Saturday, 25 May 2013

Baa Baa by Orchard Toys

As with all Orchard Toys games and puzzles this is designed and manufactured in the UK from strong 100% recycled board. It has really bright colours, modern pictures and chunky pieces that don't bend or come apart during even quite boisterous play. It is built to be played with, and built to last.


Baa Baa retails at £9.50. It is suitable for 2-4 players and the suggested age range is 3-12. It is brilliant for nursery or pre-school aged children who are learning colours as it introduces several less obvious colours. It teaches turn-taking and basic game play, and the concepts of winning and losing


The game is really simple. You have a card with 6 differently coloured spots, a spinner and a whole flock of sheep wearing various clothes. Spin the spinner and if one of your colours is shown then you take a sheep wearing an item of clothing in that colour. Stand a sheep on all six spots first and you are the winner!


My 3 year old thinks it's really excellent and he has instantly picked up on grey and purple, which are both colours that he wasn't confident with before. My 4 year old definitely struggles with this game at times because he is colour-blind, so for him at least a game such as Orchard Toys Pirate Shapes is better, as it's not only about colour, but each part also has other visual clues as to where it should locate.


I think the age range is a little out, I can't really imagine older children playing this game without younger siblings as it is very simplistic, and I also think that the lower recommended age is purely because of small parts, in my opinion most 2 year olds would also be able to play this game very competently and get a lot of enjoyment from it - you'd just have to watch they didn't eat it instead!

We really like it, especially my 3 year old. We give it a 4/5


Orchard Toys are available direct from Orchard Toys, or if you prefer to shop offline you can find your nearest stockist on their website

We were given this game for the purposes of this review, but the views expressed are ours.

10 comments:

  1. Looks great, I love the little dressed up sheep. I can imagine colour blindness is something of a hindrance though!

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    1. The little sheep are great, and I think it's brilliant that they included so many colours because boy no.4 has got them all now! It's a shame boys 2 and 3 have to focus so hard to play, but it does point out how good Pirate Shapes is for colourblind children though :)

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  2. Great review! Couldn't agree with you more either!

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  3. sound like a simple and great game for pre-school

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    1. It really is, it's ideal. Boy no.4 loves it :)

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  4. Looks great as orchard toys always do!

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  5. Orchard toys are fab, this one sounds great. x

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    1. They are aren't they, we love them. I am really pleased with this one, I can honestly say it's definitely done it's job of teaching colours :)

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