Product Type: Hasbro board games
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Catch Froggio if you can
Hasbro Pop Goes Froggio
Member Name: mumto3
Hasbro Pop Goes Froggio
Advantages: fun - active - easy to set up - no batteries - simple - entertaining to a wide age range
Disadvantages: none for us
My son recently celebrated his fourth birthday and one of his gifts was the Hasbro Pop goes Froggio game.
I had never heard of the game so wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised with this game.
The game comes in a small cardboard box and everything you need is in the box. You get a spinner, a foam Froggio, a foot pump and twelve lily pad pictures cards. There is no extra packaging or plastic so you can open the box and start playing almost instantly after a tiny amount of setting up. There are no batteries needed and the box can be used to keep the game in for storage.
To set the game up you push the pump onto a pipe attached to the spinner and place your foam Froggio in the lily pad on top of the spinner. You then place the lily pad picture cards face down on the floor around the room (it is suggested in the rules that you place the cards face up for younger children). On the spinner there are pictures of animals and on the face of the lily pad cards there are the same animals.
To play the game you spin the spinner to see which animal it stops on. Once the spinner has stopped you then have to turn over the lily pad cards to find the picture of the correct animal. If you pick up a lily pad that does not have the correct animal on it you put the card back down on the floor face down and pick another card. If you pick up a card that has the correct animal on it you then jump onto the foot pump which shoots Froggio up into the air. There are two suggested methods of playing the game for different aged children from this point. For older children the rules state that the child must catch Froggio and if they do this they keep their lily pad but if they don't catch the frog they have to place the lily pad back face down on the floor. Play then continues until all lily pads have been collected. For younger children the rules state that Froggio can either be caught or picked up off the floor after he has been launched. The winner of the game is the child with the most lily pads after all the lily pads have been collected.
When I first read the rules I was a bit dubious but my children aged 4, 6 and 7 were raring to play. They had set the game up themselves and once I had explained the rules I left them to it. I don't think we have any other games that are so high energy and cause so much laughing and squealing as this one.
All three of them really got into the game and were rushing about trying to find the right picture first and then stomping onto the foot pump with both feet at times. We allowed the younger rules about catching to avoid any upset or arguments but the older two were so competitive and desperate to catch Froggio that they stuck to the older rules. They have played the game a few times since we got it and the enthusiasm hasn't dimmed at all. The only thing that does upset them is when my one year old stomps on the rocket and pinches Froggio while the others are searching through the lily pads.
I think if you only have one child or children of very different ages this may cause a problem or affect the entertainment value of the game but otherwise there is nothing to fault it.
I have had a quick search online and the Hasbro Pop goes Froggio game is available for between £9 and £15 with the cheapest available through www.amazon.co.uk at £9.69 with free postage.
A great game to get them active.
Summary: a fun game that gets them up and active
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