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Maths games from Orchard Toys: Review

AD | Our games were gifted for the purpose of a review and Orchard Toys are providing one set for a reader to win.

Isn’t it funny how the majority of people regard themselves as terrible at maths? In reality, we’re probably all a lot more capable than we realise. It’s one of those subjects that’s just a bit dry and difficult to take in. So, playing maths games is a great way to make it more interesting, and sneak in some extra maths practice outside of school. We’ve been trying out some maths games from Orchard Toys. Read on to see how we got on and enter the giveaway to win a bundle of maths games to try out yourself.

Mammoth Maths

The first game we tried out was Mammoth Maths. This focuses on addition and subtraction for 5 to 8 year olds. The thing I’ve loved about all the Orchard Toys maths games is their accessibility to children of different ages. Libby isn’t desperately strong at maths, but she has been doing addition and subtraction for a couple of years. Lia is a couple of years younger and has only recently started subtraction. In Mammoth Maths, there are two styles of counters. The lighter colour has easy sums, whereas the darker colour has more difficult sums. This meant that the girls could play together despite being at very different points in their maths ability.

To play the game, players roll a dice to move around the board. When they land on an addition or subtraction sign, they have to do a sum. When they’ve said the answer, the player can check whether they’re correct using a magic torch viewer. If they get it right, they can hang the sum on their mammoth’s trunk. If a player lands on a feather, they can tickle another player’s mammoth to make it sneeze. That player then loses a sum from their trunk. The winner is the player who makes it back to the cave first with all four sums on their trunk.

First Times Tables

Aimed at 5 to 8 year olds, First Times Tables can be used as both a learning resource as a game. Parents can initially introduce times tables using the number line to explain the concept. My girls have already started learning times tables at school, but need a bit of extra practice so we jumped straight into the game.

The First Times Tables game is based on three stacks of pancakes. Each player spins the spinner to see which times table they’re going to answer a question from. There’s also a setting on the spinner that makes you miss a turn. When you’ve turned the spinner, you grab a pancake from the corresponding pile and do the sum on it. The answer is on the other side and players flip the pancake over with a spatula to see if they were right. A right answer means you can stack the pancake on your plate. To make it easier for Lia, she was allowed to use the number line to work out her answers. Libby had to try to get the answer without the number line. As for me, my spinner landed on “miss a turn” virtually every time I went near it, much to the girls’ delight.

Times Tables Heroes

The final game we tried out was Times Tables Heroes. This is aimed at children aged 6 to 9 years old. I was concerned that Lia wouldn’t manage it because she’s only 5 and isn’t particularly advanced in maths. However, it was actually a really good activity to get her thinking about times tables. Particularly because the game allows you to focus either on all the times tables, or just 2, 5 and 10 to make it a bit easier.

To play the Hero City Board Game, players first put together the board and spinners. Then, choose between the easy spinner that only contains 2, 5 and 10 times tables, or the difficult spinner that contains all of them. A player spins two spinners. Each has a number on it and you have to multiply the two numbers together to get the answer. Answers can be checked on a times table checker that is included. On each turn, a player gets to do a sum and move forward. If they land on a shield square, they get to move an extra space or two, as long as they tell a little story about their super hero character. This seemed a lovely way to incorporate storytelling with maths. For quicker times table recollection, turn the board over and play Multiplication Bingo.

Orchard Toys Unicorn Friends Jigsaw

We were also sent the Unicorn Friends jigsaw which has lovely big pieces and is aimed at children aged 4 and over. When I saw it, I thought it would be a bit basic for Lia, but she actually really enjoyed it and was proud to complete it. As well as the jigsaw itself, the box contains a wall poster with the same picture on and a learning guide with discussion points. It’s a lovely addition to the toy box for any unicorn loving child.

Win a set of Orchard Toys educational games

If you know a little one who would love these games, this is your chance to win one of each. The prize is Mammoth Maths, First Times Tables, Times Tables Heroes and the Unicorn Friends jigsaw. The prize will be provided and sent by Orchard Toys. Please read my competition terms and conditions before entering via the Rafflecopter below.

