When I was little, I loved playing games. I remember those rainy days and late nights playing hours and hours of games with my brother. My kids are just getting to that point where they like playing games, so we're starting to add to our collection of games for them.
We recently received Hasbro's Elefun Snackin' Safari game for review. I remember playing the original Elefun game with my younger cousins several years ago, so I thought this new version would be perfect for Rylie and Bryce.
The Elefun Snackin' Safari game comes with just a few pieces - 2 elephant heads, 2 handles, 2 elephant trunks, 13 snack cards and 2 home base cards. The elephants were easy to assemble, and in just seconds we were ready to play.
There are three ways to play this game:
- Find the golden Tutti Frutti Cake and be the instant winner!
- Be the first to collect all of your matching colors to win!
- Get the most pairs of matching snacks and win!
We decided to start off with the Matching Snacks game. You spread the snack cards out face down and then bounce your Elefun trunk to pick them up. Once you get one, you bring it to your home base and then go out for another. Once all of the cards have been found, you count your matches. The player with the most pairs of matching snacks wins.
Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. This game is recommended for ages 3 and up, and these two 4 1/2 year olds had a difficult time picking them up. At first they had fun trying, but after a while they got frustrated. There are small suction cups on the bottom of the elephant trunks, and even though they were hitting the snack cards right on, they just weren't sticking very well.
They each got a couple of them here and there, and were very excited when they were able to snag one! Unfortunately, once they did get one, the snack cards didn't come off of the trunks all that easily. You are supposed to slide them off, but when you have a springy trunk that gives when you pull on it, the trunk went with the card when the kids tried to slide it off.
After trying and trying, Rylie realized that the trunks locked into place when pushed all the way down, so they collapsed the trunks and played that way. The cards were much easier to pick up and they had much more fun this way.
The both were able to pick up several snack cards, and they stacked them up on their home base cards. Rylie and Angelica had a great time playing their version of the game!
Once the kids were done playing, a couple of us adults tried it out for ourselves. We found that it wasn't all that easy even for us to do, but after a few tries, I finally snagged one of the snack cards. Yay me!
I honestly think this could be a really fun game if the cards were easier to pick up. Perhaps magnetic trunks would have been a better way to go with this game. I'm hoping that with some practice the kids will find it easier to pick the cards up, because this is a great game to get kids moving. There is no sitting in this game (when played properly), which makes Elefun Snackin' Safari a fun game for my energetic kids!
Does your family like to play games? What are some of your favorites?
~*~Elefun Snackin' Safari Game~*~
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the Elefun Snackin' Safari game at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. A big Thank You to the representing PR agency for providing the giveaway prize!