Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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Giant Snakes & Ladders
ELC Giant Snakes and Ladders
Member Name: rji0907
ELC Giant Snakes and Ladders
Advantages: Fun, easy to set up, pieces fit together well
Disadvantages: Only two counters
A while ago my son was brought a giant snakes and ladders game from ELC. As he is 8 years old I did wonder if the game was going to be a little 'babyish' for him due to it coming from ELC but I was happy to find that the game was still played in its original form and hadn't been simplified or modified in any way to suit younger children and as snakes and ladders is a timeless game, there was no problems with it being too young for him.
This giant snakes and ladders is made up of 9 quite large foam pieces which fit together nicely to make the playing board. I was pleased at how the pieces did fit together as there was no lump and bumps or cracks showing when together so we had a nice smooth playing surface to play on.
Although this is a 'giant' snakes and ladders, it wasn't overly large so you can play it indoors or outdoors depending on the weather, but I have to say my son does enjoy playing it more outside as it just seems more fun this way.
The game is played just as the original game is whereby each player takes it in turns to throw the dice and you move your counter along the amount of spaces shown on the dice. Along the way you get ladders which enable you to move closer to the top of the board, then you get the hazards of the snakes which can put you right back down again. The game doesn't tend to take very long but the timeframe can fluctuate from game to game depending on how many snakes etc you hit along the way but an average game seems to take us around 10 minutes.
The game is said to be suitable for children over the age of 3 but personally I would say that children younger than this could play it too as the dice and counters are large enough that younger children wouldn't be able to choke on them.
I was a little disappointed that the game only came with two counters as we like to play it as a family but we got around this by using two makeshift counters out of my sons toys and we play it like this. On the reverse side there is a noughts and crosses board too which we do play for a change every now and again but my son does much prefer the snakes and ladders game.
As I didn't purchase this game for my son I have had to go via the ELC website to find the current price for this game which at present stands at £15.00 which does seem a little expensive for what it is but your child will love it and if they are anything like my child, they will get a lot of use out of it. As the game is made out of a foamy material, you would expect it to be quite flimsy but the foam is quite thick and the game feels really sturdy and strong and I was really pleased that we didn't have the problem of the game board pieces coming apart during gameplay.
Overall, although I feel this game is a little overpriced, you tend to get that with ELC products as they are well made but I would still recommend this for a child as it is really fun to play together in the garden on a sunny day and even with the torrential rain we have had the last month or so, we have still managed to have a game or two indoors so it is quite versatile.
My son really enjoys this game and for that reason it comes with a recommendation from me.
Summary: A good outdoor game for Summer