Shout! from Drumond Park – Review

Shout! is a fab new team game from Drumond Park for 2 or more players aged 12+ and has an RRP of £29.99. described as the new game of quirky questions we were keen to find out more.

The Shout! box contains: a question stand with built-in score board, and timer (made from pieces that lock together, some assembly is needed) question cards and double or nothing card, scoring pegs and instructions.

Play starts with the youngest player, and a question card is placed in the slot with the picture facing the guessing team or player. The question is asked and the timer starts. The game may be simple so far but as we found out the answers are not always easy to spot! Each card can be worth up to 9 points or double if you use you double or nothing card. But beware as the name suggests if you don’t get all nine you get nothing. The winning team is the first one to score 69, or you could go to 99 if you wanted too.

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We did find this game tricky and had a couple of practice questions before we got the idea of what the answers might be. I certainly found some of the cards harder than others, and I think this is a game for older groups. The Shout! board is fun, but we found moving the pegs could be a bit tricky too, and it would have been nice if they were a bigger contrast in colour so you could see the score easier.

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Shout! is best played as a large group game, and as there was only the three of us it was soon evident that this game was too hard for the boy, so he became scorer and judge! Drumond Park games are great and shout is no exception, although played with just two players it certainly felt a little slow. With more players I think this game would be fast and furious as you all shout! out your answers. This game is defiantly something fun for older adult groups and would be perfect for a Christmas party. The boy who is only just 9 did get a couple of the clues so younger kids could join in with teams of adults and it would certainly be cause for some loud party fun.

If you would like the chance to add Shout! to your games cupboard this Christmas as part of my 12 giveaways of Christmas then why not enter my gleam giveaway below.

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Articulate for kids -Review

Articulate for Kids is great new version of the fast talking description game especially designed for kids ages 6+ and has a RRP £19.99.

We reviewed the adult Articulate earlier in the year, and really enjoyed this fast paced timed game. The boy however did struggle to know what some of the words were so we were excited to try out Articulate for Kids and see what was different. The box contains: a playing board, box of cards (in 3 sealed packs), 4 playing pieces, timer, and rules.

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First of all the game play is the same as Articulate, with a minimum of two teams of two players, up to four teams. Each team picks a describer and guesser and alternate who does this. Depending on the size of your team you could choose to have one describer which may also make the game harder. As there are only three of us in the dragon household, this game is brought out for parties, or days when Granny visits. This doesnt stop the boy from practicing his descriptive talents on me, and he loves to see how many words I can guess within a length of time.

Play starts on the board, each team choosing a piece to play and starting with a light blue square word (object word). The first team pick a card and against the timer have to describe the word of the coloured square their playing piece is on. Describe as many words of that colour as you can before the timer runs out, each correct guess will move your playing piece further round the board, onto one of the different category colours. There are 6 colour categories, Object, Action, world, person, random and nature. Of course Articulate for Kids, has words which are well-known to them, but there are some great new words, and some that the boy didn’t know so this is a great game to widen his knowledge.

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Team number two now have their turn, and play continues in this way until a team land on or pass the finish square. The teams must remember they can’t use, sounds like, starts with or saying any part of the word on the card. We found these rules can be relaxed with younger members of teams but need to be agreed at the start of the game. You may have one pass each game and this can be useful when playing with younger kids, as there are a few people, and words that even the boy didn’t know.

Articulate for Kids is a great version of the classic game, and one we have enjoyed playing, whether I am being tested by the boy or playing as a family. The boy has defiantly enriched his vocabulary over the past few weeks with some interesting topics and new words. The smile on his face when he had to describe Mickey Mouse to me was a picture as he knew just what to say to get his answer!

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I can see this game will be a great addition to our Christmas collection, and with the added benefit of team play can be played with multi generation teams. I can see the grandparents having to pass on words like Nerf, and Angry Birds!

If you would like the chance to add Articulate for Kids to your Christmas games cupboard, then why not enter my gleam giveaway below or click on the link to purchase from Amazon. Find out more about the Drumond Park family of games, on their website, and Facebook pages.

