which orchard board games...

(39 Posts)
ThePathanKhansWitch Tue 27-Nov-12 18:53:54

Do your kids have? And which ones would they tell me to buy for a 5 yo?

hushabyehill Tue 27-Nov-12 19:03:32

My 5 year old absolutely loves Post the Most. It's a bit more complex than some of his other games, but easy enough to get the hang of and more entertaining for dh and I. Would definitely recommend it.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Tue 27-Nov-12 19:04:38

Greedy gorilla is good.

cazza2878 Tue 27-Nov-12 19:30:27

Shopping list is a classic.

Slightly more challenging is pop to the shops (learn about counting the right money out to buy things as you go round the board).

BikeRunSki Tue 27-Nov-12 19:33:07

Don't get the fecking ladybird one, it is tedious in the extreme. My 4 yo likes Tummy Ache though.

ThePathanKhansWitch Tue 27-Nov-12 19:38:43

Oh thankyou, better have a look at amazon!.

bluepapermonkey Tue 27-Nov-12 19:40:16

Tummy ache is great, avoid the magic cauldren one - yawn.

EverybodysSnowyEyed Tue 27-Nov-12 19:50:16

Post the most

Dd likes shopping list and spotty dogs. Have bought her pop to the shops for Christmas. The incy wincy spider one is a bit pants so avoid that.

PenfoldRocks Tue 27-Nov-12 19:59:26

Tummy Ache and Crazy Chefs are faves here

TeaOneSugar Tue 27-Nov-12 20:04:55

Shopping List

cazza2878 Tue 27-Nov-12 20:11:45

Post the most sounds good but wondering why its £20 odd on Amazon whereas most other orchard games are in £6-£8 region?

UrbanSpaceManBaby Tue 27-Nov-12 20:13:44

We seem to have lost inchy, winchy spider [think it sneaked in the charity bag]
Haba games are good

Orchard - get them used to playing a game, everyone against the raven, no losers, no tantrums
Cheeky Badger - bit of luck, bit of skill, mercifully quick
Animal upon animal not as popular
Junior monopoly very popular here

ThePathanKhansWitch Tue 27-Nov-12 20:14:04

Thanks for the tip on magic cauldron, i was looking at that, one to avoid then.

cazza2878 Tue 27-Nov-12 20:24:52

I was not a fan of dotty dinasours - fed up of finding all the blinkin pieces all over the house! Too many bits!

NotWilliamBoyd Tue 27-Nov-12 20:26:13

What a Performance

My two, 6 and 8 still like Pop to the Shops, Bus Stop, Shopping List, Greedy Gorillas and Tummy Ache. Most of them I don't mind but Bus Stop I find extremely tedious for some reason.

DS LOVED Wild World Lotto when he was a bit younger, probably about 4. We played it ad infinitum, it still comes out occasionally.

BornToFolk Tue 27-Nov-12 20:31:34

Agree that Bus Stop is tedious and Incy Wincey Spider can go on for bloody ever!

My favourite is the Flower Pot Game as it's quick to play! DS (5) has had Crazy Chefs for a couple of years and still loves playing it.

woopsidaisy Tue 27-Nov-12 22:34:45

We have Shopping list,Ladybirds and Red Dog Blue Dog. All very popular and good fun. Request is in for Incey Wincey Spider, as played in school. DS is 5, but DS1 is 8 and he likes to play them too!

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 27-Nov-12 22:38:52

DS loves the Shopping List, Crazy Chefs and Mix and Match People ones the best. You can get different booster packs for Shopping List, which tends to keep it in the favourite spot.

He also has the traffic one, but doesn't love it, it's just too needlessly complicated!

nelliesmum Tue 27-Nov-12 22:44:10


Arkady Tue 27-Nov-12 22:48:48

Bus Stop is grim. Even DS1 didn't like it and he adores Orchard Toys games. We have about 10, and he is desperate for What's the Time Mr Wolf, as they have it at school.
Walk the Plank is popular right now. Prior to that Pop to the Shops was the one true game.
When he was 3 Ten Green Bottles was his favourite. Had a few games at the weekend, and its ok, but wouldn't buy it for a five year old.
I like Doodlebugs, which is a card game, not a boardgame.

