If you read my post about Orchard Toys becoming my sponsor for this years BritMums Live, then you will know that our love of the brand stems back to the Shopping List game. When I first bought the game we didn’t play by the rules at all. Monkey’s speech was delayed and I would put the various item cards in a bag and we’d pull one out after another and see if we could say what it was together. I would also take one of the shopping list cards with us when we went to the supermarket. Again to encourage Monkey to tell me what he could see. Familiar, every day objects, encouraging speech with a game. As time has gone on and Monkey is now talking for the Commonweath, let alone England, we’ve moved to traditional play. It’s a firm favourite with us, but also with the nation, as Shopping List remains Orchard Toys top-selling game. Did you know that Shopping List has been updated? Well we’ve been having a look at the new version and having fun with our shopping.
Shopping List has been a best selling game for over 10 years and Orchard Toys decided to give it a bit of a make over, the play remains the same. But now you choose whether you want to fill a basket or trolley. The lists themselves are brighter and some of the playing cards have been updated – for example pasta sauce has been replaced by curry sauce and a rather cute monster toy has appeared.
The game is designed for children aged 3-7 years and can be played with 2-4 players (although Monkey has been known to play this game by himself). The idea is to be the first player to find all of the items on their shopping list and therefore fill their shopping basket or trolley.
Give each player a trolley or basket and a shopping list. Turn all the item cards facing down between the players and then take turns trying to find the items on your shopping list. Shopping List is a great game for working on memory skills as observation and concentration is key to completing your shopping trip.
As the objects you are trying to find are typical foods and drinks, it’s a great game to promote discussion. We’ve often talked about when we eat the objects in your shopping trolleys. What’s a favourite food, where does Mummy keep that item in our kitchen, what does something taste like as so on.
You’ll often find Shopping List in pre-schools and schools (it’s been a game Monkey has known in a ‘school’ environment since he was 2 and half) as it closely links to the KS1 EYFS curriculum. I really rate this game, it’s certainly been my first suggestion to new Mum’s with toddlers since before I started the blog. We love it, and it’s new updated look.
Having had the old style game for over 3 years, I can confirm from experience that the playing pieces last. They are made from thick, durable board. The graphics are bright and engaging. It’s a game kids love.
Shopping List is available for £7.50, which is a great price for the play potential. We’ve also got one of the Booster sets – Fruit & Veg (had to with a greengrocer in the family), and there is a Clothes version too. Both are priced at £4.50, and come with a basket, trolley, 2 shopping lists and item cards. You can extend play to up to 6 players, or do what we do, mix them all together and have a couple of lists and trolley/baskets to complete in a game.
disclaimer: we were sent this game in exchange for an honest review
As we love Shopping List so much it only seems fair that we give you the chance to win the updated version of Shopping List for yourselves. Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win – good luck!
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This giveaway is for UK residents only.
Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.
The giveaway will close on 20th October 2015 at midnight.