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Ochard Toys – Monster Catcher Review & Giveaway

| August 30, 2012 | 145 Comments

Monster Catchers – As you know we adore Orchard Toys and have a good number of them already (check out Round and RoundPop To The ShopsWhere in The Woods).

Today, we got to play the fabulous “Monster Catcher” – brand new at Orchard Toys and totally adorable. Officially it is for 3years plus. As I have an (almost) 3year old and a 4.5years old, we sometimes have to adapt the rules. Which is great, because we can slowly introduce The Girl, to following rules, whilst making it fun for both kids.

The game is all about “collecting” two parts of the monster. Depending on what card you get you can either “pick a monster card to complete your set”, “lose one of your monsters” or, if some monsters have already been caught “rescue some monsters”. So you have a matching game with the added “twist” of potential losses and gains. Great fun.

A simplified version of playing this, is to start your littlies off with a “monster match” game. Then, as they get used to taking turns and “winning and losing”, you can introduce the “monster losing/ catching element” making it interesting for everyone!

From a parents perspective – it is great to practice learning colours, we love counting the number of eyes each monster has (the purple one is a little tricky) and it is a great game to teach The Girls following rules with.

As always.. We love it!

Would you like to win one?

Simply, leave a comment below, telling us what your favourite Orchard Toy game is and why.


1) One entry per person.

2) Open to the UK only.

3) Giveaway closes on 12 Sept 2012 at 11pm GMT.

4) Winner will be picked at random.

5) It is Orchard Toy’s responsibility to deliver the prize and not Red Ted Art’s.

 Disclaimer: Orchard Toys kindly sent us one of the games to play.

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  1. knitty Mummy says:

    My favourite Orchard toy game is “Walk the plank” because no one gets board whilst its someone else’s turn, because everyone moves on every throw of the dice. Plus you get to shout “walk the plank” a lot.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Looks like a great game! We like Spotty Dogs, it’s a really good way to each numbers to young children, and it doesn’t take too long to play which is good for short attention spans!

  3. Looks fab. I think the girls’ favourite is Shopping List, because they love filling the trolley. I love Monster Bingo, though, as it’s great for teaching colours and shapes and can be used for other languages, with no adaptation. (Actually, we pretty much like any and all Orchard Games we’ve ever tried!)

  4. Kate Buckley says:

    I love the look of the Doodlebugs Game and Spud said he liked Greedy Gorilla :)

  5. Geetha says:

    Yes, my daughter’favourite is also the shopping list , she just loves it

  6. Nikki Thomas says:

    We love The Game Of Ladybirds! It is really simple and great fun!

  7. Mummy Fever says:

    We love the shopping game @MummyFever

  8. Carolin says:

    I love the Yo Ho Ho game. We are passive pirate fans – just what you’d expect from a family living in the Westcountry 😉


  9. elsie says:

    We don’t have any Orchard Games yet,a few on our present suggestion list, but I have one similar to pick and mix people from my childhood. We loved that game as kids and my daughter and I love playing our very very simple game with it.

  10. Sam says:

    We’ve got Spotty Dogs, so it’s our favourite and although LO doesn’t ‘play’ the game as such – yet, he loves looking at the dog cards & messing with the spinner.

    Sam @happyhomebird

  11. Stephanie Tsang says:

    My daughter loves shopping list because she loves shopping and spending money.

  12. Emily Jane Ann Nelson says:

    The shopping list game is brilliant!

  13. julie graham says:

    I’ve got two daughters- so, yes, we play the shopping game – A LOT !!!

  14. pat green says:

    love orhard games for their quality and making education fun!

  15. Angela Mckenzie says:

    My sone loves monsters x

  16. sarah tremlett says:

    My son loves Greedy Gorilla – its so much fun!

  17. Sarah-Jane Laycock says:

    Shopping List for me – oh if only I could do the weekly shop in such an easy and fun manner!

  18. ClairejB says:

    My favourite Orchid Toys game is Greedy Gorilla as it’s a great way of teaching kids about healthy foods. They just love the burping sounds from the gorilla when you feed him junk food! Unfortunately ours no longer burps because it has been played so often! (although I was starting to think they were getting slightly too enthusiastic with all the burping!.
    Monster catcher looks like great fun, I would love to win this!

