We bought our little one this game for their second birthday. Red dog blue dog is a card game based around memory and helping children match two similar items.
The game comes boxed and contains four boards and 24 cards. The game could really be played anywhere you might have space for the boards so is portable.
Each player has a board with six pictures, the 24 cards are placed face down between the players and each player then picks up a card, trying to match the card with those on their board, the first person to match all 6 pictures on their board is the winner.
Our little one loves this game and pesters us regularly to play it, often the game descends into anarchy as all the cards seem to be turned over with regular turns being pointless.
The cards are excellent, each gives a little one the chance to describe a name and colour, so for example it could be a green bear, yellow car, red dog or something else, it helps children differentiate between colours and animals etc.
We bought the game on Amazon for £7.99 and I think this will prove good value, the game is aimed at children of three years and upwards, so we have it a year ahead of the anticipated age, we expect to get at least 18 months to two years out of this. The game is good fun and whilst it is aimed at toddlers, adults playing will find a fun game which still requires a reasonable memory and ability to match pictures to your board.
We enjoy playing this as a family, it is colourful, very good at testing toddlers memories as well as their verbal skills in articulating what characters they find on each card. I feel awful admitting it, but my little one has a habit of picking up 2-3 cards in one turn due to their lack of understanding of the rules, as a competitive dad, I haven't discouraged this as much as I should as it gives me a chance to check if any of the cards match my board prior to my turn!!!
Overall this is a fun game which will appeal to young children, it is compact and easy to transport, the cards are well designed and can take a good twist from a toddler and they look very good too being both colourful and glossy with an appealing simplicity. This is an old fashioned game which really stands the test of time.
When my daughter started in reception at school they took it in turns with another group to bring home what they call chatter matters bags. These bags are great and will include a story, some colouring or counting activity and a game most of which are from the Orchard Games range.
The game comes in a cardboard box which is pretty strong, the box is bright yellow in colour and on it there is a red dog and a blue dog each with a playing card and a matching card pictured. The front of the box tells you it is an Orchard game and that it is suitable for children for ages 2-5 years.
Inside the box there is a set of instructions which obviously is always a great help, 4 playing boards and 24 playing cards. There are 6 different pictures on each of the playing boards and each picture is bordered by a different colour, there is yellow, red, orange, green, purple and blue and then the picture inside the border is in the same colour. The 24 playing cards match the 24 different pictures on the four playing boards.
The game is very easy to play hence the age range it is meant for and basically each player is trying to find all 6 cards they need to match the pictures on their playing board. We played by laying all 24 cards on the table and taking it in turns to flip a card over if the card was on your card then you would place the card over the playing board but if it wasn't then it gets turned back over. I like that you can incorporate memory skills into the game too and this seemed to really help my daughter in the time we had the game so we then bought it ourselves.
The game helps improve your childs memory aswell as teaching them colours and you can also use the cards to teach about things such as animals, vehicles and everyday objects.
My daughter enjoyed playing this game although her interest in the game has near enough ended although she is now 5 so this is the stated upper end of the game, we will soon be beginning to introduce the game to our younger daughter who is 2 in a couple of months although we have already started using the cards as flash cards with her we have not actually tried playing the game with her yet.
I have not come across an Orchard Game which isn't good and this is no exception, the game is simple to play, great quality, educational and at the £8 we paid it is great value too.
Red Dog, Blue Dog.
Hope turned three this week and one of her presents was this game. I had been recommended it by a friend who told me it was very easy for a three year old to understand as well as being educational and fun too. I have to agree, in the short time we have had it I can see how this is a very good game suitable for a three year old to play.
In the box
The game comes in a sturdy cardboard box. This box is more sturdy than some that we have so it is ideal as Hope has a habit of standing on them or being rather rough which can lead to us then having to find a new home to house the game. Within this box you get 4 game boards and 24 cards. Each board is different; it has six pictures on all in a different, bright colour. The cards are the same as the pictures on the boards. As you can tell from the above description of what is inside the box it is nothing complicated or awkward to set up or tidy away so it is very easy to play.
Playing the game.
The idea of the game is to play it like you would Bingo- each player has a board each and the winner is the person who finds all the correct cards to go on the tiles of their board. It is up to you how you go about getting the tiles. You can put them in a pile and take it in turns to turn them over until you fill the board, putting the ones which don't match to the end of the pile. Or you can spread them out and turn random ones over at a time or put them in a bag and pull one out... Hope has a short attention span at the moment so we spread them on the floor and see who is the fastest to find them all without really taking proper turns!
This game is simple. You do not need to spend a lot time setting it up or a long time trying to explain the 'rules' to a young child who is likely to get bored as all they want is to get on and play. It can take as long or as short as you require to play it as you can spend more time talking about what the tiles are that you have picked up or you can just crack on with the game. The pictures are very bold and simple so that a child can easily identify them and see if they match what they have on their board. It's good because they do not have to work hard at identifying them.
This game is not going to teach your child to be super intelligent but it will help them to learn about colours, objects, turn taking and hand-eye coordination as they learn to put the pieces on top of the pictures on their board. What I like is that it is aimed at 2-4 year olds and I can see how this can really help a child slightly younger than Hope (3) to learn about colours. The age Hope is at now she is very well aware of colours but now she is learning about concentrating and identifying whether they are the right colours for her board and is also learning about what the objects are and noticing the differences.
