Ludo

Ever since he realised that there was a second game on the back of the Snakes and Ladders board, Master C has become slightly obsessed with Ludo. It’s one of those games that I remember playing as a child as part of a compendium of games, but yet I don’t think I’ve touched it since childhood.

Ludo

Ludo’s origins

I do vaguely remember that Ludo is actually based on the Indian game Pachisi. Described by some as the “national game of India”, Pachisi is a cross and circle game (otherwise known as a race game) in which players move around the board, in a race against each other. First played in medieval India, the number of spaces moved was determined by throwing six or seven cowrie shells and whether the shells landed with the opening upwards or not gave you a score.

Game play

We’ve obviously moved on since then, and Ludo is played with a single die now and up to four players. Each player has four counters and each has a corner of the board as their initial home position.

If a player rolls a six then they move one of their counters into their starting position, and from there a second roll of the die determines how many spaces they need to move. Players then race around the cross shape on the board, until they get back to almost where they started. Then they have to head up their coloured strait towards “home” in the centre of the board.

Ludo

The aim is to get all four of their coloured counters home. But it’s not as easy as it may initially seem!

The twist

With players having all four counters, and different starting times for them, it ends up with everyones counters overlapping on the board. Even more so if you have three or four players. If you land on a square that already has a player’s counter on it then you knock them off the board and they have to go back to their home position, and await a six to start again.

It’s also possible to block other players by getting two of your counters on adjacent squares. If you manage this then it means that other plays can not knock you off, but also can’t get past you.

The only place on the board where you are really safe is on your home strait, as then no one else can catch you.

The kids’ reactions

As I mentioned when I wrote about Snakes and Ladders, Ludo is a much more complicated game, as you an play it with a huge amount of strategy. It’s up to you which counters you move when and whether you aim to knock the opposition off the board or not with certain moves. Realistically, it’s a huge step up from Snakes and Ladders, but at the same time it’s a perfect game for introducing strategy to children.

Master C got so excited the first time that he managed to knock me off the board. He also takes a great thrill from being able to block other players by getting two of his counters together. He may not yet understand all the strategy behind why you might do either of these things, but it’s a brilliant way to get him starting to think about them.

It’s also helped his mental maths come on even faster. As well as counting out each move of his own, he’s also been working out what he needs to roll to knock other players off the board.

Ludo around the world

I admit that I hadn’t really thought much about Ludo being played elsewhere until I innocently put a picture of the board up on my Facebook page and a Dutch friend commented.

He pointed out that Ludo looked much like a game in The Netherlands called “mens erger je niet”, which roughly translates as “Man, don’t get annoyed”. Intrigued I went off to do a bit of research and it seems that in German Ludo is called “Man, don’t get upset”. Ludo also has similar names in Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, and Turkish. In Greece there is also a reference to players behaviour in the fact that they call it “Grumbler” and Italian just call it “Don’t get upset”.

I had no idea that what I had just thought of as a simple game could bring about such a response from players! And I Guess it just puzzles me even more as to why it so often seems to be found on the reverse of a game as innocent as Snakes and Ladders!

A variety of different Ludo sets (with and without Snakes and Ladders) are available to buy online here.

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Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders is one of those board games that feels like it’s been around for ever. It therefore seems like possibly a bit of a strange one to be the subject of a blog post, but please bear with me on this one.

A few months back Bonn and I came across a copy of it at a car boot sale that we stumbled across on our way back from Harwich on bank holiday Monday. I seem to recall that it didn’t cost very much and, as I feel like I’m very much having to restock all the toys and games I have for my kids since splitting from their Dad, I decided to grab a copy. I’m so glad I did.

Snakes and Ladders

The game came home with us, ended up on the shelf with some other games and to be honest I didn’t give it much more thought at first. Then, as the weather started to improve, Master C and I took to going and sitting at one of the picnic benches in his school playground in a morning, whilst we waited for the school bell to ring. On that particular table is a giant version of Snake and Ladders and we started passing the time in a morning by me rolling an imaginary die and him moving an imaginary counter round the board in an attempt to win before the bell went. One morning I happened to mention to him that we had a real copy of the game at home and his eyes nearly popped out of his head. Bad mum for not telling him sooner I guess!

Since then the pair of us have ended up playing Snake and Ladders quite regularly. It’s made me realise what a wonderful game it is for a child his age. On so many different levels.

