Orchard Toys | Times Tables Heroes

March 14, 2020

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This fun multiplication game will help children practise their times tables from 2-12. With two games in one – Hero City board game and Multiplication Bingo – times table practise will be filled with fun!

Although I count myself as very lucky that Tigger’s favourite subject at school is maths, it is still a subject that requires a lot of practice. Especially as he will be completing the new multiplication tables check (MTC), which is compulsory in primary schools for children in Year 4 from June 2020. His school report last week highlighted that he needed to focus on his 8, 9 and 12 times tables. So we have been looking at ways to help him at home, with Orchard Toys coming to the rescue with their Times Tables Heroes game.

Times Tables Heroes

Times Tables Heroes features 2 games in 1 and encourages children to practise times tables up to 12×12. The first game encourages children to use their imaginations as they race around the board to be the first to defeat the evil robot, solving multiplication sums along the way! The second game is Multiplication Bingo – great for children to practise quickly recalling times tables.

What’s included?

  • 1 jigged double-sided board
  • 21 shield cards
  • 4 character playing pieces
  • 4 character stands
  • 3 spinner boards
  • 3 two-part plastic spinners
  • 1 times tables checker
  • 4 superhero reference cards
  • 1 instruction leaflet

Hero City Game

In the Hero City board game players take turns to spin the spinners to move around the playing board. Children can practise times tables up to 12 x 12 as they battle it out to defeat the evil robot!

How to set up the Hero City Game

  • Assemble the game board with the city facing upwards
  • Each player choose a superhero card and matching character piece (which will need to be slotted on to a base for the first use)
  • Everyone starts on the yellow star start space
  • Place the shield cards in a pile on the table, face down
  • Place the spinners on the table where everyone is able to access them
  • Place the times table checker on the table within reach of all players

How to play Hero City Game

  1. Decide what level of difficulty you would like to play – the green spinner for an easier game practising 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Or the red spinner for a more challenging game practising all the times tables.
    Different players can use different spinners in the same game so perfect for younger and older siblings to play together.
  2. Spin the spinners, the square spinner will give you the first number for your multiplication sum and your coloured spinner the second. For example, 7 and 2 would give you the sum of ‘7 x 2 = ?’
  3. Shout out your answer and then check the times table checker to see if you were correct.
  4. If you were correct then move your superhero character to the next space on the board that corresponds with the vehicle the square spinner is pointing to.
  5. Continue playing in a clockwise direction
  6. If you land on a shield behind a vehicle space, pick up one of the shield cards from the pile. Describe the disaster that appears on the opposite side utilising the key included in the instruction leaflet. Or you could utilise your imagination as to what disaster your superhero is facing. Move forward the number of spaces shown on the card.
  7. The winner is the first player to reach the evil robot.

Multiplication Bingo

Turn over the boards for a fast-paced game of bingo! Players can practise 2, 5 and 10 times tables as they race to get three in a row.

How to set up Multiplication Bingo

  • Each player takes a bingo board which are found on the reverse side of the Hero City game board
  • Place the green and red spinners and times tables checker where everyone can reach them
  • Place the shield cards face down in a pile – these are used to cover your numbers

How to play Multiplication Bingo

  1. The youngest player starts the game by spinning both the red and green spinners
  2. Shout out the numbers the spinners point to, for example, if the spinners landed on 5 and 2 you would shout 5 x 2
  3. Work out the answer and shout it out loud (check the times table checker to see if it is correct)
  4. All the players look to see if they have this number on their multiplication bingo board. If they do, they place a shield card over the number
  5. Continue in a clockwise direction until one player has covered three numbers in a row (down, across or diagonally)
  6. The winner need to shout out ‘three in a row!’

For extra fun whilst playing you can each describe how your would solve the disaster on the shield card.

Additional Multiplication Bingo resources

Orchard Toys have added advanced bingo boards and extra shield cards to download free.

Educational benefits of Times Tables Heroes

  • Promotes Imaginative Play – Children can get creative whilst they learn their times tables in this unique combination of imaginative play and multiplication practise
  • Develops Multiplication Skills – Times Tables Heroes complements what children are taught in school and encourages children to practise multiplication up to 12×12.
  • Develops Observational Skills – There are lots to see in this fun-filled board game, from the quirky superhero characters to the crazy disaster cards.

