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Time to review some really fun kids toys! Goliath Games and Pressman toys are known for producing high quality, educational, and fun kids toys and games. For my review, I received the following games: Pop The Pig, Lucky Ducks Game, Original Mr. Bucket, and Fish Food game.
With an almost 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, it certainly gets pretty chaotic around here. 😉 So I am always looking for educational activities, toys and crafts to keep them occupied without having them hooked onto the screen! Let’s see how these toys fared with my kiddos. 🙂
Pop The Pig has been rated as the #2 best-selling kids game of the last 5 years. It is a preschool classic that is loved by the younger kids as well as the older ones.
It comes with 1 pig, 12 hamburgers in 4 different colors: purple, red, yellow and green. You also get a die with a sticker sheet.
How to play: This game is for players 2-6 and for kids ages 4+. The idea is simple, each player takes a turn in rolling the die and popping the hamburger into the pig’s mouth and pumping his head. The more they pump, the more his belly grows until it can’t hold onto anymore and it – boom, it pops! 😀
We thought it was super fun and even my 2-year-old had a ball of a time playing (albeit it was a bit harder for her to pump the pig’s head).
What I loved about Pop The Pig was that the kids were able to learn concepts such as color coordination and number recognition -making this just the perfect educational game for preschoolers!
Lucky Ducks Game – $11.54
Another fun game that’s perfect for kids ages 3 and up. This memory and matching game combines developmental skills for younger kids by promoting shape and color recognition while learning to take turns!
You get 12 ducks, 1 pond shaped game unit (that requires 2 AA batteries) and stickers to assemble the duckies (as they come without their eyes). 😉
How to play: You basically place all the 12 ducks on the pond. Each player then chooses a different colorful shape to collect: square, triangle, circle, and star – then press the center button and the ducks will start swimming. On each turn, the player picks up a duck and looks at the colorful shape on the bottom of that duck to see if it matches the colorful shape they chose to collect. If it does, they get to keep it. If it does not, you put it back and the next player takes the turn. The winner is the one who has collected all 3 ducks with the shape they had chosen.
It was also interesting for me to see how quickly my 3.5-year-old started relying on her memory to win the game! Super easy to play but definitely lots of fun – we played as a family for hours! 😀 Check out the excitement of my older one on finding out her matching shape! 😉
Fish Food Game – $24.53
Probably the least of our favorites from the lot we received. However, it was relatively fun, although there’s not much to do in terms of actually “playing the game”.
You receive a fish, a spinning unit, and cards (with pictures of worms). I do have to say that since there is not reading in it, even the really younger ones who can’t read will be able to play!
How to Play: Players take turns feeding the hungry fish to get rid of their cards – however, the fish randomly spits out the card as it spins, so even if you think, you’re about to win, you might just get stuck at the end! 😉
Cute game overall, but again, I could see my kids getting bored pretty fast with this one!
Mr. Bucket Game – $11.49
Another one of our favorites and this one requires the kids to burn off some energy, which is great!
Quick to assemble and comes with 4 different colored shovels and 12 balls (4 different colors: red, green, yellow and blue). It also requires 3 AA batteries.
How To Play: Each player selects the color of their choice and tries to get the balls into Mr. Bucket as he whirls and spins on the floor and spits the balls back out. He does spit it out very fast, so you have to stay ahead of him. 😉
My goodness, both my kids had way too much fun trying to get their colored balls into the bucket.
My 2-year-old did not care about matching her shovel and ball and was just really chasing all the balls as fast as she could before her older sister did, ha ;). Nonetheless, this was a fun way to practice some motor skills. 🙂
I am a huge proponent of the fact that kids learn the best when they’re having fun! What better way than to give them the tools (games and toy/activities) that allow them to learn and have fun at the same time. And of course, while they’re at it, being screen-free does not hurt at all, either. 😉 Our favorites were Pop The Pig, Lucky Ducks and Mr. Bucket games!
Do you have a favorite from any of these? Share your comments below. 🙂