Magic Cauldron Game – review and giveaway

Monkey has been having lots of fun this term at school, everything he’s been learning has been under the theme of Magic. It’s really got him interested in arts, craft, reading, writing and maths this term, which has thrilled me. Long may that continue. Wanting to strike whilst the iron was hot and with Halloween just around the corner, I had a cunning plan. It was time to introduce Monkey to the Magic Cauldron Game from Orchard Toys.

Magic Cauldron Game

The Magic Cauldron Game from Orchard Toys is aimed at children aged between 5-8 years and can be played with 2-4 players.  This is an ideal game to play when working on improving maths skills. Add in a touch of magic and it’s easy for kids to get really excited by this game.

Included in the game are 4 cauldron cards, 40 spell ingredient cards (with a spooky image on one side and a number on the other) and 40 ‘magic’ sum cards (with a sum on one side and a little bit of spooky magic on the other!).

Magic Cauldron Game

The aim of the game is to be the first player to fill their cauldron with the spooky magic ingredients.  To achieve this, players work on their addition, subtraction and multiplication skills.

In typical Orchard Toys style, the graphics are just wonderful for this game and, just as you would expect, the play pieces are made from thick card which will last a considerable amount of play.

Magic Cauldron Game

To start the game, the youngest player picks up one of the spell ingredient cards and turns it over to release a number.

Magic Cauldron Game

They then need to find a sum on the magic sum cards that they think will give them the same number as shown on their ingredient card.  This could involve addition, subtraction or multiplication and there is likely to be more than one sum card that could provide the correct answer.

Magic Cauldron Game

The Magic Cauldron Game has been great for helping Monkey concentrate on his maths and prove that he knows the correct answer.  How can you prove it?  Well, this is the ‘magic’ part of the game, which has also been a huge hit with my son.

Once you’ve selected the sum card that you think gives the correct answer, turn it over and rub the heat sensitive ghost and see what’s revealed.

Magic Cauldron Game

If the answer matches, you can discard the sum card, turn your ingredient card over and place in your cauldron.  Your potion is taking shape.

Magic Cauldron Game

Play then passes to the next player.  If the sum doesn’t provide the correct answer, the sum card is back in play, and the ingredient card is placed picture side up on the bottom of the spell pile, and play passes on.

We’ve been playing Magic Cauldron Game most days since it arrived, and Monkey just loves it.  The game has now gone into school for the rest of term so that his class mates can play with it as part of their Magic Topic.  I have a feeling quite a few of them might be asking their parents for this for a Halloween or Christmas treat!

Priced at £11.75, I think this game is a wonderful way to get children engaged with maths and it’s certainly worked magic on Monkey!

disclaimer:  we were sent this game in exchange for an honest review.

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Magic Cauldron Game

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school.We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds.We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure.If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

221 thoughts on “Magic Cauldron Game – review and giveaway

  1. A magic potion to sprinkle onto dirst dished to instantly clean and dry them! Made with magic fairy dust and raindrops!

  2. Something you drink and can teleport anywhere – it would have to have star dust in it …as you would go faster than cosmic speed 😉

  3. I would create a more time potion because i never seem to have enough time to spend with my children having fun in it would be all organic 😉 An organic clock, something fruity and fresh and something long winding..:)

  4. i would have a potion to keep me full of energy to keep up with my 5 year old. It would have duracell batteries and lucozade in it with a little magic fairy dust

  5. a happy potion, so that everyone is happy all the time with no worries, not sure what i would include…maybe rose petals

  6. Id make a magic potion to clean the house… you’d add a bit or fairy liquid, a dash of zoflora, a pinch of surf powder, a glugg of softer and and hefty spray of anti-bac. I think that covers all grounds for cleaning 😉

  7. Definitely a Dreaming Potion to help my 3 year old son stop having nightmares every night and instead dream of Sugar Plum Fairies!

  8. That’s a difficult question! Perhaps I need a potion to rid myself of indecisiveness? Nah a potion to make my house all squeaky clean is much better. Some pixie dust and fairy kisses needed for that potion.

  9. Id make a ironing spell, one wave of my wand … and *poof* its done ….. id put in glitter and talc (for effect) sweets and strawberries !!

  10. I’d create a teleportation potion so that I could see family and friends instantly. It would contain tornadoes, fading dusk, sunrise, and mint (for a kick of nice flavor).

  11. My potion would be called ‘Peace At Last’ and the ingredients are:

    Two noisy small children
    A day out at the park
    A bedtime story
    Two cosy beds
    (optional, a bottle of wine)

    1. Take the noisy kids to the park. At this time of year, a park with a forest is better. Autumn is just beautiful.
    2. Let the kids soak up the park. Running preferred.
    3. Once the kids have no energy left, it’s time to take them home.
    4. After dinner, pajamas on and bring out that bedtime story.
    5. All tired out, tuck those kids in bed.
    6. Open the wine.
    Voila – PEACE AT LAST!

  12. What magic potion would you create and what would be in it? . . . . . . fairy dust and
    starry sparkles to make a happy-go-lucky potion

  13. Nothing fancy,it would just be a magic potion that would make all my grandchildren into children who would eat anything that you put down for them.I have to make separate meals for two of them as they are so fussy so I would sprinkle,tails of Newt,bats ears,snails slime and frogs tongues,blend together until smooth and add liberally to their food.It may be because I was born at Halloween that makes me a bit of a witch !

  14. I’d create a “telling the truth potion” and I’d put 3 drops of a morning dew, 5 petals of a red rose and 6 pumpkin seeds!