Firstly, and this almost goes without saying, board games are a wonderful way to engage with your kids. Conversations can happen whilst you’re playing. It’s like the action of playing a game means that children somehow forget that they normally don’t tell you anything about their day at school. It’s also proper focussed time with them. No opportunity to pick up your phone and end up down a social media rabbit hole when you’re having to take turns.

A game like Snakes and Ladders also introduces children to so many different things. There’s the whole concept of taking turns. It may seem obvious to us as adults, but it’s a skill that children need to learn. There’s maths involved in rolling the die, counting the dots on the surface and then moving a playing piece the right number of spaces on the board. Regular playing of board games can help a child so much with some of what they are more formally taught in the classroom.

In a game like Snakes and Ladders there are rules to follow. If you land on the bottom of a ladder you go up it, if you land on a snake’s head you go down it. Simple rules, but again another concept that it’s important for children to learn.

And finally, there’s the fact that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. As I’ve discovered, it’s very difficult to cheat in Snakes and Ladders, short of not rolling the die correctly. It’s totally random as to what you land on and this means that whoever is playing has an equal chance of winning. There’s no strategy involved. After the initial disappointment of going down their first snake, children soon realise that even mummy can  end up landing on a snake on the final row of the board and soon be back to the beginning. And how Master C laughs whenever that happens!

Interestingly the version of Snakes and Ladders that we picked up came with Ludo on the reverse of the board. A game that I vaguely remembered from childhood and one that I assumed was equally as fair as Snakes and Ladders. How wrong I was! Look out for a whole separate blog post about this game and why it’s apparently called “Man, don’t get annoyed!” in some parts of the world!

It goes without saying that there are numerous versions of Snakes and Ladders out there. You can find a wide selection online here.

Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker Review and Giveaway

I remember being obsessed with friendship bracelets when I was at primary school. We all made them for each other and I remember begging my mum to let me loose on her embroidery threads so I could make them. They were a painstaking labour of love. Taking hours and hours to make each one. A simple mistake (and trust me mistakes could be very simply made) and you’d end up throwing away all your work. How I wish we’d had the Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker back then.

Cool Maker KumiKreator

How to use the Cool Maker KumiKreator

The Cool Maker KumiKreator makes making friendship bracelets an absolute doddle. And they don’t take long either. What you get in the set is a KumiKreator itself, plus everything else you need to make up to ten friendship bracelets. This includes spools of thread, clasps, end caps, clasp stickers and a design booklet showing you how to set things up  to make several different designs.

Cool Maker KumiKreator

The KumiKreator itself requires minimal assembly when you get it out of the box. Literally just picking the arm into place. Once you do that and line the spools up in a certain manner you’re ready to go.

Cool Maker KumiKreator

Using the guides in the design booklet you get the threads that you need and simply click the spools into place in the KumiKreator. Then you thread the threads up into the arm and you’re pretty much ready to start.

Cool Maker KumiKreator

The clever mechanism inside the KumiKreator takes care of all the threads and all you need to do is turn the handle. We found that we had absolutely no problems at all using the KumiKreator to make several bracelets. Should it get into a jam though there are some helpful hints and tips to un-jam things over at www.coolmaker.com.

Cool Maker KumiKreator

The KumiKreator clearly tells you when you can stop turning the handle.

Cool Maker KumiKreator

Then you’re ready to clamp the ends to the correct length and then add the clasps.

 

Cool Maker KumiKreator

It requires a bit of manual dexterity to get this bit right, but with a bit of practice it’s easy.

Cool Maker KumiKreator

Ta dah! One finished friendship bracelet.

What we thought of the Cool Maker KumiKreator

Cool Maker KumiKreator

I was ready impressed at how easy the KumiKreator was to use and also how quickly you could make bracelets with it. The first time we used it I did the set up quite slowly to make sure I fully understood what had to go where so that I could help Little Miss C should she need it in the future. Once you know what you’re doing though it’s pretty quick to set up too.

Win a Friendship Bracelet Maker

If you like the sound of the Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker then why don’t you enter our giveaway to win one for yourself. All you have to do is tell me who your best friend was when growing up in the comments below. Then follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget and cross your fingers.

