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Mookie 8 Piece Boules Set
Ok I will admit it, this wasn't brought for the kids! It was a present to us from my neighbour as she thought it would be a laugh and it really was!
How To Play
For people who haven't played boules, it is easy to understand and to explain to the kids. You throw the little ball and then each person chooses a colour (red, yellow, green, blue) and try to get as close to it as possible. Not very complicated!
The game itself comes in a sturdy box which everything fits into perfectly and is also easy to carry around with you. The balls are weighted very well so it isn't to heavy for the children, but not too light for the adults so it goes flying across the garden! The game is a good bit of fun for the whole family, though the kids did get bored of it quite quickly. For that reason I wouldn't recommend it unless you are going to play with them as they will tire of it very quickly. Apart from that, it is a great quality, good wearing game and would be lovely to play in this weather!
My neighbour picked it up for about £6 online so it isn't too expensive and is an all time classic game. Greatly recommended by my family, you will enjoy it!
Would I recommend the Mookie 9 Piece Boules Set? Yeah I definitely would. It isn't that much to buy and is a great game to keep in the shed until it comes to summer time!
My family have for many years been big players of both traditional boules and horse shoes, and many a family occasion has been spent competing for a winner. Now my parents have sets of both games which have been in the family for years, and being that my partner and I were hosting a barbeque last summer we decided to buy a cheap version to add to the competitiveness.
This boules set includes eight boules enabling you to play with up to four people at a time. Traditionally, a set of boules is metal in construction and silver in colour, however these boules differ from the norm and would thus be good for both young and old in my opinion. The boules are made out of plastic and are very brightly coloured being two balls in yellow, two in red, two in blue and two in green. In addition a jack is included which is black in colour. As well as the boules being bright in colour they also have a textured shell to allow them to be easy to pick up and throw.
These boules are weighted using water meaning that although they carry weight to them they are easily lifted by smaller hands and are considerably lighter than their metal relatives.
The boules come encased in a black clip open carry case which allows all the boules to be neatly housed away when you are not playing with them. In addition the case is handy to carry the boules around with you should you want to take them down to the park or to the beach for the day which we have done on many an occasion.
**Price and Availability**
We paid around £8 for our boules set and brought them from a toy shop last year. This is a bargain in my experience considering the costly investment that a quality metal boules set will cost. You can also buy these boules online and they are currently stocked on Amazon for £5.95 (price as of May 2012).
The object of this game is to see who can get their boules closest to the jack. To start the game players are allocated two boules of the same colour which usually is the competitive ignition in our household as the usual lucky colour banter starts. One player then throws the jack to a point on the lawn. This can be quite far away or quite close to the group of players depending on how good their throw is. Once the jack is thrown the players take it in turns to throw or roll their boules to the jack from a throw point. The player who ends up with their boules closest to the jack is the winner. A tangent of this game is that you are allowed to hit other player's boules and bounce them away so of course when a strong player is throwing the next player will usually try and offset their opponent's boule.
I come from a large family therefore in our house we usually play boules a round at a time. The first person to score five hits nearest to the jack wins that round enabling another group of people to have a play.
We love playing this game when we have people over and inevitably as the boules come in four colours we find that people allocate a certain ball colour to being more or less of a winner than the others (in our house the red boules are the luckiest pair). The game is a great conversation starter and brings out the competitive players form a crowd. In addition we find that many a laugh has been had playing with these. The beauty of the boules being plastic is that they are unlikely to get scratched in the same way as metal ones would and that they can be played with children. We have yet to introduce our younger family members to the game but we are looking forward to doing so this summer. We have played our boules both in the back garden and down at the beach and can testify to them being of a good quality and weight.
My only criticism of this game is the colour of the jack as being black it works well at the beach but on the lawn it can sink into longer grass and become difficult to see. A yellow or orange jack would have been better for purpose in my opinion.
This is a great game, one that can be played over and over again without getting bored and this is a good version of boules. It is therefore highly recommended by me.
As a result of my review this product scores a very good four stars from me.
Thanks for reading! x
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Over the years we have accumulated loads of Mookie toys. I find them to be really good value for what you get compared to other brands of toys that can be really expensive and not very good quality.
I bought the boules set thinking it would be a good game that we could play as a whole family. Unfortunately it didn't really hold the kid's attention and the balls are now used more for playing catch with the dog than anything else though I still like to make them play a proper game of boules every now and then.
