Pancake Pile-Up Relay Game – Review

Pancake Pile-Up from Learning Resources is a fun, fast paced team game that all the family can enjoy.  With two teams of up to six players in each, this is a game that encourages team work, promotes physical activity and builds a competitive atmosphere that everyone get’s involved in.  Also for younger players it helps develop recognition with the different toppings on the pancakes and also hand eye coordination as they balance the pancakes on the spatulas.

Pancake PileupThe game comes with two plastic spatulas, 10 soft plastic pancakes (in 5 different flavours), two plastic pieces of butter, 10 order cards, two cardboard plates and instructions.  Being soft plastic, the pancakes are durable and won’t break which is what you need when you are carrying them across the room. The box is made of an extremely sturdy cardboard which is fantastic to store the game in, but the bottom is actually used as part of the game play.  It has the image of a griddle on it, upon which you place the pancakes and this is where you collect them from during the game.

pancake1First you need to separate players into two teams and then select an order card which shows you the order of the different flavoured pancakes that you need to stack.  Also place the plates at one end of the room and the griddle with the pancakes at the other.

Then it is time to start, with the first player in each team running across to the griddle with their spatula, selecting the correctly topped pancake and running back to their team, carefully balancing the pancake on the spatula and placing it on the plate.  The next player in the team then runs across and collects the next pancake on the list until a tower of pancakes is built that matches the order card.  The first team to successfully do this are the winners!

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When I showed my two children the Pancake Pile-Up game, their eyes lit up and they were eager to play.  They both love playing games and often prefer them to toys so I knew they’d be excited at a new game.  They immediately took charge and decided to be team captains and picked their team members from a choice of mummy, daddy and their grandparents.  Then the relay started and they were away, I have to say the atmosphere in the room was brimming with cheers, encouragement and excitement as we took our turns at collecting a pancake for the pile.  Once the pile was complete and we had a winning team they immediately wanted to mix the teams up a bit and play again.

pancake4The suggested age range for this game is 4-8 years, so this was perfect for 6yr old Miss M.  Mister B is only 3yr’s old but is more than capable of playing this and totally grasped the game although did require a little direction.  He often got caught up in the excitement and came back with a different flavoured pancake to which he went for but non the less we let him off as he was enjoying it so much!

pancake5Pancake Pile-Up is such a simple game but one that children absolutely love and it really does bring people together.  Normally we are sat down to play games and children can get bored or distracted, but with Pancake Pile-Up we were all (adults included) totally engrossed in the game throughout as we cheered, motivated and encouraged each other along in a bid to be the winning team.

We love Pancake Pile-Up, it has been a huge success with our family.  I think the relay team aspects and the physical side of it really add to the fun and enjoyment.  My children have played with it again and again sometimes just by themselves racing to build their pile of pancakes.  We are seeing family this weekend and my children are keen to take it with us to play with Auntie K, Uncle K and Cousin L.  I think this game is versatile and would make a great children’s party game, and definitely one to bring out at Christmas.  But with pancake day on it’s way this year, it’s perfect to get children thinking about Shrove Tuesday and planning their desired toppings for their pancakes.

If you have young children and are looking for a fun, quick paced family game that everyone will enjoy, then why not give Pancake Pile-Up a try?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the game in order to write the review.

My Little Pony – A Canterlot Wedding – App Review

My Little Pony is a favourite with most little girls, and this latest App, A Canterlot Wedding is a lovely interactive storybook with activities that can be played over and over again.

My little pony app canterlot weddingThe story follows the preparation for the Royal Wedding.  Princess Celestia, the bride to be has allocated jobs to each of the ponies in Canterlot, but they need help to carry them out.

The images are bold and bright in this My Little Pony storybook, something Miss M really enjoyed looking at and listening to.  The word are written on each page, but also read out loud and you are prompted when to turn the page.  During the story, there are opportunities to help the ponies carry out their jobs, such as decorated the wedding cake, choosing the bridal outfit for Princess Celestia and picking flowers.

My little pony app picsMiss M really had fun going through the storybook with a smile on her face as she turned each page to see what came next.  I asked her opinion of the My Little Pony storybook at the end and she said “I loved it”.

I thought this was a lovely app, then many young girls would enjoy although I would say Miss M, at 6 is at the upper age range to enjoy this.  I think girls aged 3-6 years would really get the most out of this and go back to it again and again.

The app is available through iTunes and is currently half price, so now’s the time to buy a copy if you know a little girl that might like this.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received a free code in order to try out the app and write the review.

Shelby’s Snack Shack Game – Review

We love playing games as a family, and with 5yr old Miss M being the queen of games in our house, she was really excited when Shelby’s Snack Shack game arrived from Learning Resources.

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The first thing you notice about Shelby’s Snack Shack game is the unique shaped box.  It definitely catches your eye with it’s bright, fun pictures and shaped design.  The game is aged at ages 4+, so Miss M is the ideal age to play.  The idea is to collect as many bones as you can and the winner is the one with the most in their bowl at the end of the game.   The box is incorporated into the game and used to place the bones.

