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Orchard Toys Pirate Shapes

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Official testerPRODUCT: Orchard Toys Pirate Shapes ( Toys Pirate Shapes

DESCRIPTION: A 2-4 player shape and colour matching game where players must find all the missing shapes to complete their pirate picture. Contains 4 pirate boards each with 6 push out shapes. Instructions included. Suitable for children aged 2½ years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: Pirate Shapes is a simple, fun and educational game for preschoolers which is perfect for encouraging matching, observation and memory skills in young children.

The game consists of four excellent quality thick card playing boards which are durable enough to withstand rough handling by little hands. Each board has a beautifully illustrated pirate scene (no two pictures are the same), with masses of detail and lovely bright colours that will certainly keep young children engaged.

Each of the boards has six punch-out pieces incorporated into the design in varying shapes and colours. To play, each player chooses a playing board and places all the shaped pieces (shuffled) face down in the middle of the table. Players then take turns to turn over a shape - if the shape and colour fits one of the shaped 'holes' in their pirate board, the player can insert it into position. If the piece does not match any on their board, it is returned face down with the others on the table, and play passes to the next player. The winner is the first player to complete their pirate picture by finding and matching all the correct shapes.

In our opinion, this is a very educational little game with a simple and effective design that is well suited to the recommended age group.

BAD POINTS: None, other than there are lots of separate pieces which may be easily lost over time. Orchard Toys do however offer a very useful replacement service for any elements of their games (excluding puzzles) that do go missing!

PRICE: £9.50
First4Dads visitors will receive a free gift (Tangram) when they place an order at just by quoting promotional code M4D2.

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