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Hip, Hip, Hip, Hippo
Chad Valley Hungry Hippos
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Chad Valley Hungry Hippos
Date: 17/11/12, updated on 01/10/13 (55 review reads)
Oh my, these colourful hippos, red, yellow, blue and green, are they're so, so hungry but there's not much food to go around. The food, in this case, is represented as marbles. Just make sure the children don't put the marbles into their own mouths. The food is for hippos not humans!
The ravenous hippo's mouths are hand operated by the players and they are connected to a base. Under the hippos is this base which I take to be that a water hole.
Up to four players have a hippo each and then it's a feeding frenzy. The marbles are released by a small lever for that purpose only. Players operate the chomping mouths via a black, up and down, lever device and each of these can be found on each of the hippos backs.
There is one marble with a difference - the golden marble.
The hippo that gobbles up the single golden marble wins the game. But sometimes we play with a rule that whoever gets the most marbles wins regardless of the golden one. This is just for variety of game play.
Keep the marbles away from children aged three and under. This game is suitable for four-year-olds. I have observed that around the age of seven, interest and enthusiasm in the game is lost very quickly. It's the younger children who have the most fun with this.
We had one afternoon session with two five-year-olds where they only stopped for a drink and a biscuit in four hours! They developed a chant, 'Hip hip, hip, hippo' instead of the usual, 'hip, hip, hip hooray.' Moreover, they've taken the original game into a new format and now they like to play at being hippos hunting for their prey. This means that for the price of one game we ended up with two. Not bad going.
I encourage the children to count the number of marbles there are all together and the number they have caught. I have even thrown in some subtraction. I ask them to minus their winnings from the total number of marbles. Alternatively, I may ask them to add up the totals of all the players. I strongly believe in trying to educate at the same time as having fun but I only do this once in a while because children soon roll their eyes and switch off their brains to it if they've figured out that I have an ulterior motive!
You wouldn't think Hungry Hippos has any educational value with all the noise and cheering from the players and the snapping of hippo mouths but it teaches them to count and there is a skill in hand eye coordination as the mouth has to be opened at the correct moment to capture the marbles.
This is a good fun game for young children. If there are children under three around, then make sure they are supervised, because it would be all too easy for them to mimic the hippos and put a marble in their own mouths.
This game is a good one to keep in the house for young and should get a decent amount of use. We've had fun times with this.
Hungry Hippos currently costs £11.55 on Amazon instead of £14.99.
Summary: good fun for young children
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