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Games for Kids Review & Giveaway – Pop To The Shops

| September 6, 2011 | 78 Comments


As you know, we are a huge fan of Orchard Toys and we regularly review their fabulous games and puzzles. I am yet to find a game that we don’t enjoy one level or another.

We were very pleased to be sent Pop To The Shops to review AND to be able to give one away to you! How great is that? Especially since the game is BRILLIANT!

Where to start? Where to start?

What is Pop to The Shops about: There are four shops and 32 items that belong in the different shops (Green Grocers, Bakers, Newsagents and Mini Market). Each play picks a card from a pile and then sets off to the shops to buy it. They collect money from the bank along the way and fill their shopping basket.

Well.. officially it is for 5-8year olds. Red Ted is 3.5yrs and he adores it. Pip Squeak loves playing with the pretend money (she stuffs her pockets full of it).

We simplified the game a little in that we had one central banker who held all the money (Pip Squeak) but stuck to the rules for the rest of it. Red Ted adored getting to a shop and shouting “Tingeling-a-ling, may I have a donut please” the response of which was: “Yes, that will be 40p please”. Money exchanged hands and we were off to the next player.

Why we love it – well Red Ted just likes the shopping and throwing of dice and handing over of money. As parents, we love that we can talk to him about numbers (“What can you see, a 4 and a 0, that is 40p”) as well as counting to 6 (with the dice throwing). I am loving that Red Ted is getting better and better at sticking to the rules and really enjoys this game.

We took it to the neighbour’s house with boys aged almost 7 and almost 9. The 9 year old enjoyed working out what change we needed (“the donut is 40p, here is 50p, what do we need back?”), so long as we didn’t say that he was doing maths. I love how it really spans the age groups and how the older children can help the younger ones and learn whilst they are at it.

Only “negative”, is that Red Ted loses concentration after we have shopped maybe 3-4 items. It does take longer than his games to date, but I think this is good, as he is getting older and soon we will be needing board games that require a little more time. And who is to say that you can’t stop after having bought 4 items?


Want to win your own Pop To The Shops? Visit the Orchard Toys website and then come back and leave a comment below saying which game you like best!

You don’t have to, but love for you to like me on Facebook! And maybe vote for me on Babble Crafty Blogs?

Open to the UK only, competition closes 19 Sept 2011.

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  1. Ashleigh says:

    we love the shopping list game and crazy chef game – infact we just love orchard toys! would love to win this for my daughter!

  2. Great review thanks ! So glad that Red Ted could play, and enjoyed the game. Was a little worried it might be too ‘old’ for him. Obviously a clever lad!

  3. Red Ted Art says:

    Lynda – that is what is so fabulous about Orchard Toys, I find, that there are usually so many “levels” to something that you can adapt it to the different age groups! Red Ted really does love this new game!!! :-) As do the older children next door…

  4. Zoe G says:

    I and my children love Orchard Toys games, hard to pick just one as their is loads I like, ‘Run, Run as Fast as you Can!’ looks fun and enjoyable to play.
    Thanks for the competition

  5. Pam says:

    I like the Shopping list game.Would be perfect for my grandaughter.

  6. Kate says:

    I love Orchard toys for their quality and the ability to adapt the game to different age groups, just the way you managed to do. By doing this you can engage everyone in the family and teach the skills of game playing while having great fun. I like ‘quack quack’ as the children like to make the animal noises. Thanks for a lovely review.

  7. beverley kirwin says:

    i like the shopping list game thanks

  8. Rachael G says:

    We love Shopping List and If You See a Crocodile! I adore Orchard Toys!

  9. kelly says:

    loving the look of red dog , blue dog , looks great for helping teach colours and not to mention that my daughter loves dogs . we have a collection of orchard jigsaws that are fab .

  10. C Holmes says:

    fab competition! i love the shopping list game. x

  11. Joanne says:

    i love the digger jigsaw puzzle, great for getting the boys interested

  12. Karen says:

    Alphabet Lotto, a classic game that never goes out of date.

