Board Game Review: Goldilocks & The Three Bears

You may know, that I am one of the BIGGEST Orchard Toys fans. We have so many of them and we love love love them. Generally, I find that they are well made, have lovely designs and the games themselves are fun and usually have some hidden learning for the kids. One of our all time favourites is still Round & Round, as well as Pop To The Shops.

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So what did we think of it?

Well it is another delightful game from Orchard Toys (I know I sound biased, but I do really love them). They come up with so many different and original ideas. The “different” bit about this game, is that you play against each other AND against Goldilocks. It was an interesting dynamic. The Boy (who hates losing, especially when it is a new game that he hasn’t had a chance to get his head around yet), was channeling all his non winning frustration on Goldilocks and not his sister or me. Result. In a funny sort of way we worked together to win. The fact that The Girl ACTUALLY won, almost went unnoticed and I decided not to make too big a deal out of it.

The players move between 1-3 steps. Which again is great for The Girl (just turned 3) who is still learning about rules of the game – she wanted to pretend walking all across the board. So we were able to “slow down”, “stop” and count each step of the way. Win win for both kids! Hooray.

Day 30 Goldilocks

The way the game goes – you throw a di to move along the path. If you throw a “Goldilocks”, you get to spin a spinner to say whether Golidlocks moves one or two paces. If you land on a honey pot you either take a step or two back or forwards. A nice bit of subtle maths. Maths is something that The Boy is subtly beginning to understand and the clear +2 or -1 are a great way to look at the symbols that go with addition and subtractions and what happens to your moves if you “add or take away”. Luckily Goldilocks has a little further to go than everyone else, as not only does she have to reach the house, but shock horror, she has to mess it up as well.. giving the bears a chance to catch up with her.

Like I said, a nice new game with a great twist. Thumbs up.

Would you like to win one?

To enter, visit Orchard Toys, have a look around and  leave a comment below saying which game you would like to have (including link please!).


1) Open to the UK residence only.

2) Only one entry per person.

3) Competition closes on 9th Feb 2013 at 11pm.

4) Delivery of the prize is the responsibility of Orchard Toys and not Life at The Zoo.

(After our game.. we did then have to go off and watch a movie… the kids were exhausted after school and sticking to rules, read our Hotel Transylvania review to find out more).

Disclaimer: we were kindly sent a copy for review

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151 Responses to Board Game Review: Goldilocks & The Three Bears

  1. Joanne Lyles says:

    I would love to win Spooky Steps for my daughters

  2. Tracy Nixon says:

    Thank you! I think my four little ones would enjoy the Goldilocks and the Three Bears game!

  3. sophie spiby says:

    I would like to win this game please.

  4. kayleigh Dawn says:

    Goldilocks and the 3 bears

    Looks absolutely fabtastic!

  5. Sarah-Jane Laycock says:
  6. Angela Mckenzie says:

    My son would love Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

  7. Jess Chaney says:

    What a Performance! As my kids are older buty love playing with their orchard toys games

  8. Rachael Simmons says:

    Hello! My favourite has to be Shopping List – I used to have a game like I played with my little sister, and we loved it! :D

  9. Katie Swaby says:

    I never heard of these games til I read your review, and now I want all of them!
    Post Box Game would be perfect for my little girl though

  10. Laura Harris says:

    I love the sound of “What’s Rubbish’? And the really positive reviews support my thinking that it’s fun AND educational!

  11. Nicole says:

    I would like to choose this one –
    Shopping List.

  12. Sarah Morris says:

    We have a few of the Orchard Toys board games, they are great fun to play and educational too, my next one on the list to buy is Greedy Gorilla, my son would love the burping noises!

  13. Victoria Allum says:

    I would love to play the post box game with my daughter. Looks fab. That’s for running this great competition :)

  14. Hollie Adlam says:

    Hehe this game looks like so much fun

  15. ValB says:

    These are great games – have played lots with the grandchildren and had loads of fun.

    Pop to the shops looks one we would enjoy !

  16. Gaz Mills says:

    My son loves to play Old McDonald Lotto.

  17. Ruth Lurring says:

    My son would love this – He loves waiting for our postman to come in the morning so that he can run and collect the letters!

  18. Nicola West says:

    Would love to win the Greedy Gorilla game for my little one. She would find that hilarious!

