red disk is for all times tables) and the square disk with the vehicles on it. Then they must multiply the two numbers on the disks together and if the answer is correct they move forward onto the vehicle shown on the disk. There is an answer board they can use to check their answers are correct.
The game gets more exciting when you land on a square with a shield symbol, as this means you have a mission to complete. Take a mission card and tell everyone how you will solve the mission using your super powers, then move forward the number on the mission card.
The winner is the first player to make it to the end of the board and use their powers to defeat the evil robot!!
Any superhero loving child is going to enjoy this game, especially when they can solve missions using their own special super powers! It’s definitely become a favourite game to play in our house.
First Times Tables
For those children who are learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables then this is the game for them. It’s a straightforward pancake flipping game.
All you have to do is spin the disk and whichever flavour the arrow lands on you pick that pancake. There are chocolate and banana pancakes, blueberry pancakes and strawberry pancakes, but if you land on the splat you miss a turn!
The players attempt to solve their sum and flip the pancake over with the flipper to check if they are correct. You get to keep the pancake if you are correct. If the child is struggling with the sums there are number lines to help. The person with the most pancakes at the end of the game wins!
Although it’s not a brand new game, the kids were excited to receive landmark lotto. It’s one of the mini games and I thought it would be perfect for taking travelling with us.
We first played it in the hotel room in Sri Lanka and the kids were delighted to be able to spot different landmarks they recognised. Each board has 6 different landmarks from around the world and you need to turn over one of the cards that are face down in front, if it matches your board you can keep it. If it doesn’t match it gets turned back over, but the other players need to pay attention so they remember where it is for their turn!
The back of the boards, or ‘passports’ gives a little more information about each landmark, which is a great educational feature. The kids like playing this as it’s very easy to set up and play, plus they can think about places they want to visit around the world!
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