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The Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker is available to buy online here. It has an RRP of £29.99

Disclaimer: We were sent a Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Num Noms Lights Series 2

You might be thinking that we’re going Num Noms mad here and you’d be right! In addition to the Series 5 Num Noms that Little Miss C has been helping me review, we’ve also been sent a set of Num Noms Lights Series 2. In particular a Lights Mega Pack that contains a total of 12 Num Noms.

Num Noms Lights Series 2

Introducing Num Noms Lights Series 2

As I’ve explained before here on Penny Plays Num Noms come in two parts, the soft rubbery outer Num, and the hard inner Nom. In Num Noms Lights Series 2 they are all sweet based.

Nums

The Nums fall into the following categories:

  • Gummy Bear Nums
  • Hard Candy Nums
  • Rock Candy Nums
  • Striped Candy Nums
  • Slushie Nums

Noms

On the inside you then have light up Noms which, as the name suggests, light up. These then fall into two categories:

  • Gem Candy
  • Rock Candy

The Noms fit onto plastic rings meaning that children have a light up ring that they can wear.

The only thing that slightly disappointed LMC here is that other Noms (from different series) do not fit on the ring. She was rather hoping to be able to wear her lip balm from series 5 on her finger, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Lights Mega Pack

In the Num Noms Lights Series 2 Mega Pack that we were sent to review you can only see what two of the squares contain before you open the packaging.

Num Noms Lights Series 2

In our case LMC could see that she had a Grape Gem Light-Up Nom (one of the Gem Candy category) on a yellow ring, and also a Queen Razz Bear Gummy Bear Num. The rest of the mega pack remained a mystery until she opened it!

Num Noms Lights Series 2

That’s the really nice thing about this particular mega pack. You can either have a blind bag opening frenzy (as LMC did!) or actually split them up and also children to have a mystery pack at a time. Possibly as a reward for doing something during the course of a week or longer. As a parent I really liked this flexible, value for money approach of the mega pack.

What was in our mega pack

Once LMC had got stuck into her frenzy of mystery pack opening she was delighted to find a real range of the Num Noms Lights Series 2 Nums in there, along with a couple more Light-Up Noms.

Num Noms Lights Series 2

Once everything had been opened and she’d taken stock she had the following in her collection:

Light-Up Noms:

  • Grape Gem Light-Up
  • Cotton Rock Light-Up
  • Cherry Gem Light-Up

Num Noms Lights Series 2Striped Candy Nums:

  • Kora Kiwi
  • Spiral Pop

Hard Candy Nums:

  • Water Melon Delight
  • Polly Pucker-Up
  • Blu Razzi

Rock Candy Nums:

  • Grape Rocks

Gummy Bear Nums:

  • Queen Razz Bear
  • Sour Apple Bear

Slushie Nums:

  • OJ Juicy

Num Noms Lights Series 2

As a parent, one thing I really like about this Mega Pack is the fact that it gives a durable plastic tray in which to keep some of Little Miss C’s Num Nom collection. She loves displaying various collectables in her bedroom, but trying to clean around them can sometimes be a bit tricky. Her being able to display them in this tray means I can simply pick it up and dust under it. Far simpler than my usual trick of taking a photo of how everything was arranged, clearing it all to clean, and then trying to put it all back to match a photo!

Num Noms Lights Series 2 are also available in individual mystery packs as well as the mega pack featured here.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Num Noms Lights Series 2 Mega Pack featured for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain our own. This post contains affiliate links.

 

Num Noms Series 5

Num Noms have to be the collectable that just keeps on giving as far as Little Miss C is concerned. And Num Noms Series 5 is no exception.

Num Noms Series 5 Croissants Crepes polish gloss-upIt’s two years now since we first encountered Num Noms and LMC still likes them now just as much as she did then. For those of you not familiar with the Num Noms concept I should explain. Num Noms consist of two part – a Num and a Nom. The Num is usually made of rubber and fits around the Nom (which is harder in feel) and together they make a Num Nom.

Num Noms Series 5 consists of a series of scented Nums which fall into the categories of croissants, jelly rolls, crepes, bread rolls, marshmallow squares and marble ice cream. The Noms which go inside are either lip gloss or nail polish. The latter being either normal polish, glitter polish or shimmer polish.

We were sent a Series 5 Mystery Pot to review, along with a Croissant Starter Pack.

Series 5 Mystery Pot

LMC started off opening the mystery pot which contained the B Berry Polish-It shimmer nail polish. Also in there was the special edition Blueberry Becca Crepe.

