When Liv and I were due to go on holiday, I was unsure of how Liv would cope on the two hour flight so ensured her travel bag was brimming with new games, colouring pencils and books to keep her occupied. I really did not need to worry though as she was a little angel on the plane… just a shame about the airport!
One of the games taking up space in Liv’s bag was Pig Goes Pop from Drumond Park. I am sure the person controlling the bag scanner was curious as to the bizarre shape in Liv’s bag but fortunately the bags sailed through a lot smoother and we did!
Pig Goes Pop was a huge success whilst waiting at the airport, with other children nearby curious as to what the game was. The Pig is a delightful character, dressed in a Chef’s outfit, holding a spatula in his hand, complete with a chef’s hat! The aim of the game is to feed different coloured (and numbered) burgers to the Pig and push his hat down by the number inscribed on the burger. Burgers are chosen by the roll of the included dice.
Due to the dice potentially posing a problem on the plane, I left it at home favouring the ‘close your eyes and pick a burger’ method. This worked well for a few attempts before Liv decided she wanted to feed the Pig every single burger in quick succession and press his hat down to inflate his belly.
With every push of the Pig’s hat, his belly inflates slightly more and when his belly is ready to burst, his chef’s belt will pop open and his hand holding the spatula will rise up. He can be deflated again by simply pressing his tail, located on his back to the left. Once fully deflated, simply click his jacket back into place and ensure his hand is resting down at his side again. Then you are ready to go again!
I cannot tell you how many times this process was repeated but Liv absolutely loved it and still does even now! Liv’s Grandad loved playing this game with her (he is a big kid!) and it was lovely to see him helping her with her Mathematics. Did I forget to mention that? Not only is this game fun (it does not require batteries either… huge bonus!) but it is also educational! Aimed at pre-school aged children, the game does help with numeracy as they connect with the written number and transfer that into the number of pumps on the head the pig receives.
At this current time, the Pig is sat in our lounge and he has certainly proved a talking point when people visit! The game certainly kept Liv amused whilst we were travelling and did not take up much room in her cabin baggage and all the burgers are stored inside the pig and released through the back, so there was no risk of losing any pieces. It really is a great game for children and will certainly keep adults entertained also!
With only a box as packaging, there was no unnecessary wastage, something I always look at when opening new items. As no batteries are required Pig Goes Pop is ready to play as soon as you take it out of the box. A great game for home or away!
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