HABA The Little Orchard Game

I did not realise HABA made games too and I must admit to
being impressed from the start.

The
board pieces for The Little Orchard are lovely; I especially like the design with adorable cherries, a
cute little basket and a naughty raven. 
It is quite a novelty having such nice pieces to play with. The game itself is simple to set up and
play; the boys (aged 4 and 6) had no problems understanding the idea behind
it. I have seen them since playing it
on their own, which is fabulous to see. 

After playing we also followed the suggested variants in the
instruction booklet, it is good that you can make it more challenging by moving
the raven a few more steps closer to the tree. 
Then the pressure really is on to pick the cherry cards first time, or
at a push a sleeping animal but certainly not the pesky raven all set on
pinching cherries.

My favourite thing about this game and here it differs
from most others, is that you either win as a group (or depending on the how
determined the raven is you lose as a group!). But there is no arguing with my two about who came first, second, third and
fourth. We worked together on the game
as a TEAM! It’s nice to have a game
that encourages co-operation rather than competitive play for a change. Of course a little competition is all well
and good, but sometimes family time is more rewarding when everyone is getting
along! So ganging up on the raven works
for me…

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