“ Brand: Frabar / Type: Kids Sport Equipment „
My kids went to their friend's house some months ago and they played a couple of games of skittles in the garden, and when they came back home again, they just kept going on about these skittle games and what a fun time they had. Now I remember playing skittles as a kid many years ago, but it was one of those games that that I eventually forgot about as I grew up. So now hearing my kids go on about, set me thinking about getting a skittle set of our own to play as a family in our garden. At the time, I managed to get a set from a local car boot sale for £2, but I've also seen brand new sets quite often in toy shops etc for under £5, so it's not an expensive game to get involved with.
So what's it all about and what do you get for your money? Skittles is a little like a bowling game, but instead of being played in a bowling alley, you can set it up outside in the garden, or inside your house if it rains, and instead of rolling a heavy ball along the ground, with skittles, you throw the ball at the skittles to knock them down. For the money, you get 6 plastic skittles and 2 balls. The skittles come in 3 sets of colours - 2 red, 2 blue and 2 yellow, and the whole set is contained within a basic storage case. The case I got was a plastic see-through case with a zip, which also came with a plastic clip to hold all the skittles together. So easy to store and also ensures that you can keep everything together and not lose the odd skittle or ball.
The skittles themselves are like a blown plastic shape, so they are hollow, lightweight, and slightly resemble a wide topped closed bottle with a flat bottom. But whilst being light weight, they are also fairly robust and don't seem like they will break very easily. To set them up, you arrange them in a pyramid shape facing towards you a couple of meters away from you. So 3 at the back, 2 in the middle and one at the front. The balls are also hollow and lightweight, and the idea is the you throw the balls (underarm) towards the skittles in the hope of knocking them down - not quite as easy as it sounds because the balls are very light weight and a certain degree of accuracy is required to try and knock all the skittles down.
How you play this game as a family or friends is very much up to you. You can play individually (how many can you knock down with the 2 balls?) or as a team (Mum and Dad against the kids taking turns etc). You can also vary the distance between you and the skittles, further away making it more difficult to accurately throw the ball to knock them down. One time at a BBQ, we had friends who set up a sort of obstacle course in between themselves and the skittles with a table in between. The idea there was to bounce the ball off the table to try and knock the skittles over. Trying to put an additional chair and a table in the way to bounce the ball over and off of was perhaps a step too far - but you get the idea. So there are a number of variations on the game that you can adopt to make it more interesting.
The game itself is normally for age 3 years upwards, and admittedly, my wife and I are very much older than 3 years, as are our teenage kids (although with them we do wonder at times!!) However, if you get over that psychological 'age perception' barrier for this game, it can be a great competitive game for all the family to play, especially at a BBQ or party. What is also worth pointing out is that the skittles and the balls are light enough to perhaps trust your younger kids to play with by themselves. They are large enough to ensure that they are not going to swallow them, or even get them in their mouth for that matter (unless you have some sort of strange 'flip-top' head type kid?) and the items are light enough to ensure that they are not really going to damage anything else or each other if they have 'one of those moments'. This light weight quality also means you could probably play the game in your house without fear of breaking any ornaments or a window.
In summary, this is a very cheap simple game that can be played by all the family, and with a bit of imagination and creativity, you can vary the type and style of the game in numerous ways to keep it interesting and competative. Just remember that age is no barrier for having fun. So highly recommended.
My twin girls are three years old now and usually best of friends nice and sweet however they both have become little monsters to each other. We are going through a terrible stage off telling tales on each other, i am finding it very irritating and frustrating what happened to my sweet babies. I decided last week during the easter holidays when they were at home around me all day long hurting my head with their silly behaviour that its time to build back up the relationship between them and play nice. I was on the hunt for some board games that was suitable for there age group but no successes however when i popped into my local instore shop in town i spotted the Frabar skittles set.
Frabar skittles set costs £2.99 from instore also available online from amazon uk but most cheap stores would stock these like poundstretcher, b & m, poundland etc.
I liked the look of the frabar skittles set as a way to team built my kids sprits although i did think how cheap and plastic the set looked. I am glad now i bought the frabar skittles set.
The frabar skittles set comes wrapped with a black net when removing the net there are six coloured skittles. There are two of each coloured skittles in the pack, two blue, two red, two yellow. The set included two small black plastic balls.
Frabar skittle comes with a plastic holder, has six holes for holding the skittles, it keeps them held in place so no parts can get lost etc.
The skittles are made from lightweight plastic but do stand up well.
When setting the skittle up i found it best to put them on the patio because its a nice flat hard piece of ground,i did try setting them up on the grass but kept falling over.
The skittles are really easy to play lining them up in rows and getting the person to roll the ball try knocking over the skittles like what you would do at bowling. You can play and keep scores but as i was playing with my girls we didn't bother with score keeping.
All in this set of skittles has been so much fun. We play the skittles indoors most of the time because a little breeze knocks the skittles over due to them being so lightweight but perfectly fine on nice warm days as longs no wind is around. Since buying this cheap set of frabar skittles we have had lots of laughing and fun.
