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Over the last few months, I have really been focusing on working on my daughters number recognition and trying to make the 'learning experience' fun, I have invested in lots of toys and games which incorporate numbers.
I spotted this about a month ago and decided to buy as I though it would be fun - I used to love Snakes and Ladders as a kid.
The Snakes and Ladders board is printed onto 9 foam tiles which measure around 30cm each. You get two little foam counters (one red and one blue) and a medium sized foam dice.
The game has 100 little squares on altogether which I found really useful when teaching Lauren the different numbers, not only does it help with her counting, but when we landed on a square, I used to tell her or get her to guess what the number was.
The numbered squares are coloured ref and green, the snakes and ladders are either blue or yellow and the whole board has a scalloped yellow trim. The foam tiles are about the thickness of the foam floor tiles ELC sell (about 2cm thick) and are easy to fit together, again to help Lauren with her number recognition, I tend to get her to do this part.
Also included are some foam noughts and crosses which you can play of the other side of the foam boards, although we don't tend to play this.
The set currently retails for £15 and available from ELC & Mothercare. ELC products are also available on Amazon at the same price but with free delivery which is ideal if you don't meet the threshold for free delivery.
I would recommend this product, we have had hours of fun playing, the game is really easy for younger children to understand and Laurens number recognition has come on leaps and bounds in just a few weeks.
I like that the product can be dismantled and then put back in the box easily and is quite compact.
The only downside for me is that there are only two counters, we tend to play as a family so end up using s little figurine of animal as another counter.
ELC advise the product not suitable for under 36 months, I can only assume that this is due to the size of the counters and dice, having said that, this is probably about right as I am not sure a younger child would understand the concept.
Overall, I would recommend this product, it is a fun game but also educational too, 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
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Snakes and ladders is a great way to introduce board games to children. It involves no skill but requires luck to be firmly on your side! It is very simple to understand which is a bonus. My niece was bought the snakes and ladders set for her birthday a few years ago as she was showing an interest in board games and this large one is perfect for small children. It can be played inside or outdoors but it is great to play on the grass in the summer so that my sister and I can catch some rays while the children are entertained!
==Price and availability==
The Snakes and Ladders board game is available from the Early Learning Centre and cost £15.00.
The game board comes in nine large foam sections that fit together like a jigsaw and foam the board. They are made from really thick solid foam and the pieces fit together without any cracks showings. The pieces can be assembled and disassembled with ease and then stored away in the box.
The design of the board game is really appealing for children as it is bright and the squares are large. The snakes look fun and friendly with a cheesy grin on their faces. There are 100 squares on the board that are numbered. The aim of the game is to move round the board and the winner is the first to the 100th square. You use a dice to roll your moves. The dice is yellow and is large so it is not a choking hazard, it does not roll as well as small dice but the children do not mind. The board has ladders and snakes dotted around the squares. The rules are that if you land on a snakes head, you have to slide down the board to the square where the tail ends. If you are lucky enough to land on the first step of a ladder, you can climb the ladder to the top step! As you can see, it is all about the roll of the dice and the positions of the players can change quite a lot throughout the game. There are no massive ladders or snakes which is good as my niece is a really sore loser and would be very cross if she was sent back a great amount! The game comes with two counters a blue and a red which are also large and easy to hold. The only gripe I have is, since when did snakes and ladders become a two person game? It is much more fun with more people playing. When I play with my sister and niece, we use a toy as the other counter.
The game is well constructed and perfect for children, the parts fit together and the board is bright colourful and highly appealing. I really enjoyed playing this with my niece. We ended up playing it inside more than anything but we have occasionally played it outside with a picnic blanket. I can definitely recommend it, this game will never go out of fashion.
These giant interlocking foam mats with a snakes and ladders print are great for both indoor and outdoor play / Age range: From 3 years.