We absolutely adore the fab British brand Orchard Toys in our house. They have been a firm favourite since P was a baby, and our vast array of games and puzzles are coming in very handy now that we’re a home educating family!
A Few Facts about this Awesome Brand
- They’re a British company, and all their products are manufactured right here in the UK
- All products and packaging are fully recyclable
- As well as games and puzzles they also have a French range, and a lovely range of books
- Their products are not only fun and colourful, but always educational
- They are a truly innovative company with good ethics – check out their impressive community and environmental policies
Our Top Literacy Picks
Alphabet Match (aimed at 4+)
This is a simple two-piece puzzle game, where the child has to match the letters on one piece of the puzzle with the corresponding pictures on the other piece. For example you have a letter z and a picture of a zebra which they have to join together. Clara (almost 4) has really been enjoying this, and it’s definitely been helping her to recognise her letters.
Alphabet Lotto (aimed at 3-6 year olds)
My 6yo was given this game on her third birthday, and we have been playing with it regularly ever since. You can play with two to five players, and there are four different versions of the game. For the younger children it’s simple animal matching, and when they’re older and start learning their alphabet they can start matching letters. This is a brilliant game, and probably the one I would most recommend to anyone buying a present for a child in this age range.
Our Top Numeracy Picks
Match and Count (aimed at 3+)
Very similar to alphabet match, this colourful two piece puzzle is a great way for children to learn their numbers up to twenty. I remember our old pre-school teacher telling me how important it is for children to be able to count correctly while objects are being pointed at, and this is wonderful for doing just that.
The Game of Ladybirds (aimed at 3-7)
This is a beautifully bright, very effective counting game. You can play with two to four players, and take it in turns to roll the dice. You then choose a card with the same number of spots on it as the amount on the dice you’ve just rolled. A simple yet fab way to encourage basic maths.
Tell the Time (aimed at 5-9)
As the name would suggest, this game is all about learning how to tell the time, and is being played with the most in our house. We’ve have made a little video clip to tell you all about it.