Orchard Toys New Monster Catcher Review and Competition

29 Aug

We love Orchard toys, they are a brand who symbolise the importance of learning but also the importance of having fun! They have this talent when it comes to designing games and puzzles that are both educational yet fun to play.

Earlier this year little man along with some of his classmates at his special school for children on the autism spectrum, reviewed a couple of games from the Orchard toys range.This review did a fab job at highlighting the importance of learning through play and all the children involved had a great time testing the games.

So, I was delighted when the guys at Orchard Toys sent us one of their newest game releases, ‘Monster Catcher‘.

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The game is targeted at children aged 3 to 8 years, and although Harley is not 3 in-till the beginning of December I figured his big sister Alice-Sara could show him the ropes of play, which she was more than happy to do.

Packaging:
This game comes in a nice strong but compact box for good easy storage.

Game contents:
20 monster head cards
20 monster feet cards
6 full net cards
4 empty net cards
Six monster Cachar cards

There is a total of 56 cards altogether. Cards are strong and durable so will last the test of time I’m sure.

As mentioned monster Catcher is one of Orchard Toys newest releases, so I had no idea what others thought of the game and knew very little about it up In-till it arrived. Believe it or not, I also like to read reviews before purchasing products as well as reviewing products myself.

Setting up the game proved a bit of a mission as the toddler insisted on constantly grabbing a hold of the cards and doing a runner.

Finally, once the initial excitement had settled down a little we were then ready to go catch some monsters.

The Object of the game is for each player to match the coloured monsters feet to that of the correct monsters head all while avoiding the monster catcher who will swipe all the players cards leaving them with none. The player with the most complete monsters at the time the monster catcher is completed, wins!

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It’s a simple enough concept, though smaller children may need some help along the way.

What’s more this is a game that is so easily adapted. Kids seem to do this without even thinking about it! Harley asked to play with the game yesterday but he didn’t want anyone else disturbing him, preferring to play alone. This is actually a game for 2-4 players, So, play alone is impossible right? Not for Harley it seems. This little clever clogs placed all the cards facing upwards and one by one he matched up all the monsters, placing the catcher cards etc to one side.

I love how he adapted it to work for him, treating it as a puzzle as opposed to a game.

Monster Catcher has done well to help harley develop his colour recognition as-well as his matching and pairing skills. He used a lot of logic when trying to place the pieces together correctly (not only match the colours but ensuring he had placed them the correct way around, etc).

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£7.50 is fabulous value and a really reasonable price to pay for this game.
Monster Catcher will be sure to provide children with years of fun while teaching them a thing or two. The educational benefits to this game make it seem a very little price to pay.

Educational information
• Develops matching and counting skills
• Encourages social interaction
• Develops instruction following and turn taking
• Links to National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals.

Orchard toys have been great and offered me another Monster Catcher for one of my readers to win right here on the blog. Here’s how….

Compulsory action: Leave a blog comment below telling me your child’s favourite board game.

All comments should be left with a means of contact (twitter or email).

You can earn additional entries by doing any of the following….

Tweet: “I want to win Monster Catcher with @clairelouise82 and @OrchardToys” comment to let me know who you are on twitter.

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Use any of the share buttons below commenting to tell me which ones (email exempt)

Competition will close on the 25th September 2012 at midnight.

Terms and conditions: UK only please, all comments should be left with twitter or email contact. Prize drawn a random, winner has 72 hours following winning notification to claim prize. Prize will be sent directly from PR/Brand. Winners name maybe published on blog with winning notification if author decides.

66 Responses to “Orchard Toys New Monster Catcher Review and Competition”

  1. dawn September 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    This would be his firsti game! @mumslittlepeeps

  2. dawn September 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    This would be his first game!

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  9. Jennifer Dyson September 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    my sons favourite board game is Ludo
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  10. Tracey Lewis September 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    My sons favourite board game has got to be Manopoly!

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  23. olivia kirby September 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Aww this looks great!! Melody likes the shopping list game and my eldesy likes Disney trivial pursuit, scattergories, LOGO, monopoly and scrabble!!!

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  26. Sam September 5, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    My son with ASD is 2.5 & doesn’t ‘get’ board games as yet but when his older step brothers play ludo he loves messing with the coloured counters. We are getting him a couple of Orchard games for Christmas as I think they will be good for him to start with. Sam @happyhomebird

  27. Emily McMillan September 5, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I have tweeted @nb_bubbles

  28. Emily McMillan September 5, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    This game looks so much fun, my little girl is monster mad she’d love it!! Her favourite game at the moment is Orchard Toys Teddy Bear picnic… it’s simple to follow and fun, and great for her to practice her counting. She really loves it when she gets the most teddies but somehow Daddy always seems to win!! xx you can contact me on twitter @nb_bubbles

  29. Lynda@orchardtoys September 5, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks Claire-Louise for a smashing review, it’s much appreciated ! So glad that your children loved our Monster Catcher.

  30. Emma Cella September 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    my kids love the shopping list game by orchard toys

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  42. Christina Marriott (@chrissy4116) September 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Mine’s a bit young for board games but I’m a Nursery teacher and the children love games like this! we in particular like dinosaur race 🙂

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    As their only board game, I guess the Postman Pat’s Mahem at the Sorting Office board game is my boys favourite! x

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  52. Lucy Goodwin August 30, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    My son with aspergers loves to play downfall, since I taught him the best trick to win he always beats me, I love seeing him win as he used to get so frustrated about losing when he was younger. Although thinking about it that’s isn’t actually a board game, we also love to play the cupcake game from orchard toys too.

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    my son loves his game trolley dash with mini shopping trolleys 🙂
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  63. ashleigh August 30, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    my kids love the shopping list game by orchard toys

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