Harrison has nearly completed his first full week of school. He is absolutely loving it, but the time between coming home and dinner time has been quite challenging. He fell asleep on his first day but the rest of the days he has been a bit of a pain in the bum. He’s tired, but I don’t want him to get into the habit of napping after school. From next week, I will be setting out an activity each afternoon for him to do once he has changed out of his uniform – something that will keep him and Alex occupied for an hour or so without being too noisy or tiring . I’ll be blogging about some of these in a couple of weeks.
Thankfully, this week Orchard Toys came to the rescue with one of their fab games. We have always been a fan of Orchard toys – their games and puzzles are simple and fun, and all have plenty of educational value. The one game we had never tried was one of their best sellers, the Shopping List. We were really excited when we were given the opportunity to review the game, which has a fresh new look.
The game, which is aimed at children aged 3 – 7 is perfect for quiet after school fun. It’s really simple to play, and after a couple of games, Harrison and Alex could play it independently giving me time
to have a cup of tea in peace and quiet start making dinner. It is brilliant for developing memory and turn taking skills.
The game, which is for up to four players, has four shopping lists, two baskets and two trolleys, and plenty of shopping item cards. All the pieces are made of lovely thick cardboard, which makes them durable and long lasting. Each child has a trolley or a basket and a shopping list. The item cards are all put on the table, face down and the children take it turns to pick a card. If they have the item that is on the card on their shopping list, they put it in their basket. The first one to fill their basket or trolley is the winner.
It took a couple of attempts to get them to understand they could only pick one card at a time, and I did end up putting them in the box for them to pick out. Alex kept choosing the same card over and over again when they were on the table, so was never going to win!
This has proven a fantastic activity to keep them occupied after school whilst keeping them calm and quiet – and is brilliant value for money at just £7.50!
*We were sent this product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.