Recently, we’ve teamed up with Orchard Toys and they sent us Robot Run, one of their new board games, in time to try out at half term. Robot Run is aimed at age 3 and over and is suitable for 2-4 players, like many Orchard Toys products it aims to develop key skills and this game promotes colour recognition and observational skills, as well as the usual game skills like understanding the rules and taking turns.
Robot Run is a really simple game to play. Each player is dealt 5 of the robot cards and the rest of the cards are placed face down in a pile. Your pile of cards are turned face up so the other players can see. The youngest player starts by lifting the top card from the pile of cards and placing it in the middle, face up for all to see. If that player has a robot from their 5 cards that matches either the colour or the type of robot, they place it on top and play moves to the next player. If a player can’t match the colour or shape of the robot on the top of the face up pile, they have to take a card from the face down pile and add it to their own cards. The first person to get rid of all of their robot cards is the winner.
Robot themed things are always popular with H and I think this is a good way to get boys involved in board games. The robots are fun, so I’m sure girls would like them too. We very much liked this game and it’s certainly a good way to pass the time on a pyjama day or if it’s raining outside.
Chicago Town Pizzas have long been a favourite in this house, but H is loving their new promotion at the moment. I have been marched along to the supermarket to buy more packets. At the moment they have teamed up with Jurassic World to offer the chance to win some of these Jurassic World toys. They aren’t just normal dinosaur toys as they light up and fire missiles and the like (very popular with H). Each box has a unique reference number inside and you can go online between 8am and 8pm each day and choose a 15 minute slot during which to enter the prize draw. There are different toys available to win and H has got his eye on certain toys, so we are concentrating our efforts for those. The draws close on 29th November, so you have another month to get buying, eating and entering. By the way don’t forget to keep your receipt as well as the box, or you will be rummaging through the bin if you win (sadly, I made this mistake).
Using Method products for cleaning is something we do on a regular basis in this house, so I was interested to hear that they’d improved some of their bathroom cleaning products. Now that we have a self-cleaning oven, cleaning the bathroom is my least favourite cleaning job around the house, so I like the idea of making that a bit easier. I particularly like the new Daily Shower cleaner as this is something that I like to blast around the shower after I’ve used it. I like the fact that it doesn’t smell chemically and it does seem to keep the bath/shower a bit cleaner meaning that I have to clean less often.
This month from Parragon Books we have Professor Murphy’s Metal Puzzles. H fell on this as soon as it arrived and it’s right up his street. He’s been working out how to do the puzzles so he can amaze us with his skills. This one would be a great stocking filler for either older kids or adults.