Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Start a Tradition


Easter is just around the corner…

On top of having chocolate to eat, why not getting a game or two to play with your preschooler?    Games can be educative as well as fun.    As a suggestion, I will present you some games that Hasbro has sent me.

HungryHipposHungry Hungry Hippos is not a new game in our household.    I think this was the first game we bought when our oldest son was about 3 years old.    Alexandre was eager to have fun with mom and dad back then.   I had never heard of it.  My husband on the other hand was very excited since he had one when he was a child in the 70s.    The game includes 4 hippo heads/bodies, a base, 4 marble launchers and marbles.   Who is the hungriest hippo?   Will it be Sweetie Potamus, Veggie Potamus, Picky Potamus and Bottomeless Potamus?    If you hippo eats the most marbles, you win the game.  

These days, we have four kids that love to play this game every once in a while.    Personally, I find it a bit loud but to hear the giggles and laughs coming out of my kids is priceless.    They are bonding when they take out Hungry Hungry Hippos and enjoy spending time together.    I can only imagine the stories they will have in the future talking about the times they played this around the table.


I have seen Elefun when it first came out on the market a few years ago.    But I have never made the move of purchasing it.   I was curious though as it sounded like a very fun game.    I was delighted to receive it so I can review it.   You can guess that this mommy immediately put the nets together and tried to dig some batteries in our basement.   Unfortunately, the batteries were not at their top shape and I needed to go buy some…   As I post this, we haven’t had a chance to go to the store (and it’s raining and yucky today….).    This game is sure to please my three year old girl when I get some batteries.   Basically, the kids have to catch the butterflies coming our of the trunk of Elefun.    This game will help practice the skills of handling a butterfly net and counting as well to determine who has caught the most butterflies.    The adorable elephant will be 4 feet tall while it blows the butterflies in the air.   

MonkeyDUnk2Monkey Dunk is new to me.   The game consist to flip the monkeys and land them in the water with the intent of collecting the most bananas.    Monkeys are known for monkeying around in the jungle.   Well they do the same in the lagoon but you have to be careful of where you aim because Elefun (yes the cute blue elephant!) might popo out of the water and send the monkeys flying around again.  

I am assuming that this game will bring laughter for my kids.    I know already how they react with unexpected events during games and I am positively sure that they will enjoy Monkey Dunk.    The colors are bright and the

Candy Land is a well know game everywhere but to be honest, it has never entered our house yet.    However, I can see enormous potential with the learning of colour and counting skills involved in this game.  What I like about this one is that my kids can play in both langCandylanduages, French or English.    It is perfect for a three years old who has learned her colour and needs practicing the recognition of them.   I am planning to take this game out on Easter week-end and play with the kids while eating – you guessed it candy…!  *grin*  

I am certain that Jasmine and her older brothers will enjoy discovering the land of Candyland.    The board game is full of surprises and fun characters appears everywhere on it.  Now I only have to go buy some licorice, jelly beans, and jujubes so we can organize our visit to Candyland.   Oh!  and I should not forget the batteries for Elefun….

So this week-end, I encourage you to go to the store (when it is open on Saturday) and get one of these fabulous games.  Sit down with your preschooler and play together.   He/she will have a blast!  Guarantee.


All these games are available at your favourite toy store.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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