  13. Rachel Mccraith says:

    Shopping List game. Simple but great fun :)

  14. ellen says:

    slug in a jug

  15. angie says:

    my grand-daughter would love the quack quack game

  16. Caroline French says:

    I love ‘A Game of Ladybirds’ as my little girl is mad about them as she reads the book ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ every night and i even had my thumb nails decorated as ladybirds for her recently so that we could make up little stories lol!

  17. Dolly Fairley says:

    There are so many lovely games to choose from over there but I am going to go with the one I am most familiar with (played when I was little and I know my children enjoy it at nursery and school – the Shopping List Game!!!!

    Sharing on Facebook Dolly daydreamer Fairley and tweeting @d_daydreams

    I have voted for you too!

  18. Rachael says:

    My little girl love spotty dogs! This was great for helping her learn to count and they had it at her nursery.

    I love the look of the mix-up people, I think my two year old son would adore this.

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

    =) x

  19. I love the ‘Ten Green Bottles’ game


  20. Kathryn says:

    I LOVE orchard toys. My favourite is Tummy Ache! They are such good quality and last forever.

  21. jennie jackson says:

    i love the shopping list game – my son loves helping with shopping

  22. Stephanie Cummins says:

    Love Orchard Toys!!

    i would pick….Shopping Trolley

  23. Orchard Games are so great. Fun and educational. I’ve got my eye on Greedy Gorilla for Christmas – I mean for my daughter at Christmas!
    tweet as @1978rebecca

  24. Solange says:

    I like the shopping list game

  25. Charlotte says:

    I like the shopping list game. My son is getting one banana two banana for his birthday can’t wait to play it with him

  26. melanie says:

    My Children are 4 and 6 and have grown up with Orchard Toys.

    Favourite one to date is Telling the time and the Jigsaw of the map of England and Ireland.

    The games are so well made, we have had dotty dinosaurs and ten green bottles for years, great to play with all the family

  27. What a lot of lovely comments and Orchard Toys fans! So lovely to know how much enjoyment our games and jigsaw puzzles bring. If you enjoy going onto Facebook, and you don’t already, please like our fan page We have regular reviews and lots of competitions!

  28. Katherine says:

    When I was a Teaching Assistant the kids in school loved the Orchard toys games and now I’m a mother myself I like to buy them for my son and friends childrens birthdays,my little boy loves shopping list and Incey Wincey spider.

  29. Kate Thomson says:

    Spotty Dogs – This game is a firm favourite with the children in my early years class. A great game to encourage early counting and the children enjoy using the spinner instead of a dice for a wee change!

  30. katrina walsh says:

    Aw Run run as fast as you can looks like a wonderful traditional style game :)

  31. Heather says:

    I love the look of Pick and Mix People. It kinda reminds me of tummy ache

  32. iain says:

    love alot of their games spotty dogs ,following your blog gfc

  33. sam sellick says:

    Spotty Dogs looks great! I’d love to play it with my niece! thanks for the great comp x

  34. claire woods says:

    My son Samuel would like the magic cauldron game as he loves magic things.

  35. Anna says:

    I like Three Little Pigs @anna8301

  36. JOAN says:

    I like Pop to the Shop game as it teaches them about money

  37. Kathryn Casbolt says:

    My favourite: The Shopping List Game :)

  38. Tracey Starey says:

    we love Greedy Gorillas, the children fall about laughing when it burps. Have voted on Babble Crafty Blogs!

  39. jo williams says:

    so difficult to choose, but my fave is the shopping list game!

  40. phyllis ellett says:

    Just love the look at Lunch Box Game on their site


  41. Hayley Todd says:

    Run, Run as Fast As You Can looks great!

