Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... big for my three year old and just big enough for adults sized fingers, so they can be used my everyone. The bowling balls are fairly li... more
Knock em down
Member Name: emmad5689
Advantages: Simple game, bright colours, easy to play, lots of fun
We bought these skittles last year for our eldest daughter as we wanted to encourage her to play outside a little more although it turns out the encouragement wasn't needed as last year she suddenly realised she really loves playing outside and was constantly trying to get us all outside to play easier said than done with a baby who doesn't like the sun.
We bought these skittles from Early Learning Centre and paid around £5 for them which I think is a good price for a game that can be and will be played over and over again. In the skittle set you get 6 skittles, 2 red, 2 green and 2 blue and then 2 yellow balls to try and knock them down with. The skittles are the usual skittle shapethicker at the bottom curveing up to the thinnest point at the neck and then a sphere shape on the top so no suprises there and the balls have little indentations for your fingers to sit in more like a ten pin bowling ball whereas I expected them just to be smooth balls.
The set is aimed at children aged 2 and up which I think is probably about the right age guide as I have a 19 month old and she doesn't understand the idea of rolling the ball yet she either throws it or forgets to let go. The idea of the game is very simple you line the 6 skittles up in a triangular shape so you have 1 at the front, 2 behind and then 3 skittles lined up at the back you then move back to a pre marked area to stop any cheating and roll the two balls at the skittles seeing how many you can knock down. Once each person has had their go the person who knocked down the most skittles is the winner.
The skittles are pretty durable, they are obviously made of two shapes fused together in the middle as you can see the seam where they are fused. My daughter would sometimes play with these on her own last year and they would often get forgotton about and left outside yet the colours haven't faded and the toys are still in great working order.
We all have good fun with this game and it is a simple game we can all play together but it doesn't take too long to have a game either if we are pushed for time. The only issue we have with this game is the space to play it as the skittles won't stand very well on grass and we only have a small concreted area to be able to play with them. We will be getting this set out again this year when we get some better weather and we will be trying to teach our younger daughter how to play too.
This is a great value set which encourages your childs physical ability and makes it easy for families to have fun playing together.
Summary: A good family game