Our thoughts on the Times Tables Heroes Game

One of the amazing things about Orchard Toys is their ability to make learning fun, with children often not realising that they are completing an educational activity. To them, they are just playing a game and having fun. The Times Tables Heroes game obviously is a little more obvious that it is an educational game, however, this didn’t stop Tigger interacting and playing against Roo as well as myself and What The Dad Said.

The two different games allow you to focus on different difficulty levels of times tables which is great. With Roo attempting to take the easier route with the green spinner but weren’t letting her get away with it. The additional free resources which can be printed from the website are a great bonus to the multiplication bingo game.

A wonderful 2-in-1 game that can be used across the key stage 2 age range. With the times table checker perfect for them checking their answers and gaining swiftness in their responses to sums.

Where can you buy the Times Tables Heroes Game?

The Times Tables Heroes game is available to buy from Orchard Toys, Amazon and all other good toy retailers.

Win an Orchard Toys Times Tables Heroes game

To help you have fun with times tables we are lucky enough to have an additional Times Tables Heroes to giveaway.

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81 Comments

  • Tracy Nixon March 16, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    The Dinosaur race game looks fun!

  • Iain maciver March 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Bus Stop Board Game

  • Susie Wilkinson March 16, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Pirate Snakes and Ladders & Ludo Board Game

  • fiona waterworth March 16, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    the Mammoth Maths Game would be great for my daughter as she needs help with maths

  • Solange March 16, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    I’d love to try the Shopping List game.

  • Angie McDonald March 16, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    We’d love to try the Dirty Dinos Game!

  • Vikki Bowker March 16, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    I’d love to play Rainbow Unicorns!

  • Anthony Harrington March 16, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    I like the idea f the French Games, La Chat Poule Mouillée looks good

  • Angela Treadway March 17, 2020 at 12:29 am

    dinosaur race looks real fun! x

  • Carrie-Anne Brown March 17, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I’d love the Catch and Count Game for my little boy

  • Alice Dixon March 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    We have quite a few orchard toys games, we’d like to try out Magic Spelling

  • Sandra Fortune March 17, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    The Mammoth Maths Game for my grandson

  • Lou anderson March 17, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Rainbow unicorn!

  • Ellen Stafford March 17, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Fairy Snakes & Ladders and Ludo Board Game sounds great.

  • Fiona jk42 March 17, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    We’ve got quite a few Orchard Toys games, and they are all great fun. I think I’d like to get “What’s the Time, Mr Wolf” next, so my granddaughter can learn how to tell the time.

  • Eileen Hindley March 18, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Would love to try the What a Performance Board Game

  • Jackie Howell March 18, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Dinosaur Race Board Game

  • Ursula Hunt March 18, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    I would like the La Liste Des Courses game, I think its a great way to teach youngsters a second language

  • justine meyer March 18, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Shopping list game looks great fun

  • Jo Jones March 18, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    The Mammoth Maths game looks good.

  • Priscilla Stubbs March 18, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I would love to try the Dinosaur race game

  • Susan Willshee March 18, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Leo would love the red dog, blue dog game. He’s not old enough yet to reliably identify letters or numbers but he can do his colours

  • Andrea Fletcher March 18, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Pirate snakes and ladders looks good.

  • ADEINNE TONNER March 18, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    It would have to be the knights and dragons game

  • Laura Johnson March 18, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Fairy Snakes and Ladders looks good!

  • Julie Ward March 18, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    The pirate snakes and ladders would be grandsons favourite

  • Denise Wilden March 18, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    The Mammoth Maths game looks really good would be ideal for my grandson

  • michelle o'neill March 19, 2020 at 4:51 am

    What a Performance Board Game

  • Jenny McClinton March 19, 2020 at 6:33 am

    I think the match & spell games and the times table games would be perfect for my daughter as it would be a fun way to help her with learning without her knowing.

  • Rich Tyler March 19, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Dirty Dinos

  • Natalie Burgess March 19, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Party, party, party board game xx

  • laura milton March 19, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    We would love the match and spell game. We have alot of family games and numeracy but my son is growing to noticing letters and spelling now

  • Christine Caple March 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I think my granddaughter would love the Pop to the Shops Board Game.

  • natalie s March 21, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I love the sound of party, party party!