  15. A fall asleep in 5 minutes potion. It would be for me, so would include some baileys, chocolate and perhaps an ice cube

  16. Bouncy Bubbles for the bath – the not so secret ingredient “Essence of Kangaroo” and the other stuff ….well i couldn’t possibly say, I don’t want you lot running of to make your own and shove me out the market 😉

  17. Magic energy youth potion… To be consumed only by tired mums. It would contain caffeine, face lotions and fruits (to make it taste nice!!).

  18. A ‘stay warm’ potion for cups of tea and mummy’s dinner – I reckon it would need to contain fire from the Eye of Sauron (LOTR)…and maybe some ginger lol

  19. I’d make a potion so we would know all the right answers to every question ever posed and it would taste like eating a banana filled with popping candy 😉

  20. A Clean the House potion, litteraly you spray and it does the entire house!!!

    Add abit of lemon juice, throw some old socks in there so it gets the idea, abit of washing up liquid and BAM!

  21. A potion to keep me calm and give me more energy and patience to play with the children! Preferably one that doesnt get me drunk!

  22. I would make a potion to help wake you up on an early morning that makes you feel good instead of wanting to get back under the duvet and go back to sleep.

  23. I would create a magic potion that would encourage hair growth, every since having my children I have suffered hair loss – it would be such a boost to not have that to worry about.

  24. I would love to create a potion to cure illnesses as I hate seeing people I care about poorly. It would contain bandages, cough syrup, vicks vapor rub, chocolate, warm milk, dog licks and some honey for good measure 😉 xx

  25. I would love to make a magic potion that would give me unlimited energy! I would make it with all nice things like chocolate, cherries and all things sparkly and glittery so I could leave a glitter trail wherever I went.

  26. An invisibility potion, then I could go and do anything I wanted especially sneaking in to see what my kids are up to hehe

  27. Pong de bong… when I needed to get a queue to disappear.. the smell would make people run for the hills… only my nose would never smell it.. and also just to get some bathroom time without children this may well be the answer to my prays

  28. I’d like to invent a magic potion that makes everyone around the world chilled so that there are no more wars and conflicts. I’d put lavender and chamomile in together with the ability to negotiate

  29. I’d make a potion to make me not need sleep so I don’t feel tired being up in the night with baby and toddler. Made with champagne, chocolates and love

  30. i’d make a magic potion to stop tantrums in public, made of sweets and bribes, oh wait, i already have that one.

  31. An ironing potion, just throw in all the creased washed clothes and out they come freshly ironed, while i put my feet up with a glass of vino!!!

  32. I would have a tidy up your room potion…………….. I would put the kids in it!!!!!!!!! a few books, a pinch of dust, and one old sock

  33. a magic potion that did all the housework for me instantly, i would add a sprinkle of love, a huggly cuddle. a dash of fun and lots of laughter

  34. A magic potion to cure all diseases, I would invent a magic ingredient and add that to it nobody would know the exact ingredients x

  35. A potion for a neverending chocolate supply and I would put oranges in it so the chocolate would be chocolate orange flavoured

  36. magic calorie eater, it would contain a magic ingredient that made all sweet things only 10 calories! thus being able to enjoy all those pudding and not feeling guilty! 🙂

  37. I’d concoct a good health potion for my entire family because, if you don’t have that, life’s other blessings are slightly diminished. I’d put in the potion every one of my favourite scented flowers. There are quite a few including stocks, freesias and honeysuckles.

  38. Magic potion? I’d make one with the following ingredients: A dash of stress, a pinch of inspiration, a smidgeon of migraine, three drips of sweat essence and a dose of appreciation and voilà I have a magic potion that when consumed makes the kids appreciate their home made meals! 🙂

  39. the silent child potion – would contain a chopped up bed and an episode of emmerdale mixed with peppermint tea leaves

  40. A potion to make my teenage son instantly happy when he wakes in the morning like the rest of the family . My daughter loves life and wakes up full of beans .My son however has to be dragged out of bed moaning and complaining every morning ! The potion would contain vegetables ( one way of getting them into my son without him spotting them as he doesn’t eat vegetables! ) Mountain Dew fizzy drink to disguise the vegetables and frog spawn to instill the ‘leaping’ out of bed effect . To finish off the spell ,the magic potion would contain a sunbeam to make him bright and smiling every morning !

  41. I’d make a potion that would let me fly. I would put in dandelion seeds (the floating fairies to help me float), some egg shells (because birds come from them), feathers (same reason) and sugar to make it taste good 😀

  42. I would create a potion for a never ending supply of food to feed the hungry which of course would be made from organic ingredients

  43. I’d make a magic potion for time as I never seem to have enough! It would of course taste delicious though like marshmallows

  44. I’d create a potion to make everyone in my house more tidy – I think some cleaning products would make the ideal ingredients (I wouldn’t make then drink it though!)

  45. A potion to be able to time travel. This would be amazing! I would love to win this fantastic giveaway for our little boy. Thank you for the chance 🙂

  46. I’d love a potion to teleport myself wherever I need to be – would save me so much time instead of battling traffic and waiting for trains!

  47. A magic potion to grant my every wish. I would put toadstools, fairy dust and a dash of Worcestershire sauce in it.

  48. I would love to make a potion that will heal someone you love from an illness, and it would contain crushed rose petals.

  49. I would make one for the partner so he is less housework shy! It would have to have pizza in there somewhere as that is one of his favourite snacks x

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