The set comprises of eight different coloured balls, there are 2 yellow, 2 green, 2 blue and 2 red. You also get a smaller ball called a jack. The idea of the game is a simple one and it is to place the jack somewhere in the distance and then throw the boules to try and get as close to the jack as you can. It is really simple but quite addictive when you get started. Unfortunately I think that the game is a little bit old fashioned for most kids and I actually think it would appeal more to adults especially competitive ones like me.
The boules themselves are really good quality and are made of toughened plastic and are weighted to help you throw them accurately. The toughened plastic is really strong as I can testify to as I have had to rescue the boules from the mouth of my dog several times.
The set comes with a plastic carry case which is great in theory but this fell apart not long after buying the set so I now have to store the boules in a basket in the shed.
There isn't a lot to this game and it might be a little old fashioned for some kids who are used to toys with bells and whistles but it is a nice gentle game that is a throwback to a simpler time and if you can get your kids to actually play it then they will probably enjoy it. The set is also great value and only cost me around about £6 or £7 so it is very affordable.
Boules is one of those games that you ever get to see played, or for that fact have the urge to play it, and the fact that we were holidaying in the Vendee this year on a campsite meant that we wanted to take a set away with us as it was a driving holiday and we had plenty of room in the boot as the campsites was one of those where you have everything set up for you.
This is a set aimed at children, it is certainly not for those who take the game seriously, having said that us adults enjoyed playing it just as much as the kids. One of the plus points about the game is that it is fast moving and depending on how many points you set for the winning target can be over in a few minutes, that fact that it is quite quick and manages to keep everyone involved especially when playing as two teams of two makes it attractive for small children. You can also vary the range that you place the jack from where you are going to throw it to make the game either more of less of a challeenge as the aim is to get your ball closest to the jack to win a point.
The balls are brightly coloured which will appeal to young children and it also makes them easy to distinguish, they are weighted but are not really very heavy, certainly children over the age of 4 would have no trouble with these and they are also quite small so little hands will be able to grip them nice and easily. This is important as while they are not overly heavy they would still hurt if thrown at someone either deliberately or by accident.
The balls when thrown do not bounce at all and will roll a small distance but the weight in them holds them steady. They come in a black plastic carry case which keeps them secure however it does show up how cheap these are as the clasp mechanism on our has broken already so we had to tie it with some string. You only get one jack with this set which is a bit of an issue as it is not very big and something i would imagine could be easily lost.
It only cost £5.50 from Amazon and you do get what you pay for but for an easy game to play on holiday or on the beech in the UK they are worth the money.
This is another one of those fun classic family type games that can remain buried in the back of the shed for ages, suddenly be 're-discovered' during a clean-out, and then become very competitive again for the family. And so it was with this Mookie Boules set and my family.
Many years ago, we used to have our own cheap boules set that we bought from a market, which didn't last too long on account of the dogs (then as puppies) having a go at the boules with their 'if it's on the ground, it must be mine, so I'll chew it' mentality. However, last year, when the dogs seemed to have grown up enough to lose their interest in chewing everything, we bought this Mookie Boules Set from Amazon to try and build up our collection of family and team games. At the time, we paid just under £10, although I note nowadays that the price has come down to around £5.
One of the first things that drew us to buying this set, besides the relatively cheap price, was the fact the set comes complete in its own case. So you get the 8 boules and one smaller ball (the jack), all in the one plastic storage case complete with carry handles, meaning you're not going to lose anything as you store it away. The case itself, although a plastic cage like affair, seems to be quite robust and fit for purpose.
The boules themselves come in 4 different colours - red, blue, yellow and green - where you have 2 boules in each colour (8 boules in total). So with 8 boules, you can have up to 4 players. The boules are made of a tough plastic and are filled in order to give them the weight. The idea is that you throw the smaller ball (the jack) a few meters away to create a target in the throw line direction, normally across a level surface, but you often see this game also being played on a sandy beach. Each player then takes turns to throw a coloured boule (underhand preferable) at the jack to try and stop the boule as close to the jack as possible - closest to the jack being the eventual winner.
