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New, New, New

Monday, 05 April

This spring we’ve have added not one, not two, but THREE  brand new lines to our range! There’s two exciting new games plus a collection of activity jigsaw puzzles. The new additions   champion ‘Learning Made Fun’, of course with an Orchard Toys twist, so that can rest assured that your child...
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Charity Home Learning Activity Books

Wednesday, 03 February

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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New for January 2021!

Thursday, 14 January

New year, new games and jigsaw puzzles!   We’re so excited to be able to share with you the new additions to the Orchard Toys range – they’re jampacked with fun featuring unicorns, mermaids, donkeys, footballers, dinosaurs and more, with each one carefully designed to strike the all-important...
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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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How to Buy the Perfect Gift

Friday, 17 July 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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...
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UK Supplier of the Year

Monday, 27 January 2020

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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