THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED
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?
A HUGE THUMBS UP FOR THIS GAME.
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!
Open to the UK only, competition closes 19 Sept 2011.