Christmas Fun in an Educational Board Game

Posted on December 2nd, 2015

Christmas is exciting for youngsters, there is a magic that we openly create as adults and then sit back and delight in with the festive build up from baking to crafts, parties to the fun of Christmas Eve and arrival of Santa. But how many times have you stressed over presents, wondered what to fill a stocking with, buy for a friend’s child, a niece or nephew? The clever folk at Orchard Toys have the perfect answer, not too expensive, full of Christmas cheer and educational too; quite simply the perfect game for 3 to 6 year olds this Christmas time.   

Christmas Surprises

Christmas Surprises a Festive Shape and Colour Game


Two fun games in one with double sided cards so carefully designed

Game 1

Beat your opponent and decorate your Christmas tree first by matching all the coloured bauble pieces from the centre of the table, great for colour recognition and speed of identification. There is a colour dice instead of a number dice so no number recognition is necessary to play. Simply roll the dice, see what colour it lands on and if that colour bauble is available on the table you can place it in the correct space on your card. Up to 4 players can play and the winner is the first to fill their card.

Christmas Tree Game

Game 2.

Help Santa fill his sack with presents. This game teaches shape recognition; again no number knowledge is requited as the dice has a different shape on each face. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and see if they can find a present the same shape as is shown on the dice face. The player then takes the present and places it in the corresponding empty shape space on their Santa’s Sack. The winner is the first to fill the sack. Will the sack full you can then turn over the presents to reveal what Father Christmas will be delivering.

Santa's Sack Game


Both these games are a great teaching resource whilst being fun to play. While enjoying the game your child will be:

  • Improving social skills and observation
  • Improving their manual dexterity
  • Building on speed of recognition for colour and shape
  • Meeting learning objectives from the Early Learning Goals in the national curriculum.


Step by Step Christmas Game


All the boards and counters are made from heavy duty wipe clean card, so no problem if some sticky fingers are at play and the visual bright colours and merry Christmas designs are eye catching and designed to appeal to children. All this for just £9.50 from the Orchard Toys website.  

Win your Christmas Surprises Game

Orchard Toys have a Christmas Surprises game to give away to one lucky Coombe Mill Blog follower. To be in with a chance just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part and a Merry Christmas from us all!  

Christmas Surprises Game


I was sent my Christmas surprises game for the purpose of this review. All opinions voiced are my own. If you are visiting Coombe Mill this Christmas our copy will be in our reception shop for you to borrow and enjoy in the peace of your holiday cottage or lodge.