Review: Orchard Toys – Cheeky Monkeys

LP and Little Man love games from Orchard Toys and so when the new Cheeky Monkeys game arrived they couldn’t wait to play. It’s aimed at age four to eight and like all Orchard Toys games it’s educational as well as fun.

Review: Orchard Toys - Cheeky Monkeys

The Cheeky Monkey game has a three dimensional cardboard tree that the game play revolves around. There’s then a pool card, a spinner and a lot of cheeky monkey cards. Each of the cheeky monkeys is holding bananas and it’s with these bananas that the game is won – depending on who collects the most.

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Cartamundi Fundels Review and Giveaway!

We love reviewing Cartamundi games, even more so now the children are at an age where they love to play and can really get into a game. So when Cartamundi asked us to review their new Fundels range of games we couldn’t wait to try them out.

Cartamundi Fundels are a really fun range of card games that are both fun and educational. There are currently four different games – a mathematics game, a languages game and two conceptual thinking games. But each of these games comes in two versions, either a standard or premium option.

Cartamundi Fundels Review and Giveaway!

We were sent the language premium game and the mathematics standard games which were great for LP as she is now in year one at school and constantly learning more about reading, spelling and maths.

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Review: SmartGames – Educational but Fun!

LP and Little Man are at the age now where they love to play games – ones that come in a box and with different pieces. They love setting games up and then playing them by themselves or together and so when SmartGames sent us some of their games to try LP and Little Man were quite excited.

We were sent Little Red Riding Hood Deluxe and Dinosaurs Mystic Island. Both of the games have a similar concept – you’re given a book with challenges in and once you set up the game board you have to place tiles in the right places to solve that challenge. They’re games based on lateral thinking and logic – things that the children haven’t really experienced before so I was interested to see how they would do.

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Review: SmartGames Trucky 3

Little Man and LP love playing games but with LP at school and Little Man at preschool it’s nice to find things that they can play independently whilst their sibling isn’t there to play with them.

Review: SmartGames Trucky 3

SmartGames sent us Trucky 3 and we all loved it immediately. The cute trucks and brightly coloured blocks made it one of the most appealing games we’ve seen in a long time.

Review: SmartGames Trucky 3

With Trucky 3 there’s a book of challenges. On each page you are given a truck and different coloured blocks and you need to make the blocks fit in the truck but with the top flat, so it has a nice even load.

Review: SmartGames Trucky 3

The children loved trying to fit the blocks in the trucks and the fact the blocks could go in any number of ways really made them think. They found some of the challenges easier than others and even Hubby and I had a go too – it’s not as easy as it looks!

Review: SmartGames Trucky 3

The one thing that confused the children slightly was that in some challenges empty gaps were left in the trucks – they would have preferred them being full up but when we explained the only rule was that the top had to be flat they understood it a lot better.

Review: SmartGames Trucky 3

Trucky 3 is a great game and although technically one player the children loved helping each other with it and I can imagine it being a great game to play around the dinner table after a meal or after dinner at Christmas with different generations having a try.

We’ve loved playing Trucky 3 and I know it will be a game we get out constantly going forward. It helps the children think differently and definitely gets their brains working – plus, the trucks are cute too!

Trucky 3 has an RRP of £22.99

Review: SmartGames Trucky 3

Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Review: Megableu Giraf’fun Game

LP and Little Man love playing board games now and Megableu sent us their Giraf’fun game to review Little Man loved it immediately – saying that the giraffe figures were cute and excited to start playing.

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The game board has holes around it to hold fruit balls and there are spaces where giraffe hats are kept but the main part of the board is the jungle toilet in the centre. The sides fold up on this – although it’s a bit hit and miss on whether they’ll stay up – and there’s a working pedal on it too.

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The game is played by rolling a dice and moving a giraffe figure around the board. Each one is colour coded and instead of rolling a number sometimes a toilet roll is rolled – where you move to the toilet in the centre of the board.

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Moving around the board you can stand on any fruit in your path which makes the giraffe’s neck grow longer but when you land on the toilet and roll the dice again the giraffe will then expel the fruit or, if you’re unlucky enough to roll a second toilet roll, fruit will explode across the board.

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If you manage to fill your giraffe with fruit you then have to make your way to the relevant coloured space where your giraffe’s hat is and then find your way back to the start. It’s a bit of a strange concept for a game – I’m unsure why the giraffes would be using the toilet one minute and hunting for a hat the next – but the children enjoyed it and it’s quite a fast paced game great for family fun. I would have loved there to be a resealable bag to store all the fruit in but apart from that it’s a great game for all the family.

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Disclosure: We were sent the above game for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.