Monday 11 March 2013

WIN: Orchard Toys Rhyme Robber game

I’m afraid imaginative play is really not my strong point as a parent. One sentence that can bring me out in a cold sweat is: “Mummy, let’s play the caravan game”. This involves, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, playing out going on a caravanning holiday. Packing, travelling, unpacking, cooking, eating, sleeping – that bit never lasts long enough.

I’m either surreptitiously reading Twitter on my phone or I suggest that my little boy gets started with the packing and I’ll join in once I’ve – erm – yes – well.....

Which is why I'm so grateful for Orchard Toys, which have been a vital string to my bow as a parent.

They're fun and educational, with fantastic illustrations, and I love playing them with my son. Each one is so thoughtfully designed with early years education in mind that counting, language awareness and colour recognition are incorporated into the activity effortlessly. From his first Big Bus jigsaw puzzle, a second birthday present, through various counting games like Spotty Dogs and Ladybirds, to some of the more grown-up games he has now, we have happy memories and happy times with all.

Over the past two or three years we’ve accumulated enough to fill a groaning shelf full – as you can see:

So I’m delighted to offer the Orchard Toys Rhyme Robber game as a prize to one lucky winner.

To enter, like my Facebook (column on the right) or leave a comment on this post, or do both for two entries, before March 22, after which the winner will be chosen at random.

To find out more about Orchard Toys, visit:

Open to UK residents only – sorry!


  1. How lovely Claire. Thanks for this glowing testimonial of our games. Hope you have lots of entries!

  2. would love to win this as I'm a huge fan of orchard toys.
    I've headed over to FB and liked there too

  3. Big fan of Orchard Toys - Haven't seen Rhyme Robber before!

    1. We've just got it, it's great :) Thanks for your entries...

  4. I'll definitely enter. Orchard toys are fab. We just got 'pirate snakes & ladders / ludo' and play it morning noon and night with my 3 year old. I've also introduced her to an old childhood friend of mine 'mister nobody' who used to play blue against my red for many years. She still prefers mummy but I'm sure they will grow to be good pals very soon, as he has a very biddable temperament, loads of patience, and unlike me is willing to turn a blind eye to dodgy dice throws.

  5. Wow that sounds brilliant! Never seen that one, will have a look for it. And I absolutely love the idea of Mr Nobody.....he'd be very welcome in our house :)
    Thank you for your comment and good luck!

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