The throw should be more of a lob rather than a roll along the ground (as you find with conventional bowls), meaning that the boule will pretty much stop where it lands with little forward roll, and that is the skill of the game - trying to get the boule to land and stop as close to the jack as possible. But you also have another competitive angle that can be played out, and that is also trying to knock your opponents boules out of the way as you land yours closest to the jack. So as well as going for the jack, the game also becomes tactical as the players try and gain advantage by knocking each other's boules away.
As I said, this is a classic family game, where the manufacturers recommend it as a game for 3 years old upwards, and I suppose at that age the idea of launching the boule at the jack is a fairly simple one to understand and play. Then as you get older, you can start to understand and play the tactical game trying to knock your opponents out of the way as you launch for the jack. We've also bought this game out at various BBQs we've had, where equally that competitive tactical nature comes through as various people have a go.
Quality wise, the set does seem to be robust (now that my dogs have lost interest in it!) and well made, and as yet, I have not noticed any damage to any of the set, despite fairly extensive use on both grass lawns and sandy beaches. Normally you would find that the more professional boule sets would be made of metal, and hence cost very much more. But in my opinion, this plastic set does come a close second for anyone who just wants to play the casual boule game on a sunny afternoon.
In summary, for a relatively cheap cost, this is a well made classic family game that is easy to play, and provides enough of a competitive edge to keep everyone's interest, including the youngsters, for a long while. But there is also more to this game than just throwing the boules at the jack, where you can also start to play and master the tactical level to gain the upper hand.
So for a fun classic game for all the family, this Mookie Boules Set comes highly recommended.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
I have enjoyed playing boules for almost all of my life. For as long as I can remember back into my childhood, I can remember playing it with my parents in our garden, and at the beach on holiday.
Over the years I have played with many different sets of boules, some have been long-lasting, while others have been very cheap, and soon become damaged - mainly in terms of the case breaking, or one of the balls bursting or splitting.
Our current set of boules is the Mookie Boules set. I have had it for about 3 years now, and it has had plenty of use. The set comes in a black carry case, which is made from plastic. My particular case is now a little damaged and it does not 'click' into a closed position properly, as one of the plastic pieces has been snapped off it.
Inside the case are 8 boules, 2 coloured in blue, 2 coloured in yellow, 2 coloured in green, and 2 coloured in red. Each of the boules feel good in the hand, and have a nice smooth finish to them. Also included in the case is a small white ball, which is known as the Jack, and this is used to aim the boules at during the game. The different colours of the Boules is designed to distinguish between the players. Ideally there would be 4 players, and each player would have a unique colour. I have often played this game with just 2 players though, and in those instances, each player has 2 colours i.e. 4 balls each. The winner of each game is the player that has their boule(s) closest to the jack, and a point is awarded for each closest boule. We generally play until a player gets to 10 points, and that makes them the winner of the game.
Overall this Boules set from Mookie is a decent little set for the price. The case in my opinion is a little bit flimsy, but the balls are strong and durable, and although a little scuffed now, they are still in pretty good condition. I have used my set mainly on grass, but also occasionally on the beach, where a few of them have trickled into the sea from time to time! Another slight niggle is that it is fairly common for the Jack ball to go missing, especially if playing in long grass, and some sets I have purchased in the past have come with 2 or maybe 3 Jack balls included, but the Mookie set just came with 1, although I'm happy to say that it has not gone missing yet, and even when it does, I tend to use a golf ball in it's place.
They are available from Amazon for around £5:50, and for this money you get a great family game, which will generate hours and hours of fun and activity.
Incidently we are off to North Wales for the August Bank holiday weekend break in my mum and dads caravan, and I will be sure to take these with me!
Thanks for reading.
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In theory, boules is boules right? Well, you'd think so, and I've played with a number of boules sets over the years, living by the beach. Surprisingly, you get to know whether one set is better than another, and a lot of it does have relevance with the design and often the price. Mookie's range of toys have impressed me, though, and despite their affordable prices, I've never had any real issues with their toys. At around the £5.50 price mark, their boules set seems to be another excellent value toy.
The set comes with four pairs of different coloured heavy boules, weighted balls. Then there's a much smaller ball called the jack. The idea of the game is to throw or roll the jack along the ground until it's a decent distance away from you, anywhere from between ten yards to ten metres, I suppose. You then need to try and get your boules as close to it as possible. You go one at a time, with each person having a different colour pair of boules. You can introduce tactics should you wish, placing boules strategically, having a slow approach or even a forceful shot to try and drive the other players' boules out of the way to win. It's ideal to play on the beach, although the harder wet sand would be better than the soft stuff for rolling and movement purposes.
