Product Type: ELC board games
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ELC Honey Bee Tree
Member Name: elizabethcullen
ELC Honey Bee Tree
Advantages: fun, educational
Disadvantages: little bits
When I was younger I was really into board games, I loved everything from monopoly to scene it to this game, although I was probably a bit younger playing this than playing monopoly! This comes from the early learning centre, a shop I was in a lot when I was younger- it always seemed very appealing to children and had a lot of things that I wanted from board games to toy animals!
There are quite a lot of small parts to this game, as there are to a lot of toys and I think over the years we may have unfortunately lost the odd bee or leaf! In the box the game contains the tree which is main piece in the game, effectively the 'board' in this game. It also contains the honey pot, the base of the game, 30 of the small bee pieces and 32 leaves. However, the good point about all of the pieces is that apart from losing the odd one they do seem to have stood the test of time and have shown themselves to be quite strong - they are all made of quite sturdy and colourful plastic.
The concept of the game is one that has happened many times before, this is just a different take on it relating to bees! For example pop up pirate is very similar to it, this is a very popular Hasbro game. The set up is relatively simple, you connect the tree to the base and the honey pot before putting the leaves in all of the holes. After putting the leaves in place you pour all of the bees on top of them. Game play is simple; there are 2-4 players and they each choose a base bit to sit at (best to put the game on a table really) then you take it in turns to remove a leaf from your section of the tree. You need to do this carefully so that as little bees fall down as possible, because the person with the most bees at the end loses! In a way this is similar to jenga!
I really enjoyed this game when I used to play it, and I still believe that it would be great for young children now. In addition to being fun for children it will also build up many important skills such as turn taking, conversation (when they are playing the game) and counting because at the end they will need to count up all of their bees! It is still being sold by the early learning centre so it must be a timeless product! They are charging £12.
Summary: Good game!