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Dynamite Dare! 

Published August 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

             DIFFUSE OR LOSE!!

This is Dynamite Dare from Brainstorm games. It’s aimed at children ages 4 and over. It requires no batteries, there is no dice, no counters, no cards and no board. It’s a very easy simple game with easy set up. 

This is the game, there isn’t much to it. Two parts that connect together and 3 pieces of dynamite (red foam tubes). 

There’s a few stickers to put on too, just make sure not to do what I did and put the clock sticker on the wrong way, oops! Luckily it came off easy enough and is now the correct way.

The box says that it’s for 2-4 players but more can easily play if there’s more people. 

Although this game is meant for children, I have to say it’s possibly one of the most nerve wracking games I’ve played. You see those red, black and yellow switches on the image above, just above the clock? Well they start upright and players take turns to flick them down or off. 

The game can go two ways. A switch can either diffuse the dynamite or it can blow it up. Either way gives a pretty big shock and made us all jump. Just watch this! 

Yes you never know which switch will set it off. 

A good game to play if there’s a few of you is elimination rounds. Everyone takes turns and the one who sets off the dynamite is out, the remaining players keep playing until just one player is left. 

It may be for little ones but it’s lots of fun especially so the anticipation of whether it will explode or not.

This game costs approximately £19.99 from many good toy retailers. 

Memorable Toys Boutique 

Published August 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Memorable toys are a family-run online toy boutique based in Ireland. They sell quality wooden toys along with educational and traditional toys.Toys that children can create lasting memories with.
All of my children were each sent a lovely toy over suitable for their ages.

Izebella was absolutely thrilled with her new toy – A wooden lunch set! She loves this type of thing, ie pretend play, cooking, tea parties etc. This is one of Memorable toys wooden toy sets too. It contains 36 pieces and all but two are made with wood.


This set includes play food, a big plate, cutlery, napkin and a menu. The menu gives images and Izebella can find the correct pieces to go on the plates or she can just invent her own dishes. She has her own play cooker, fridge and sink sets but was lacking in play food so this set has really come in useful for her little kitchen arrangement.
Ryan, being the scientist in the house, has his very own Putty peeps lab kit. It comes with putty, colour dyes, glitters and containers.


This is for kids ages 8 and over. It’s a weird type of puttt that doesn’t dry out and can be stretched, shaped and pulled. When it’s left for a while it goes all slimy but not wet if that makes sense and then when it’s played with again it’s back to normal. Its strange stuff. 


The idea is to put it in the containers and add various colours and shiny effects to it. It’s not something I’d have a go at myself but Ryan of course loves it. 
Finally Jordanna has the Rory’s story cubes fantasy edition.


This is one of the newer editions to the Rory cube franchise. I have myself never played  the cubes before and was surprised at just how interesting the games can be.


There are nine cubes with 6 different images. In this set, the images are based on fantasy characters, homes and accessories so there are princesses and castles and also frogs and the odd ogre. 

There is no set rule on how to play this game and no limit on players. It’s for most ages too, even the younger ones can join in.

Each player throws all nine dice and then creates a story beginning with “once upon a time” using all nine images. It’s not as easy as it sounds but it’s fun and encourages kids to use their imagination, especially so with it being a fantasy edition. It can also get very silly at times. Just as there are no set rules, there are also no real winners or losers, unless you create a game where someone can win. 

The cubes all come in a cute little magnetic locking case too making it a great game for traveling or bedtime stories.

You can buy these toys and many more at Memorable toys. Prices are in Euros.

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Shipping is free over €50. 

Zuru Bunch o Balloons

Published July 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I was very very optimistic about giving these a review. I had visions of soaking wet carpets surrounded by bits of rubbery water balloon. 

Of course most of us have probably seen the advert for this new craze. 


They are as their title explains – A bunch of balloons and water balloons to be exact. They come as coloured plain or with an array of characters on them. 

Unlike regular (awful) water balloons where each one needs stretching around a tap, these can all be filled in big bunches together. 


