Moose Toys are at it again, coming up with fun ways to relieve boredom and keep things fun for the kids, and the kids otherwise occupied for the sanity of parents.
Anyhoo, aside from their usual array of funness for boys and girls alike; Trash Pack and Micro Charges, Glitzee and Geleez, and the latest fad, Fun Looms, as well as a plethora of board games for big kids and little kids, like Logo and The Game of Things (which is freaking fabulous and hilarious for big kids too, just sayin’) they have an new card game out.
Called Dobble, it is a game of quick thinking and skills – and, if you live in a house like mine, quick wit and ability to push children off chairs.
(Also, I never said that, okay?)
In a handy, compact tin, you will find 55 round shaped cards, with lots of pictures on them, as well as instructions for 5 mini games of Dobble.
We’ve had a really good go at two of the games, which basically entail being the first to match one of the pictures from the card in front of you to the card in the middle of the pile, followed just as quickly by the ability for your brain and mouth to work together, yell the name of the thing, then coordinate your hand to reach out and grab the card (or get rid of your card, depending on which mini-game you’re playing) before anyone else does.
Or, if you are Chippie and give-years-old, saying “No, I was gonna say that first” and reach over and take the card your opponent just took and claim it for yourself.
We’re working on him, but the gist of that is that we have been able to include him in the games. Although they are a little slower, just the whole hand-eye-brain coordination thing is brilliant for mental and fine motor development (for all of us!) and you can see him improve from one game to the next.
We’ve also got him counting the cards at the end of each round, so a bonus right there.
To liken it to Games Of Yore, it’s kind of like Snap, only it requires much more mental input and much less snapping (or slapping, depending on how you played the game as a kid).
It is also WAY more fun, with lots of laughing and giggles and yelling “I WON! IN YOUR FACE!” to your kids.
We’ve also taken it to swimming to kill some time as each child has lessons at a different time. The games are easy and very quick, and relieved the boredom quite well.
I’d recommend it, personally, as a good one for when the kids say “I’m bored” (and you know they will) these school hols, but also for taking it along with you if you’re heading away anywhere.
I’d even go so far as to recommend Dobble or anything Moose produce as an alternative to cheap, crappy chocolate for kids this Easter, because you know the kids will either be super-feral due to excess chocolate consumption, they will be smeared in chocolate, or you will confiscate most of it and then feel crap because you ate it all yourself.
So, yeah, get something fun and longer lasting this year.
If nothing else, you could also use the round shapes as the card as some kind of Ninja weapon, and frisbee them at the kids with threats of decapitation if they don’t bugger off and find something fun to do, like, you know, play Dobble or something.
But you didn’t hear that from me, either.
You can get Dobble (and other stuff) at the usual places; Kmart, Target, Big W and the like.
Disclaimer: Neither I nor Real Mums received any monetary compensation or payment for this review. Moose did, however, provide the game of Dobble for us to play with and experience, as well as a few other bits and pieces to experience; some Trash Pack, MicroChargers, Zooma … All opinions are my own and/or that of my children, as applicable.