“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Memory „
My daughter was bought this for her third birthday last year by her friend. It is a game from the Early Learning Centre and it is called 'Who Knows Whose Nose'.
== Packaging ==
The game is packaged in a brightly coloured, sturdy cardboard box. On the front of the box it shows the contents of the game and a nice picture of a boy and a girl playing the game together. On the side of the box it lists the contents on the box, which are as follows: 10 x plastic cards, 10 x plastic noses, 1 x cotton bag and the instruction sheet.
== Price and Availability ==
This is available from the Early Centre's website and it is £10.
== The game itself ==
The game is aimed at ages 2-6 years and is for two or more players. The 'proper' way of playing the game is simple. You have to shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile. Then take it in turns to take the cards until there is none left. All of the noses get put into the cotton bag and you have to then shake the bag up. The players then take it in turns to choose a nose from the bag, if the nose matches one of your animals you fit it into the hole onto the correct card. When all of the noses have been taken out of the bag, it is the player who has the most cards with the correct noses who is the winner!
== Alternative uses ==
If I am totally honest, we have only played this game correctly a few times. The rest of the time, my daughter and her friends make funny faces with the animals. On the side of the box it lists more playing tips and ideas. This is one of them, 'Crazy Faces', seeing which animals look funny with the wrong noses. Crocodile with a cow nose or an elephant with an elephant with a bird beak, and it then suggests trying to make what noise that animal would then make. 'Snap-Moo' 'Trumpet-Snap'.
It tends to be a game that my daughter and her friends grab to play when they come over.
== Durability ==
I think when toys are designed they should be sent to our house for durability testing. My daughter has an incredible talent for taking things apart/breaking bits off/losing things from sets and then the world ends (for her) when it no longer works!
However, I am pleased to report that this game is very well made, the cards are made from thick plastic with the pictures printed on them. The plastic is very durable, none of them have broken and are still in very good condition. Our youngest daughter (who was 1 in February) likes bashing the cards together and chewing them. They are easy to wipe off and keep clean, which is essential in our house!
== Educational? ==
It does say on the box that is great for learning all about animals, naming the animals and discussing what noises they make. Matching up the trunks and beaks. The child also is playing with their friends and learning to take it in turns.
== Overall Summary ==
I wasn't sure what to expect to be honest in the beginning but I am suprised at how well this game has lasted. I thought at first it was an expensive game to buy but considering how much it has been played with (and bashed about), it was worth it. I would recommend this.
I also like the fact that it is a 'unisex' game, it is aimed at both boys and girls which makes a nice change. We have so many 'pink' toys, which people keep buying us, it is good to have a neutral toy for everyone to enjoy.
Thanks for reading.
This was one of my oldest sons first games, bought when he was about 2 1/2. The game consists of twelve cards, two of each animal and matching noses. The cards are nearly indestructible plastic and consist of a bird, a hippo, a pig, a cow, an elephant and a crocodile. The noses are also well made, brightly coloured plastic. Our set is nearing 3 years old and is still in perfect condition.
Game play - You are meant to deal out the cards, and then take turns drawing a nose out of the bag. If the nose matches a card you have, you put it on the card, if not, you throw it back. The first player to have a nose for each card wins.
We aren't much for rules though, so we changed them. We lay all the cards face down. When it is your turn, you draw a nose, put it to your face and make the appropriate animal noise (Ok so we are a bit odd, but the kids enjoy it). Next you turn over one of the cards, if it matches you keep it. The game plays like concentration, but instead of matching two cards, you match a card and a nose.
Option 2 - Go Fish. You deal out 3 cards and 3 noses. Any matches are immediately paired. Then you ask a player if he has a card you want, like a pig. If he does, he gives it to you. If not you take a card or a nose. Player with the most pairs wins, but whoever goes out first takes all ties. In keeping with our liking for silliness, we make the animals sounds and act a bit mad for each card and nose pair we lay down.
My 5 year old still enjoys these and the youngest, just 2, has had fun with them for months as well. This game is a nice addition to family game night for the younger children.
My children got this as a stocking filler at christmas and have had lots of fun playing it.
You can either play it as a game or on your own and the age ranges are 2- 5 years old.
The game comes with 12 sturdy plastic animal cards. These have the picture of an animal (cow, hippo, chick, elephant, crocodile and pig- 2 of each) but the animal is missing their nose. There are also 12 plastic noses which will match the animals on the cards. The game also comes with a bag to keep all the noses in. There is an instruction leaflet inside the box.
To play the game you put the cards face down and put all the noses inside the bag. Each player picks a few cards and turns them over so you can see what you have got. Then you take turns in picking a nose from the bag and trying to match it to one of your cards. The game is finished when the bag is empty and the winner is the one with the most correctly matched noses.
