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Fast and Fun,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Orchard Toys Tummy Ache (Toy)
I've just created a 'Listmania' list of the 10 best games my 3 children have and this is definitely a must have purchase for age 3-7. It is excellent value for money and great fun.
This game is ideal for very young children as it is a very simple introduction to board games. It's much easier than similar board games (like the excellent washing line game, pop to the shops etc) but still has a huge fun factor. It is also a quick game so children don't lose attention. There are also no small pieces like dice or counters to struggle with.
You take a board each which has the outline of a glass, dessert glass, knife, fork and middle plate and you start of with one face down pile of cards. Each player choses a card in turn from the main pile or a face up card from the discard pile. You match the card to your board and have to shout "tummy ache" if you take a card covered with spiders, maggots or other types of yukky stuff. The aim to to collect enough 'healthy' eating cards on your plate to win. If there is a space on your card you must place a yukky card down but the aim is to swap it for a 'heathly eating' card. The winner is the first person to fill up their card/place mat with 5 edible choices.
It has great educational value for this age range as the children have to match their cards to the background. It teaches them which side the knife and fork usually go (although doesn't work for left handers like my daughter) and most importantly can set a discussion going about healthy eating choices. Most of the food with the bugs are the unhealthy options like pizza, burgers, chips, ice cream. It is not a preachy game though as there is also a frog in the water, millipedes on the lettuce leaves and worms on the tomatoes.
My children love shouting "tummy ache" when they pick up a gruesome card and have to place it on their place mat. The games also only last a few minutes (less than 5) so in a playing session you can have a few games and a few winners so different children have a good chance of winning this completely random game.
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2010 11:54:10 BDT
It's good to know how the game is to be played - excellent review, thank you.
Posted on 11 Dec 2010 16:08:18 GMT
Totally agree with this description! I am a volunteer, working one-to-one with primary school kids aged 6-7 who don't get much practice of reading at home, and they all adore it (works as a good bribe to get them to look at a book first!).
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