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Monday, 28 February 2011

Taking Turns

The school holidays has been a great time to play games with the kids and we've been teaching Jack how to 'take turns'. It's not been an easy task, with lots of crying & screaming a collapsing in a heap (and that was just me....).

Today we played Froggy , a great little game by Chad Valley with brightly coloured frogs & pond. One of the things that makes this game good, in my opinion, is that it doesn't take batteries. Many a time we have got out a game to play and realised that the batteries were dead, then rooted through the kitchen drawer to find suitable batteries and screwdriver only to find that we were one battery short and  then had to find another toy or game or controller that used the same this time the kids are bored and no want longer play!

Froggy is for 2-4 players with a recommended age of 4+. Jack is almost 2 but we gave it a go anyway. The object if the game is to take it in turns to move the boy around the lily pads and point one of the 4 colours on his cap towards the frog - if the colour matches the colour on the frogs legs it pops up and you get to keep that frog, and the next player then takes their turn. The winner is the first player to pop up 4 different frogs.

Jack waiting patiently for his turn

Jack taking his turn

Jack certainly enjoyed the frogs popping up but he was a bit reluctant to let his sister have a turn after, and Mummy had to prise the boy from his hand a few times. In between turns he was kept occupied by playing with the spare frogs.

And guess who won?................that would be Mummy, who still needs to learn how to be less competitive and to take losing gracefully !!

Unfortunately it seems that this game is no longer available but if you ever happen to find it at a Jumble or Car Boot sale I would certainly recommend it for your pre-schooler.


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