Reviewed by Sarah Bryan
With its delightful, cheery, chunky box and it’s sturdy carry handle, this new festive treat from Orchard Toys lives up to their reputation of being one of the top producers of high quality, durable educational toys.
This one is called “Christmas Eve Box” and is an exciting seasonal must have for kids this year. It is ideal for adding to your own box of goodies given to your little cherubs on Christmas Eve and would nestle nicely among those new PJ’s, hot chocolate reindeers or colouring book and adds a sweet little sensible extra. You could also give this as a themed learning tool that not only adds to the build up in the month of Christmas but its longevity makes it a superb boredom buster during those cold winter days indoors or if you find yourselves having to stay at home for a while.
When you open up the box, you are greeted with 4 colourful, solid board characters, each holding a different gift list matching to their persona. The large size makes them easy to handle and suitable for young children as they have rounded edges. There are 4 other stocking shaped boards with spaces to place the wish list objects that you need to find from the 24 small item cards. The aim of the game is to be the first to fill your stocking by turning over the correct item cards or by remembering ones your competitors turn over and then waiting until your turn to get them.
The game builds on various skills such as memory, fairness and taking turns as well as patience. In addition to this, you will also find in the box a 20 piece jigsaw puzzle depicting a beautiful fun festive family scene. Hidden within the picture are all the items on the stockings which is another part of the Christmas Eve Box and links in to the previous game whilst adding to children’s observational skills.
“Learning made fun” is exactly the right motto for Orchard Toys and this game guarantees to occupy young minds and stretch them in an enjoyable way.
Aimed at 4-6 years; this box could be brought out year after year for family yuletide fun. What we will do in our house is add this to our collection of Orchard Toys games that will be used throughout the year. Let’s face it, children are excited by Christmas all year long and it’s never too early to play, especially when you know it’s beneficial to their learning.
I would give this product a rating of 4 and a half out of 5 stars. Due to being a seasonal toy, it may not have as much value for money when it comes to how much it’s played with. But being an Orchard Toy, it does hold its value and people are always in search of festive toys. It’s a simple, fun game that would make a great addition to someone’s Xmas.
This product can be purchased from the Orchard Toys website here or other good toy retailers.