The game is traditionally played on the gravelled sidewalked of rural France, called petanque, and I've played it a few times when I've been over there throughout my studies. It's as much of a past time as you can get, and although it's not necessarily the most riveting of sports to watch, it's about getting into the spirit of the game, and the competitive edge is quite easy to get a hold of here. It's suitable for young and old and everything in between, and easy to transport. The Mookie set is traditionally presented, and the is secure enough. It holds together by clicking poppers together at various points along the cage, with a handle at the top. After a while, the handle starts to buckle and bend a little bit with the weight, and it's not so comfy to carry if you have to walk a distance as it's just the thin hard plastic on your hand.
But the main important thing about these is how they play and how they hold up. I haven't an issue with them at all. The jack rolls perfectly, and the boules are nice and heavy. They're not the best I have played with by a long shot, indeed the best ones are probably the metal ones you can get. The plastic ones are solid and will last quite a long time, although at times the seam does seem to peel slightly and you do get the feeling they may split at any moment. The weight is well balanced, and I haven't felt the need to shift the weight of the boules to help with the placement.
Overall, these are a solid investment for anyone who wants to while away the time. You can play it on a variety of surfaces including gravel, grass and sand, and tactics play a part depending on which surface you're on. Mookie's set is solid enough, and while it's not the best I've played with by any means, it's a solid investment and only costs just over a fiver. Recommended.
Our recent camping holiday in Carnac saw us going away with two other families who have children between the ages of 4 and 9 so we decided to take some outdoor games with us in the vague hope that we would see some good weather, something we were pleasantly surprised to get as well. We decided that as it was France we were heading off to we would get a set of French Boules and these were only £5.50 on Amazon.
The balls themselves are filled with liquid and this gives them some weight, in the set you get eight balls in all in sets of two and they are different colours as shown in the Dooyoo picture. There is also a small jack which is the target ball, and this is white in colour in our set. I liked the fact that the colours are nice and bright as they would appeal to the children and this is a game that can be played by four players at a time. The aim of the game is to either get your ball closest to the jack or to hit the jack and you do this using an underarm throwing motion, most of the players I watched in the nearby park tended to throw in such a way that the ball has back spin on it however they were using proper sets that looked expensive, our cheapo option was not very suited to such technicalities but it was still a lot of fun and something that even the younger children could enjoy along with the adults where games got a bit competitive.
The balls come in a black plastic carry case which is a bit flimsy looking and I'm not entirely confident how long it will last but it survived the holiday. It is easy to carry and also transport and does not take up too much room.
The set itself is very much aimed at children and the boules themselves are well made and easy for small hands to grip which is important. They are heavy and can hurt if thrown at someone either deliberately or by accident so children do need to be supervised when using these.
For a cheap set I do not think you can really go wrong with these.
I distinctly remember this game which me and my sister were given in our little years. I'm not sure where my mum bought them, but I think it will have probably from our local garden centre as they sell quite a lot of games/toys for the garden.
The set consists of 8 balls, each filled with water so they are weighed down. You also have a smaller ball in the middle named the 'jack'. Someone throws the jack and then the aim of the game is to roll your balls as closest to the jack as possible. The person with the closest ball to the jack wins. Simple. And perhaps too simple because I never really found this game especially exciting. We played the game outside in an effort of my mum to get us both off our bums and make the most of the sunshine! On this point, it is a good way to get kids outside, but I'm sad to say the game is too simple to be of extreme interest.
Although you can play it outside, you can also bring it inside which is a pluspoint. Only thing is you'll have to move any valuables out of your living room as if someone throws or rolls it too hard accidently, breakages could occur! They are being sold on amazon for £5.99 which I personally think is overpriced for something we never used more than twice! This set will now be at the back of our garage untouched for years! I'm sorry but compared to our countless PS2 games , this activity was just boring.
Another point is that it claims is ok for 3 years plus to play this game, but I don't really think this is suitable! The balls are really heavy (they're all filled with water) and if someone dropped one, even worse on someone's foot, it would be agonizing for a small child!
