disclosure: we were sent this game for the purpose of review, our comments however remain our own honest thoughts.
We love all things Farms as you can tell from the number of Farms we visit!
The game is aimed at children aged from 3-6 years, so perfect for my son, aged 3 and half years and something to keep him entertained over the next few years. I love Orchard Toys games and puzzles – they are so well produced. The graphics are always colourful and the game/puzzle pieces are always sturdy. You know you are getting something that will withstand the
abuse use of little hands and will therefore last!
Farmyard Dominoes is no exception – there are 28 brightly coloured farmyard animal dominoes ……
The dominoes are larger than normal so great for little hands.
Getting my son to concentrate on a game is always a challenge! but he quickly grasped the idea of the dominoes game, we played with 3 of us each having 7 dominoes (play is for 2-4 players). He placed his first domino down on the floor and we took it in turns to match each domino up and play the game. The winner is the first player to have used all of their dominoes, so this game should take no longer than 10 minutes, so not too long for younger children.
My son quite often gets confused with green and red, so I liked the idea of different colour bases on the dominoes so he can spend some time thinking about colours as well as animals. It’s a traditional game but timeless in its appeal and with the added features of animals it will keep younger children entertained, whilst building on their observation skills. A big thing in this house is SHARING! or the lack of it, something I’m really conscious of, especially with an only child. So any game that encourages turn-taking and the possibility of missing a go, is a winner to help him learn a few life skills too!
As with all games and toys, that he has, the dominoes get used in a variety of other guises. Currently, they are part of his farm! We’ve also played this game with the added extra ‘make the animal noise’ – he refused to let me film this though – probably best for all concerned!
My only slight query would be on the price, currently £9.50 (2013 price), I wonder whether it would sit better in a slightly cheaper price bracket with games like Farm Snap and Scaredy Cat. However, it is a great game, made to last and gives lots of fun whilst your child is learning and can be enjoyed by all the family.
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