Num Noms Series 5 Crepes polish

This is slightly different to all the other Nums that LMC and I have seen, as it wraps around the Nom rather than just fitting over it.

Num Noms Series 5 Crepes polish

It took a bit of fiddling to get it right, but once it does it fits securely over the nail polish Nom.

Num Noms Series 5 Crepes Gloss up

As I said when I reviewed the Num Noms Nail Polish Maker, LMC really likes nail polish at the moment – making this an instant big hit.

Num Noms Series 5 Crepes Gloss up

Series 5 Croissant Starter Pack

She then moved on to the Croissant Starter Pack. This contains three Noms of the Croissant Noms: Caramel Croissant, Birthday Bernadette and Berry Bella.

Num Noms Series 5 Croissants Gloss Up

Also in there is the Very Cherry glitter Gloss Up Nom and also a Num Noms tray and pair of tongs so that children can play with the Num Noms.Num Noms Series 5 Croissants Gloss Up

It goes without saying that lip gloss is another favourite of LMC’s and she loved the idea of having a collectable toy that also double as a lisp gloss.

Num Noms Series 5 Croissants Gloss Up

Num Noms Series 5 are also available in a larger lunch box play set which contains a total of 12 Noms or Noms.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Num Noms Series 5 that are featured in this post for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.

 

So Slime DIY – mess free slime making

Slime making. It’s one of those activities that kids are desperate to do. Yet their parents are desperate to avoid. It can be messy. Very, very messy. It takes time. It requires lots of different ingredients. You have no idea how safe it is. And it gets EVERYWHERE. So Slime DIY claim to solve those problems so I was keen to put it to the test.

So Slime DIY

The main idea behind So Slime DIY is that it’s slime making without the mess and without the faff factor. We were sent the Slime Shakers 3 pack to review. In each pot you get two sealed packets. One of powder and one of glitter. Also included is a surprise figurine for each pot.

How to make the slime

So Slime DIY So Slime DIY

The instructions are simple. All you have to do is put the slime powder and the glitter (or confetti) into the pot and then fill it up to the line with water. Pop the lid on and shake for about 30 seconds. Then take the lid off and wait for five minutes before you try and remove the slime from the pot.

So Slime DIY

When we did this we found that we needed to shake for a bit more than 30 seconds and in one case stir it with a spoon to make sure everything was mixed properly, but this may have been down to Master C’s shaking “style” more than anything else.

So Slime DIY

Simple and mess free slime

The thing that I really liked about So Slime DIY is that it really is so simple compared to all the slime making recipes that you find on the internet. You don’t need to go shopping for ingredients or worry about what chemical reactions might be taking place. So Slime DIY complies with all European safety standards making it far safer than anything you can do at home.

So Slime DIY

As you mix the slime by shaking it in a lidded pot it’s a lot less messy than any other recipe we’ve tried. Kids always manage to slosh things out of bowls no matter how careful you tell them to be. You do need to make sure the lids click on properly, but if you do then there should be no mess at all in the slime making process.

So Slime DIY

How to buy So Slime DIY

The Slime Shakers 3 Pack that we reviewed retail at £9.99. You can buy the So Slime DIY shaker posts separately, or there is also a Slime Factory or a slime carry case, making it easier for kids to keep all their slime making in one place.

Disclaimer: We were sent the So Slime DIY Slime Shakers 3 Pack for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Pong

With this crazy weather we’ve been having lately I’ve been on the look out for toys and games that we can enjoy in the garden. It’s been just too hot for the trampoline, so something a little more sedate has been in order. That’s where Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Pong has been perfect.

Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Pong

Many adults may be more familiar with Beer Pong (which is what I accidentally kept calling this in a sleep deprived, unable to stand the heat, moment – much to the kids amusement). Bubble Pong follows a very similar concept.

The game

Two players stand, or sit, opposite each other, and the aim is to get the ping pong ball into the opponents hole on the Bubble Pong game. When they do their opponent gets a face full of bubbles.

There are three different difficulty settings – all depending on which plastic insert you put in, which changes the size of the hole you are aiming to get the ball into. Once the balls have gone in the holes they then trigger the bubbles, before running down to the tray where players collect them from to throw again.

Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Pong

I’m not sure if it’s just me having rubbish aim, but I seemed to keep managing to get the balls into my own hole – meaning Little Miss C escaped relatively bubble-free, whilst I found myself covered in them!