I don't want to put everyone off this game completely. Some people do consider it to be a fun family game. It's just I feel like because of it's repetition and simplicity it's a bit outdated, from a lot more modern gadgets such as the internet and the wii or other gaming. I reckon you could buy something a little be more exciting to keep the kiddies entertained.
We have a set of these boules which we bought a couple of years ago. They are made of plastic but they are quite heavy and feel like they are well made. They come in a black plastic case which is really handy to store them in so they don't roll about all over the place.
You get 8 boules in the set, two of each colour, green, blue, red and yellow. You also get a small white ball called the jack. The idea of the game is someone rolls the jack and then everyone takes a go at rolling their own colour ball to see if they can get it to land nearest to the jack.
The game is brilliant to play out in the garden and it doesn't matter how big the garden is as long as you have a space where you can roll the balls you can play. You can play the game on grass, on concrete, on sand at the beach or even in doors on the carpet.
The game is easy to understand so you can teach even young children to play it , as long as they can lift the boules and not hurt them selves. You would have to watch them though as if they start messing about and throw them at each other they would hurt due to them having a bit of weight to them. You would also have to make sure they are old enough to understand not to put the small ball in their mouth.
It is a fun game to play, you can have four people playing against each other or if you have more players wanting to play you could split up into pairs or even teams. We often start playing after lunch and are still playing at tea time as everyone likes it so much. It suits all members of the family from young to old, everyone can have a go. My friend likes to play with us and she can't stand on her own but sits in her wheelchair and has a go. The kids love running up to get the balls back after for her and she really feels like she is joining in the fun. She is always saying about coming round mine for a game with the kids. The only problem we ever have is if the dog decides he wants to join in as he runs off with the boules and we have to chase him to get them back again.
The set is really sturdy and will last a long time, ours is over two years old now and still looks good, the case it comes in still does up properly so you can put it away after playing and not lose any of the balls.
You can buy a set of these from Amazon for £5.50 (plus pp) which I think is a brilliant price for such a good game.
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When it comes to games you can play in the garden there are few games more well known that boules. This simple game has been around for many years and is one the pretty much anyone can play. When I was a kid I had a set of these boules and I recently got myself another set. I can't be sure if the set I had when I was a kid was a Mookie set or not but the one I have now most definitely is. This is a real classic game for both kids and adults so I really wanted to give this a review.
If you have never played boules it really is simple. You have two balls or boules each. The first player to take their turn throws the small ball to a desired destination, usually a few meters away. Then the players take turns to throw their two balls as close as possible to the smaller ball. The winner is the player who gets their coloured ball nearest the small ball. I am sure there are more complex rules if you take it really seriously, but that is the basic way of playing the game.
When you buy a Mookie boules set you get eight large coloured balls. Green, blue red and yellow. You also get a smaller ball which is the ball you throw first to aim for. The boules comes in a very simple black case. This is made up from sturdy plastic and you can open it up like you would a suitcase. When you close the case it simply clips together and keeps the boules in place while you are not using them.
The boules are fairly heavy but not to heavy, they are unlikely to cause any serious damage to anyone unless you really throw them hard. The balls or boules have little patterns on them which makes them easier to grip. The colours are very bright and this makes them more appealing to children no doubt.
These boules are the ideal game for the beach. Go to any beach in Britain and chances are you will see a set of these boules being used at some point. As they tend to dig into the sand when you throw them it makes the game more realistic as this is how boules was originally meant to be played. However, they are also fine to use in the garden or probably on most other surfaces.
One excellent thing about a set of Mookie boules is the price. You can pick up a set of these for just £5. As they are the kind of thing that would really break, they should last you a very long time which really does make them excellent value. The only thing that can get damaged is the case which looks as if it may break quite easily if stood upon.
Overall then Mookie boules really are a wonderful little outdoor toy. They are something that can be enjoyed by both children and adults and they are the kind of toy that will get children out doors enjoying the sunshine. If you want a fun simple game to take down to the beach then these are most certainly for you. At such a reasonable price you really can't go far wrong.
I recently bought this Mookies Boules set for my younger relatives to play with in the garden when they come to visit over the Summer as a suggestion from a friend who had told me that Boules were actually really good fun. I'd never played Boules myself so I wasn't sure of their appeal, but on discovering that they would only cost me £8 delivered from Amazon.co.uk I thought they were worth a try.
