I'm very fortunate that I have a fabulous sponsor for Britmums Live! in Orchard Toys, and as a result we've had a chance to review some of their amazing games and puzzles this year. Their latest game, entitled 'Baa Baa', is another excellent resource, and as always is incredibly fun.
The game comprises of four boards with six different colour spots on each one. There are also a variety of stand-up sheep wearing different knitted items, each one assigned a different colour that match the spots on the boards. There is also a spinner with each colour on it, and three 'sheepdog' segments.
Quite simply the aim of the game is to be the first to fill your board with the correct coloured sheep.
As each board is different then the players need to concentrate as to which colours they need, and play the game carefully too; when the spinner lands on the sheepdog section then they can choose whichever colour they need. I'm not quite sure why I always end up with the colour I choose turning up on my next spin, nearly every single time!
This game is aimed at children aged 3+ but I honestly feel it is suitable for children aged two years and over (For safety reasons due to the small parts/stands, the game can't be approved as for younger than three years old.). It's an excellent resource for promoting pre-school maths, as colour recognition and matching is one of the first steps in mathematical development. The game also helps teach turn taking in a very simple format, for the younger user the sheepdog section could be ignored if they have problems understanding the choice element.
- promotes colour recognition (and matching – pre-school mathematical development)
- encourages observational skills (aids number and letter recognition)
- teaches social interaction and turn taking (social development)
- links with Early Learning Goals (for EYFS and EYFP)
I really like this game, it is a very quick and simple game to fit into a five-ten minute slot with The Boy, often before bedtime or as a preliminary activity to a maths or art activity. I've also considered using the figures to make up a story (in much the same way that story stones are used) or as characters in a 'shop' (made from a cardboard box) and this could help promote pre-school literacy development.
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I was sent this game for the purpose of this review, my opinions as a mum and teacher are honest and unbiased.