  19. Ashleigh says:

    We absolutely love Orchard toys. This looks great –

  20. Helen-Marie says:

    My daughter’s favourite is the shopping game


  21. jennie jackson says:

    I love the sound of the shopping list one

  22. Myra Wilson says:

    I regularly buy Orchard games and jigsaws for my grandchildren

  23. Rebecca Foster says:

    I’d love to give this board game to my neice; Emma. At the moment she is a very confident(!) 5 year old who perhaps doesn’t understand the importance of sharing with others. I think it would help teach her about taking turns and sharing.

  24. Andrea MacLeod says:

    My. Favourite is the shopping list!

  25. MEGAN says:


  26. Michelle Ptak says:

    I love the sound of Slug in a Jug .. a great way to introduce rhyming.

  27. Stephanie Tsang says:

    My daughter would love Shopping List –

  28. Peter Hopkins says:

    I think if I won I would like the tell the time board game.

  29. Celia says:

    My boy would love the Round & Round game [] – we’re bus obsessed here!

  30. Joanne McGonagle says:

    I would like to get Round & Round.

    I think my daughter would really enjoy it as she loves buses, always tells you when a bus is going by the house, and loves the “Wheels on the Bus” song.

  31. michael says:

    This would be a great prize to play with the little ones, especially during the holidays :)

  32. anthony harrington says:

    lots of interesting ideas, have booked marked for future reference, I would love this

  33. Larry M says:

    Greedy Gorillas is so much fun

  34. JO JONES says:

    I like the postbox game

  35. Luke Strickland says:

    Ooh arrrr.. this one me hearties!

  36. EMMA WALTERS says:

    would love to try round & round :)

  37. Avril Alexander says:

    both my kids would love this – show offs at the best of times so perfect for a raiany day!!

  38. Karen Howe says:

    I read it every night a board game would add a little variation so ..The Goldilocks and the Three Bears game..Please x


  39. Spamum says:

    My 3 bears would love Goldilocks & the Three Bears

  40. Big_ruzzer says:

    Could see some fun being had as we play pirates with yo-ho-ho!

  41. Laura H says:

    My little girl would love a Goldylocks and the 3 bears:


  42. Carolin says:

    I think my 3 year old would love the Pirate Shapes, fingers crossed :)

  43. Natasha Corder says:

    We have 3 Orchard Toys Games and they are all great, as well as the Goldilocks game we would like to try thePost Box one

  44. Lynsey Buchanan says:

    We love Orchard toys we would love to own Greedy Gorilla

  45. Liane Crook says: Goldilocks and the three bears looks great would love to win it for my 4 year old

  46. katie skeoch says:

    Had one just like it as a kid!! the boys love a bit of competition

  47. abigail edkins says:

    I love the greedy gorilla Brilliant burps! : )

  48. tracy newton says:

    Goldilocks and the three bears looks great.

  49. Hazel Christopher says:

    I think my little boy would really like this :)

  50. I would love the pirate shapes
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  51. Tanya Blackburn says:

    Goldilocks please

  52. Barbara Stephenson says:

    Would love to win the Goldilocks game for my grandchildren.

  53. Sarash2439 says:

    My little girl would love this as she is just learning to read and spell.

  54. Mark says:

    My Daughter would love playing such a fun game.

  55. Matt Hudson says:

    I’d like to win ‘Run, Run as fast as you can’ for our daughter.

  56. Denise Dutson says:

    The Post Box Game looks brilliant!

  57. Kelly Paterson says:

    My daughter loves playing shops and would love this one but in general I think all Orchard Toy games are great!

  58. Victoria Cunniff says: this one looks great, reminds me of a game I had when I was little

  59. Amy Ripley says:

    This game looks amazing!!!- my daughter loves shopping! –

  60. katrina walsh says:

    My daughters just getting into all the fairy stories. Im sure she’d love this

  61. Emma K says: looks really cool :) They just love wild animals! :D

  62. alison c says:

    I like the sound of the one you have reviewed – these learning games are great quality !

  63. paul baker says:

    the what a performance game looks great my daughter hope and mummy and daddy would have a whale of a time playing this together

  64. Kelly Hooper says:

    We’ve already got 3 little pigs and the shopping list, think next will be GOldilocks as it says ages 4 – 11 which means both my monsters can play :D

  65. ClairejB says:

    Looks like great fun & a good way to teach kids about recycling and to think about waste. :)

  66. Claire Butler says:

    My sons loves shopping list game and greedy gorilla so think he’d like whats rubbish

  67. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    I would love to win this game as my niece loves this song:

  68. Rory Campion says:

    Think it would have to be shopping list

  69. rachael jones says:

    Tell the time :

    my son loves these games my sis in law has bought him a couple in the past and he loves them !