The set consists of 8 Boules in total, all of which are brightly coloured and therefore easy to find if you are playing with the set in long grass. They also come in a black carry case which stores all 8 boules nicely and then folds shut for easy storage. The case also has a handle which is useful for transporting these around, it would be very awkward to try and carry all 8 boules seperately!
As well as the colourful Boules there is then the smaller Jack ball which is key to playing a game of Boules. The idea of the game is to start by rolling the Jack ball along the ground so that it stops in any random place in the area you are playing in. Then each player has their own set of Boules to try and roll as close the the Jack Ball as possible and whoever is closest wins. It sounded quite boring when my friend was explaining how to play the game, but very surprsingly I've found this game addictive! Me and my partner even like getting these Boules out and playing with them so they're not just for kids! It is also quite fun trying to knock your apponents balls out of the way to lower their chances of winning!
This set is so hard wearing that I am expecting them to be very durable and last us ages which makes them well worth the price tag. The boules are quite heavy so I don't think I'd reccomend this set for very young children or toddlers.
This set has already provided us with a lot of Summer fun in our garden and I'm expecting many more fun & sunny days to come!
Now being an older person, I don't have much truck with anything new fangled. After all, I have a stereotype to live up to. So, not for me these complicated computer games - I'd rather have some good old-fashioned outdoor fun.
We have had a set of these boules in our garage for as long as I can remember. In fact, we have two sets, the one under review and another cheaper set, one of which has a yellow ball missing, but that is by the by. We tend to put them in the car when we go to the beach a few times a year and those with us are forced to get out of their blanket huddled in their deckchair and afforded scant protection against the biting wind and enjoy a bit of participation.
This Mookie set comprises 4 sets of 2 coloured boules and a much smaller jack ball. Each of up to four players has their own coloured boules and basically without insulting anyone's intelligence here, the game revolves around getting your own boules closest to the jack. Of course a big part of the fun lies in displacing the boules of others. You're meant to throw them out of the front of your hand with a wristy flicking motion which allows you to get a bit of backspin on the right surface. Aim to get them close to the jack or to land a blow on your opponent's boules to send them flying.
Because the game has universal appeal, you often see it played on foreign beaches in that otherwise difficult time between burning your skin off and having your pre-dinner shower. It's almost always played and enjoyed by sad old degenerates like us. It's a way of communicating with our international colleagues who rock up with their protuberant bellies, sagging flesh, and inappropriate swimwear which struggles to keep the whole lard ass in some kind of shape. My God - has life really come to this?
Moving on.... Yes, this is a perfectly serviceable product in that the weighted plastic covered balls are all still with this set, probably because they come with a wrap around plastic thingy cunningly designed such that all your boules are safely gathered in - unlike some of those inappropriate swimsuits. The holder incorporates a useful carry handle which I then use to hang it up on two strategically located nails on a roof truss in the garage. Not one nail which would make it tricky to have your balls hanging level, but two nails to make sure they hang straight. This appeals to that part of me that likes order. I was the kind of kid that actually enjoyed putting their toys away tidily.
The boules are a bit grubby now and scuffed here and there, but that's to be expected given the use that they have had and after all, it is a contact sport. It's not the sort of product that I would expect to wear out so I fully anticipate playing boules well into my dotage. Rather sad really.
I'll give them 5 stars. Go get a set and slide gently away into decrepitude.
Many family holidays are spent on the beach with the young children shouting at the parents to play some fast paced game that the parents can't possibly keep up with! I know that's how my childhood holidays were spent. However, there are some exceptions to the rule, and some games which can be enjoyed by the whole family, whether your 3, 30 or 70. That game of course is Boules, and is something which can really add a bit of family fun to any holiday, whether it be on the beach or in the park, this is a really good holiday investment.
I think we bought our set about 3-4 years ago from your standard holiday shop. I think it cost about £5 at the time but it is very clear after a bit of searching online that you can get this product much cheaper. It's available as i speak, on ebay, for example, for just £2.99, so there is clearly value to be had if you want it! The set consists of 8 coloured balls and a jack, meaning that the game can be played by 4 players each having two throws each. The larger balls are made from plastic and are substantially weighted, so as not to be affected by wind, without being ridiculously heavy or dangerous. The jack is then far lighter, and made out of a rubbery material.
