University Games sent us Spot The Difference-rrp £7.99, The Gruffalo Word Rhyming Game and The Gruffalo Magnetic Adventures-rrp £5.99.
The Spot The Difference game is a little too old for us really at 8+ but I felt big monkey would enjoy playing it. It comes in a tin, which has wipeable cards in (30 x 5 differences, 40 x 10 differences and 10 score cards), and 2 dry erase maker pens, with eraser tips (which are fab). Also game instructions. This is for 1+ players. We've not really used the score cards but basically you can either spot 5 or 10 differences with two difficulty levels each. The 1st person to spot either 5 or 10 shouts 'stop' and then the person to have said 'stop' gets to find one difference on their score card and so on. The winner is the 1st person to complete all 5 differences on their score card. I feel this would be an ideal game for children aged 8+ but for us, it's simpler to use the pens and spot the differences, then take another card and so on. I will definitely be taking it away with us, as big monkey has been very keen to play with it. The ink wipes off very easily from the cards with the eraser on the tip of each pen, so it's stored like new after each use.
The Gruffalo Magnetic Adventures game is ideal for ages 3-8yrs. Again it comes in a tin, which has a scene from The Gruffalo inside the lid and base. These are used to make up scenes from the 27 magnetic play pieces that are pressed out of the magnetic sheets they come on. There are an additional 2 other scenes which can be laid inside the tin to make a different scene. The lid slides on and off the tin.
We love that the pieces can be used on the fridge too. A fab ideal sized game for on the move, which lets the monkeys 'act out' scenes from the famous Julia Donaldson story. We love the Gruffalo.
The Gruffalo Word Rhyming Game encourages children to use their colour matching, reading and rhyming skills to play cards and win the game. Aimed at children ages 4 and up, it's for 2-4 players. Race against each other to match the most rhyming words. The box contains 24 rhyming cards, 6 mouse cards, 2 gruffalo cards and 21 cards in the bonus game. They have fab illustrations and big monkey has so far had fun rhyming words. We've yet to play the bonus game.
All in all these mini University Games are great. I shall pack them for our trip away. Available to buy now, I think they would make ideal Easter gifts. Don't you?
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