  19. anne tiernan says:

    Love the game of ladybirds



  21. Karen Shuttleworth says:

    We don’t have any yet (little boy a bit young) but we’ll definitely be getting some – spotty dogs looks like a winner since we’ve got a dog of our own

  22. Jen Schofield says:

    Shopping list, because which girl doesn’t like shopping

  23. rabbia says:

    We love spotty dogs!

  24. Leanne N says:

    Great prize

  25. Tracy Nixon says:

    The Shopping list game as itis not only fun but it is educational too. As a qualified and experieced primary school teacher, I always had several copies in my classroom and now as a full time mum, I have a copy at home too!

  26. jennie jackson says:

    My kids love the shopping list game

  27. louise connor says:

    shopping list game is my little girls favourite x

  28. My favourite game is “Greedy Gorilla” because I think all games should be fun and educational at the same time. Toys are the biggest way to get messages across to children!

  29. Marie Owen says:

    We love shopping list and all the puzzles.

  30. Joanne Baldwin says:

    Old Macdonald Lotto is brilliant, my 4 year old daughter has loved it since she was 2. Perfect for teaching little ones all about taking turns, and a handy spinner instead of fiddly dice.

  31. Raffi Varoujian says:

    We love Shopping List – easy for children of mixed ages to play and also customisable to make getting a full list harder (by drawing items out in order they appear on the card).

  32. Jamielee Norris says:

    My favourite game is crazy chefs. perfect to help teach your little one about the different types of food as well as the meaning between healthy and unhealthy x

  33. Rachel M says:

    Spotty Dogs is so much fun!

  34. kerry Locke says:

    We Love the Shopping List Game – Easy and quick to play – certainly does the job when its raining!!

  35. ValB says:

    Have played and played and played and played …. the Shopping List game with my grandchildren – endless fun !

  36. glen soikie says:

    the next generations going to enjoy this thxs

  37. Hannah @ Making Boys Men says:

    We love shopping list. Any food related game works well for us!

  38. Ashleigh says:

    so hard to pick a favourite – love crazy chef and also head, shoulders, knees and toes – its great fun with the singing too!

  39. Rachael G says:

    If you see a crocodile is our favourite – we all like screaming if we pick up a crocodile card!

  40. Aimee says:

    yo ho ho game looks great would love to try it :)

  41. Lynsey Buchanan says:

    The shopping List keeps my daughter entertained for ages

  42. Jo Jones says:

    Spotty Dog is favourite because it always keeps children entertained

  43. Helen-Marie says:

    Shopping list game, my daughter loves it

  44. Zoe G says:

    Me and my daughter love playing the Run, Run as Fast as You Can game, she loves the book hence the reason for her love of the game.

  45. ellie says:

    Farm Snap. Easy and fun

  46. christine burton says:

    great game so simple to play

  47. Michelle Bamber says:

    Shopping List – All 3 of my children have loved this game and It’s stood the test of time 😀

  48. Sarah Morris says:

    My son loves Shopping List, he love to find all the items on his list as quick as he can (and I am sure he cheats a little too).

  49. EMMA WALTERS says:

    my son loves pirates so we play yo ho ho a lot :)

  50. Mickie Bull says:

    Shopping List!

  51. Laura says:

    Looks great, my little boy would love it

  52. Pamela gossage says:

    My grandchildren would love this

  53. Solange says:

    Spotty dogs is great fun

  54. Liz says:

    Spotty Dogs. Quick and easy to play. My son loves it!

  55. Harriet Milburn says:

    My son would love this!

  56. Clare Wilson says:

    Red Dog, Blue Dog, is my eldest two children’s current favourite. I’m sure they’d like the new Monster game as all Orchard Toys (yes we like the shopping trolley game too!) are great for young children.

  57. Cheryll H says:

    My 3 and 5 year old love playing Shopping List :) @pipersky1

  58. Allan Smith says:

    Walk the Plank

  59. Quirky2u says:

    We love the ladybird game because everyone can play. Youngest can match the dots on the dice whilst slightly older one can count. We have several Orchard games and they are the only brand I buy for gifts to other kids too.