A double spinner determines what you do on your turn whether it’s collect some bones, steal bones from other players or miss a turn.  If you do need to collect or return bones there is a second spinner to let you know how many bones you gain or lose.  This provides excellent number and counting skills for little ones as well as them getting used to gameplay and being competitive.  The expression on Miss M’s face when she lands on miss a turn is a picture although she is learning that this is part of the game and she has to accept that she doesn’t always collect lots of bones and be the winner!

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The cutest thing about this game has to be Shelby a cute dog shaped pair of tweezers that are used to pick the bones up in this game.  This is an added feature that gives the game a unique aspect, but at the same time lots of fun and extra excitement for little ones.  It also helps aid coordination and fine motor skills so lots of added value with Shelby as part of the game.

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We have thoroughly enjoyed playing this game,  it is well made and has lots of unique aspects.  It is fun, exciting and competitive to see who can collect the most bones.  It encourages learning in numbers, counting and general game playing skills.  An attractive, high quality game that young children will love and great for families to enjoy together.  We certainly have and if you’d like to try the game for yourself, check out the opportunity to win below.

For your chance to win 1 of 5 copies that Learning Resources are giving away, please click HERE to enter their competition.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

HABA Catch Me! Tin Game – Review

Our final toy in HABA’s 75th Anniversary celebration is a very cute little game called Catch Me! a cat and mouse game in a tin.

Catch Me! Tin Game by HabaCatch Me! by HABA is a simple but fun game that packs away in a small tin, ideal for travel, out and about etc.  The game uses the tin as the role of the cat and the players have to pull their mice off the circle of felt as quickly as possible before the cat traps them.  There is an added dimension to the game with the die which allows certain coloured mice to escape.

Miss M really enjoyed playing Catch Me!, more than I initially thought she would.  Although the game is over almost as quick as it is started, Miss M loved the thrill of pulling the mice away quickly or being the cat with the tin trying to trap the mice.  We had lots of fun and laughs playing this.

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I love the little tin the game comes in and the pieces are all well made inside.  This will definitely be coming on holiday with us this year and with up to six players able to play we can all join in the fun.

We love this game from HABA and Miss M gave it a big thumbs up!

Haba_4c_F_Logo75F_01All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

 

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

With Miss M being an avid lover of games I was really pleased to try The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game from Learning Resources.  It is a simple, fun game for 2-4 players aged 3+.  The game is set in a delightful tree shaped box with a lovely woodland theme to it.

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The object of the game is to be the first person to collect one of each of five coloured acorns in your tree stump.  The acorns are placed in the inside of the tree shaped box and using a spinner determines the action you can make, pick up a particular colour acorn, pick one of your choice, miss a go or steal an acorn from another player etc.

The highlight of the game for my children is the Squirrel Squeezer – a plastic squirrel shaped set of tweezers used to pick the acorns up from the box and transfer them to your tree stump.  These are very strong, sturdy and definitely gave the game an added dimension of fun.

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Although the game is fairly simple, it does encourage colour matching and improve fine motor skills along with a bit of strategy when choosing which player is best to steal acorns from.

This is a fun game suitable for younger children but is easily enjoyed by all the family.  My five year old also sat quite happily playing it with her friend without the need for adult supervision.  We’ve enjoyed this game, it’s been played everyday and is a great for entertaining young children – even my 2.5yr old enjoyed using the squirrel to put acorns in a tree stump and tell me what colours they were!!

If you’d like to win a Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game for yourself then head over to the Learning Resources Facebook page before 30th April 2013 where they are running a competition to win 1 of 5 copies.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

 

 

 

Where’s my cupcake? game by Orchard Toys – Review

When we were sent Where’s my cupcake? game by Orchard Toys for izziwizzikids.co.uk to review, Miss M’s face lit up immediately.  The girly pink box is covered in cupcakes – she couldn’t wait to play.

The game consists of cupcake shaped cards in 10 different varieties and the object of the game is to match cupcake cards and end up with the biggest pile on your plate!!

Miss M loved the different cupcake cards and when it was her turn always described the cards by the topping whether it be the chocolate one, sprinkles, strawberry, sparkles, lemon etc etc.  This in itself proved a very entertaining part of the game that is different and fun compared to usual card type games.  It also adds a girly element that is hard to find in games for younger players.

An added learning element to the game was “manners”.  During the game if you pick up a card that you are unable to match and keep, you can offer it to other players if they have a matching card on top of their pile.  To do this the player with the card is encouraged to ask “Would you like a cupcake?” to which the recipient replies “Yes please” and “Thank you” once given the card.  Miss M really enjoyed doing this and it reminded her of manners.  Not only did it encourage verbal manners but also the act of sharing and giving the card to someone else – something a lot of young children are reluctant to do.

Also included in the box is a cupcake recipe card which Miss M was really excited by and couldn’t wait to make them so the next day we followed the instructions and had a fun baking session that resulted in some delicious cupcakes.

This is a fun, girly game that we have played over and over again. We’d definitely  recommend it and know it would make a lovely gift for any little girl.

Below is a video of Miss M & I playing Where’s my cupcake? compiled by izziwizzikids.co.uk:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.