When Pam whipped outÂ Soccer DinosaursÂ from her bag, I thought to myself HA! Xan will surely like THIS! The dinosaurs look cute, rules are simple, game pace can be fast and most importantly, can use DIE! Not sure why theÂ fascinationÂ with dice throwing but hey, whatever makes the kid happy right?
Since we don’t have the habit of playing board games with the kid, he hasn’t grasp the concept of rules and waiting for turns. When we do play (board games, card games or whatever) I will admit we bend rules and alter game play just to make him happy or for the game to end very quickly so we can whisk him off to bed pronto.
Basically, Soccer Dinosaurs is a memory game whereÂ the first player to reach the goal line and score a goal wins. To do that, the player has to first roll the die and whatever colour (red, blue or yellow) you roll will be the piece you will use for the game. In front of the Player can now decide which tile to turn over be the first player to dodge the red crosses and score 2 goals. As with all sports games, a referee will always be guard, standing on the side of the field (there are footprints on the board to indicate where the referee should stand) to keep an eye on you when you make a mistake or turn over a tile with a red cross. Sounds really simple. What could possibly go wrong?
I think we’re not very good at making the board game sound exciting. At least not exciting enough for him to hold his concentration longer than 5 minutes and then scamper for Team Umizoomi. Maybe because we’re not very sporty folks who knows how to do that thing sportsÂ announcers do to rah rah the crowd and get them all excited. Yep, we’re a pretty boring bunch my husband and I 🙁
Undeterred, I decided to try the game with my nephew who is a little over a year older than Xander. He liked it a lot more than Xander but after a few rounds he decided he had enough and his ‘Facebook’ was more interesting. That green file near his hand in the picture is his ‘Facebook’. A file filled with faces he could colour. Ha ha!
Despite that, I think this game is simple for 3 years old and up. It will be even better if you can get a few kids to play together so that once they start to get the hang of the game and get competitive, they will enjoy it even more.
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