My son was over the moon when he set eyes on this, he was excited he got a mini washing machine as part of the game.
It is pitched at 3 – 5 years old, youngest is 3 so given his short attention span I wondered how he would get on. But it was a very simple game and only takes a few minutes to play, so perfect for this age category. My 5 year old liked the novelty of the washing machine but he needs more of a challenge in games now, he is better suited to mini monopoly, as he likes long games with lots going on.
But for the little ones this is really the perfect game to get them started. Learning to take turns and play nicely, still with the educational value of identifying patterns and matching up the socks.
I sometimes moan that children’s games are too difficult to understand and I spend so long reading the rules, the boys have lost interest. Fortunately I did not have to sit scratching my head, deep in thought, trying to fathom the inner workings of an elaborate game, I just opened the box, laid it all out and so we began…
Up to four players can play, but if you have more children, its easy enough for them to play without your guidance, so if you have a bigger family or your children have friends over it would not be a problem.
The game pieces are all sturdy and you get a little washing basket to put your matched socks in. The winner is the first to get three matching pairs of silly socks, retrieving them from the washing machine. This game might also be a handy introduction to the importance of the washing machine! Supposedly 75% of teens (according to a Tefal press release) have never loaded a washing machine… better get them accustomed to loading their socks and underpants in this mini one quick smart then!!! So no excuses for when they are older.
More information can be found on the Paul Lamond Games website.