Product Type: Jumbo board games
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Snakes and Ladders Anyone?
Peppa Pig Snakes and Ladders
Member Name: mikeb2102
Peppa Pig Snakes and Ladders
Advantages: Good for helping with a childs counting, fun game, large, robust
Disadvantages: The plastic sheet doesn't lie completely flat
I look back on my childhood with nostalgia, the days when we would sit and play board games with our parents, siblings and friends, before the advent of computerised gadgets, nice simple family fun.
Last year I was looking for a nice little game that my daughter and I could play with on her 3rd birthday, yes truth be told I was having a nostalgic moment. I decided to look for snakes and ladders, as I thought it would be a great game that would help with her counting. My daughter is a massive fan of Peppa Pig, as I am sure most kids are at that age, and when I saw the 'Peppa Pig Giant Snakes and Ladders Floor Game', I knew this would be perfect for her.
== The Game ==
Snakes and ladders is a simple game of 2-4 players, each player takes a turn to roll the dice and move the corresponding number of spaces on the board, until the first person to reach the 'end square' wins. It isn't so easy however, in numerous places around the board there are snakes and there are ladders (the clue's in the name of the game). When a players counter lands on a ladder, the player can move his/her counter up the ladder, taking a shortcut to the 'end square', when a player lands on a snake, the player has to move down the snake, hence taking longer to reach the 'end square'.
== The Product ==
The product consists of a plastic 80cm x 80cm sheet with the board printed on it, numbered from 1 to Finish (which is basically square 49), the idea seems to be to get from the start square to Peppa Pigs house. Each square has a different character out of Peppa, George, Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig, with various other squares with a muddy puddle picture with the word "Oink" written on it, my daughter and I snort like pigs everytime someone lands on this square, adding another fun dimension to the game. There are six random ladders and six random snakes positioned over the board, all of different lengths, so some taking you 30 spaces further ahead or further back and some only moving you 9 spaces ahead or back. Another piece of detail on the board is that the square at the top of a snake shows a character standing and at the bottom of the snake you see the same character fallen down, or in George's case, is standing there crying.
There are four chunky playing counters, each labelled with a picture of a member of Peppa's household and they are all different colours also pink, blue, yellow and red. The counters are made of plastic and are hollow, but robust enough in the hands of a three year old.
The dice is made of a spongy type material and again is quite chunky and not too light so that it will be launched to the other side of the room when your child rolls it and not too heavy that it will break stuff if it were to be launched at speed at something (as you well know, a child needs to be taught how to "roll" a dice properly and having used smaller dice with her before I think I much prefer this nice chunky one included with this game).
== Price ==
I purchased this for £8.97 including delivery, which isn't too bad, although most of the what you are paying for, as with most Peppa Pig toys, is the name. My daughter gets plenty of use out of it and I think that it will probably be in our household for a while, so for something that costs less than £10, that is great in my opinion.
== Verdict ==
My daughter loves this game, we have played it a few times since her birthday in December and it was a big hit with people on her birthday, when we had little prizes for the winner. Because the pieces are a nice big size there is no way they will get lost and in the hands of a three year old, they are easy for your child to hold and manoeuvre around the board. You need quite a big space on your floor for the puzzle, as explained above, it is 80cm x 80cm. The downside to the plastic puzzle mat, is that it doesn't sit totally flat due to the creases in it from folding it to fit into the box, especially after it has been used a number of times.
Summary: Great game for your little one, helps with counting and gets children used to playing board games