SkiBumMum Tue 27-Nov-12 23:00:12

The rowing boat one with coloured spots is properly awful.

Crazy chefs and Shopping list rule here.

Glad it's not just me with Bus Stop. I think it's because the first person to get round isn't necessarily the winner, then you have to wait for everyone else to finish, then you get all the arguments about whether the red dice or the white dice is the one for the number of places moved, then you get the DCs arguing because one of them wanted a passenger the other one has got, just awful.

silver28 Tue 27-Nov-12 23:11:41

Dinosaur race is really good (my opinion as well as 4.8 yo DS's).

fuzzpig Tue 27-Nov-12 23:18:33

I had tummy ache game as a child (born 1986) - was so chuffed to find a proper old school version of it in a charity shop!

We really like tuten lootem. Got rocket game for DD's 5th, really disappointed actually, it's tedious. Shopping list is good.

Would like to get one for 3yo DS, he's really into shapes and colours and matching so was looking at dotty dinosaurs, seems quite simple for him (speech delay)

Planning on getting that animal upon animal haba game as a family present - my DCs will love it!

Arkady Wed 28-Nov-12 12:06:56

Fuzzpig, do you think he might like Jack and the Beanstalk too? Think DS1 was 3 and a half when we got that.
Or Doodlebugs. You have to match either shape or colour with the previously played card. So not wordy at all, and lots of matching.
Did you know that if you can download the instructions for games from their website? Handy for secondhand purchases, or to get a clue whether the game might be suitable before you buy.

ja9 Wed 28-Nov-12 12:43:27

Greedy Gorilla and Whose rubbish have both been big hits in the house and ones that we can all play together.

I however, am sick of the sight of them!

sparklejawsy Wed 28-Nov-12 12:48:28

We have Crazy Chefs which we love as a family and have played many times from aged 4 plus. Also have Magic Cauldron which is OK but as it's maths related imo it's only suitable for children aged 6 plus. Animal dominoes is good for pre schoolers

DS (4) loves Bus Stop, The Gingerbread Man, Shopping List and a farm puzzle which you have the put the opposites together.

mummatotwo Wed 28-Nov-12 13:00:50

ive just ordered the shopping one here as my DD does french French

fuzzpig Wed 28-Nov-12 14:59:01

Thanks arkady - I'd not heard of the beanstalk one. I love the look of doodlebugs (it's like UNO!) but I'm not sure DS would 'get' it yet.

Excellent advice about the instructions, I will definitely do that. I have been really disappointed by some of their games recently, I think they've gone a bit too far and are just creating loads of games around very similar dull concepts. Basically just pick a card type stuff. It's a real shame that many of them involve very little 'skill'. I'm not saying my 5yo DD is in any way a genius grin but even she is bored by not having to actually 'do' anything in some of the games.

shewhowines Wed 28-Nov-12 15:25:17

shopping list and spotty dogs

ThePathanKhansWitch Wed 28-Nov-12 21:33:36

I,ve just ordered shopping list, and spotty dogs.
They have whats the time mr wolf on amazon. Thankyou for your suggestions.
I also bought junior scrabble and a picture dictionary, not sure how that will go down, she may be too young, what do you think?

neolara Wed 28-Nov-12 21:37:19

Not Orchard, but lego "Shave a sheep" is great for 5 year olds.

fuzzpig Wed 28-Nov-12 21:50:28

YY to shave a sheep. Lovely game. I'm getting the chicken one (kokoriko or something like that) for my friend this year grin

BabysPointlessPocket Wed 28-Nov-12 21:58:01

Yes, shave a sheep is great!

MegBusset Wed 28-Nov-12 22:01:24

My DCs' favourites are Shopping List and Greedy Gorilla (essentially the same game though). Not so keen on Incy Wincy Spider (lost the special dice after about a week so couldn't play it) and What's Rubbish (we never did work out how to play it properly, and the bits get lost all over the house).

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 28-Nov-12 22:02:22

rhyme robbers is fun

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