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Disclaimer, we were sent this game for the purpose of review the opinions remain ours and have not been altered.

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Dobble Kids – Review

We were sent the new Dobble kids game to review, and just like Dobble it didn’t disappoint! This versatile little game may be simple, and even at first sound like the appeal would be over in five minutes. We have found that it is a game that we keep coming back to.

The difference with Dobble kids, and original Dobble is simply the pictures are easily recognisable to children of ages 4+ and maybe younger. Being animals and not objects means everyone can get involved, with play for 2 to 5 players. The boy loves original Dobble, but some of the pictures are not everyday objects, i.e.:  a treble clef.

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Dobble Kids, comes in a great tin with instructions, and 30 cards. The basic concept of Dobble Kids is snap. Spot the animal in common. Depending on the mini game the one with the most/least cards is the winner. There are 5 mini games in the instructions and each takes only a few moments to learn, but as I found out, given a couple of goes and the boy was beating me on reaction speed.

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With only 30 cards in Dobble Kids as opposed to 55 in Dobble, the games are shorter, the boy was also able to make up his own games, and even sat and played solitaire finding the matching animals. This game has been a great distraction on the train, as well as last week in our hotel. It’s such an easy game to grab and throw in the rucksack, with no fear of loosing parts, or getting dog-eared in its cute round tin.
Here is an example of game play, lots of concentration and guess what the boy wins!

We are huge Dobble fans, and as with all simple games, I am sure Dobble kids will become a classic game that all families have in their games cupboard. If you would like the chance to win your very own then simply follow the Gleam instructions below, and fingers crossed.

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Dobble kids is available from Amazon RRP £12.99 follow the Dobble fun on Facebook, or buy now in time for Christmas!

Disclaimer, we were sent Dobble kids to review, the opinions remain ours and have not been altered.

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is the latest in a series of Galt Mini Masterpieces to inspire children to look at famous painting, and create new masterpieces of their own.

We were sent a Galt Sponge Painting kit to start us off, but the boy had ideas of his own on how to approach decorating his template. We started by downloading and printing off a copy off The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. This picture sparkles like a thousand jewels and the boy wanted to use his imagination to make the picture as colourful as possible.the kiss

I didn’t show him the original as I didn’t want him to simply copy the painting. So the transformation began. The boy loves to make his creations in pencil, and very occasionally coloured pencil, this time he chose loom bands. These colourful rubber bands lent themselves well to the brightness needed for The Kiss. The boy is fairly fast at weaving these rubber bands together and soon had a band long enough to fill the cloak.

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

While I popped off to finish dinner, he continued to fill the picture with different colours for the hair and faces, and said he was very pleased with his finished artwork. I will confess he is not as arty as I had hoped, he does like a craft or two, and loom bands are his thing at the moment. He has never been much for painting, although he has been enjoying it a bit more now with his school projects. Hopefully the Galt Minimasterpieces might have inspired him to create something different, and we cant wait to see what the painting will be over the summer holidays.

The Kiss Gustav Klimt

If you would like to join in the Galt Mini Masterpiece this month you have until 21st July to download and submit your child’s handy work. There is a new famous piece each month so why not have a go with your children. You never know your little Picasso might win a bundle of Galt art and craft goodies for their efforts.

Disclaimer we were sent a pack of painting materials in return for post.

Pumpaloons review

Pumpaloons is the latest game we have been sent by Drumond Park. Pumpaloons is a game for two players aged 4+ and has an RRP of £19.99.

When I told the boy that Drumond Park were sending us Pumpaloons to review, I have to say he was not impressed. I think the reply I had was something like “I have seen those on TV and they don’t look very good” Well its been an interesting week since they arrived as the Pumpaloons have now become the boys best friends.

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The Pumpaloons box contains two hand/foot pumps with the attachments to blow up the Pumpaloons, and of course the Pumpaloons themselves. The Pumpaloons are about 3ft high inflatable figures with a solid sand filled base and smiley faces! The game itself is simple. You have a race with your friend or in this case Mum/Dad to pump up your figure to full height before you opponent. I did think the boy would find limited appeal with this game, but have been proved wrong, as he has enjoyed finding other games to play with his new Pumpaloon friends.

