Review: The Three Little Pigs board game

The Three Little Pigs is a story that has really captured Jessica’s imagination at the moment and so this game seemed perfect for her. As soon as Jessica spotted the ‘piggies’ on the front, she got quite excited and while Sophie had her afternoon nap, we sat down to play together.

Review: Three Little Pigs board game -  Little Hearts, Big Love

The pieces for the board are shaped like jigsaw pieces and Jessica enjoyed putting this together while I read the instructions on how to play the game. Each player has a three little pigs counter and works their way around the board, trying to build three houses made from straw, sticks and bricks without the big bad wolf blowing their houses down. Once the three houses are complete, the player needs to head to the middle of the board and reach the safety of the brick house in order to win the game.

Review: Three Little Pigs board game -  Little Hearts, Big Love

I found the three little pigs counters a little hard to slot into the plastic stands without damaging the pictures on them but otherwise setting up the board and house pieces ready for play was straightforward. Jessica chose a red counter for herself and a blue one for Mummy and we started the game.

Review: The Three Little Pigs board game - Little Hearts, Big Love

It’s the first time we’d played a board game together at home but I think Jessica may have played games using dice at preschool as she grasped the concept of throwing the die and counting the spots with very little help from me. She needed a little help with moving her counter as tended to count the space she was already on as 1 and was also more likely to just head for whichever space she wanted to be on next rather than the one she was due to land on!

Review: The Three Little Pigs board game - Little Hearts, Big Love

Each of the three houses is formed from slotting two pieces together. Each piece is collected from landing on a square showing the building materials for the house (straw, wood or bricks). If the player lands on the big bad wolf, they have to spin the wolf spinner (which Jessica loved doing) whilst saying “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”. If the spinner lands on a straw or wood house, then the player can take a house piece of that type from another player. If it lands on the brick house, the wolf can’t blow it down and the game continues.

Review: The Three Little Pigs board game - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

Once the houses are complete, the player needs to head to the middle of the board, throwing the exact number to get to the brick house in the centre. The first time we played the game, Jessica threw the correct number on her first go after completing the houses but the second time she just threw the die and decided that she would just go straight to the brick house anyway!

Review: The Three Little Pigs board game - Little Hearts, Big Love

The game is aimed at 3-6 year olds and is for up to four players. Jessica, at 3.5 years old, had no problem understanding the gist of the game and how to move around the board and build the houses even if the specific details of how to win were a bit lost! It’s certainly something we’ll be playing again and again.

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The Three Little Pigs game is available from Orchard Toys at £11.75. There are also a few other board games on their website which are based on children’s stories and so I suspect we’ll be creating a collection of board games later on as we introduce Jessica to more of the stories!

 

 

We received this game as a present for Jessica from one of her godparents. I have not been compensated for writing this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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20 thoughts on “Review: The Three Little Pigs board game

    1. Louise Post author

      Yes, possibly a little too advanced just now but am sure you will love playing things like this later on 🙂

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  1. Karen Bell

    We love Orchard games and this one sounds great too. I love that the game is developed around a well know children story they can relate to. Looks like Jessica had fun
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

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    1. Louise Post author

      Thanks Karen – Jessica loved it and I love that it fits in so well with the story 🙂

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    1. Louise Post author

      Counting practice is always good isn’t it and I love how well it goes with the story 🙂

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  2. Sian

    Wow this looks like lots of fun! Jessica is the same age as my eldest and we haven’t really played games yet. I really like the idea of using a familiar story for a game, I imagine it makes it easier for them to get into quickly. Thanks for sharing.
    #TriedTested

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  3. Stacey Guilliatt

    My eldest love the Three Little Pigs at the moment so this looks great for him, we don’t actually own any Orchard Toys at the moment but I think we need to invest! #triedtested

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