Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Pancake Pile-Up! Review

I was sent this game from the lovely folk at Learning Resources as part of the build up for Pancake Day on the 4th of March.  I must admit it is a very addictive game, it’s quite a simple concept really but it brings out your competitive side as you try and run faster than the server for the other team.

The boys (including hubbie) got a little rowdy pushing and shoving me out of the way to get their pancakes on their plate first!  But all the hi-jinks were good for giving them a decent workout!  I actually felt out of breath so I definitely need to do more exercise.

I think this game would be enjoyable played outside with plenty of space so everyone can get at the pancakes without having to do the hustle I mentioned before but to be fair to them they had to get through a narrow hallway and time is of an essence!

I love the game pieces; the spatulas and different flavoured pancakes make it feel like a proper pancake grill.  It’s not all about who can go the fastest but how well you can balance your pancake on the spatula, so this game really helps improve those gross motor skills.

The servers take it in turn to bring a part of the customers order to the plate.  The order will follow the sequence provided on one of the special cards, so you do have to remember which particular pancake (blueberry, strawberry, banana, chocolate chip or plain) you need to collect from the grill each time to complete the entire order correctly.  It is a good workout for the mind on top of the physical benefits of all that running around, remembering sequences is considered an early mathematics skill.

For £17.94 I think it is a fun novelty game well worth buying that might just help burn off the extra calories from all the real pancakes you hope to eat!!!

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