Once upon a time dominoes
Targeted age range: 3-6
Available from Orchard Toys and other retailers
An unwritten rule of parenting â€“ the quicker you need to get somewhere, the slower your children become.
So when it comes to walking to school, we play a little game; a little diversion. At its best, it calms me down AND speeds the sproglets up. And itâ€™s as simple as once upon a time.
Each of us chooses a word or idea that must be included in a tale. That tale can be one of mystery, adventure or strange dastardly deeds, or perhaps even going to the shops. Importantly though, it is led by the children.
Unsurprisingly our heroines always seem to be a little boy and girl with a baby tagging along too, but other than that, we often travel to the most wonderful places while on our way to school.
With this game in mind, Milly, five, along with three-year-old Mac and I quickly unwrapped Orchard Toys’ Once Upon A Time dominoes and began to play.
The instructions were simple to understand and the children interested enough to play many games, one after the other, even when sitting in the sunshine on a beautiful afternoon.
The educational guide on the box talked of creating observational skills and the children enjoyed noticing the details of each of the fairytale characters on the cards. We also used the details to create little stories about each the characters.
Milly, in particular, found the characters â€œso cuteâ€.
From a parentâ€™s perspective, it would have been even better if numbers and/or dots could have been included within the illustrations. Then the game could have been used to develop numeracy skills too.
That said, the game was a great hit, and Milly has asked to play dominoes many times since.
Orchard Toys’ Once Upon A Time dominoes would make a great 3rd, 4thÂ or 5th birthday present for a little girl.
Friendly fairytale characters that bring life to the game
Well made, durable cards.
Not to be confused with the domino topplings of my mis-spent youth
Also worth knowing
There’s a great activity guide on the box, suggesting how the game can be used to encourage observational skills
Our not so happy ending!