Video: Toys for Bored Kids

School holidays start next week, so I’m taking a look at a bunch of different toys and gadgets that should keep bored kids happy for a few days.

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Item: LEGO Games (available at all good toy stores)
Price: From $25
Rating: 5 / 5
Info: Two toys in one! First you get to build the game board, then you get to play the game. The new LEGO games are original and fun. Each game has simple rules to follow, and provides hours of fun for 2-8 players (depending in the game). My favourite for a quick fun game is Minotaurus, but if you’re a great LEGO designer you’ll love Creationary: like Pictionary, but you have to build the “clue” with LEGO.
Item: Sea Monkeys
Price: $29.99 for the basic pack
Rating: 3 / 5
Info: An absolute classic. I remember reading about Sea Monkeys on the back of Commando comics when I was a small boy. I’m sure the reality is less exciting than the idea, but these things actually do grow up to be little brine shrimp. An easy first pet for any child. For a wee bit more ($34.99) you can get the Grow and Show kit, which includes a watch or locket to carry your Sea Monkeys in.
Item: Glow Crazy (available soon from Whitcoulls, Toyworld, and other toy stores)
Price: $64.99
Rating: 5 / 5
Info: Write on the walls without worrying tonight. Glow Crazy uses an invisible laser to write on glowing cling-film, or any other glow-in-the-dark object. It works incredibly well in a dim room, and comes with stencils so you can easily draw shapes and pictures.

3 Replies to “Video: Toys for Bored Kids”

  1. We’ve already got ‘Pirate Code’ and ‘Race 3000’ in the Lego Game series and frankly they’re both excellent for the under 10 year olds. They can be two player games, but both benefit from 3-4 players.

    As you say, the fact you build the game can lead to some interesting customisation once you’re familiar with it. Alas in Pirate Code this isn’t really an option as it’s just a simplified version of Mastermind, but Race 3000 you can obviously lay out the track in plenty of new ways, move the shortcuts, oil slicks etc. In fact each of the rulebooks has suggestions and tips for changing the games once you’ve played them with the basic rules.

    I anticipate we’ll eventually end up with the whole set – or maybe even just create our own games from our Lego collection plus the dice from these boxes. It’s also worth mentioning several of the games were designed by Reiner Knizia who is an experience German game designer.

  2. Alas in Pirate Code this isn’t really an option as it’s just a simplified version of Mastermind, but Race 3000 you can obviously lay out the track in plenty of new ways, move the shortcuts, oil slicks etc. In fact each of the rulebooks has suggestions and tips for changing the games once you’ve played them with the basic rules.

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