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I am going to be honest here – my hubby begged me to buy this game for my little boy (who is 3½) last Christmas but I knew it was for him. He may have tried to give me all the flannel about what a fun toy it was and how Charlie would love it – all of which is true – but I knew – he wanted it and he wanted it bad.
Having said that he was right – it was one of the best Christmas presents we bought Charlie and he gets a lot of presents that that time of year because his birthday is on Boxing day. Now some ten months on he still plays with it all the time.
So what am I talking about?
Hungry Hippos is basically a game that has marbles placed in the centre of a tray and 4 different coloured hippos are attached at different sides of the tray. Each hippo has a small lever on top of them, which you push down to gobble up the marbles. The hippos are Pink, Green, Blue and Yellow but I am only allowed to play with the pink hippo because I am a girl. Charlie usually gets the blue or green hippo but it’s all about personal choice – or what you kids tell you to do!!!
The idea of the game is to gobble up as many marbles as possible and the one with the most is the winner. When all four hippos are in play it can be noisy but hey – most games are and its all part of the fun. You release the marbles into the centre tray using a small lever to the right hand side of the hippo. The hippos gobble up the marbles through thier mouths and this puts them in a small tray at the side of your hippo. You can then see how many marbles you are getting and see if you need to try a bit harder. Once all the marbles are gone from the centre tray the game is over and it is time to count up and find out who the winner is (usually Charlie in my house).
Can they learn anything from it?
The learn to have fun but also it’s a good game to teach younger ones (from 3 years up) about winning and losing which is important. Because it is pretty easy to play my little boys loves it. And the big boy (hubby) loves it just as much. I would not recommend it for younger ones because the temptation to eat the marbles is just too much for them. I have a girl of 17 months, Grace, and she does play it with Charlie but only when I am there to watch in case she gets the urge to gobble.
I also found that you can get the children to count up their own marbles at the end – they don’t realise it but they are also getting to grips with counting as well as having fun.
Price and Availability
I paid £9.99 for this game from Argos. It is made by Chad Valley and even though there isn’t much to it I think it was £10 well spent. There aren’t many games out there these days that keep the kids interested and keeps them coming back for more.
Highly recommend for your little ones and for the hubby if he is as big a kid as mine is.