There is usually 100 balloons per pack in 3 bunches like this one. I’m unsure of the exact maths behind that and am thinking maybe it’s 99 per pack or maybe one bunch has an extra one, who knows? I did not count them. 

I think they can be filled via a tap, tho this may get messy, think wet floors. We found the best way to fill was outside using a full clean mop bucket (or any other similar size container) and a hose. The Balloons come with an attachment which fits most hoses. The balloons fill up really quickly as stated on the packets, in about 60 seconds.


Once full of water, they need no more explanation.

Kids of course love them. I mean who didn’t love these as a kid themselves, getting soaked, getting everyone else soaked and aiming them at the poor neighbours windows (not advised). But now it’s easy to understand why our parents were not so keen and we didn’t have packets of instant fillers like these. 

Yes they contain lots of water. Keep them in the bucket, keep the bucket well away from your door, shut the door/windows and leave it to the kids to have fun. That’s what I did anyway. Advise kids not to throw them at each other as they hurt if they land on you (think paintball stings). The best place to aim them is the floor or a bare wall away from people and away from anything that could be damaged. 

Also once burst it’s important to pick up and dispose of any left over balloon material as this could be eaten by animals. 

These can be purchased from lots of stores, many of which can be viewed here. They cost about £10 per hundred pack. The Entertainer toy store is currently selling them for £8.00.

Blogger board game club: Timeline British history

Published July 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I am very happy to be part of the Blogger board game club. Each month we will be sent a different game to play from the Esdevium games collection. 

Our first game is Timeline. Timeline games come in tins and without the usual board or dice. There are many versions of Timeline. The version we have is British History. Other versions include inventions, music & cinema and even a Star Wars version (I would be hopeless at that one)

Timeline is essentially a card game as that is all that the game consists of, along with a decorative tin to keep the cards in. 


There are 110 cards in total, each one being double sided with very clear artistic images on both sides. 


One side has a description of an event in British history (left card) and the other side will have the same event but with a date added.

The idea of the game is to make a timeline. To do this, 4 cards get dealt to each player with the date side face down so only the event side is visible. One card from the remaining deck is turned onto the side with the date and this starts off the timeline. The first player reads out the event on the card and needs to guess whether the event occurred before or after the initial playing card and then places the card. 


If correct play passes to the next player and so on, if wrong they have to choose another card from the deck and everyone keeps playing with the timeline getting bigger and bigger. 

The winner is the person to place all of their cards correctly first so they have no cards remaining.


The timelines get long quickly, so can be made into other shapes rather than long lines as above. 

Timeline British history is a good fun family game which doesn’t take too long to play, but it’s a whole lot more than just fun. Many children (and even adults) find history a bit boring but this game makes it fun without them even realising. The timeline makes a good history lesson, learning about events and when they happened. My children were especially happy when a card came up that they knew the date of – The great fire of London being just one. The dates may even come in useful for school history lessons, when a teacher asks “if anyone knows when x event happened etc and also helpful with homework. Discovering British events on the timeline also gives a chance for family discussions. My children have asked about a few of the events on the cards including the Newtons Law one. I do my best to a serf and it’s easy to google it if I don’t know. A game like this has many learning benefits. 

Another good thing about Timeline is that it’s one of those games where the rules can be slightly altered to suit. For instance – The four cards dealt can be changed to a bigger number, we like to play 6/7 each at a time. A timer can be introduced for quicker thinking and cards placed wrongly can be put in their correct place rather back in the pile, again increasing the size of the timeline.

The size of the game and practicality of the small tin makes it a good game to take away on holidays, trips and time at relatives. 

One timeline tin is suitable for 2-8 players. The recommended playing age is 8 and over: but…. I do think this could be lowered a little. Izebella is only 4 and obviously can’t read the cards herself, yet she still plays along with us. She joins in just the same and the only difference being that I read the card to her. She then looks at the pictures on the cards and places where she thinks it will go. She knows what modern day people and places look like and knows if a picture looks much older etc. She is actually quite good at guessing and again it’s educational fun for her.

