Product Type: Tomy board games
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Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Member Name: Lbird99
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Advantages: Simple and Fun
Disadvantages: None for Us
I remember playing Pop up Pirate when I was young, but it was not a game I had actually considered for Little Man. Since Little Man started at full time school I have been helping out at the nursery he used to attend, and one rainy day I was asked to play this game with groups of four 3 and 4 year olds. After having great fun spending all afternoon playing with them I decided this was a great game that he would really enjoy so decided to add this to his Christmas presents.
Pop up Pirate is a very simple game made by Tomy. Unlike the picture, it no longer comes with a base - it is simply a plastic barrel with 24 slots, and a pirate's head that fits into the top on a spring loaded platform. There are 24 plastic swords, six of each colour and you each take turns picking a slot until you find the one that makes the pirate pop up!
I am glad to say that this game is a big hit in our house as well as nursery. It is designed to be played by 2 to 4 players , however it is best played so that all 24 swords are used so in our house we double up if there are two of us, or we let Little Man go every other turn if Daddy is joining in! However Little Man has been known to sit there on his own with all the swords trying to make the pirate pop, and there are always massive giggles when he does. When playing this in the nursery (and sometimes when Little Man is playing with Daddy!) I do find myself refereeing impromptu sword fights, however they are little and flexible so not likely to cause much damage unless jabbed in an eye! The only slightly annoying thing about this game is occasionally you can put all the swords in and the pirate still doesn't pop - but we just shout 'Boooooo!' At the pirate and play again!!
This game is recommended for age 4 plus, which I think is about right although it is perfectly fine for 3 year olds with supervision. It is good for honing fine motor skills, as well as teaching sharing and taking turns. I got this game from The Entertainer when it was half price at a bargain £7.50 which has been well worth the money for us - we play this at least a couple of times a week. We love this game, and it is a definite 5 stars from us.
Currently available delivered from Amazon for £10.97.
Summary: Can you Pop that Pirate?
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