Hope you had a good time on Mother's Day, and that the weather was good at your part of the world. It was okay at our part of the world - cloudy with a light drizzle, and not too cold.
Speaking of the weather, feel that Autumn has definitely arrived. It is getting darker sooner and colder where we are. Time for indoor activities! What are your favourite winter indoor family activities - games or puzzles? For those looking for some new games, below brief overview of some single and multi-player games may come in handy.
Generally, single player games are brain teasers. Our range covers a number of age groups, from preschoolers through to adults. Here are some that might pique your interest.
>> Ravensburger Junior Colorino Game - 2+ yrs Junior Colorino is a simple game designed to help young children from 2 years of age, learn about the primary colours as they play. Essentially the child uses the large coloured tiles to 'colour-in' the picture card - the player selects and places appropriate coloured chips onto the transparent board which contains a picture card.
The game also encourages the development of coordination and stimulates children's creativity.
<< Djeco Ludamino - three games in one, 3+ yrs, 1-4 Players If you like multiple use games, this may appeal. Ludamino is a memory game, balancing game, and circuit game - all in one set. Comes with colourfully decorated 3D shapes, coloured and picture dice, and 6 cute little animals which little ones can use in their imaginary play.
>> Smart Games Trucky 3 - logic game & toy, 3-8 yrs A logic game that also doubles as a toy! Trucky 3 is a multi-level logic game. Great for developing logical thinking skills and visual/spatial perception in preschoolers.
The object of the game is to fill up one more truck with a specific set of puzzle pieces, as specified in the selected challenge. Like mini-tangram for little kids, the puzzle pieces are placed vertically instead of horizontally. None of the pieces should stick out higher than the border of the container. This makes it easy for a young child to know if a challenge is correctly solved.
After, little ones can play with the trucks, driving them round like a toy car. The trucks are small and light, they fit perfectly in children's hands.
<< ThinkFun Houdini Brainteaser Game - 8+ yrs A logic game for magic fans, with 40 disentanglements and escape puzzles. Secure Houdini using the ropes, lock, and rings. Then work your magic to set him free without undoing the clasps. This game requires more fine motor skills than most other logic games.
>> ThinkFun Colour Cube Sudoku - logic game, 8+ yrs A logic game that appeals to Sudoku fans. Instead of numbers, you have colours! Flip and rearrange all 9 Color Cubes on the 3 x 3 tray until each color appears once in every row and column.
<< Gamewright Sneaky Cards - 12+ yrs, 1+ Player Not quite an indoor game, although you could track the progress of your 'passed-on' cards indoor! Sneaky Cards is all about completing the objective of the card ('the mission'), and passing that card onto an unsuspecting person so they can Play It Forward. Each mission encourages creativity and kindness.
The deck contains 55 cards and five categories for the players to interact with: Surprise, Create, Care, Connect, and Grow. Each card also features a tracking number which lets players track the 'passed-on' cards and see them travel as they are passed from player to player.
Multi-player games are great family activities, especially cooperative games which are particularly good when young children are playing. Some games included below can also be played by one person.
<< HABA The Little Orchard Game - cooperative & memory Game, 3-8 yrs, 1-4 Players The object of the game is for players to work together to pick all the cherries before the crow works its way up the path to steal them from the tree.
The symbol on the die determines the action to take, and players can only take a cherry off the tree when they find a cherry card (the memory part of the game). Included in the game is a lovely basket to put the cherries in, which could have a double role in later imaginary play.
The game also helps players recognise and name colours & symbols, along with developing fine motor coordination.
>> Mobi Kids Maths Game - maths game, 4-8 yrs, 1-4 Players I like to call this 'Maths Scrabble', minus the board. Mobi Kids is the perfect introduction to maths for little ones.
Players each select one set of number tiles. Each set contains the exact same numbers. Players connect their number tiles to form equations using the communal operation tiles (+,- and =). The first player to connect all their number tiles wins!
An activity booklet of mini-games is also included. It is aimed at helping little ones gain confidence with numbers by offering a step-by-step approach to equation building and subsequently Mobi Kids gameplay.
<< Milaniwood Crazy Palace Game - balancing game, 5+ yrs, 2 Players A game of two crazy builders - who will win the race to build the tallest palace?!
The dice determine the size of the foundation and after that players take turns in adding a piece to the palace. Each time a player positions a block they must place their pawn on any part of the placed block. Players can also position a new block on the other player's blocks, but only without moving their own pawn. Who will make it tumble?
>> Ant Colony - cooperative board game, 5+ yrs, 2-6 Players In this game, all players are teammates and have the same goal. That is, a game where either everyone wins, or everyone is defeated.
The objective of this cooperative game is for the players to build a new ant colony for the Queen Ant. The colony has to include at least two unblocked entrances and all four of the Room tiles.
<< Ravensburger Scotland Yard Board Game - 8+ yrs, 3-6 Players This is one of my favourite all-time favourite board game. It is almost like a traditional cooperative game, except in this game one player is the criminal Mr. X, who is being chased across 'London' (the board) by all the other players who are the detectives.
The aim of the game is for the detectives to capture Mr. X within 24 turns, while Mr. X tries to evade everyone. With strategy and teamwork, the detectives can trap Mr. X. However, if he escapes, he wins the game.
The game has two difficulty level, which helps cater for the age and ability of the players. If this game piques your interest, now may be a good time to try it out as Ravensburger range is 10% off in May.
>> The Great Dragon Race - 8+ yrs, 2-4 Players Playing time is 25-45 minutes, perfect family game for 2 to 4 players. The first player to land on the finish spot wins. Story cards are included so players can learn about the background of each dragon and its rider.
The goal is to race from start to finish using a handful of cards to make strategic choices. Special cards that block other players' actions mean you must pay attention even when it is not your turn. With the ability to steal other players' cards and cards that are character-specific, sudden and significant reversals of fortune are common.
Draw special cards when your word crosses a Hogwarts space. Use spells and potions to increase your score, and flummox your opponents. Earn bonus points for playing words from the exclusive Harry Potter word list
If normal Scrabble is more your thing, we have the classic green board version. I fondly remember watching my parents play with a very similar set when I was a child. Or you could try the Aussie Scrabble version, where you get to put down Australian slang words.
Kinetic Sand The Australia Distributor currently doesn't have much stock of natural colour kinetic sand. We have limited stock and anticipate that we won't be able to restock for some time. So, if you are keen fans, best stock up while you can. Alternatively, you could try Mad Mattr - a more 'doughy' version of kinetic sand.