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I have always been a big fan of Orchard Toys games and so I am really pleased to be getting to introduce Henry to them now. This is his first Orchard Toys game he has had to play and I was very excited to play it with him.
The game is called Farmyard friends and is all about recognizing farmyard animals and matching.
As usual, the Orchard Toys game comes in a sturdy box with a colourful picture on the front. I have not yet known an Orchard Toys box fail at keeping a game safely inside.
The game comes with a barn which needs to be pushed together to make it 3d. It also comes with 30 cards which all have animals on them. Some of these have red backs and some have blue backs and some yellow.
All the animals on the cards are farm yard animals and are ones that are very easily recognized by young children. Henry knew the names of most of the animals on the cards. The animals are all really cute and colourful and very child friendly.
The 3D barn has a slot at the top which is for the animal cards to be placed into.
There are 2 parents of each animal and a baby animal. And there are many ways that this game can be played.
Firstly I decided to ask Henry to find the animals, for example, I asked him to find a pig and put it into the box. As soon as he started to recognize the animals, I asked him to then find the other pig, which is a way to start to learn to match. Then I asked him to match the baby to the parents. Each time we played he got to pop the cards into the barn. Which he loved doing.
The game can be played so then the animals face upwards, or you can make it more challenging and turn the cards over so you can only see the colours. If playing alone then your child can learn to turn a card over at a time, until they match a pair. Or they can play with someone else.
When playing with someone else, take turns to turn the cards over to make either a pair or a family.
If you want to make the game even trickier, you can deal out one of the parent animals and these are the ones you have to match to either the other parent, the baby or as a family.
As well as this game helping your child's memory skills, it also helps their hand and eye coordination when placing the cards into the box. This is something that Henry loves to do.
To make the game even more fun, you can always make the animal noises as placing them into the barn!
Henry has just turned 2 and as this game is aimed at 2 plus, he is only just starting to learn how to play games and is currently finding it more fun to find the animal and place it in the barn. I am looking forward to seeing him develop his matching skills through this game.
This game is £9.75 to buy and can be bought on the Orchard Toys website.
Would your little one enjoy this game?