Its that time of year again when we start looking for Christmas gifts, unless you are super organised like some of my friends and actually started in October. You know who you are!! We are blessed to know so many little people,  but it can always feel like a bit of a mission. So when we were offered the chance to test out Orchard Toys Christmas Surprises game I did hope that it would give me an idea for potential gifts to friends children on the run up to the big day.

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Things you need to know

  • Age range – 3 to 6
  • Number of players – 2 to 4
  • Contents – this is actually two games in one so there are four double sided playing boards. One side has Father Christmas with his sack and the other a bright Christmas Tree. There are 24 shaped presents to fill up Father Christmas’s sack and 24 coloured baubles for the trees. Two dice one with colours and one with shapes.

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  • Aim of the game – the aim of each game is to fill your game board up with the missing pieces before any of the other players. For the Christmas tree you use the coloured dice and match the corresponding coloured bauble bauble before placing it on your board. For the shaped diced you  match the different shaped presents. One side of the present cards show wrapping whereas the other is the actual gift (hence the surprises). Which added a different dimension to the game as Monkey was quite particular around the presents he wanted on his board.
  • Skills – The game helps children to learn the different colours and shapes, before recognising them and matching them. At three and a half Monkey knows the colours and shapes in this game. However it also teaches turn taking and more importantly patience. Towards the end of the game you will only need one or two of the colours or shapes. It can take a little while for you to roll what you need. Initially when we played Monkey got distracted, however as he wanted to win he became much better at waiting for what he needed to come up. A game which teaches a child patience scores very highly in my book.

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We played the Christmas Tree first and Monkey enjoyed lining up all the different coloured baubles. He also couldn’t wait to roll the dice. We did struggle bit to get Monkey to roll it rather than throw it!

Its a reasonably quick game with just the two players. We filled the majority of the board up in less than five minutes and then its just waiting for the last couple to . Its good to have a game which you can set up quickly and easily, play speedily and then just pop back in the box. It would be a good game to take to a restaurant or similar if you can keep the dice on the table of course.

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The Father Christmas game is along the same lines although Monkey loved looking at the different parcels and choosing which toys he wanted to fill his sack with. Which does ruin the ‘surprise’ element of the game! This side is Monkey’s favourite.

Things I love

  • The festive theme of course!
  • That it teaches Monkey patience above all else. Something which I have been trying to introduce for a while.
  • Its also very educational from a colour and shape recognition point of view so if you were trying to teach these concepts its a great fun way to do it.
  • It is the usual high quality I have come to expect from Orchard Toys, the illustrations are bright and detailed, the card thick and sturdy.
  • It is the usual high quality I have come to expect from Orchard Toys, the illustrations are bright and detailed, the card thick and sturdy.

The game retails at £9.50 and you can find it here on the Orchard Toys’ website. It would make a lovely, well priced Christmas gift, I am sure we will be buying several to give as gifts.

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12 Comments

  1. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy) Reply

    I love your reviews, they are always so thorough. Looks like a super fun game x

  2. Lisa (Travel Loving Family) Reply

    We are big fans of Orchard toys too. They are so well made and therefore last and last:)

  3. I love all the bright colours and being seasonally appropriate it would be the perfect game to play on Christmas day. A great stocking filler.

  4. These look really fun! I love that they’re festive themed too. My little one is too young for games yet but can’t wait for us all to enjoy them. xx

  5. This game looks great. We are going to review it this coming weekend and I can’t wait to play it with my 3 year old. It’s a great way of introducing him to Xmas and understanding.

  6. mummyburgess Reply

    Lovely review, the game sounds fantastic and would be great for my daughter. I was thinking of getting her a game for Christmas this year so we can have something to do as a family xxx

  7. Mummy's Blog Reply

    This has been on my Amazon wishlist for a while, my daughter’s a little too young, but I think we will be getting one for next year!
    #triedtested

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