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Recommendations from a Speech and Language Therapist

Thursday, 15 October

We've teamed up with Emma O'Leary (aka @LifeWithTinyHumans) to discover how she uses Orchard Toys games as a Speech and Language therapist. Emma has been working in a primary care setting with children aged 0-18 for the last 11 years in Dublin and is passionate about the use of play and games...
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25 Years of Shopping List

Thursday, 15 October

This October we’re celebrating 25 years of Shopping List – our bestselling game! With one being sold every 5 minutes, it’s no surprise that it’s been top of our bestseller list for 15 years.   In case you aren’t familiar with it, Shopping List is a matching and memory game where players race...
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Buying the Perfect Christmas Gift

Thursday, 01 October

Shopping for the perfect Christmas present can often seem like an almost impossible task, especially when there’s so much to choose from! Whether it’s for a son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild or another child in your life, here are a few top tips to help make gift buying a little...
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Preschool Games for 2 and 3 Year Olds

Sunday, 27 September

Preschool Games for 2 and 3 Year Olds   In the early years of their life children develop physical, emotional and cognitive skills that form the building blocks for their future learning and development. These include developing hand-eye coordination, number recognition and counting,...
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Hungry Little Minds

Wednesday, 22 July

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with the Department for Educations initiative Hungry Little Minds! Hungry Little Minds is a campaign that has set out to improve early communication, language and literacy skills in young children. They aim to do this through encouraging parents...
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How to Buy the Perfect Gift

Friday, 17 July

How to Buy the Perfect Gift   It’s very easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of choice there is for birthday presents for children. We’ve taken it back to basics and put together this list of top tips to make buying the perfect present a little easier.  Fun for all the family  Something...
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Best Birthday Presents

Monday, 13 July

Shopping for the perfect gift can often seem like an almost impossible task, especially when there’s so much to choose from! Whether it’s for a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild or another child in your life, here are some of our best games and jigsaws for birthday presents and gift...
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The Benefits of Multiplication Practice

Monday, 22 June

Why Learning Times Tables is Important   Many parents will remember learning their times tables at primary school, whether they were chanting them aloud or writing them out time and time again. Whilst many will happily admit that it felt like quite a chore at the time, there’s no doubting...
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How to Make Times Tables Practice Fun

Wednesday, 17 June

Top Tips For Making Times Tables Practice Fun More and more importance is being placed upon times tables practice in schools, which means there’s an even greater need for children to practise their times tables at home. Take a look at some of our top tips for making times tables practice fun...
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Supporting the NSPCC

Monday, 01 June

Supporting the NSPCC In May we were delighted to work with the NSPCC to help support practitioners who have been adapting to the challenges they have been facing due to Covid-19.   Across the UK all service centre practitioners have adapted the services they provide so many therapy sessions...
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Five Skills Your 2 Year Old Will Develop When Playing Educational Games

Thursday, 28 May

Five skills your 2-year-old will develop when playing educational games   Did you know that you can play board games with children from as young as two years old? Board games are a great way to have fun as a family and to help children learn. There are a number of additional benefits that...
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The Importance of Play

Thursday, 30 April

The Importance of Play   Play is an essential part of children’s learning and development which is often overlooked, but whilst children are having fun there are a range of social, physical and emotional skills that they are developing! Take a look at some of the benefits of play...
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Home Learning Top Tips

Monday, 23 March

Top Tips for Teaching Your Child from Home Parents across the country have found themselves faced with home-schooling their children and whilst this initially seems like a daunting prospect, there’s actually lots of fun to be had! Here’s our top tips to help make teaching your children at home as...
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UK Supplier of the Year

Monday, 27 January

UK Supplier of the Year Award   We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the UK Supplier of the Year Award at the Toy Industry Awards 2019! The Toy Industry Awards recognise the very best in toy retail, product design and toy supply for the UK and Ireland. They celebrate outstanding...
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Six New Games and a Magical Jigsaw

Friday, 24 January

Seven New Additions to the Orchard Toys Range We have launched six fantastic new games and a magical puzzle to our range, whether children are learning sounds, practising their maths or beginning their times tables, this collection has got it covered! There's unicorns and llamas and mammoths...
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Activity Jigsaw Puzzles

Friday, 10 January

Four fun activity jigsaw puzzles to help teach pre-schoolers key early learning skills such as colour recognition, counting and alphabet skills. Within our varied range of jigsaw puzzles is our collection of activity jigsaws, which are perfect for practising colour and shape recognition,...
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Top Counting Games For Kids

Friday, 06 December 2019

Top Counting Games for Kids Maths is engrained in our everyday life, from buying shopping and following recipes to problem-solving and map reading. Before children come to tackling the more challenging aspects of maths, the first step in their understanding is learning to count and becoming...
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The Benefits of Teaching Children About Money

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

The Benefits of Teaching Children About Money In a time of contactless, Apple Pay and online shopping, young children are interacting less and less with tangible money. There are plenty of ways to introduce children to coins and notes, whether this is by introducing pocket money, a visit from...
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Top Literacy Games

Friday, 01 November 2019

Top Literacy Games   Whether your little one is just beginning to recognise letters or whether they’re tackling their spellings, our literacy games are the perfect learning companions! From magic to animals, the fun themes with simple and engaging gameplay make spelling practise a funfilled...
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Learning to Count Top Tips

Friday, 11 October 2019

Learning to Count Top Tips   Learning to count doesn’t have to wait until your child starts school, there’s lots of ways to start preparing your child and to make those first steps fun! Counting is a key part of a child’s mathematical understanding and once they master this they can tackle...
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