“ Manufacturer: Toy Brokers / Help Postman Pat load his parcels. Recommended for ages 3+ „
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In this game you get a round board that needs to be put on a flat surface, a post man pat figure that has to be stood up in the middle of the board and 4 jess the cat figures with different coloured bases. Firstly you need to choose which colour jess you are having then place him on the starting circle which matches your colour in the middle of the board. You then throw a die and move that number of spaces around the board, the board has some blank spaces and other spaces with instructions on that you need to follow. The instructions on it are not difficult and my 4 year old copes quite well with the game, your instructions are take a parcel off which you have to remove a parcel from the precariously balanced pile in pats hands, take 2 parcels off, miss a go, put 1 parcel on and so on. If the parcels topple over it is the person who put the last parcel on that looses and if you get all 24 parcels piled up it is the person who put the last parcel on that wins. This is a brilliant game that teaches balance aswell as co-ordination and is enjoyable for mom and dad too. You can have 2 to 4 players and this game cost me £11.99 from woolworths last xmas.
We bought this game for my daughter who is almost three for Christmas and it has provided her with a lot of fun ever since - although I probably would have to say that she does not yet play the game as intended. This is not altogether surprising as the game does have a minimum age of three years so she still is a tad young! The main reasons though that she is not yet up to playing the game properly is that she is not yet completely au fait with the conventions of board games - especially that most important one of turn taking! However, her four and a half year old sister is fully into playing the game. I will endeavour to describe what they both get out of it! The game is actually quite a simple one and based on that favourite children's character - Postman Pat! There is about a 4 inch plastic figure of Pat and he is placed on a circular board with his arms outstretched ready to carry as many plastic parcels as possible. Four people can play the game and they each have a Jess (Postman Pat's cat) playing piece to move around the board. There is a traditional dice and every time you land on a segment of board there is an instruction to follow. These are either to give Pat a number of parcels to add to his load, or occasionally to remove some of his parcels. The aim of the game is not to be the one to cause Pat to fall over and drop all his parcels. Of course, my almost three year old has not quite got this yet, and she actually enjoys making Pat drop all his parcels but I guess she'll learn! Every time he goes toppling over she bursts into laughter and cannot stop giggling. IN fact she is very happy just trying to give Pat the parcels and watch him drop them without playing any other aspects of the game at all! She doesn't like waiting for her turn though and this can be quite frustrating for her older sister! My four and a half year old really does get the game though and understands that there has to be strategy in the way you pile the parcels up in Pat's arms! The parcels are all different sizes and she now has the manipulative skills to place these very carefully. As a consequence, she gets quite upset when she makes Pat fall and does not like that at all! Overall I think this is quite a useful game to play with little children. It is based on a fun idea and with a character that is well known to them. All the pieces are strong and durable and also easy to wash if they are held by mucky fingers! It helps young children with their dexterity as well, and to begin with it is quite challenging piling up the parcels. Also, it introduces them to the idea of playing board games. They have to learn how to take turns and very soon it should help with my older daughter's reading skills as she has to read the instructions. They also need to count the spots on the dice and then equate these with the number of moves they need to make - all very useful skills! It's also a very nice thing to do all together as a family and I know that both my girls really enjoy playing with Mummy and Daddy! At the moment this game can be bought on Amazon from new for only £8.46 which seems pretty good value.