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35 Comments

  1. Peter Watson
    February 10, 2020 / 9:25 am

    I think my granddaughter would love the Loopy Llamas Game.

  2. Martina Pichova
    February 10, 2020 / 10:45 am

    We already have the Bus game and I love playing it with my daughter.

  3. Tracey Rollings
    February 10, 2020 / 11:04 am

    one dog ten frogs looks a great game for toddlers to learn their numbers

  4. Sally Collingwood
    February 10, 2020 / 11:23 am

    Shopping List looks fun and useful too!!

  5. Susan B
    February 10, 2020 / 11:57 am

    The Times Tables Heroes Game looks especially good but the entire educational range is excellent.

  6. Fiona Rennie
    February 10, 2020 / 12:25 pm

    My son would love all of the maths games, he is obsessed with maths and numbers

  7. Iain Maciver
    February 10, 2020 / 12:39 pm

    times tables heroes

  8. Catherine S
    February 10, 2020 / 4:08 pm

    Shopping List looks great

  9. Katie
    February 10, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    I love sleepy sloths

  10. Waterworth Fiona
    February 10, 2020 / 7:41 pm

    We love cheeky monkeys, great for hand eye coordination

  11. alanawalker1515
    February 10, 2020 / 9:31 pm

    We have loads of Orchard Toys games. Our favourite is Dotty Dinosaurs but I like the look of the Magic Spelling Game on the website.x

  12. Angela Treadway
    February 10, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Dinosaur Race Board Game x

  13. Solange
    February 10, 2020 / 11:54 pm

    The Shopping List Game.

  14. Helen R
    February 11, 2020 / 9:39 am

    We all love to play shopping list!

  15. Christine Caple
    February 11, 2020 / 10:00 pm

    I like the look of the Pop to the Shops Board Game

  16. adeinne Tonner
    February 12, 2020 / 3:33 pm

    It would have to be the three little pig board game

  17. Susan Smith
    February 15, 2020 / 7:10 pm

    Time Table Heroes, but saying that any educational game i do like, it makes learning fun

  18. claire woods
    February 16, 2020 / 10:00 am

    Llamas in Pyjamas Mini Game

  19. Hannah Rowley
    February 16, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    I love the sleepy sloths!

  20. Ruth Harwood
    February 17, 2020 / 9:38 am

    the mammoth maths game looks just the thing to help my daughter with her maths xx

  21. Rebecca Morris
    February 29, 2020 / 9:09 am

    We love the shopping list game and the rocket game

  22. Michelle Ptak
    February 29, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    Florence loves the jigsaw puzzles as they are fun to do … educational too!! Thanks

  23. donna jones
    February 29, 2020 / 5:41 pm

    times tables heroes

  24. Sheri Darby
    February 29, 2020 / 8:31 pm

    Times Tables Heroes looks really good, so important to know those tables

  25. Jules page
    March 1, 2020 / 8:01 am

    Times table

  26. March 1, 2020 / 12:27 pm

    What’s the time Mr Wolf and Mammoth Maths great for my grandson

  27. Emma England
    March 1, 2020 / 12:45 pm

    There are so many amazing games but my favourite is the shopping list games.

  28. Adrian Bold
    March 1, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    The Sleepy Sloths Game looks like fun!

  29. Kim Neville
    March 1, 2020 / 3:30 pm

    Shopping list game

  30. lynn neal
    March 1, 2020 / 4:25 pm

    Times tables heroes!

  31. Fiona jk42
    March 1, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    We love Giraffes in Scarves and Shopping List.

  32. Naomi Williams
    March 1, 2020 / 9:26 pm

    Unicorn friends jigssaw

  33. Rachel B
    March 1, 2020 / 10:04 pm

    Magic Spelling looks great! Such a lot of fun educational items on the website!

  34. Tee Simpson
    March 1, 2020 / 10:51 pm

    I love the Times Tables Heroes Game

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