This version of Timeline is currently available over on Amazon starting from £12.99.

(I received this game as part of the blogger board game club, free of charge)

Ravensburger: Disney eye found it game 

Published June 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

National unplugging day falls on June 25th this year and it’s a day for families to #gogadgetfree and spend time doing things together rather than their gadgets. 

To celebrate the third year of National unplugging day, Ravensburger offered us the choice of one of their popular board games to help us put down our gadgets even if only for a short while.

We chose the new Disney eye found it  family game. It’s  a coincidence that I also spotted the exact game at the blog on conference just over a week ago. 

I had not previously heard of this game but I am glad I chose this particular one as we all love playing it and as it’s aimed at age 4 and over it means all of us can play together. 

The first thing to know about this game is that the playing board is huge. This must be the biggest game board we have ever come across as it measures a massive 1.80M. If your more used to feet and inches then that  converts to a whopping 5ft 9 or there abouts so yes it’s bigger than us all. 


There are six playing pieces all of which are well known Disney characters of course. Plus a spinner with numbers 1-8 and a few other symbols, game cards  and then the red rings which I will explain shortly. 

The huge board comes in 3 big sections which all come folded in the box (yes it’s really big) they all slot together like a jigsaw and then the completed board shows many Disney film scenes and characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Aladdin, Tinkerbell, Monsters inc etc. It’s a very pretty board to look at. 


Oh yes there’s also a sand timer thing too!

And this is the spinner!

The aim of the game is to get all the way to the cinderella at the very top of the board (1.8m up) before the clock turns 12.


To do this players must take turns spinning the spinner. A number 1-8 means move that many spaces. If a player spins on a clock face then this means the clock goes forward either one or two hours. If the spinner lands on the Mouse head then a card is chosen which all have images on and all the players frantically search for the same hidden object amongst the pictures on the board before the sand timer rubs out. There are hundreds of images hidden, finding them can be tricky but they don’t need to look exactly like the one on the card. When images are found the small red rings get placed over them and then counted and every player gets to move that many places. 

To win, all players have to reach the castle before the clock reaches 12. Six people can play. It gets more difficult with more players as there is more chance of a player spinning a clock face and thus advancing the hours but on the other hand – more people to find hidden objects.


If the clock gets to 12 before players reach the castle then it’s game over and start again. 

This really is a lovely fun game to play. As long as there is no cheating if the spinner lands on the clock then it’s down to lucky spins whether we make it to the castle or not. 

This game costs about £20.00 or there abouts from most good toy stores. 

Drumond park: Dig in! Review + giveaway! 

Published March 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is our new game, sent to us by Drumond park. 


The concept is simple, find the items that match the images on the card, the actual playing is a little more difficult. 

Inside the box are 128 coloured pieces which come as all sorts of items, planes, cars, trees, keys, hats, animals to name a few plus several game cards, a game bowl and a timer.

2-4 players can play and each player begins with 15 seconds on the timer to find 6 matching pieces on their cards. The cards can be played to match the item and colour or just the item regardless of colour which is much easier. Of course it’s extremely difficult to dig through 128 pieces and find just 6 in 15 seconds; needles in haystacks springs to mind! Once each player has their 15 seconds, another 15 seconds is pressed and all players then dig in together using one hand to find more pieces. If after this time, no players have all six items then it goes into an “all in” dig round without the timer and with both hands until one player fills the card. 

The main difficulties of the game are the pieces being so small and similar sized. The different colours also cause a visual distraction and even I found it hard at times to get the correct pieces. Add to this the short 15 seconds which is not long at all. 

Overall it is a very simple game, minimal rules, no batteries, no dice and no playing pieces or even a board. It’s also quite fun and it does not take long to play. The winner being the one who fills 3 cards first. Of course it’s one of those games where you can bend the rules or add own twists to it etc. 

