Product Type: Active Toys Outdoor Toy
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Watch out for the giant snake!!!
Active Toys Garden Snakes & Ladders
Member Name: Vialdana
Active Toys Garden Snakes & Ladders
Advantages: lots of fun, easy to use, folds for storage.
Disadvantages: expensive for what you get, does need pegging down or it would blow away.
Having barbecues through the summer time, we like to throw a few odd ball things into the mix occasionally, and as kids often come with parents sometimes it's nice to have something fun for them to do and to be honest, most of us adults rather like being big kids again too though many of us may not like to admit it!
We've borrowed things like swing ball in the past and had a kick about in the park behind with football (well others have, being limited to walking slowly with a stick sort of puts that one out the window for me), thrown a Frisbee around etc. the usual stuff. This giant version of snakes and ladders was passed on to us by a friend as they were moving to a smaller location and just wouldn't have use for it. It's been quite popular at times with kids and adults alike.
To be fair, although we have the space in our garden for this when its not full of people, our lawn isn't actually very flat and this does really need a flat surface to play it on. This means that generally when we play this, we open the back gate and take it out into the play area behind the house where there's more space and a flatter area, leaving the garden for the actual barbecue. It does mean that other local kids come and ask to join in sometimes but that's part of the fun for visiting children so we don't mind that either.
Quite simply with this, all you get, is the board and a big inflatable dice and some pegs to hold the board down. There are no counters needed because you stand on the board and are your own counter. You don't get a pump with this, so you either need a ball/bike pump to pump up the dice, or a good bit of puff to do it by breath alone.
The board is rather flimsy and lightweight - it's designed to be used and then put away rather than something you'd leave out in the garden through the summer I'd say. A bit of a gust of wind and you'd find it blowing away I reckon. It comes with pegs (a bit like tent pegs) that you put down through the holes on the corners into the ground, but even that doesn't always hold it right through a game (especially with youngsters bouncing around on it). The board is about 9-10ft on a side I'd say, and has 9 squares to a side.
The game is played just like any other snakes and ladders game. You roll the dice, count the dots and move your counter - in this case yourself. If you land on a snake you go backwards on the board, if you land on a ladder you go forwards.
Overall, for a fun game to play with kids on a summer's day this is a good giggle. It's better than a regular board game because everyone's outside and having fun joining in together, and also as you are your own counter, you can play with more than the traditional 2-6 players although it does get a little crowded with a dozen kids all stood there especially when two are trying to occupy the same space.
As I said at the beginning this was passed on to us by a friend, but they retail around £40ish which is quite steep for something that is just made out of plastic really. Having said that, although I don't know that I'd want to fork out that much for something like this, it does have quite a lot of appeal so it's not really a bad investment overall.
Summary: A great fun game to play in the garden, but a bit pricey to buy.