Learn as You Play

Some of you will remember that back when Kieran (my now 9 yr old mini-teen) was small that I was introduced to Orchard Toys and had the opportunity to review a number of games and puzzles with him that he went on to spend hours enjoying.

Taylor is now 4 years old and already very familiar with Orchard Toys and now he too has the opportunity to review new and much-loved games and what not.

Recently we were sent these two fabulous releases, Robot Run and the Big Alphabet Jigsaw.

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What we’ve always loved about the Orchard Toys range is that they offer a vast number of ways in which your little ones may learn while enjoying themselves. Each of the games also explains what skills may be practiced and developed.

Taylor has been learning and practicing his letters recently before starting school in September so the Big Alphabet Puzzle is a bonus. He enjoys jigsaw puzzles as well as letters and numbers and so he’s put together the puzzle five times already. This puzzle comes with a full-sized (puzzle sized) coloured poster which may be used as a template to help young ones work out what goes where. Taylor used this once and asked for it to go on his bedroom wall before doing the puzzle hiimself.

Lots of letter and sounds talk in our house right now!

Robot run

Robot Run has been equally well received and has been played several times as part of Family Games Night and during the days. We always end up laughing with this one. Safe to say this game, brilliant for practicing turn-taking, matching, colours and more  has quickly become a firm favourite.

As with all Orchard Toys games and puzzles we adore the quality of the pieces and the child friendly packaging (it’s always easy for little ones to tidy up and fasten the box!). We’ve given many Orchard Toys games  as gifts in the past and no doubt will be doing so again when Taylor starts school!

All in all both of these get a big thumbs up from us!

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*We were sent these two games free of charge and asked to post an honest review of our findings and have done just that. Orchard Toys have no editorial control over our reviews.

Sharing Your Own Childhood Reads

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I’m very lucky in that both of my children are keen readers / enjoy story time. Taylor starts school in September and I look forward to him learning to read for himself and Kieran constantly has his nose in a book!

This is a quick post to share something that tickled me greatly last night. I chose this fabulous somewhat weathered copy of The Magic Paintbrush from the bookshelf for Taylor’s story last night. Within minutes I had Kieran perched on the end of the bed listening too.

This was one of my favourite books when I was little and this is the very same copy I enjoyed. Kieran loved the story as well as the pictures and the history behind the book when he was Taylor’s age and so it was great to see them both so keen to share one of my childhood reads.

Have you re-read any of the books you enjoyed when younger with your children? We have plenty to get through! While Taylor is lapping up my old Ladybird books and Kieran my old books more suited to his age I’m not sure either will share my love for The Chalet School!

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