As a teacher I had a wide selection of Orchard Toys in my classroom. They were perfect for my Reception and Year 1 class and we used them everyday in a variety of lessons. As a parent I couldn’t wait until Adam was ready to play with their wide range of toys.
I am thrilled to have become an Official Orchard Toys blogger. It gives me the chance to spread the word to other parents about how brilliant their toys are. When I think of Orchard Toys I think:
* High quality and colourful resources
* Easy to play activities
* Clear educational outcomes with every activity
* Fun activities your child will want to play again and again
All of these make Orchard Toys our first choice when it comes to games.
Everyday, after dinner, we have screen-free time in our house. It is chance for the three of us to play a range of games as a family. We were asked to review the newly revised Shopping List. I have fond memories of playing this game with my class. I remember a little girl saying “I wish going to the shops was really this fun.”
The aim of this lotto style memory game is to be the first person to find the items on your list and place them in your shopping basket or trolley. All the item cards are spread out face down and players take it in turns to pick a card. If the item is on your shopping list you get to keep it, if not the card is replaced and play passes on to the next person.
Shopping List has recently been modernized and re-released. I was intrigued to find out how the game had changed. The food item cards now reflect todays wide variety of diet. They include items that were previously not common such as curry sauce and aubergines. As supermarkets are now one-stop shops the game has expanded to include non-food items such as toys, books and socks.
Another change has been shoppers method of writing a shopping list. The game has been updated to reflect this and one of the lists is displayed on an ipad screen.
I was interested to see Adam’s reaction to this game. Shopping for Adam can be quite traumatic. For a child with Sensory Processing Disorder the shops can be an over stimulating experience. However, Adam took to the game immediately. He enjoyed using his memory to locate the food items.
We have been suprised at the a positive outcome playing Shopping List has had on Adam’s speech. Since playing the game for a couple of weeks we have seen a remarkable improvement with Adam’s ability to say the related food names and his use of game playing language. We now hear full sentences such as “I don’t need aubergines. Daddy need aubergine.”
He has extended these language skills whilst out shopping. We have modelled the shopping list idea when we take Adam to the supermarket. He is over the moon when he spots items found in the game and can name them accurately.
The shopping List is aimed at 3-7 year olds and is for 2-4 players. It is a great game to enhance observational and memory skills. For us Shopping List has helped Adam’s knowledge and ability to say food names.
It clear to see why Shopping List is a best selling and award winning game. It gets a big thumbs up from us!
Disclaimer: We were given the Shopping List from Orchard Toys to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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