There is one thing about this game that I don’t quite understand and that is the age guide recommendation that comes with it, which is 8 and over. Now I understand the dangers of small parts and playing pieces but this is more a danger for those under 3. By the age of 5/6 years the majority of children don’t put stuff in their mouths. Izebella being 4 years has bits of toys much smaller than the dig in playing pieces. She can also play Dig in without help and is more than able to find the pieces she needs to match the ones on her cards and that’s with the correct colour too. So I am slightly baffled as to why the age guide is set at 8 years.

Dig in by Drumond park has an rrp of £19.99 and should be available in most good toy stores. 

GIVEAWAY

Drumond park are giving away one copy of their “Dig in” game worth £19.99. Please click the link below to be in with a chance of winning it. 

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The giveaway will close on April 24th 2017.

5 Second rule junior version

Published February 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

You would not be mistaken to think you may have already seen the 5 second rule game on my blog before. We do have a copy of the original 5 Second rule game, but..University games have bought out a junior version of the game which enables younger children to join in the fun too.


Gameplay is similar to its original version but there are a few slight changes. The game play board is much smaller than before, meaning the games can be shorter. 

The questions are much much easier than before and I could certainly tell that these were designed with young kids in mind. Questions such as name colour, farm animals, things in a living room, fruit etc. The game age guide is six years plus but Izebella is more than able to answer most questions, she just can’t read them yet.


The ball drop timer with the strange sound is the same as before. I personally would of preferred another type of timer as the small balls sometimes get stuck. 

Gameplay is exactly as before. Players take turns to ask questions from the cards to the person next to them and the player has 5 seconds to give either 2 or 3 answers. When Izebella plays we do the 2 answer version. 

There is a finish square and first to land there wins. There are also plus 5 squares which gives the player an extra 5 seconds on next turn. 

This version is really good for children. We all enjoyed the original 5 second rule and still play it every now and again, but it is recommend for 10 years and over. The questions are more tricky and Jordanna finds them hard to answer. Both games are fun and really get your brain ticking sometimes. 

A copy of 5 second rule junior can be picked up for under £15 at many good toy stores.

 Drumond Park – Shopkins spot the difference + giveaway

Published November 21, 2016 by Bizzimummy


This one is certainly different to the many board games I have had the pleasure to test out from   Drumond park previously. I would probably describe it more of an activity between friends or siblings than an actual game.

It is very easy and if you have young girls (or boys) who love shopkins then this would be good as a stocking filler.

There are many wipeable double sided cards with the same two images on each side. The images all being of shopkins.

You get four washable marker pens, each one with an eraser on the end, a dice too. The dice was a bit confusing as it arrives blank with no numbers. After a quick search of the box I found some stickers and had to put them on the dice myself. The numbers are only 4-6.

It is a spot the difference game but the cards don’t come with differences, instead the players have to create the differences themselves using the black marker so it blends with the image outline. The dice determines how many differences the player must create. 

It’s up to the other players to spot the differences created and they don’t have long to do this, only until the sand in the timer runs out which is not long.

The guessers circle the differences and get points per each one found and the player also gets points if they fail to spot any. The boards can then be wiped clean and play passes to the next player. After so many rounds the winner is the one with the most points.

It’s easy and aimed at 5 years and over. Izebella is still quite confused by it and makes her differences fairly big and obvious but she’s getting the hang of it slowly. 

Shopkins spot the difference can be found in many toy stores for £12.99.

COMPETITION 

Drumond park are giving away one copy of Shopkins spot the difference, priced at £12.99. To be in with a chance of winning this in time for Christmas, simply click the link below. Entries will close on Friday December 9th 2016 with one winner chosen at random.

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Fun with Esdevium games 

Published November 7, 2016 by Bizzimummy

A few weeks ago we received some games from Esdevium, I also had the best pleasure of meeting Esdevium at the blogging conference back in September. 

The first game is Dory Dobble. There are many other different versions of the Dobble game but this one is focused around Dory characters.

Dobble is an easy game and there are a few ways you can play it. If your not familiar with Dory then it’s all about matching images on two cards. 

