Orchard Love

I saw this sweet little game online the other day, that reminded me of Hi-ho Cherry-O from when I was a kid. After looking closer though, I found out that it’s even better. It’s called Orchard and as you can see, even a three-year-old can play it.

First, you load the trees up with fruit–green apples, yellow pears, blue plums and red cherries.

Then somebody rolls the dice.

If you roll a color, you get to pick a fruit from the tree…

and put it in your basket.

But if you roll the dreaded crow, you have to take a puzzle piece that will put a picture of the nasty old bird together. Now then, here’s the good part–with this game, the kids are actually cheering for each other instead of duking it out, because the point is to pick all the fruit before the bad-guy crow shows up and eats everything. There’s no competition between players –only working together against the crow.

Isn’t that a fabulous idea? No, no, this is not a paid advertisement. I was just so happy to find such a perfect game for Miss Chompy, Lily and the Beck, that I wanted to tell somebody about it. And so you know, the kids and I have played the game about 25 times in the last few days.

Yeah, that’s us.

Playing till we drop.

Heh, heh.

Tell me~ have you every heard of Orchard? What are your kids favorite board games?

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9 Replies to “Orchard Love”

  1. I know a cute little 3 year old who would love to come play this game with our favorite little Chomp.

  2. What a wonderful game! I’ve never seen or heard of it before, where did you get it? We love games but I HATE the competition and some little soul feeling like a failure (I know – real life lessons) but how nice to experience cheering the other guy on. This would be the perfect Christmas present to finish up what I already have for my grand kids.

  3. Yes, it would be perfect for your little kiddos. It’s from Germany, but I got mine through Amazon–so I added the link in the post there–and I added it to “My Favorite Things” on the bottom right side of the blog. Just click either place and it will take you to the best price–especially if you have Amazon Prime–which means free 2-day shipping. Soooo worth it if you’re like me and just need to have gifts show up at the door. Makes Christmas a breeze–even if you don’t do the malls. :}

    Oh, and in case the game seems really pricey–the fruit pieces are all wooden and the board is very sturdy. I don’t know, it just felt very worth the price to me. To watch squealing and giggling instead of pouting was priceless.

  4. Oh my gosh! My girls would love it. Can I get it at Walmart? I practically LIVE there! How nice to finally have found a game where the kids can work together. 😀

  5. LOVE!!! such a cute game! I love that the kids work together and I LOVE the little baskets that you put the fruit in! SO cute!

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