Thursday 13 December 2018

Just One Game Review

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Sometimes I love a family game with the kids, sometimes something a bit more serious and competitive, but sometimes a party game is what's required.  'Just One' is a super easy to play, but incredibly fun party game for 3-7 players, it took literally seconds to explain as the concept is so simple, but the next twenty minutes of play produced a lot of laughs, puzzled looks and 'aha' moments, want to find out more?  Read on.....

'Just One' is a word association co-operative party game suitable for ages 8 years plus, or to be honest younger depending on their reading ability.  Each player receives a mini whiteboard and pen and then the first lead player takes a card and without looking picks one of the words numbered one through five.  The other players, who can see the card, then have to write words on their whiteboard that will help the lead player guess what the word on the card is.  The fun bit is that any duplicates on the whiteboards are removed, so the trick is to choose a word that is obvious enough the lead player can guess the word on the card, but not so obvious that other players have also chosen the same word.  Then the next person gets to be the guessing lead player.  Got it?  Here's an example in the picture below, what would your guess be??

Did you guess it?  The word was 'wave' and yep we guessed it correctly, in fact in our three player game (which means you all get two boards each) we scored nine and then twelve out of thirteen cards correctly.  The words are pretty clever, lots of double meaning - wave goodbye, waves in the sea - which to be honest added to the hilarity.  Especially, funny moments were when duplicate boards had to be taken away or when someone had a super obscure clue - what would you guess if the clues were 'eggs', 'twigs', 'bed' and 'chimpanzee'?  We didn't get that one right either (it was nest!).

The whiteboards and pens were great quality, all fitted back easily in the box and with 110 cards with five words on each there's lots of replayability.  Brilliant for those occasions when you need just a bit of fun, and or there's lots of non-gamers wanting to play.  The only complaint was you're against the game and just trying to get a perfect score, so there's no real winning, but that concern was soon left in the dust after several hilarious rounds!  We had a great time playing this I hope you do to.

Thursday 7 July 2016

Kid made jewellery

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I was looking for a simple friendship bracelet craft for the Sunday School group that I teach when I came across this fantastic tutorial from Club Chicca Circle, so I thought I'd give it a go with the boys.  It's a perfect craft for them as it involves hardware (hello diy store) and perfect for me as it was dirt cheap (yey!).

Thursday 1 October 2015

Slacklines - Outdoor adventure play

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Slacklines - fantastic fun for adventurous kids

What is a slackline?  It's basically a strap / rope (I believe it's officially called webbing) that you set up between two trees (or anything else that won't move!).  At the first tree you loop the strap round the tree then at the second you ratchet it tight and basically create a tightrope.  Very good fun for adventurous kids and HAS to be done outdoors.

Sunday 13 September 2015

DIY Monster Chalkboard

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DIY Monster Chalkboard

Recently we have been fortunate to extend our house so that we have a larger playroom.  This has given us loads more space and it's been great fun working out what we do and don't want in there.  One thing I've always wanted for the boys was a chalkboard, we've done loads of chalking outside (like our chalk monsters), but never really inside.  I didn't want just a plain rectangle chalkboard, so we decided to go for something a bit more fun, hence the Monster Chalkboard!

Saturday 8 February 2014

Animation for Kids (& Hue Animation Review)

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Animation for kids, encouraging creativity, planning and patience.  Plus it was lots of fun, from Making Boys Men

Bud has been getting interested in animation recently ever since we had a discussion about how some of his favourite cartoons were made.  He was particularly intrigued by how the stop motion ones (think Wallace and Gromit) were made when I told him they filmed them with tiny movements, so I was thrilled when we were given the chance to review the Hue Animation Moshi Movies kit.  

Not only did we end up making our own movie (Hollywood here we come!), but it turned out to be a great opportunity to encourage Bud's creativity, planning and oh yes - patience!!

We received the Hue Animation Moshi Monsters kit for free, but all opinions included in this review are our own.
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