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Reviewed by Jenni F on 17 April 2018
Money Match Cafe is a great game for encouraging money handling skills. My 7 year old has been learning all about coins and money values at school in the past term, and this was a really fun way of practising adding up the value of coins and getting a better grip on how money works, e.g. that the number of coins and value of coins are not the same. And I love that you can start with the easy cards, and progress on to the more difficult ones, thus increasing the longevity of the game. My son also really loved the added role play aspect of the game, from choosing which of his toys to sit in the 'Cafe' to having to play the game again and again because his favourite toy hadn’t received any of the food as the spinner never landed on his table number. So that aspect of the game actually helped to keep his attention for longer. All in all, this game gets a thumbs up from us!
Reviewed by Sarah B on 10 April 2018
Money Match Cafe is the perfect educational game for 5-8 year olds, developing skills in addition and money handling…with lots of imaginative play added into the mix. Ideally, to enjoy the game to its best, children will already have some knowledge of money.
There are two different levels of play, which extends the value of the game, allowing different ages to enjoy it together. The game is played by creating a cafe scene, for which children use their own teddies, dolls and other toys. Then it’s time to use their addition skills to add up the coins to match the price of a meal and their roleplay skills to ensure they serve the meal to the right customer. The player who serves all his or her meals first (and correctly, of course) wins!
I love the way the game extends to include children’s other toys – it really does add so much value to the game. It also encourages collaborative play – I can see plenty of ways to use the game in a class setting. They might find some clothes for themselves in the dressing up box too – even just an apron or head covering will add enjoyment and realism. The box includes four 3D tables, a spinner, a till board, a tray board to deliver the meals, 16 meal/beverage/snack cards (attractively illustrated) and 32 money cards (16 easy cards, 16 hard cards). Children can be encouraged to use the game alongside their collections of play food to extend the play value and learning opportunities. The combination of pretend play and a fun game is a real winner and the educational benefits are many. Best of all, children really enjoy it!
Reviewed by Donna W on 22 February 2018
Our children are just starting to learn about the value of money - the different coins and notes and this game is a great aid for that. It teaches money but also numbers and addition in a really fun and engaging way. They use cuddly toys as guests in their cafe and it definitely adds to the fun of the game! There are also two levels - an easier one and a harder one. Our children 5 and 7 are still on the easier game so I'm sure they'll be playing this even after they turn eight as they have the harder level to progress onto and they enjoy it so much.