Player one throws the jack, then the object of the game is to throw your ball closest to the jack by the time that everyone else has had there go. It's a real test of hand eye coordination and something which can be enjoyed by everyone. Obviously tactics do quickly come in to play! As occurs with any competitive game, and people can quickly be seen directing their ball at a rivals, rather than at the jack, in order to knock that player out. This is particularly helpful on your second shot if your first was closest, as it means that by taking out your opponent you are guaranteed to win that round. This can be repeated over and over again and eventually someone will have raced to such a lead that there will be no catching them and victory will be theirs!!!
There are a few marks and scratches on my set but these are the perils of carting the set around in a boot on camping and beach holidays and then playing the game a number of times. However, they still work as new and, as i said earlier, it is a number of years since they were bought, so they have been a good family investment, and certainly repaid themselves with the good quality family fun that they have brought to our holidays.
So then, when cricket or football or athletics on the beach seems a bit fast paced for you and your family, then pick up a boules set. It can be played by everyone and is something which can be enjoyed as a real family treat.
==Mookie 8 Piece Boules Set==
I have many a fond memory of the afternoons spent down the beach with my parents and brother playing a game of this come rain or shine we seemed to be down there and these would always be carried down. So it was an absolute must that when Jack was old enough we got ourself a set to take to the beach when we go down. They are ideal for playing in the sand with as this causes less roll on the balls but we have also been playing them in our garden recently and although not to smoothest of terrains it still makes for a challenging and fun game.
The balls themselves can be picked up fairly cheaply and I think we purchased ours from a local holiday type gift shop and they cost £6.99p. Having just had a quick look online you can get them from eBay and the like but because they are a heavy item you have to take into account the cost of posting these things out so it probably wouldn't be any cheaper to buy them online. I have seen them in a lot of places and especially now the summer is more or less upon us. I think Tesco and Argos sell them so they are not an item that would need particular hunting for.
There is an age range on the toy of ages 3 and over but the game is easy and so simple that Jack who is 3 ½ has been a master of it for a good year as we were enjoying playing it down the beach last summer. Included in the set is eight adult hand palm sized balls and one tiny ball (The Jack). The larger balls are made of a tough type of plastic and there is two balls of one colour meaning there are four different colours which are green, yellow, blue and red. The Jack is made from a black rubbery type of material. All of the balls are housed together in a tough black type of plastic case where the balls fit it nicely and it seals tightly to make for easy transportation and so far we haven't lost a ball.
The object of the game is to begin by throwing out the Jack so it lands a good couple of meters away from your throw line. You then take it in turns to get your two coloured balls as close to the Jack as possible. This can be done by knocking other players balls out of the way (great fun). Up to four players can play with one set so that each of the four gets two balls each. When I have played with just myself and Jack before we have opted to use more balls and share the remainder out so that it makes for a longer game.
The game is so simple and Jack seemed to pick it up straight away. He is surprisingly very good at it and its pleasing to know that not only is he having great fun whilst playing but that he is also building on his hand eye coordination and sense of sportsmanship as I not to let him win all the time! He hasn't so much got to grips with the special throw that Himself insists on implying but other than that he is well away and can play happily for hours (and hours and hours) and we literally have to drag him away from the beach. He loves it when we say "shall we throw the Jack" and then proceed to pick him up and pretend to throw him like a ball. (The fun we have!)
The general quality of these particular balls is really good and having had them a couple of years I ave really nothing negative to say about them. The plastic they are made from is tough and sturdy so even though they have been thrown about in the garden as well as the beach they still look more or less as good as the day we first bought them. I can't see them getting damaged any time soon and we are more likely to loose a ball and need to replace the set rather than it getting old and tired and need replacing.
Of course I try to be fairly lenient on the rules and don't stick to the fact that Jacks feet should be together and that he should always stay behind the throwing line. We don't play the game on the original point type of system just usually see who is the closest to the ball after everyone has thrown all of their balls. Of course Himself is a bit of a stickler so more often than not we tend to make fun of him! This said though it is such a great game that gets people involved and playing together which makes a nice change. The fact that the rules are pretty simple and the game on the whole is really easy to play means that it opens it up to the whole family and seems to take a good many games before it becomes tiring. It is nice that we are able to all get together and play a slightly active game and have fun outdoors at the same time.
All in all it has to be a wonderful top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation. I think for anyone who has a garden or indeed goes to the beach regularly then a set of these balls is a total must have.
Great fun for all.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.