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Traditional Garden Games Sports Day Set
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- Turn your party into a sporting event!
- Includes eggs, spoons, bean bags, jumping sacks and ankle straps
- Start and finish tapes
- Plastic stakes to secure start and finish to lawn
- Sacks 24.25 x 36.5"/61.5 x 92.5cm
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This boxed set contains enough equipment for a series of four races, each for up to four players; test your balance and speed with the classic egg and spoon race, three-legged race, sack race and the bean bag race. Fantastic games to play at a party and a brilliant way for the family to join in the fun of the Olympic Games. Start and finish tapes are included, along with plastic stakes to secure them to the lawn.
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This set comes with everything you see in the picture plus appropriate instructions in three languages. These do seem to suggest that this is a child's game but I see no reason why grown-ups can't get a piece of that action. The assembled crowd that afternoon certainly saw it that way - after some initial grumbling and groaning anyway. The various bits and pieces are very helpfully provided in four colours which, with eight adults, was clearly going to mean two in each team. That's where things started going just a tiny bit wrong. Nobody wanted my father on their team, given that he was bound to take the whole thing too seriously. And nobody wanted me on their team either, given that I 'throw, run and catch like a girl'. Now, I can't deny that accusation (it's these moobs I think), but I must question why any of that might be a negative thing. Rather tragically, that put us both on the same team. The only good thing about it was that I made sure we were the Pink Team. You should have seen his face.
We set up the start and finish lines and got cracking with the first event - the bean bag race. I was the winner of that one although not, as one of my opponents so harshly suggested, because of my fat head. Actually, it wasn't my opponent at all... for some reason it was my own team-mate. He had his own chance to shine in the next event, the sack race. I couldn't have done that one anyway due to the fact I am ever so slightly overweight at the moment. The sacks are made of sturdy enough material and would have just about been roomy enough for me, but there were some quite legitimate concerns that me jumping around the garden might dislodge some of the roof tiles or somehow damage the foundations of the house so I was forced to take a rain check. It was worth that personal humiliation to watch my team-mate's own humiliation, as he and his sack were completely left for dust. He was such a bad loser that I had to laugh. Well, until he came towards me rather aggressively with a garden fork I did, anyway.
The egg and spoon race was next. This was to be a relay, requiring a smooth changeover and perfect co-ordination. Teamwork, in other words. We came last in that one by some considerable margin. Oh, those eggs are rather delicate by the way. If your team-mate decides to blame you for losing and crushes them with his bare hands it won't necessarily mean he's got the strength of Lou Ferrigno, so don't be overly impressed. My own team-mate went as pink as our team colours and I had to laugh. Well, until he came towards me rather aggressively yet again with that garden fork I did, anyway.
The last race was one we were clearly never, ever going to win: the three legged race. The word 'partners' is used in the rules to this particular game as well as a dire warning of the consequences if the Velcro band which holds these 'partners' together should fall off... you have to go back to the start. I'm not entirely convinced we ever actually made it more than one step away from the start in any case. 'Partners'? We were like Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in 'The Defiant Ones'. I was dressed more like Tony Curtis in 'Some Like it Hot' actually, but you get the general idea.
This sports day set was tremendous fun to use and really helped to make our get-together particularly memorable. The other players all said they had not had so much fun in years. I have to agree with that sentiment, because I certainly haven't laughed so much in years. Even the person I was laughing at got something positive from the experience when he subsequently hurled the box and all its contents into next-door's garden, thereby (finally) winning an event outright. Great fun.
The beanbags are quite small, I thought and the synthetic material is too slidey to hold on your head.
The egg and spoons are hollow plastic and eggs not weighted so don't stay on the spoons, if dropped whilst racing are highly likely to be stood on and rendered completely unusable. The three legged race straps are far too big to actually use.
To be honest, it would be cheaper and far more practical to use real spoons and Rubber eggs, Cloth ties for the three leg, order separate school bean bags, and order separate sacks. Which is what I would to next time. I will not buy this again.
Still, we had fun trying to play so It got a very generous two but for quality of product and price I would give this only 1 star. Shockingly overpriced. I would be willing to pay between £5-7 for this had I seen the quality before ordering. Its the kind of quality you expect to see in a pop up summer shop.
As school sports days are so non-competitive these days it was great to go with tradition and battle it out. We added in some of our own races, buggy races for the babies etc and everyone said it was the best day of the holiday! Needless to say we got some fantastic photo's of us all having genuine fun, I haven't laughed so much in ages! Would deffinately recommend for a large group. I'm planning to use the set at the youth club that I work in soon as I think anyone can have fun with this set, even hormonal teens!
That all said, it looks like a good product though i'll be making some bean bags as these are too small and too light for the job!
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