Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... that I really enjoyed playing in my childhood. This game of Boules was very inexpensive at £2.50 for the game, which I thought was a bar... more
Classic outdoors game made for children
ELC Set of Boules
Member Name: dirtyripper
ELC Set of Boules
Advantages: Safe for children, fun game, easy to transport
Boules is a classic outdoors game popular in France, traditionally played on grass with metal balls. It traditionally involves a small ball - about 3 cm in diameter - made of wood, called a jack, and several larger, heavier metal balls - about 7 cm in diameter. It is played in two teams of 1 or more players. One person throws the jack, and then everyone takes turns bowling the larger balls in order to get their balls as close to the jack as possible. Players may knock other peoples balls out of the way in order to do this. After each team has gone, their points are added up - points are assigned depending on the boules' distance from the jack - and the team with the most points wins.
We have had this Early Learning Centre children's boules' set in our garden for many years and it has frequently been a great source of entertainment for both the adults and children in the family. The balls are made of plastic rather than the traditional metal which renders them suitable for children. They are lighter than the metal variety which means your children are less likely to be bludgeoned with them, and any windows nearby will be safer as well. The 6 balls are very attractively coloured - 2 yellows, 2 reds and 2 blues - with a white plastic jack. They are packaged in a plastic case with a handle, which opens up and has compartments to fit the balls in. This makes it easy to transport, in case you want to walk down to the local park to play with them. The bright colouring also means the balls are less likely to get lost in the bushes.
This boules set is priced fairly cheaply as it can be purchased from the Early Learning Centre for £5 which I think is very good value for money. The game itself is great fun to play with children, or even just with adults, and it is good competitive fun. It is not too strenuous so can be enjoyed by absolutely anyone. An excellent game.
Suitable for children over the age of 18 months.
Summary: a good toy to have in the garden
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