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Pumpaloons is a great game to encourage coordination, you can choose to pump with your foot, hand and the boy even tried using his bottom. We have enjoyed looking at how the pump works. There is science involved in how the air is sucked in and blown out of the small pump. Once pumped up there is a paddling pool type valve so you can enjoy using the Pumpaloons like the boy has for other games around the house.

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The first new game he devised was an obstacle course with the Pumpaloons being the final task in a string of different ball throwing, water pistol shooting, tasks. Dad M and the boy enjoyed a few races, with trampolining bonus levels! The Pumpaloons have had wrestling matches across the living room floor, races, and are now waiting on the sofa for the return of the boy from school. Yesterday the Pumpaloons became criminals, dressed in the boys clothes were duly arrested before breaking out from maximum security jail.

Pumpaloons race gameI can see there will be lots of summer fun with the Pumpaloons, They will be making a visit to the beach with us for another obstacle race, and as the weather warms up I can see a paddling pool Pumpaloon game idea forming too.

Pumpaloons can be bought from all the main toy stores as well as online retailers, and we think will make a great addition to the outdoor game collection.

If you would like to invent your own fun Pumpaloon game, then why not enter my giveaway below, I would also love to see instagram pictures of you having some outdoor fun with your kids this summer.

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    Disclaimer we were sent Pumpaloons to review and keep, the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

    Let’s Bake by Cathryn Dresser

    If you and your kids love baking then have a look at this book from former Great British Bake off contestant Cathryn Dresser. Let’s Bake is a new book from Orion Books, packed with 52 fun bright recipes to get your kids into baking.

    I loved watching the TV series and remember watching Cathryn, she may not have won, but I think all the contestants were amazing in their own way. Cathryn clearly has a love of baking and inspiring the next generation. With two children of her own Cathryn who appeared in the 2012 series has some great ideas on how to get your kids into the kitchen.

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    Let’s Bake is conveniently split into seasons starting with Spring, there are a lovely mix of not just cake recipes but also savoury, breads, and even meal ideas. The boy and I decided that we would like to have a go at making the cheese and Marmite helter skelters. The boy and I are big Marmite fans so these pastry twists would be a fab lunch box treat.

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    Let’s Bake has a nice balance of full colour pictures so you can see how your finished bake should look. Alongside step by step detailed pictures, top tips and a list of what you will need to complete your baking creation. I think this book has a nice mix of more complicated bakes, alongside the usual easy to create recipes, with plenty of lovely looking cakes. With a hard cover it will not get dog-eared in the kitchen and hopefully survive our messy cooking style. I know the boy will enjoy trying out a few more of the recipes from this book, the terrific tiffin looks particularly appetizing.

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    You can buy Let’s Bake now from bookshops and online for RRP £12.99.

    Disclaimer we were sent a copy of this book to review, the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

    Horrid Henry is 20!

    Yes its true Horrid Henry turns 20 this year, and he hasn’t aged a bit since Francesca Simon wrote the first book back in 1994. With over 20 million books sold, I think there must be at least one copy in every UK house.

    Horrid Henry

    The celebrations this year include the release of a special 20th anniversary edition book. The book includes brand new material, and 20 things you didn’t know about Horrid Henry. The book also contains 4 stories, Horrid Henry’s Perfect Day, Horrid Henry’s Dance Class, Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret and Horrid Henry’s Holiday. This book comes with a fun peep through cover, and the boy finds this style of book east to read. With illustrations to break up the text they are not intimidating for the reluctant reader.

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    With so many books in the Horrid Henry series there must be something for everyone, from fact books joke books and early readers. Horrid Henry is truly timeless, and I know that both the boy and me enjoy the humour from Henry’s stories.

    Horrid henry’s 20th Anniversary Edition book is available now from bookshops and online RRP £4.99. For your chance to win a copy of this great Henry giggle packed book enter your details below.