Each card contains several images, including Dory and friends and other things. The way we play is a little like any other cars game. We deal out one card each, turn the remaining card pile face up and then try to match one symbol on our cards with the top playing card. The one who matches first keeps that card and then a new card is revealed and the winner is the one with the most cards at the end.

The rules do sound a bit hard to follow and perhaps confusing but it is really easy to play. 

It comes in a small round metal tin so all the cards are kept together and not lost. It is so easy that even the very young ones can join in and it’s perfect for travelling too.
Our second game is Timeline. Again this comes in many different versions. We have the British history version and trust me, you can learn a lot from this game.

Timeline consists of lots of small highly decorative cards. One side of the card will have a moment in British history and the other side has the date.

A good way to play is by dealing 4 cards to each player, obviously this can be changed to suit with more or less cards. The cards need to be dealt date side down so the year is hidden.

One card from the pile is then turned over, date side up to reveal a moment in time. Players then play one card at a time and have to guess if their moment in history occurred before or after the card in play. If it’s guessed correctly their card stays but if wrong the card goes to the bottom of the pile and player chooses a new card. The winner being the player to correctly guess and place all their cards first.

Timeline may start easy but quickly becomes difficult as more cards and dates are placed down.

As it’s a guessing game it does mean that most ages can join in. Even Izebella who is still in nursery happily joins in. I just tell her what the historic event is and she will guess where it may go. The educational part of course is finding out when historic events actually happened.

Timeline also comes in a beautiful decorative tin so we never need to lose our cards.

Both of these games can be purchased from Amazon and most good toy stores. You can find out more about Esdevium games on their website.

Drumond Park: Stoopido review & giveaway 

Published November 2, 2016 by Bizzimummy

This is Stoopido! 

It’s a game from the well known game company – Drumond Park It’s named Stoopido – possibly because it is very “Stoopido” and quite silly. It’s brand new and released just in time for Christmas.

If you have rather silly children or a very silly family then you will no doubt enjoy the game. It consists of spectacles and lots of silly face parts.

And here is how to play it! 

 Each player puts on  a pair of red plastic Stoopido Spectacles, The stoopitoot is placed in the middle of the play area, with the four Slap Pads  positioned around it.  

Players take it in turns to roll the dice, but everyone reacts and plays at the same time! The youngest player starts and play moves clockwise.

 If you roll the NOSE, EYES, HAT or EARS, players race to ‘slap’ or touch the corresponding Slap Pad – and the person who gets there first picks a Stoopido Face Piece from the corresponding pile – and adds it to the glasses of ANY player that isn’t already wearing a Stoopido Face Piece of that feature.

However should you roll the GLASSES, then it’s bad luck because the player to your left gets to pick a Stoopido Face Piece of ANY feature you don’t already have and adds it to your glasses!

 If you roll the ‘Stoopitoot’, the player who gets there first and squeaks it can choose to either pick a Stoopido Face Piece of ANY feature and place it on ANY player, or choose ANY Stoopido Face Piece from their own glasses and put it back on its pile.

 If a player’s glasses are full they must resign themselves to sitting out looking just a little bit ‘stoopido’ for the remainder of the game. The fun continues round the table until there is only one player left without a full face of Stoopido Face Pieces on their glassand that player wins. 


We did find the game rules a little puzzling at first and wondered if we would ever beable to get our heads around it. Also everyone goes for the buzzer at once so it’s really just a case of quickest first education can cause arguments.

There are so many combinations of silly faces that can be made and it can be lots of fun. The one thing that worries me a little is that many of the face parts are made of card and will therefore easily become ripped and worn over time, apart from that my kids love it and it passes the time on the cold nights.

Stoopido is aimed towards the slightly older child of 8 and over and costs approximately £17.99

COMPETITION

Drumond park are offering a copy of the Stoopido game as a prize. To be considered please click the link below.

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(T&Cs – The prize offered is one Stoopido family game from Drumond park. One winner will revive the game. Please ensure you all have a working email address)

End date is November 30th 2016

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