Barbecue Party from Drumond Park
As much as we love getting out and about as a family, sometimes it’s nice to find an activity we can do indoors together. The girls are getting to an age where we can start to play games together – the four of us. We were lucky enough to be sent Barbecue Party from Drumond Park to try out.
It is aimed at children aged 4 and upwards and involves players collecting brightly coloured food items with their matching card after they have been placed onto and then subsequently removed from a barbecue grill. The game comes with the barbecue, playing cards, colourful plastic food and BBQ tongs.
The idea of the game is easy enough for young children to understand. The youngest player takes a card, on which there is a picture of a piece of food. If that piece of food is already on the barbecue, they remove it using the tongs and place it on the matching card. If the piece of food isn’t on the barbecue, they need to carefully position it there. They have to be careful, because if the barbecue is knocked or too much food is placed on top, the grill will fly off, catapulting any food on top of it off.
Freyja got the hang of the rules very quickly, and we agreed that the winner would be the first person to collect three cards and matching pieces of food. She could easily recognise the pictures of the food items on the cards, and managed to manipulate the food using the tongs to carefully place it either on or take it off the barbecue. With the game being mostly based on chance, then as long as she was careful not to knock the grill, she was just as likely to be able to win playing the game as anyone else.
Although Barbecue Party is recommended for ages four and above, Emily was also very keen to have a go at the game (as little sisters generally are when something is supposedly too old for them). Freyja showed her what to do, and she joined in. She did tend to cause the grill to pop off far more than Freyja, but I am unsure if this was down to less skillful placement of food, or just down to the sheer fun of watching the food fly off the grill!
Barbecue Party is a lovely, straight-forward game that we can enjoy playing as a family and I would consider it good value at the recommended retail price of £19.99. I really like that the game doesn’t require any batteries, so you can just get it out of the box and play straight away. I also like the fact that it helps develop motor control through the use of the tongs to manipulate the food items, and pattern recognition. Definitely worth buying if you are after a family game suitable for younger children.
Disclaimer: We were sent Barbecue Party in exchange for a fair and honest review, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own