The Entropy Elves caught up with Orchard Toys’ export manager Mary Watson to hear more about this UK brand that’s responsible for so many entertaining and educational games.
What is it that children and adults love about Orchard Toys? I think adults love the quality and the attractive packaging especially, plus the educational value. Children seem to love the characters and the interaction that the games provide.
Do you have a particular favourite? I love Bus Stop because of the game play and children become familiar with the characters (family members/friends). Pigs in Pants is also a fantastic new addition – it makes everybody who plays it laugh!
“The game originated from an idea of, ‘what do four-year-olds think is funny?’ and [under]pants appears to be a very comical concept” – Ali Brown
What’s something people may not realise about the brand? Not everyone knows Orchard Toys is UK-made. We’re over 40 years old and still have family connections to the original founder who is actively involved in the business today.
What benefits does this have? We can control the whole process from design and manufacture to production locally, and can also respond instantly to changes in demand or special requests from any customers – and it’s happened!
How did the idea for Pigs in Pants come about? The Elves love that game! I love it too. The game originated from an idea of, ‘what do four-year-olds think is funny?’ and [under]pants appears to be a very comical concept to young children, especially on pigs!
Orchard Toys has the ethos of ‘learning made fun’. How do you strike this balance? We like to offer educational value in all of our products, but ultimately children have to want to play them. We test and re-test our products with children at local schools/playgroups before they even go to print so that we get the mix right.
You are eco-conscious as well – can you tell us about Orchard Toys is doing in this area? We use 100% recycled card, and our paper is bought from sustainable woodland.
Anything interesting to add? We are now seen as a leading brand in the UK. We have grown steadily over the past 10 years, but we still recognise the importance of good, quality products.
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