I am a big fan of Orchard Toys and loved this game. It helps to develop observation skills, personal and social skills and links in with the Maths National Curriculum.
It is aimed at children aged between 5-8 years old and is for 2-4 players. The game is of a high quality and contains 40 'magic' sum cards, 4 cauldron playing boards and 40 spell ingredient cards.
The object of the game is to be the first player to fill your cauldron with the magic ingredients to make a spell. The spell ingredients cards are placed picture side uppermost in a shuffled pile. The larger sum cards are spread out with the sum facing upwards. Each player has a cauldron and has to take a card from the pile looking at the number side. They then have to see if they can match their number to a sum.
To check if they are correct they rub the 'magic' black ghost on the back of the sum card to see if their number matches the number on the card. Great fun! All my children wanted to rub all the cards first before we even got down to playing the game!
If their numbers match and they have got the sum correct they get to place their magic spell ingredients in to their cauldron. The winner is the first to fill their cauldron with ten ingredients cards to make a spell.
There is another version of the game which simplifies it for younger players.
My youngest, aged 3, wanted to join in and was helped by the older children. They solved the sum for her and she then got to keep the ingredient card to fill her cauldron. It helped her with recognising numbers and she was able to take part in the game, whilst developing some number knowledge. (and taking turns!)
All four of my children loved this game, a lot of cheating happened with my 6 year old, who being the competitive one in the family wanted to win! It was all good fun though and she was learning as she played!!
My eldest child, aged 10, enjoyed playing the game and thought that the 'magic' black ghosts made it fun for younger children to play. My son enjoyed the weird and wacky ingredients cards, bones, skulls, worms to name but a few!
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The Magic Cauldron Game retails currently at £10.99 on Junior Scholars.
Thank you to Junior Scholars for sending me the Magic Cauldron Game, all the opinions are my own and I can definitely recommend this game for developing children's number skills, social skills and observation skills.