Games. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that they can be great for family life. A chance to have some fun, relax (or maybe not if everyone gets competitive), and a way to get all ages involved. For me, the retro games are still the best – especially if you’ve got the old versions still hanging around cupboards. It’s rare that the modern versions are as sturdy as the old ones.
I love reminiscing about the old games we used to play. When we were sent Pass the Pigs to review, it made me smile when I opened it up. My brother and I used to have it and loved playing it, so it’s been nice to play it again and introduce it to N.
We were sent 2 versions of the game. The travel version which is the one I remember but with an updated case, and the giant inflatable garden Pass the Pigs game.
If you’re not aware of Pass the Pigs, it’s a game that can be played with 2-4 people. Each person takes it in turn to throw or roll the pigs, and you score depending on the position. It seems I was good at rolling the pigs on their backs which N wasn’t impressed about. He kept adding scores to his even though he wasn’t as successful.
The travel game set comes with 2 small pigs, score pad and pencils, and instructions. The case is secure, and is a good size for slipping into a handbag or luggage. N was a big fan of the set, so I can see him bringing it on holiday with us regularly.
The alternative option for Pass the Pigs is the new giant version. N loved the pigs – he just wanted to cuddle them rather than play, although he did enjoy trying to get them to land on their backs.
This comes in a bag with a scoring pad and pencils again, with the 2 inflatable pigs. It doesn’t take long to inflate them, and they’re not so big that they’d take over a garden. So they’re great for some garden fun in the summer.
What I like about Pass the Pigs (apart from the comedy value of trying to get them into the impossible position on the score card!), is that for children it’s a great way to encourage them to do maths without them realising. N wanted to be the scorer each time, so he was able to practise his 5 times tables.
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Disclosure: We were sent 2 Pass the Pigs games for the purpose of review. All words and opinions are my own.