The best thing for me is the girls can play the frabar skittles on there own without me needing to supervise this is definitely helped the girls get along again. Each one takes a shot to roll the ball and when the skittles are knocked down the other child fixes them before taking thier turn its such a nice friendly game all about helping, having fun, laughing and even hand and eye coordination.
I do not expect the frabar skittle set to last forever due to them being so flimsy but even if they last a few months the set has been worth the money. Although the girls can play this together i do join in on the odd game and even i thoroughly enjoy it.
For simple fun i recommend frabar skittle set.
Skittles has just got to be one of those classic games that everyone enjoys to play and literally can be played by the whole family. It is also a great outdoors game but I found when choosing skittles a lightweight set can meant hat the game can also be taken inside to play for those wet and typically English days.
So when I saw these skittle down our local toy shop for a reasonable price of £3.99p (exceptionally reasonable for this toy shop) we bought them even though it was the middle of winter because the looked perfect to use down our long hallway. I think the price is very good when compared to other skittles I have seen but I am sure that I saw a smaller set in Poundland a few weeks back but I guess they were probably smaller and lighter.
The skittles themselves come housed within a protective outer netting and then they are all held together by two plastic frame type holders which each skittle literally pops onto to keep it secure. The set we got has two green skittles, two red skittles and two yellow skittles which are all made of a relatively lightweight plastic and can bend if you squeeze the hard enough. There is also two black balls that come with the set which is needed to play the game correctly.
The object of the game is to place the skittles in an upright position about 2 meters away from yourselves and with two turns get all the skittles down. This sounds very each but to a three year old this can take some time to get right. The balls with which you knock down the skittles are not especially big and this means that you have to be more accurate with your throw, again not easy for a three year old.
The age range on this toy set is from three years and over but there is no small pieces or anything that would be a danger to younger children I would just think that it is the concept of the game itself that would be difficult for anyone younger than three. Of course the game is not just great fun for the whole family and youngsters but it is also working toward building up young children's skills by increasing their aim and accuracy.
The game is so much fun to play both indoors and outdoors but is much easier on the hard wood flooring of our hall way rather than the bumpy ground of outdoors. The balls are weighty enough to knock the skittles down if the aim is right and the fact that when the game is over the skittles can all be stored neatly away in the plastic holders is an added bonus.
I think all in all these skittles are a great buy. They are hard wearing so I should expect them to last forever (or until we loose the balls). The price was affordable and it is wonderful fun for the whole family to get involved in. It has to be a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
We bought 2 sets of these Frabar Skittles for a childrens party, so that the children could use them to play with, along with some large plastic hoola hoops for a musical hoola game, some tobar catch ball sets for a mini tennis style tournament, some bubble making toys, a balloon making set with instructions and spare balloons, a pass the parcel game and a few other bits and pieces.
Its quite hard to think up unusual party themes sometimes and kids always want something nice, so that their friends enjoy the day and all talk happily about it afterwards. As it was a summer party we wanted to have a selection of mini games for the children to play and get mini rewards for their efforts. I have found that these sorts of games do go down really well at parties and children are usually really keen to join in and have a go.
The sets of Frabar Skittles came as two sets each with six skittles and two balls. The sets were easily transported as they are made of very light plastic. They were held together as a set with a thin white plastic shaped holder and this can be used to store them all together with. Our sets came in one set of two of each: red, blue and yellow skittles and also in one set of two of each: orange, green and yellow. We paid £2.99 per set which we felt offered good value.
The skittles do need to be set up on a flat surface as being rather light they can tip over easily. We set them up as a group of twelve, in rows of four skittles per row making up three rows. Each row was set so that you could see the skittle in the next row, through the middle of the row in front and so on.
The sets of skittles were set up and each child had two balls per round. When it came to their turn, each child had their two throws and we added up the score from that round. We repeated the rounds five times and each score was added to the next to make up that childs total. At the end of the game we awarded prizes for the first three placed children. We repeated the pattern and played the game again, awarding another three prizes at the end.
The game proved to be so popular with all the children and I would recommend the idea of using this skittle set at a childrens party, in the way we used them, as they proved to be such simple fun for all the children.
As soon as they were knocked down by the current player, the player before was on hand behind the skittles to set them up for the next player and so on. The children seemed to enjoy the setting up of the skittles almost as much as bowling them over and using that system involved each child taking a turn at both bowling and setting up.
Although the skittles game was just one of several that we used to entertain the children that day it proved to be great fun for all who played. For such a small outlay it managed to keep the children occupied enough for them to want to play a full two games of five rounds each. I think this shows that they are a good choice for parties and also for general garden play too.
I think that as a party game toy, I have to rate these Frabar Skittles as a 5 star product as so much fun was had by everyone who used them.
A fun bowling game for young children. Suitable from 3 years.