Apparently, Holly has accidently mixed up all the things in the Little Kingdom whilst practising her magic spells. Our job is to help her put them all back where they belong.
The game consists of four illustrated lotto boards, each with six smaller picture cards that match items that can be found in the illustrations. Each player selects a lotto board and shuffles the smaller picture cards face down in the middle of the table. Players then take it in turns to turn over a card. If the object matches an item on their lotto board picture, they keep the card and place it in one of the six holes on their board.
The boards are beautifully illustrated with scenes from Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom. As the objects on the picture cards are incorporated into the scene, it is a little more challenging to find a match as you have to search the whole picture. Some of the items are partially obscured adding another level of difficulty. Addy loved searching and felt very pleased with herself when she had success.
The components are sturdily made from robust card. I particularly liked that the picture cards fitted securely into holes on the board which eliminated the annoyance of cards being knocked out of place that we have experienced with other lotto games.
The game can be completed fairly quickly which makes it ideal for young children.
As well as practising turn taking and matching skills, placing the cards in the holes required a degree of manual dexterity and the pictures provided stimuli for conversation. We really enjoyed playing.
I am slightly concerned that the size of the small picture cards will make them prone to being lost but then learning to pack away carefully and look after your toys is another valuable lesson.
Ben & Holly's Lotto Game is available from all good retailers for £7.99.
Ben & Holly's official website can be found at www.littlekingdom.co.uk and has some lovely stories, games and activities for little ones.
There is also an official Ben & Holly Facebook page