It has to be said that this game is very enjoyable. Some children's games can be really dull for adults to play but I don't mind this one and it certainly seems to capture my daughter's imagination as she really enjoys playing with it. I think because it's easy to understand and quite exciting (ooo will the next card be the one I want?!) it is enjoyable and holds her attention. Some other games that we have we struggle to get to the end of them as she grows bored.
The board and the tiles are good quality, they are a very robust cardboard which is difficult to bend and so ideal for a toddler who is heavy handed (and let's face it, they all are!) The only thing that could really affect these are if they are chewed upon as teeth marks will make an imprint.
I think that this game deserves 5 stars because it is very easy to play, enjoyable, educational in a simple way and it is just right for the age group which it is aimed at.
My son was given this game for his 2nd birthday last year. It got a little lost amongst his other presents, so when all the excitement had calmed down we had a look at it. The game has 4 boards, each with 6 brightly and differently coloured animals/cars/flowers etc. The aim of the game is to match the correctly coloured card to the one on the board.
I have to admit we haven't yet played this as the game it is meant to be as my son doesn't quite understand the rules! The reason I'm reviewing it though is that he still loves it!
He likes to get the 4 boards lined up in front of him and start matching away. It actually surprised me how quickly he picked up the colours and how he can match the rightly coloured pictures on the cards, to those on the boards.
I think this game has the potential to last for a few years as he grows and it will become the game it is meant for. At the moment though it provides a sneakily educational game which he enjoys and gives some much needed quiet time haha.
the bright colours of this game will appeal to your little one, it's easy to pick up and multi purpose so will grow with your child.
With my daughter coming up for age 3 at Christmas, I wanted to get her something that was not just another toy, I wanted something that would get her mind working, and something where she could learn taking turns and new social skills etc. So I had a look on Amazon at the Orchard Toys games, and read various reviews, and this one seemed like it was the best for her age.
The game itself is called 'Red Dog Blue Dog' and is described as a 'first colour match lotto'. It's a very simple game and is aimed at 2-5 year olds. What you get in the box is 4 playing boards, 24 colour cards and 1 instruction leaflet.
The game can be played with 2-4 players (although my daughter has been known to play alone!!) and the aim of the game is to be the first player to match all the coloured pictures on your playing board. Each player has a playing board, and each board has 6 different coloured pictures on it. You will see a dog, spider, rabbit, car, teddy and flower, and these are a different colour on each board and also the illustrations are slightly different on each board. The colours used are red, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange & red. Under each picture the text describes what you see...for example 'red dog' or 'yellow rabbit'.
So once the players have chosen their boards, you then lay all the playing cards out face down and the players take turns in turning one over and looking to see if it matches any of the pictures on their board. If it matches, you place it over the correct picture. If not, you turn it back over and play moves onto the next player. Once you have covered all your pictures on your board, you have won the game!
When I first got this out for my daughter, it was just me and her playing and she picked up the method of play really easily. She understood that she had to match the pictures on her board with whatever card she had turned over and she also understood that she had to wait for Mummy to have a go before she could turn another card over. She also (surprisingly enough) remembered when I had turned something over that she needed, and she would go straight for that card when my turn had finished.
She really did enjoy playing, and the fact that the game was over in a matter of minutes really helped, even though I thought it was all over too quickly, it meant that her attention didn't falter and she enjoyed the game from start to finish. We did play the game over and over again, and we even moved onto having two playing boards each which prolonged the game slightly, but it also confused her a little bit because she was trying to fill one board before filling the other so would turn back cards that she needed for her second board. But she still enjoyed the chase for the pictures she required.
The next time we got this game out, there were other players available, such as my Mum and Dad, so now she had to wait longer for her turn to come around, and this was quite difficult for her. At first she was having a turn, then I was having a turn, and then she would dive straight in before anyone else could have a go. But once I'd explained to her that she had to wait her turn, she remembered sometimes, and sometimes she didn't. Obviously this isn't particularly a problem, but I like the fact that by playing this game, she is learning that sometimes she does actually have to wait for things, and it's also helping her to socialise and interact better with people (even if it is only with Granny and Grandad!)
So the next time I got the game out we had a quick game with the normal rules, but then I tried something different. Obviously with the 24 playing cards, there are 4 of each item, such as 4 cars, 4 dogs etc and I asked her to find the cars, then find the dogs, then the rabbits and everything else, then line them up, and she found this enjoyable. Then we mixed them all up again and she had to find certain colours, such as all the red cards, all the orange one etc. This she also enjoyed and she will actually get this game out and sort all the cards out herself (if I'm not available for play).
I really like this game, the whole thing is good quality, the boards and cards are made from nice thick board with a shiny finish (so they can be wiped clean if necessary). The box that the game comes in is strong, so the game can be stored away neatly. I love that the game itself is so simple, there's nothing to confuse your child or complicated technical things that may frustrate a child. It's ideal for very young children and it encourages you to interact with your child, and it may even help a slower child to learn their colours, and words etc.
I think the age range of 2-5 is about right, but perhaps a young 2 year old would not have the patience or attention to play the actual game, but they would enjoy sorting the cards into groups. I did also perhaps think that a 5 year old might be too old to enjoy the game, but thinking about it, if four 5 year olds were playing together then I think they would benefit from the game. It's more of a social game between friends for an older child, not just mummy & child time as it can be with the younger player.
There is an educational guide on the back of the box which says your child will:
Link with early learning goals
Develop personal and social skills
The recommended price is £9.00 but it is currently available on Amazon for £6.28
Thanks for reading.