‘I want to play this,’ says my youngest, pointing to her sister’s game, the one her sister got for her birthday and won’t share. Her sister is at school.
My eldest has a thing for bugs. She collects them, they start out as pets and usually wind up as specimens for study. We haven’t quite figured out how to keep them alive. So when I found this game in a Nature bookshop in Amsterdam I had to get it for her.
When we first started playing, she wasn’t quite ready for Bingo, so we used it as a memory game. Taking turns to select one of the cardboard tokens from the cloth bag, we would try to find the matching bug on the big board. Slowly, though, she began to understand the rules of Bingo, and before long, she was outplaying all of us. I’d like to say the competitive streak came from her father, but there are too many relatives who will vouch for my own ‘anything to win’ attitude from earlier days…
This is a great game for 5-6 y.o plus (and who knew there were so many kinds of bugs!). My youngest wants desperately to love the game, but she does not.
‘It’s a long game isn’t?’ she said once we’d set it up and begun playing, ‘it makes my arms and legs tired.’ Thirty seconds later, she’d begun packing it up.
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