Any idea of counting the number of balls that went in was totally lost on us. The game has a timer on it and we found that we just kept going and laughing until the timer ran out.

Batteries

One word of warning about bubble pong. I ended up with two disappointed kids when I first tried to get it out to play as I hadn’t realised that you need 8 (yes eight!) AA batteries. And seeing as they’re not included, we just didn’t have enough in the house. A few online listings for the game say that it only needs 2, so please don’t be caught out.

Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Pong

Continuous bubbles

The machine also has a continuous bubbles mode. The kids made the most of this for a  bubble popping competition in the garden. I can see this also being really popular with the baby when he or she comes along. As everyone knows babies just love bubbles. As do kids of all ages!

Verdict

Both Little Miss C and Master C loved playing Bubble Pong in the garden. Admittedly it ended up being much more about having fun than playing a game, but that’s not exactly a problem.

Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Pong

For those of us that are supposedly more grown up I can also see this being a great family alternative to beer pong. Perfect for playing at a summer BBQ, or other family garden event. I also expect there would be some hilarious results if you tried a late night vision of it.

Where to buy

You can buy Gazillion Bubble Bubble Pong in store at Tesco, or online via Amazon. It has an RRP of £19.99. It’s also worth noting that you can also buy 2 litre bottles of the Gazillion Bubbles solution, which I have to say seems to be far better for bubbles than many other brands.

Disclaimer: We were paid to feature Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Pong on Facebook, but opted to write about it here on Penny Plays too. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Smart Ass

The last year as seen us play loads of board games together as a family. We’ve found them a fantastic way of getting people of all ages together, laughing and bonding in a way that sitting in front of the TV just can’t compete with. We’re also using them as a bit of a stealth way of educating the kids. Whether it be understanding the concept of taking turns for the younger children, or building the older ones’ general knowledge, board games are an excellent way of doing both as a family. When I saw Smart Ass at Blog On I knew that it would be perfect for that general knowledge building for the older kids.

Smart Ass family board game

Smart Ass is all about showing off if you know the answer. Or even if you just think you do. It’s perfectly acceptable to shout out the answer and totally goes against the way that some kids feel that it’s not right to be seen to be smart.

How to play

In Smart Ass the aim of the game is to be first around the board working out Who Am I? What Am I? or Where Am I? The first player to reach the end is the ultimate Smart Ass.

Smart Ass family board game

Designed for 2 to 6 players and for ages 12 to adult, play starts with the oldest Smart Ass player who is the Reader and will read the first question. This first player rolls the Jumbo Category Die to determine which category the first question will be from. This could be one of the following:

  • Blue – What Am I?
  • Green – Where Am I?
  • Orange – Who Am I?

Each question card lists 8 clue on it. Starting at the top of the list the player reads down the clues and other players can shout out an answer at any time. But, players only get one go at answering each question. So, if they get it wrong they’re frozen out responding to the rest of the clues.

Smart Ass family board game

Once someone gets the right answer that player (the one who got it right) rolls the Jumbo Movement Die and it tells them how many places to move their playing piece around the board.

Play then goes back to the player on the left of the first player, and you repeat the steps above, just moving round the players after each movement on the board.

Special Spaces on the Smart Ass Board

Smart Ass family board game

  • Dumb Ass – this is a penalty space. If you land on this you can’t answer the next questions. Basically, it’s like missing a turn.
  • Hard Ass – there are a separate pile of Hard Ass questions as this is effectively a bonus question space. Only the player who has landed on this space gets to answer the Hard Ass question. If they get it right then they can roll the Jumbo Movement Die again for a bonus move. If they answer incorrectly then play just moves on as if it had never happened!
  • Kick Ass Space – this is a basically the same as landing on a “go back” space. If you land on this then you have to move back three spaces on the board.

The winner of the game is the first person to land on “The End” and you don’t need a correct number on the Jumbo Movement Die to do so. They are the ultimate Smart Ass.

What we thought

It’s quite possible that we’re all a bit thick, but we actually found the questions in Smart Ass were actually quite difficult. Yet, we could do all the Smart Ass questions! Not sure what that really says about our levels of general knowledge.

We enjoyed the game, and there were certainly quite a few laughs as we tried desperately to guess some of the answers. Even more as we then had to google who some of the people were to help explain them to other players.

