We’ve been playing with Orchard Toys board games again, courtesy of Hubbard’s Toy Cupboard. Last month we brought you a review of Insey Winsey Spider which we still play regularly. This month though we’ve been playing with Alphabet Lotto.
Littlebit was struck down with the chicken pox a few weeks back and thus we were quarantined, providing lots of time for playing board games (she wasn’t really up to much more for a number of days) and she really took to Alphabet Lotto during this time, playing it at least once a day over the period of a week (some days we must have played 3 or 4 times).
Already Littlebit recognised and could name certain letters, all those in her name and the first letters of all of her friends and family, but there were some she would struggle with despite me working with her bath letters, books and alphabet games on the iPad. Not now though. After playing this game for a few weeks Littlebit recognises ALL letters of the alphabet plus the sounds like “th” and “ch”. There is a definite improvement and I’m sure it’s largely down to this board game and how much we’ve played it.
Alphabet Lotto is supporting Littlebit’s phonics learning at playschool and later at school as I think this game will last us a few years with all the variations of play.
What we love most about this game is the number of different ways you can play. We started by matching picture to picture, then moved onto letter to picture, picture to letter and then finally letter to letter.
Each variation of the game is different enough to mean that most times we play Littlebit wants to have a go at all versions so we spend a good half an hour playing with this game.
The game is suitable from age 3 upwards and is for 2-5 people.
The game develops letter recognition, improves memory skills and ties in with early learning goals.
Like the other Orchard Toys games Alphabet Lotto is brightly coloured, appealing to pre-schoolers and has some wonderful illustrations.
You can see Littlebit and her Auntie Amy enjoying the game above. Doesn’t it look like they’re having fun?
Alphabet Lotto is available from Hubbard’s Toy Cupboard priced at a reasonable £8.99.
This is a review post. I am a Shop Ambassador for Hubbard’s Toy Cupboard and we were provided with this game for review. All opinions are my own.