    Horrid Henry 20th Anniversary Edition

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    • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post comment section answering the question specified. Other tasks completed will gain additional entries. The winner will be checked to make sure they have both left a comment and completed the task for the winning entry.
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    Bing by Ted Dewan

    I am starting my Children’s book week reviews with Bing by Ted Dewan.

    These fun, Bright toddler focused books are a series of books being relaunched this spring, first published in hardback over 10 years ago. Bing is being brought back to life in these great paperback editions, which parents and toddlers will love.

    Bing Something For Daddy

    The three newly published titles include “Something for Daddy” “Bed Time” and “Get Dressed” RRP £6.99 and we have been looking at Something for Daddy. This book tells the tale of Bing the Bunny who wants to make a special gift for Daddy. With his cuddly friend Flop, Bing sets out creating something special in a way that toddlers and parents will identify with. I love the bright pictures clear words, and sticky Goo that fills this book, and I am sure that we have all been in the kind of creative sticky situation that Bing finds himself in “It’s a Bing thing!”

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    Share the ups and downs of everyday life in this playful pre-school series from award- winning picture book creator Ted Dewan, ahead of Bing’s TV debut later this year.

    I can imagine that Bing will make a successful transfer to the TV screen with the bright illustrations of this cute little fluffy character. If you would like the chance to engage in a bit of a Bing thing then why not enter my giveaway below to win a copy of each of these new paperback books from Harper Collins.

    Bing by Ted Dewan

    Disclaimer, we were sent a copy of this book in able to bring you this review, our opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

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    Win Free Glasses for life!

    Would you like to win free glasses for life? SelectSpecs are offering just that, as Mum to a glasses wearing boy and husband, I know how useful this prize would be. Despite kids glasses being free I still have to pay for extra tints and certain repairs. Being a glasses wearer can be costly so winning this prize could save you a fortune over the 50 years the prize is valid for.

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    SelectSpecs.com are offering you this amazing prize from today and closing date is 31st May at 11pm so you have plenty of time to enter. Simply click on the button below t be taken to a simple form, complete your details and keep your fingers crossed. As an added bonus everyone who enters will receive a 10% a discount code by e-mail.

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    So with a huge range of affordable prescription glasses and sun glasses for people of all ages, and postage worldwide, now is the perfect time to try out the services SelectSpecs have to offer.

    Disclaimer we have been asked to help promote SelectSpecs in exchange for a pair of prescription glasses.

    Design a Superhero

    Have you always wanted to design a Superhero, well here is your chance. This isn’t just any superhero though as McAfee have partnered with Bletchley Park home of the famous Enigma code breakers to design a superhero worthy of defeating modern cyber crime.

    Bletchley Park has undergone a complete restoration thanks to £8 million pound Lottery funding, to include new interactive exhibits visitors center, café and shop. It is hoped that the new site will encourage 250,000 visitors a year to visit the site and learn more about the important role that the codebreakers had in WW2.

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    McAfee and Bletchley Park aim to help people of all ages understand how the WW2 code breakers can help to protect us today from modern cyber crime, and they need a mascot. This is where children aged 8-11 come in, as they have been invited to think either as a class or individuals, what powers a cyber fighting hero might need? They are looking for creativity and fun, as well as including ways to defeat the threats children currently face online.

    The all important prize will see the winning entry brought to life as the new website mascot at Bletchley Park. Along with the chance for your whole class to be one of the first to try out the new code breakers visitors centre, when it opens later in the year. Winners will also receive McAfee safety software for their whole school as well as superhero capes for everyone!

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    McAfee aim to educate children and parents in the best way on how to stay safe online, and I know as a parent that this becomes more difficult to police, as your child gets older and more independent. I am excited to see what the boy would make his Cyber superhero look like, and how he would defeat the evil cyber bullies!

    Why not have a think over the bank holiday weekend and ask your kids what important qualities they might include.To enter have a look at the Bletchley Park competition page, deadlines for entry has been extended to 20th June 2014, and you can find the full T&C’s here.

    Disclaimer this is a collaboration post to help promote this competition.

    Photos courtesy of the Bletchley Park website.