“ Manufacturer: Toy Brokers / Age: 3 years+ „
Barrow Up Bob
Another toy, along the theme of buckaroo, that is aimed at young Bob The Builder fans.
This toy costs around £10-£15 and is suitable for children of 3 years and upwards. It is best played with 2 players.
As I said, it is similar to Buckaroo. You get two sets of small plastic tools, in red and yellow and a Bob figure, holding a wheelbarrow that is designed to randomly flip up when the tools are added to it. the aim of the game being to not be the person who makes the wheelbarrow flip up.
How to play
- Set up the Bob and Wheelbarrow by pressing the top part of the barrow down, it should click into place. There is a bit of a knack to this and I actually found it difficult, my 3 year old son certainly cannot set this game up by himself (not that I would expect him to!).
- Each player has one set of tools in either red or yellow and takes it in turn to place one gently in the barrow.
- The player who places the piece that sets off the barrow is the loser.
Although this says 3 and up I feel that a 3 year old is a little young for this, it requires a lot of patience and of course getting small children to take turns nicely is always difficult! If you were to buy this for a 4 or 5 year old I would say that'd be about right.
I don't really like childrens games that have a loser rather than a winner, I find the children don't enjoy it as much and the incentive of winning isn't there. It's a harder concept to explain to very young children and seems rather harsh (guess I'm a bit of a softie!).
Setting up the game is quite fiddly and the pieces are very small so may get lost/broken easily.
A nice alternative to this is Pop Up Pirate as you can play that with 4 people and you can can change the rules for young children so that the person who pops up the pirate wins. We have both games and my boys (not to mention myself and my husband) prefer the Pop Up Pirate game. My 2 and 3 year old enjoy it and it's a game we can play as a family.