Pirate Shapes – a fun and educational game from Orchard Toys, really appealed to me as it is one of the few turn taking games available for young children. Suitable for ages 2 and half plus, I had the perfect candidate to test it out – Mister B. Having an older sister who loves her games, he always takes an interest when we play but usually is too young to understand the rules.
Suitable for 2-4 players, Pirate Shapes comes with four brightly coloured, high quality cardboard picture boards, each with six shapes cut out. The object of the game is to complete your board using overturned shapes in the centre of the table and take turns in selecting a shape and to see if it fits your board.
Being a simple concept it was really good to see how well Mister B picked up the idea of taking turns and definitely a great introduction to game playing for him. Five year old Miss M was very encouraging and loves to help him although being the older sibling, she took the more tactical approach in selecting her shapes and always completed her board first!!
This didn’t bother Mister B who was happy and smiley every time he found all his shapes and gave himself a little cheer. The other major educational benefit to Pirate Shapes is shape recognition, along with learning colours and we even spotted a few patterns. I’ve found that Mister B is the perfect age to benefit from the learning aspects of this game. He already recognises some basic shapes and colours so Pirates Shapes reinforces these along with teaching him a few more.
We’ve loved playing this game, and even when on his own Mister B has enjoyed playing the game like a puzzle, finding the correct shapes and fitting them to the boards. A great game for two young siblings to play together.
Please watch our short review video of Pirate Shapes in action:
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