  60. Victoria Boland says:

    Please enter me in the draw.

  61. Bea Malone says:

    Me and my daughter love playing orchard games, this looks great fun.

  62. shane says:

    we love the game of ladybirds

  63. Svetlana Lemantovic says:

    would love to win for my little girl to play

  64. Gemma Clark says:

    we love the shopping list game in our house as its me and my girls most days while OH at work :)

  65. Katie Skeoch says:

    Greedy Gorilla is always out in our house – long may it continue

  66. Alice Hindley says:

    Monster Catchers sounds like this could become our favourite – now where is my little monster? – I wish I could catch him! – he’s giving me the runaround today!

  67. cheryl hadfield says:

    Greedy Gorilla, our family has had hours of fun playing

  68. Sofia Ramos says:

    Greedy gorilla is our favourite. Educational and fun!

  69. Celia West says:

    My granddaughter would love this

  70. Hazel Rush says:

    My nephew loves the greedy gorilla game because it’s really funny!

  71. James Holyland says:

    Ladybirds is a fav

  72. angela sandhu says:

    has to be ladybirds-perfect for all the little ones in my house x

  73. Amy Ripley says:

    Shopping List! My daughter adores it! x

  74. Ian henderson says:

    walk the plank is good as everyone turn at the same time

  75. Peter Gilby says:

    Shopping list is always on in our house :)

  76. Katherine Thomas says:

    what a lovely prize, perfect for small children (and young at heart adults_

  77. Sarah Ballantyne says:

    We love old MacDonald Lotto – it was the first Orchard game we bought my daughter and she still isn’t bored of it. We have lots of giggles making the animal sounds and talking about the animals. It’s been really easy to adapt the rules to suit her understanding so it has lasted for ages. She also loves shopping list and dotty dinosaurs so we’ll definitely be looking out for another game for her birthday next month.

  78. Rachel Wood says:

    My favourite game is Pop to the Shops. I like it because all of my three children enjoy playing it,regardless of their ages, and it’s fun!!

  79. Greg Dykes says:

    crazy chef is our fav

  80. ann weir says:

    my favourite is shopping list as it helps my son’s memory development and he even reminds me when i forget things!

  81. Lynda says:

    Would love this to play with my grandsons as I feel its very imortant to learn how to ‘play’ board type games

  82. Primrose Mbangatha says:

    Great prize my son would love it

  83. Jennifer Dyson says:

    we love the shopping list game!

  84. Cheryl Edwards says:

    the kids i work with would love this

  85. amanda kingston says:

    my daughter and i love the time game it has given her a good understanding of time at a time when her class are all doing this subject

  86. Harpal Kaur says:

    the shopping list would be my daughters fav

  87. Marie Russell says:

    My kids love Lunch Box Game

  88. Hayley Bolt says:

    Our fave is shopping list

  89. Hayley Payton says:

    im a childminder and love the orchard games but our favourite is shoping list x

  90. kayleigh bates says:

    spotty dogs, my daughters obsessed x

  91. Karen Lloyd says:

    My son and I love to play Run Run As Fast As You Can, its fun and helps with numbers

  92. Natasha says:

    My children would love this. We are orchard toy mad & have nearly every one so this would be a perfect addition!

  93. cheryl lovell says:

    Greedy gorilla :)

  94. clare moloney says:

    Love Farm Snap!!! Mine and my 2 daughters favourite game.

  95. Amanda H says:

    I like ‘Walk the Plank’ my pirate mad son thinks it’s brilliant and really easy to understand how to play too :)

  96. Lucy robinson says:

    Our family favourite is Jelly Elephants because it is my daughters best game. She loves it.

  97. jonathan dixon says:

    We love shopping list in this house. Weve played it at least 1000 times!

  98. Maddy says:

    This game looks fun!
    (Love Ladybirds)

  99. Christine Mutter says:

    The shopping list game is fun

  100. Kate S says:

    I like the look of the farmyard dominoes as my daughter loves going to the farm, and dominoes is a game that stands the test of time.

