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Peter Rabbit™ Fish and Count is crowned award winner!

Tuesday, 20 February

The British Toy & Hobby Association unveiled Peter Rabbit™ Fish and Count as one of Toy Fair’s Hero Toys for 2024 at London’s Toy Fair. Carefully selected by an independent panel of retailers, Peter Rabbit™ Fish and Count was chosen as one of 27 highly anticipated hero toys for 2024 (out of...
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New Games and Puzzles for 2024!

Thursday, 01 February

Exciting news from Orchard Toys HQ! We're thrilled to introduce some amazing new games and puzzles that promise hours of fun for the whole family! Get ready for a fun-filled dinner time with Fun Food Bingo, a thrilling food-themed bingo game with traditional gameplay that promises endless...
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Which Orchard Toys games are useful for dyscalculia?

Monday, 01 January

Georgina Durrant (qualified teacher and former SENDCO, now SEN tutor and founder of The SEN Resources Blog) recently wrote a post highlighting her recommended resources for parents and teachers supporting children with dyslexia, which you can read here. Due to its popularity, she decided to write a...
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Which Orchard Toys games are useful for dyslexia?

Monday, 01 January

We are often asked for recommendations on what Orchard Toys games and jigsaw puzzles we would suggest to parents and teachers to support their child(ren) with a specific special educational need/disability.  We’ve teamed up with qualified teacher and former SENDCO, now SEN tutor Georgina Durrant,...
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Top Games for Christmas by The SEN Resources Blog

Monday, 27 November 2023

Georgina Durrant (qualified teacher and former SENDCO, now SEN tutor, and founder of The SEN Resources Blog) is a huge fan of Orchard Toys! She often writes about how our games and puzzles are of excellent quality, colourful, fun for children with different abilities and ages, and fantastic for...
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How Do Jigsaws Help A Child's Development?

Friday, 05 May 2023

Jigsaws are a common household staple for children and even adults, but they are so much more than a fun activity to pass the time. For children, jigsaws offer a range of cognitive, social, and even emotional benefits that all contribute to early development. In this blog, which has been guest...
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Toys and Games to play with your class

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

This article was guest written by Hope Education.  Making learning fun encourages children to learn without realising it. Certain toys and crafts can make lessons more exciting and entertaining for children. It’s easier said than done, finding suitable toys and games that will help teach children...
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How to Make Times Tables Practice Fun

Wednesday, 04 May 2022

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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'Eggciting New Mini Game'

Friday, 04 March 2022

With Easter fast approaching, six weeks today to be exact! We thought it was a good opportunity for our new sp’egg’tacular mini-game to ‘hop’ into the spotlight and have its moment to shine! ‘Egg Surprise’ is our new ‘egg-citing’ mini-game, which may be small in size, but is BIG in fun!...
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Orchard Toys Celebrates 50 Years!

Friday, 12 November 2021

Orchard Toys Celebrates 50 Years!  From everything you tell us, we know Orchard Toys is a favourite with your children.  Maybe some of you played and enjoyed our games yourself as a child?  But did you know we’ve been making our best-selling games and puzzles for 50 years – we almost can’t...
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National Colouring Book Day 2021

Monday, 02 August 2021

To celebrate National Colouring Book Day on 2nd August 2021, we are offering 3 for 2* on our fantastic range of colouring books ordered by 6th August 2021 Our range of colouring activity books includes pages of fun for all different age ranges jampacked with stickers that are designed with...
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Charity Home Learning Activity Books

Wednesday, 03 February 2021

We’ve launched two new Home Learning Made Fun Activity Books! For every book sold we will be donating £2 to NHS Charities Together as a thank you to our NHS workers for their amazing hard work and dedication during the Coronavirus pandemic.   The books are fantastic for supporting...
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Games That Support Key Life Skills

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Games are a great way to develop educational skills such as spelling and numeracy, but they are also perfect to help children to learn about key life skills in a fun way. Read on to discover how Orchard Toys games help children with these fundamental skills.   Develop Money Skills In an age...
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Games for the Whole Family at Christmas

Monday, 09 November 2020

What’s Christmas without a board game? We’ve put together a list of some of our top family games – whether it’s in the run up to Christmas or on the big day, these games are a great way to get the whole family involved!      What a Performance – 2 + Players Be a star and rise to the...
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Educational Games for Kids

Monday, 02 November 2020

Educational Games for Kids   Educational games are a great way to make learning fun, from pre-schoolers learning about turn-taking to Key Stage 2 children practising their times tables. Regardless of what skill children are learning, the more fun they’re having the more likely they are to...
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Recommendations from a Speech and Language Therapist

Thursday, 15 October 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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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