Pop to the Shops Game

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Pop to the Shops Game

Help children learn about handling money and giving change by playing this fun shopping game. Go round the board from shop to shop using plastic money...

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Review of "Pop to the Shops Game"

published 28/04/2017 | kat123456
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Pro introduction of money, reminder of manners, fun
Cons could be a little more challenging
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"A Good Introduction to Money"

My eldest son loves to play board games and he received this 'Pop to the Shops' game by Orchard Toys for a gift on his fifth birthday. We have a number of Orchard Toys games and have always enjoyed playing them so we were instantly intrigued about what his one involved. This currently costs £9.50 on Amazon and is recommended for children of ages 5-9 years. It can be played by 2-4 players.


The game comes inside a cardboard box with a colourful cartoon picture of some characters at the shops. Inside is the game board which comes in four pieces that piece together like a puzzle would. There are four coloured shops, one in each corner of the board. These are: Greengrocer (green), Mini Market (yellow), Newsagent (blue) and Bakery (red). Each shop has six items pictured that would be sold in that type of shop (for example carrots in the greengrocer and cake in the bakery) and each item has a price by it. Corresponding picture cards to those items are provided - each one is provided twice, one with a white background and one with a background the colour of the shop (for example green for the greengrocer).

There are four character counters provided -each a person in the colour of a shop and a traditional die. Plastic coins are provided - 50p, 10p and 20p and a shopping basket for each player with six spaces to fill.


The idea of the game is to be the first player to buy six items from the shops and therefore fill their shopping basket. At the start of the game, each shop is filled with the coloured versions of the items and the ones with the white background are placed faced down on the table. Each player selects a character (and therefore a shop to own) and their character starts the game on the space near the shop. They also have two 50p coins, two 20p and a 10p coin. The rest of the money is held in the 'bank' and each player receives 20p from here when they cross the middle section of the board.

Each player picks a card from the ones faced down on the table and that is the first item that they need to purchase. If they select an item from their own shop this is placed back faced down and another item selected. This is also done later in the game if they pick an item that they can not afford. If you purchase from a shop 'owned' by a player, you pay them the money for the item. If it there are less than four players playing, and the shop is not 'owned' the money goes to the bank. When the player has rolled the number of spaces required to reach the shop with the item that they are after, they must ask for the item using 'please' and 'thankyou' Once they have purchased an item, they return their character to their shop and select a new item to purchase from the table.


My (now) 6 year old son really enjoys this game. My three year old will also join in - he understand the concept but needs help with the money side of things (as to be expected as he is below the minimum age set for the game). Both love the easy concept and the simple play. I think that, as well as being fun to play, there are lots of learning benefits with this game - children can learn what types of items are sold in different shops, how to understand prices and handle money (how much is in a pound and how to combine coins to make an amount), problem solving - can they afford an item? how much change they should give?, as well as basic game skills - turn taking, recognising the spots on a dice and counting the squares they move forward. I also like the fact that the children are reminded to use their manners when 'purchasing' items from the shop - so this is great role play.

Game length varies depending on number of players but I would say it was usually between 10-15 minutes which works well with children's concentration levels. The board and the cards are made of a thick cardboard and these stand up well to the rough handling of children - it is a very well made game. My one minor complaint would be that it would be nice to have a few more denominations of coins - perhaps a pound or a five pence to really enable a child to practise making amounts and giving change and challenge them a little more. I think children at the upper age range of the game, at 8 or 9 years old, would find this game a little basic and it might struggle to hold their interest and attention.

Overall though, it is a good quality, simple game and I think it is a great way to introduce money handling and the concept of value to small children. I would say children of 5,6 and 7 probably benefit most from this game but it is a nice game to enjoy as a family.

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  • jb0077 published 08/05/2017
  • jo-1976 published 01/05/2017
    We have this game too
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Help children learn about handling money and giving change by playing this fun shopping game. Go round the board from shop to shop using plastic money to buy lots of different items. Silver award winner. Links with National Curriculum Maths. Age: 5-9 Players: 2-4 Ref: 030 EAN: 5011863100658 Contents: 1 game board, 48 item cards, 4 counters, 1 dice, play money Object: To be the first player to buy any six items from the shops without overspending! The winner: The winner is the first person to purchase six items. Orchard Toys Pop to the Shops Game


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