  • ellie spider March 21, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    dirty dinos would be great 🙂 we love dinosaurs

  • Ruth Harwood March 22, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Love the look of Counting Mountain, it looks like it’d be great for teaching my daughter maths as well as having fun together xx

  • Rachael Sexey March 22, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Match and spell looks brill

  • Lydia Joy March 22, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I think my boys would like Dinosaur Race

  • ro day March 22, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Timetables heroes, something my kids have always struggled with.

  • Martina Pichova March 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    I think my Reception age daughter would love the Counting mountain game.

  • Pam Smith March 23, 2020 at 7:02 am

    The Match and Spell Game

  • Katie B March 23, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Pirate Snakes and Ladders & Ludo Board Game, we love pirates!

  • Julia Kerr March 23, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    We are a big fan of orchard games, one that we don’t have and would love to try is Cheeky Monkeys Game

  • oriana donlevy March 24, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    We have a few Orchard games already but this time tables one sounds like the perfect next level for my 5 year old.

  • Lisa Wilkinson March 24, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    What a performance

  • Donna W March 25, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    We’ve just started teaching the children a little bit of French and we love The Shopping List Game so would like to try La Liste Des Courses so we can all learn the words in French too.

  • Emma Middleton March 26, 2020 at 7:16 am

    I would love to try the Dirty Dinos game, my son loves them

  • kim neville March 26, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Mammoth Maths looks great

  • K Col March 26, 2020 at 11:45 am

    think my grandson would like the Dinosaur Race

  • Christine Lockley March 26, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    We love Orchard Toys games and our favourite is the “Shopping List” but we’d love to try the “Catch and Count Game”

  • Sheri Darby March 26, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Mammoth Maths looks an excellent idea

  • Dan March 26, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    This looks like loads of fun!!

  • Amy Bondoc March 28, 2020 at 4:14 am

    we would love to try the Shopping List game.

  • claire woods March 28, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Dirty Dinos game

  • lynn neal March 28, 2020 at 11:47 am

    I like the look of Mammoth Maths for my grandchildren!

  • Emma England March 28, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    We are big fans of orchard games in our house! Loopy llamas looks brilliant.

  • Catherine Bullas March 28, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Shopping list game.

  • Jenny Rogers March 28, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I like the look of the Pop To The Shops Board Game.

  • Kim M March 28, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Pop To The Shops looks good x

  • Alana Walker March 28, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Would love to try the Sound Detectives game with my kids. It looks great fun using the app to hear the animal sounds.

  • Rebecca Morris March 28, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    We love orchid games we’d love Fairy Snakes & Ladders

  • Hannah Scudder March 28, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Magic Maths, my son really loves maths.

  • Jo m welsh March 28, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    We wild like to play rainbow unicorns

  • Rebecca Beesley March 28, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Mammoth maths looks good too – we need all the help we can get with maths!

  • Heli L March 28, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    The Magic Spelling Game looks like it would be useful for my daughter to help her with her spellings

  • Jules page March 29, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Shopping list game.

  • Danielle Pooley March 29, 2020 at 8:06 am

    I love the look of the shopping list game

  • Susan Smith March 29, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Match and spell game, looks a great learning game

  • Susan B March 29, 2020 at 11:17 am

    The Animal Match Mini Game would be perfect for our youngest. The range, though, is extensive and fabulous so a difficult choice.

  • laura frost March 29, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    rainbow unicorns looks fun

  • Laura Pritchard March 29, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    We’d love to play Fairy Snakes & Ladders and Ludo Board Game

  • Amanda Deacon March 29, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Ideal game for my son who is struggling with his times tables

  • Sarah Hold March 29, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    My daughter would love the shopping game

  • ashleigh allan March 29, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    I think Mammoth Maths Game looks great!

  • Amanda Gregory March 29, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Sleepy Sloths Game looks great fun.

  • laura stewart March 29, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Mammoth Maths

  • Tammy Neal March 29, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Bus stop board game x

  • JW March 29, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    My grand daughter would love sleepy sloths

  • Tracy B March 29, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    The Rainbow Unicorns Game looks like fun

  • Danielle Graves March 29, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I’m trying to teach Jacob about money at the moment so think the Money Match Cafe game would be perfect for us at the minute.

  • Dawn Samples March 29, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    The shopping game looks fun x

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