* I was sent the Orchard Toys  Wiggly Words and Slimy Rhymes games for the purpose of this post. All views and opinions are 100% my own.

Did you know that just under 1.5 million pupils in England have special educational needs. 13% of children in primary education require SEN support, and the percentage of pupils with SEN is continuing to rise? What SEN children find challenging is vast. For some it’s literacy-based or numeracy-based activities, whilst others struggle with processing and remembering information. SEN pupils often find learning to spell words, telling the time, and solving maths problems much harder than those without SEN needs. 

All children deserve the right support at both school and at home with their learning. This is why we are fans of Orchard Toys as they have a wide range of educational games available for a wide range of ages and abilities. We've had a lot of Orchard Toys games over the years for Blake and we fully recommend the brand.

Orchard Toys offer children stress free, fun opportunities to practise and develop their literacy and numeracy skills – they’re so much fun kids won’t even realise they’re learning! Orchard Toys games are designed with education in mind, and feature fun gameplay, bright and colourful illustrations, with durable, thick, quality card pieces, and ‘Learning Made Fun’ sitting at the heart of all the games.

We were sent two games that are aimed to support children with reading, writing, phonics and spelling. 


Wiggly Words
Wiggly Words is a fantastic game for ages 6 and up. The cards are double sided to maximise the combination of words and is a great way to make spelling practice fun. The aim of the game is to play all if your cards first to be the winner. As well as practising spellings it's a fun way to learn new words and the worms feature hilarious characters such as punks, superheros, sailors and more.  It's like the game dominoes but with words. Inside the box you will find 45 double sided worm cards as well as the instruction leaflet. 

Slimy Rhymes 
Slimy Rhymes is a great game for ages 5 and up. It's a fun game that is ideal for starting school age. Blake at 8 still enjoyed this game and learning about words that rhyme. The concept of this game is to match rhyming pairs and create a silly sentence, than feed them to the slime monster. Players start with a selection of five green slime cards. Taking it in turns they choose a purple slime card - if the card rhymes with one of the cards in front of them, the player must think of a silly sentence using the two words. Once they have a rhyming sentence they spin the spinner to find out in what style they must say their silly sentence in: whilst either holding their nose, with their teeth together, or in a squeaky voice!

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