  70. Jenny says:

    I would love to win Monster Catcher. My nephew would love it!

  71. Joanna Smith says:

    My kids would LOVE – especially my daughter!

  72. belynda says:

    Round and Round, I think my children would really love it, we have a couple of Orchard games and puzzles and they are such good quality and the children love them

  73. Jackie Harrison says:

    Would love to win Goldilocks and The Three Bears to play with my grandaughter

  74. jane colwill says:

    My daughter would love the shopping list game, would make a change from her trying to spend my money!

  75. Vicki Violet Morris says:

    My step son is public transport MAD! He would love this Bus Stop game…

  76. Georgia Mcallister says:

    We’d love the Spooky Steps game

  78. Vikki Cross says:

    We have a few of the orchard games already which my son loves! Would love to add pop to the shops to our collection

  79. Lucy robinson says:

    I would love to win this game. X

  80. Rebecca Pick says:

    I’d love to win this for my little boy

  81. Jackie ONeill says:

    The shopping list would go down a treat in my house

  82. Anna M. says:

    It’s my daughters birthday soon and she asked me for party,party,party

  83. Maria Jane Knight says:

    My little boy who is almost three would love the postbox game – i think it would really help with his colours too.

  84. Karen R says:

    My games and pirate-mad daughter would love Yo Ho Ho:

  85. Rachael Marsden says:

    I would like the above for my little boy

  86. lynsey kirkwood says:

    the kids would love what a performance” as this is something they are always doing!

  87. Claire P says:
    I would like “Run run as fast as you can” please

  88. Helen McCarron says:

    My son would abolsutely love the Yo Ho Ho game!

  89. Danielle Graves says:

    I would love to win this for my little boy :)

  90. Leigh Larkin says:

    The Post Box Game looks perfect for my little one!

  91. Lorna Q says:

    My 3 boys would love this. Fingers crossed :-)

  92. Leonie Williams says:

    My five year old daughter Lilli would love the Goldilocks and the Three Bears game as she loves to do her Maths at school

  93. Leonie Williams says:

    my 5 year old daughter would love this as she enjoys maths

  94. Sarah Ballantyne says:

    We love Orchard Games, particularly Old McDonald Lotto and Shopping List but my daughter has recently become obsessed with pirates so I’m sure she’d love Yo Ho Ho next.

  95. Prerna Gupta says:

    I would love to win the following for my daughter:

  96. Charlotte Jones says:

    My 3 year old daughter would love :)

  97. Julie Harris says:

    I would love this game.It looks similar to the game Misfits, which we still have from when our DD1 was four : 19 years ago ! I would send it to my grandchildren as it is suitable by age for both.
    However I would struggle to part with it as our game needs replacing badly though it comes with many happy memories of my late Dad entertaining my girls.The Misfits came out every time !!

  98. jayne underwood says: my 3yr old would love this, she loves shopping x

  99. sarah wallis says:

    I would be very pleased to win Goldilocks and the Three bears game.

  100. DAWN TOTTON says:

    They all look great but I like this one in particular –

  101. Alisa says:

    Round and Round looks great, I’d like to have that one:

  102. samantha roberts says:

    The Post Box game for my 2 year old little girl.

    She loves games like these. x

  103. Laura Williams says:

    What a lovely giveaway! :-D
    Hard to choose as they all look fun!!
    But I would love to be lucky and win this one please: <—- The post box game, because my little ones LOVE posting letters, so I know they would enjoy this game alot! :-)
    Thank you! X x

  104. Sergiu Vornic says:

    Need all of them for school!

  105. Trupti Dave says:

    I would like to win

    my kids would love it

  106. Lynne Rudd says:

    my 3 kids would love playing this!

  107. Ms Sally says:

    Looks like a great game!!!!!

  108. Emily Jane Ann Nelson says:

    Lovely competition/. Thank you

    Id love to win this :

    For my little boy! I have a little girl but she is too young to play xx

  109. sarah robertson says:

    I think my son would love Farmyard Dominoes! He adores animals!

  110. sian hallewell says:

    This game reminds me of one I had when I was little, so I’d love this game

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