  42. Hannah Beadle says:

    Cock-a-doodle moo is a great game fun for all the family :)
    I love Orchard toys products they are so bright and colourful, easy to understand and fun yet educational

  43. janice taylor says:

    Love the shopping list game.

  44. rachel ford says:

    love the shopping list game it is fun as well as educational

  45. Mrs Jean Vaughan says:

    I’m a “nana” to Johnny-Palmer so have had to relearn on modern day toys and games. Orchard toys are a real source of inspiration and my house now claims several wonderful jigsaws and games suitable for a 3 year old being looked after while mum and dad go to work. All are brilliant but JP’s special favourite at the moment is The Shopping List game.This is put into reality when we actually visit the shops. Mind you, with such a variety if I wrote tomorrow it could quite well be a different choice!!

  46. Hayley Fountain says:

    I think my nephews would love the quack quack game x

  47. ann carline says:

    Ten Green Bottles looks good

  48. Laura Pritchard says:

    I like the look of Quack Quack!

  49. Richard says:

    Greedy Gorrillas looks like fun

  50. Maya Russell says:

    Lots to choose from but I like the Shopping List game best.

  51. Maya Russell says:

    I like loads on their site but love the Shopping List game best.

  52. Ben Goodwin says:

    Pop to the Shops! It looks amazing!

  53. Marian Coburn says:

    It’s got to be Greedy Gorilla!!

  54. Maureen says:

    They’re all lovely, but the one for us all to join in, now and later, is Post the Most game

  55. Addy Knight says:

    I love the shopping list game :)

  56. lorna anderson says:

    the shopping list game sounds great!

  57. kerry seager says:

    Slug in the Jug is a family favourite ( even the big kids love to join in )

  58. Carolina J. says:

    We liked “Shopping list” and “Aplphabet Lotto”.

  59. joanne Pollak says:

    Orchard Toys are cool. Shopping list game is best

  60. Robyn Clarke says:

    The “Pick and Mix People” game looks like it could be entertaining


  61. Binky says:

    Would love the “Pop to the Shops”, my little almost 3 years old Munchkin would love this, she loves playing shop & has me entering the kitchen cupboard to get things for her “shop” that I then have to go & buy complete with bag, I have to bring my own as its better for the earth, shes not quite got the word enviroment so she uses earth LOL.

    Been looking for a shop game for her, but only seen one with really bad pictures & items, but this one looks great. Would be lovely for her birthday on the 26th of this month. We could spend hours playing this & involve her cousins that live near by too.

    Many thank for bringing us another great competition. X

  62. katherine grieve says:

    We love tummy ache, its a great game

  63. Charlotte A says:

    Tummy ache!! I also like Slug in a Jug.

  64. Joanna Sawka says:

    Shopping list game :)

  65. Hazel rush says:

    Greedy Gorilla looks great!! My nephews would love this!
    hazelrush54 (at) yahoo (dot)

  66. Clare White says:

    Got to be Red Dog Blue Dog

  67. Claire says:

    My 3 yr old loves his shopping list game so much. He has it at Nannys and home. He also has the pirates snakes and ladder/ludo game but hasnt the patience yet for it

    liked your facebooki page and have voted

  68. Kelly Hooper says:

    I love the shopping list game :)

  69. Tracy Gladman says:

    I love the magic cauldron game. Great fun.

    Have liked you on facebook.

  70. Joanne says:

    My daughter loves the Greedy Gorilla game, because of the burping noise. I love the Lunchbox game, because it is great fun, and was one of the first games my daughter properly joined in with.

  71. Sarah Robinson says:

    We love Insey Winsey Spider and dotty dinosaurs games.

  72. Greg says:

    Shopping list game is superb, great game and good retail therapy

  73. Emma Howard says:

    My son loves the Shopping List game

  74. Rebecca Denyer says:

    My kids love the Alphabet List game, they play for ages and dont argue once

  75. Susan Robinson says:

    I love the greedy gorilla game, great mesage and looks like so much fun x

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