The mini mads are very fond of board games. However, at the moment, Mini is an extremely sore loser, which is compounded by the fact that Maxi is older and does tend to win more often when it is a strategic or tactical game. So although we adore Orchard Toys and have never had a bad game (in fact I think we already all their games), I did hold out much hope of the Football Game being placed by just the boys on their own. How wrong could I have been.
The football game is a take on the standard game of snakes and ladders, but with many added extras all linked to football (which my boys loved). In order to win you have to score the first goal, but this is a game of chance as you have to spin the spinner to score the goal and be careful as you could get a red card if you land on the wrong space.
The instructions are clear and concise and very simple to follow. I had one game with the boys and by then they had the hand of things and have played it often ever since on their own.
I adore that this game has leveled the playing field for my boys, that they play without sulking or strops over who is winning, which is a lovely thing.
Orchard are always educationally based and this is no exception and links to key stage one mathematics. It encourages observation, interaction and turn taking and also develops instruction following and counting skills.
The football game is aimed at children 5 + and costs £9.50.