I've mentioned before my love for Orchard Toys games, when I did a Lucky Ducky review earlier this year, so when I was offered the chance to pick another game to review I jumped at the chance.
I've always found Orchard Toys games and puzzles extremely good quality, education and most of all, great fun. They are games that I enjoy playing with my children and I often buy them as presents for other children too.
I'm currently trying to teach my five year old about money so I thought it might be good to opt for an educational game that would help with that. Piggy in the Middle looked like the ideal game. The game is aimed at children aged 5-10 and it is designed to be a fun game that helps children learn about money. Players travel around the board earning and spending pocket money as they go. The educational goals of this game are to develop money handling skills (and I do need some of those!) and encourage personal and social skills.
I found the game really tested my five year old's recently learned numeracy skills, as it involves some basic sums. The game is quick and simple to understand which is a must with my impatient children and they both loved the piggy bank in the middle! (I had to try and explain to my 4 year old that it was part of the game, and no he couldn't keep it in his bedroom.) It's probably still a little advanced for him as he's only really just being introduced to numeracy at school now but I'm sure over the next few years we will get a lot of use out of this game. All-in-all, we found it to be a great, fun game and another one that I will definitely consider buying as a present for other children in my daughters class.
Piggy in the Middle is available from the Orchard Toys website and retails at £11.50.
love & kisses
Mrs M x