Product Type: ELC board games
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A simple but fun game for small children
ELC Monkey Business
Member Name: firasha
ELC Monkey Business
Date: 14/03/12, updated on 20/03/12 (34 review reads)
Advantages: Well made, simple game, children found it exciting
Disadvantages: Not good for an older child as it will be too easy
The rules of this game are very simple and easy to understand, so I found it a good place to start for introducing my young children to games with turn taking and rules to follow.
All you have to do is spin the spinner to see how many monkeys you need to place on the tree, which you then try to hang up without them falling down. The winner is whoever can hang the most on the tree without it falling. This helps with number recognition and using numbers in play (from looking at the spinner - although it only has a small range of numbers up to 4 I think it is), and also helps with hand eye coordination and developing their precision as they place the monkey on the tree.
It is very easy to set up, taking just a couple of minutes as the pieces of the tree easily click into place. My 3 year old is able to do this by himself.
The quality of the pieces is good, the monkeys are quite solidly made even though they are small the limbs can not be bent or twisted around by children, they retain their shape well.
The game is recommended for 3+ but my 2 year old also enjoyed it, and as he was playing supervised with me there I felt its absolutely fine for his age. Of course just watch they don't put any of the monkeys in their mouth but I would say it is fine for age 2. He was easily able to grasp the concept and he seemed to find it quite satisfying placing the monkeys onto the tree.
My boys love the nursery rhyme about '5 cheeky monkeys in the tree, teasing Mr Crocodile.. etc' which fits in really well with this game, as it has the crocodile design at the bottom where the monkeys land if they fall down, so you can also use it as a prop to sing this song in an interactive way. For those who may not be familiar with the song it's one where a monkey is eaten each time, until there are none left so it helps with learning counting and subtraction.
We have been very happy with this game and the price from early learning centre was very reasonable so would definitely recommend, it is a great starter or addition to any young child's game cupboard.
Summary: fun but with some educational elements for preschool children
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