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Orchard Toys Pop To The Shops

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Official testerPRODUCT: Orchard Toys Pop To The Shops ( Toys Pop To The Shops

DESCRIPTION: A 2-4 player board game with the aim of getting round the board from shop to shop and using play money to buy items to fill your shopping bag without overspending! Includes 1 x jigged game board, 48 x item cards, 4 x shopping bag boards, 4 x characters, 4 x character stands, play money and 1 x dice. Instructions included. Suitable for children aged 5-9 years.

GOOD POINTS: Pop To The Shops is another wonderfully educational game from Orchard Toys, which teaches your child about the value of money, handling money and giving change.

The game consists of a jigged game board of shops which your child must assemble before starting. Each player takes a blank shopping bag board, and chooses a character (which determines where they start from on the board). A series of small picture cards containing familiar shopping products are used for placing over the corresponding items in the shop windows on the game board, while the remaining cards are placed face down on the table. Each player also received an amount of play money which they will use to buy their shopping items.

Each play starts by taking a card from those spread face down, which contains the shopping item they must buy. The players take turns to roll the dice and move their character closer to the shop containing the item they are seeking. Once they reach the correct shop, they must ask for the item they require, pay the shopkeeper and place the corresponding item in their shopping bag. They then return their character to their starting point and take a new face-down card ready for their next turn. An added feature of the game is that one of the players volunteers to be 'banker', and each time a player crosses the bank in the centre of the game board they receive twenty pence. Players can also use the bank to change money into smaller denominations in order to give the shopkeepers the correct money for their item. The winner is the first player to fill their shopping bag board with six items using the money that they have.

This is a very innovative and extremely educational product, which is great fun to play due to the multiple components of the game. Not only does it teach your child the basics of spending and selling, but also encourages and reinforces simple maths concepts, as well as promoting lots of problem solving, social interaction and communication.

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: £9.25
First4Dads visitors will receive a free gift (Tangram) when they place an order at just by quoting promotional code M4D2.

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