Dear Mummy, it seems Father Christmas has come early in this household and we’ve been sent a cool new board game to review!
In fact this is no ordinary board game it’s one about Christmas which is perfect for this time of year and helps with the build up to the big day!
It’s been designed and manufactured in the UK by Orchard Toys and we’ve reviewed a couple of games for them in the past and have always been impressed with the quality and finish of their toys. Orchard Toys are designed with the ethos ‘Learning Made Fun’, and they manufacture bright, fun educational games and puzzles.
Orchard Toys have been trading for over 40 years and are recognised as a leading manufacturer of educational games and puzzles around the world. They may be successful but they still trade from a small Norfolk town and the majority of the staff work in the same building. All their ideas are conceived in-house by a very talented design team and they work with Early Years professionals to ensure that skills seen in National Curriculum Key Stages and Early Years Foundation Stages are built into the games and jigsaws.
So what is Christmas Surprises?
It’s a festive colour and shape matching game. Suitable for 3 years to 6 years it great to learn how to match shapes and identify colours. It retails at around £10.
The box contains 4 double sided festive boards, 24 shaped presents, 24 coloured bauble pieces, 1 shape dice, 1 colour spot dice, 1 instruction leaflet.
I didn’t really need to read the instruction booklet as I was too eager to get in the box and start playing. It seemed simple to me and I haven’t even turned 3 yet. I started matching up the shapes into Father Christmas’s sack and my mummy told me to turn the little cardboard pieces around so we just saw the wrapping. We then had fun together turning them round to discover what was in the presents!
There are two little dice along with the game which help us to take turns and find the pieces and colours to match up to the cardboard trees and Father Christmas. It’s great fun!
I helped Father Christmas decorate the Christmas tree and collect presents for his sack.
It’s nice that it is two games in one as children can choose to play a colour match game with baubles on a Christmas tree, or a shape game matching the shaped presents to those in Father Christmas’s sack and don’t lose interest as easily.
A really beautiful and colourful game, we keep it at the bottom of our Christmas Tree and I play with it in the evenings just before bed. It’s helped me learn about shapes and colours and has reinforced the magic of Christmas.
You can obtain it from Argos, Debenhams or online at Amazon and it makes a great Christmas gift! Something that you can bring out each year to play with, a lovely family tradition. We think it’s a great educational game!
Love Bella x
Disclosure: We received the product in order to write an honest review.