Each card and nose are all well made and colourful. They are solid so nothing will break off them and the cards are about 3 inches long and 2.5 inches wide so they are easy for children to handle. The noses are chunky and fit into the cards with a little click.
My children loved seeing what animal combinations they could come up with and the rules were very easy to follow. Each game would take a maximum of 10 minutes which was a great time beacuse it didn't drag it out.
The only problem I had with this game was that although the game states 2-5 years I found that my children grew out of it very quickly. They didn't play with it after the age of 3- 3 1/2 as they found it boring by that age.
I would recommend this game for the price and the fun factor.
Who Knows Whose Nose Game
More a Nose Twister than a Tongue Twister
The title of this game alone is such a tongue twister that it immediately catches your eye. Try saying that a few times quickly!
Although it is a tongue twister to say, this game has nothing at all to do with tongues - more so noses (as the title says!). When buying our daughter some presents for Christmas, we wanted to get her a game which was rather like a board game but something for her tender age of two and so when I came across this new on Ebay, I could not resist.
PACKAGING AND CONTENTS
The packaging is very simple with a top opening box decorated by the the image of the toy inside, filled with colour to bring it to young childrens attention. The well known ELC (Early Learning Centre) can be seen on the corner of the box which as well as being well known, also gives the sense of reliability and safety in toys.
The back of the box holds instructions of how to play the game, though there is also a small instruction booklet inside which is in easy to read instructions unlike some adult games! Once opened, the box can easily be closed around the contents again to keep all the game safe.
Within the box there is a plain purple material bag with the name of the game upon it in white. This bag is quite rough looking and not what I expected to see really as it looked a little unfinished to me, though that did not detracts from the game itself by any means. This bag can be folded over to ensure contents do not fall out when packed up and rolls back easily for game play.
Within this game you will find;
12 Brightly coloured cards
12 coloured noses to match the cards
Each card is made of a strong plastic which, although can be bent slightly with force, does not break or bend to ruin at all. The cards are approximately 14cm by 11cm, so quite large though not overly large for little hands - just right really. Each card is very brightly coloured with a cartoon picture of an animal on each. There are six different animals, two cards with the same animal throughout (bird, elephant, cow, hippo, crocodile and pig). Although the images are cartoon like, most are easily recognisable to the animal they are, though the hippo is purple so a slightly different look to an actual hippo!
Each card has a round hole where the nose is meant to be. This is where the game comes in to play with the noses found in the bag...
There are 12 noses, each matching the 12 different cards. These can be slotted into the holes in the cards very easily and also taken out easily so no tempers occur when playing with really young children which is always a plus. The noses are made of the same hard plastic and are 3d shaped and brightly coloured to match the cards. The noses are recognisable to the animals though even my husband had to be told by our two year old that a particular nose was the cows as it was not immediately apparent (my daughter and me had played it before so she remembered!).
All in all, the contents are all very durable and easy to grip for young hands.
FIND THE NOSE
On the box the age range is shown between 2 to 6 years. Personally, I do not think a 6 year old would be interested in this simple game and would probably say it is more for children between 2 and 4 at the most. My daughter is two and loves playing this game and understands how to play, if not to the degree that slightly older children may, but she understands enough to actually play it with us, or even on her own which is great.
The game play is very simple as you would expect for a game for young children such as this. The noses are put into the bag and the cards are dealt out between players who then take it in turns to close their eyes and pull a nose from the bag to see if it fits on their animal card. The first to fill all their cards is the winner.
My daughter also loves playing this on her own. I find it lovely to watch her close her eyes every time she picks a nose from the bag and puts it on the right card. She also finds it very funny to put the wrong nose on the animal!
It is nice to be able to sit down with my daughter and play a game such as this - an early start into the world of board games! It is also small enough to take out if you are going to someones house so they can be entertained there as well.
Although not a high educational value, every game a young child plays does teach them something and this game teaches a child to play with others and follow instructions. It also teaches the child to match the noses to the animals and fine motor skills when putting the noses onto the cards.
PRICE AND AVALIABILITY
This game is an Early Learning Centre game and can be brought from their stores for £12 which seems average for games such as this in ELC shops, though do look around as I was able to pick this game up completely new on Ebay for a little more than £3 which also included postage and packaging which is great value!
My daughter absolutely loves this game and I love playing it with her or watching her play with it on her own. Whether she is playing with someone or on her own, she has fun and learns whilst she goes along and the simple fact that it can be played with more than one person and with only herself is great.
The game is very durable and lovely to look at except for the look of the bag which really does look unfinished but this is a small negative really.
Overall, I would fully recommend this game for children from the age of two to four years (not the stated six years). It is a great game and gets the thumbs up from both me and my daughter!