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Orchard Toys Rhyme Robber

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PRODUCT: Orchard Toys Rhyme Robber (www.orchardtoys.com)Orchard Toys Rhyme Robber

DESCRIPTION: A 2-4 player board game, where players must collect as many rhyming word cards as possible to put into their swag bag without them being pinched by robbers! Contains 4 x rhyme robber boards, 48 rhyme cards, 1 x rhyme guide board and instructions. Suitable for children aged 5 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: The Rhyme Robber from Orchard Toys is a great way to get your child practising their rhyming words using a fun innovative game design that kids will love.

The game has a simple but very effective concept, and requires children to use their observation and problem-solving skills to identify sets of rhyming words - beware though as finding them is one thing, holding onto them is another!

The game is designed for up to four players, each of whom choose a rhyme robber board - a board showing a picture of a 'robber' carrying a swag bag. A large number of illustrated rhyme cards are included, each containing a colourful picture of an object or animal with its written name printed underneath (no two cards are the same). Like the game boards, the rhyme cards are sturdy and well-made, and the illustrations are wonderfully clear and crisp, and instantly recognisable to young children. A really useful rhyme guide board is also included which corresponds to all the pictures and words that appear on the forty-eight rhyme cards, and which younger children can use to help them identify rhyming pairs during game play.

To play the game, the rhyme cards are shuffled and each player is given two cards which they do not show the other players. A row of four cards are then placed face up on the table, with the remaining cards placed in a separate face down pile. The first player checks to see whether either of their two cards rhyme with each other or with any of the four cards on the table. If they can match any up (may be more than just two) then they can take them and place them in a pile on their robber's swag bag. They then take a new card(s) from the face down pile to make their hand back up to two, and play passes to the next player.

If the player cannot match any cards up, they can choose one of the cards from their hand to place face up next to the others on the table, and then take a new card from the face down pile. A great twist to the game is that (on their turn) players can 'steal' a card from another robber's swag bag if it rhymes with one of the two cards in their hand!

Play continues until all the rhyme cards have been played, upon which the winner is the player who has the most rhyme cards in their swag bag.

In our opinion, this is another really well thought-out game from Orchard Toys which has a simple design yet offers many educational benefits to young children, including word and object recognition, word patterns, spelling and reading, as well as stimulating plenty of communication, social interaction and turn-taking. A great gift idea!

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 www.orchardtoys.com just by quoting promotional code M4D2.  


Available also from Amazon: Orchard Toys Rhyme Robber
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