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It's the bees knees


Great fun and teaches hand eye coordination

Setup can be a bit tricky

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This is one of me and my daughters favourite games.Whenever she is looking for a fun game this is the one that she brings out. The game is very similar to that old classic Kerplunk except that in this game you have twigs and leaves that are hding up bees rather than straws that are holding up marbles. As you can see from the picture the idea of the game is to pull out the twigs and not let the bees fall to the bottom of the tree. The winner of the game is the one thzt has the least bees once all the twigs have been removed.

The game has been really well made and all the parts really fit well together. When you open the box there are five main parts:

  1. There is a base section that has four compartments, this is for you to collect your bees in as they fall out of the tree
  2. The tree section, which is hollow and fits into the hole in the middle of the base section
  3. The round see-through bowl that sits on top of the tree and holds all the twigs and bees. There are loads of holes in the sides of the bowl where you push the twigs through
  4. The twigs (there are about 40 of these) they are made of durable green plastic but are quite bendy
  5. The stars of the game, the bees, these are little and plastic. These could be a choking hazard for young children.

Putting the game together is quite simple if a little time consuming. Once the tree has been constructed it is now time to insert the twigs, the idea is to make the twigs into a mesh that allows the bees to sit on the twigs. This bit can take quite a while as once you have but most of the twigs in it can be difficult to push the last few in. Once the twigs are all in place it is time to drop the bees in, hopefully they don't at this point all fall through and you have to start again.

Game play is really straight forward, each player in turn removes a twig, hopefully not dislodging any bees. Once you have had your turn you move the tree around so that any bees will fall into the other players compartment. Players keep going until all of the twigs are removed, the winner at the end is the player with the fewest bees. The game has been really useful for my 5 year old daughter as it has worked on her hand eye co-ordination in deciding which twig to pull out so bees don't fall. It has also been good as she practices her counting when seeing who has the most bees at the end of the game.

All in all this is a really fun game, that although taking a little bit of time to set up, is easy to play for all the family. I would highly recommend this game.
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CelticSoulSister 15.09.2014 18:58

Well reviewed!

MAFARRIMOND 16.05.2012 12:00

Another game my grandsons would love.

mumsymary 15.05.2012 21:44

we have one at work

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A great game for 2-4 players, the aim is to pull out the leaves before the bees fall down. Fun for all ages and a g...

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Type Learning Game, Board Game, Learning Aid
Age 3 Years +
MPN 110383


Listed on Ciao since 30/06/2010

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