Smart Ass family board game

One thing we would say about Smart Ass is that we think it could do with there being more spaces on the playing board. Once one player is on a roll the game can a actually finish quite quickly. In a way that’s good as it means each game can be relatively short, but with a playing age of 12 and up I felt that each one could go on for longer really.

Smart Ass is certainly a good addition to our selection of general knowledge games though. And it seems that 13 year olds aren’t too old for a bit of a laugh at calling someone a “Smart Ass”!

Smart Ass is available in high street toy shops or can also be bought online here. It has an RRP of £19.99, but can sometimes be found cheaper online.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Smart Ass for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Twisty Petz

As I’ve mentioned before Little Miss C loves collectables. She also is at that stage where she loves bracelets, bangles and other sorts of jewellery. Twisty Petz are therefore her idea of heaven!

Twisty Petz

The idea behind Twisty Petz is that you have a pet that then converts into a bracelet. You can also connect three (or more) of them together to form a necklace. Alternatively you can use them as decorations on bags etc.

Twisty Petz

Each toy basically consists of beads string on some elastic and you need to twist it in a certain way to get it back into one of the pets. LMC and I found it took a bit of getting used to, but once she’d mastered it they were a doddle. Thank goodness there were instructions in the pack!

Twisty Petz

There are over 70 Twisty Petz to collect altogether and, as you’d expect with collectables, there are some limited edition ones and super rare ones to collect too. If you head over to their website you can see a full list of Twisty Petz available and even download a collectors’ sheet.

Twisty Petz

 

In the three pack that we were sent to review we found Marigold Unicorn and Cakeup Puppy, but then there was also an extra hidden Twisty Pets too. When we opened it we found it to be Jazzy Giraffe. It was a bit tricky to get them all reformed so that they stood up, but LMC seemed to get the knack of that more than me.

LMC is obsessed with taking collectables to school so Twisty Petz are idea because she can actually wear them and therefore be less likely to lose them in her bag or coat pockets during the school day. Fingers crossed this reduces the number of bedtime melt-downs due to lost toys!

Twisty Petz

Twisty Pets are produced by Spin Master and are available in toy shops as well as online. The three pack that we were sent to review retails for £12.99 online at the time of writing. Other pack sizes are also available.

Disclaimer: We were sent a pack of Twisty Petz for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Hedbanz – a family game of “what am I?”

I’m sure at some point we’ve all played one of those games where a post-it note is stuck to your forehead and you have to guess who or what you are. Hedbanz follows the same concept in a family game – with some hilarious results.

Hedbanz family game who am I game

Much as the game name suggests, in Hedbanz each player gets a headband to put on your head which can hold a playing card size card. The idea is that everyone wears on if these with a card placed in it, and they have to guess what they are.

Hedbanz family game who am I game

How to play

Game play works in that each player is given three counters, or chips, at the start of the game. When it is their turn, they turn over the timer and then have that long to ask questions to help them work out what they are. The rules don’t specifically say that it is has to be yes / no questions, but they generally are.

Hedbanz family game who am I game

Helpfully the set also includes a card for each player which has sample questions on it. We played with 8 year old Little Miss C and she found this really helpful on her first go to have a bit of structure and guidance to help her work out what she was. Although – I’ll be honest and say that none of them really helped me to work out that I was a toaster in one round!

Hedbanz family game who am I game

If you guess what you are before the timer runs out then you put one of your chips back in the bank. The first player to get rid of all their chips wins. If there’s still time remaining on the timer then you can also pick up another card to place in your headband, and try to guess a second time.

What we thought

For a game you can have between two and six players. We tried it out with two adults, a thirteen year old and an eight year old. It worked really well with some hilarious results. I can definitely see it being a firm family favourite at Christmas time, or just the next time we have extended family to stay. I’m also guessing that after a couple of drinks it may also go down well with the adults playing alone!

I though the whole chips side of things a bit of a complication. In a way it would just be easier to each take a chip when you guess correctly. But you can easily tweak how you play to accommodate that.

Added bonus

There’s also one extra added bonus of the game which has to be mentioned. It’s wonderful for helping you to get new online profile pictures of people!

Hedbanz family game who am I game

Headband is produced by Spin Master and is available in most high street toy shops as well as online. It has an RRP of £12.99 but if often available for less, especially at sites like this one.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Hedbanz for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.