  101. Kath Robinson says:

    Pop to the shops

  102. robin wilson says:

    Greedy gorillas is a hoot

  103. Neil turner says:

    Jelly elephants. It’s my eldest child’s favourite game. He’s 4 and he asks me to play every day

  104. Chris Pitt says:

    Walk the plank is my little boys favourite because of the shouting.

  105. Jill Mann says:

    My daughter loves shopping list she loves food related games to play with Grandma when she comes to stay.

  106. Keeley Atkinson says:

    The Magic Cauldron Game, because it teaches maths but is still fun.

  107. Rory Campion says:

    We can play the shopping list game for hours!

  108. Val swift says:

    My kids love the shopping list

  109. Dee says:

    We love Orchard Games so would love this one to add to our collection x

  110. Ben Audsley says:

    i love monsters!

  111. Jeanette Downing says:

    my little girls favourite is shoppimg list x

  112. diane findlay says:

    greedy gorilla is a firm fave here

  113. Jenny Rogers says:

    Greedy Gorilla – great fun!

  114. kayleigh louise says:

    my daughter loves the shopping list game xx

  115. Lesley Bain says:

    We as a family love Two By Two. It is a beautiful looking game, with the lovely ark and very colourful animal cards. Its educational but most of all fun, and because of the different games you can play with it it suits a wide age range too :)

  116. nicola barter says:

    Shopping list

  117. DIANE NELSON says:


  118. Karen Barrett says:

    I love Flounders, a reminder of my own childhood and also a great game for numbers and matching.

  119. Hilary Dixon says:

    Our favourite game so far is What a Performance! Such a fun game and even the grown ups get to be silly, because it’s in the rules! :-)

  120. Helen Aiken says:

    Great giveaway! – Looks a fab game. Think my daughter’s favourite Orchard Toys game would have to be Shopping List. But tbh she also loves The Game of Ladybirds.

  121. Leigh Larkin says:

    I don’t actually have any but looking through the website there look to be lots of lovely ones. Red dog, blue dog, would probably be first on my shopping list as our baby is only just a year so this would be a nice easy on for her to pick up.

  122. Bel says:

    The shopping list game. My girls love this – it’s so easy for them to play (though they always fight over who gets the list with the sweets on!)

  123. nikki white says:

    my daughter loves the shopping list x

  124. Sarah Redfern says:

    Spotty dogs is a favourite in our house with my little monsters x

  125. Lindsey Jones says:

    My son loves the walk the plank game

  126. Maria Jane Knight says:

    My little boy loves Pick and Mix people, he thinks its hilarious!

  127. Rebecca Collins says:

    My daughter loves tummy ache

  128. Helen Porter says:

    spotty dog

  129. Jules Hird says:

    Another vote here for shopping list!

  130. Scott Okell says:

    My 2 yr old loves matching games!

  131. LEAH SULLIVAN says:

    I love Rhyme Robber as it introduces simple rhymes easily at a young age :)

  132. Robyn Logan Clarke says:

    I’d love to win.

    My favourite Orchard Toys game is “Where’s my Cupcake?”, I’m a cupcake fanatic, so its an obvious choice :-)

  133. simone worgan says:

    Yo Ho Ho game is my little pirates favourite!

  134. Andrea K says:

    shopping list is fun

  135. Jennifer Kelly says:

    My daughter would love Shopping List – it’s very ‘growed up’ she says 😉

  136. Carolina J. says:

    We love Shopping List.

  137. Allan Hill says:

    spotty dog.

  138. Emma K says:

    Not got any yet :( But Walk the Plank is on the Xmas list 😀

  139. cheryl fothergill says:

    We only have crazy chef, they have played other orchard games at school though, after reading this list we may have to invest in shopping list though!

  140. sj wesley says:

    happy families!

  141. alison hill says:

    Can’t say I know any Orchard Games but this one looks Fab

  142. Charlotte says:

    My daughter loves her Old MacDonald Lotto game – really fun and great for toddlers :)

  143. Donna Hornsby says:

    we don’t have any orchard toys games yet :-( first I’ve heard of them… but will definitely be on the lookout for them in the shops now… they look fab… learning whilst playing – great!

  144. Susan mitchell says:

    grandchildren will love it

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