When I was young we used to regularly play board games – Frustration was a favourite along with ludo, downfall and kerplunk.
We were recently sent a set of tiddly winks (available from the Imperial War Museum shop) and I thought it would be a nice game to introduce to the children. We already play a range of games, many printed from Twinkl to fit in with the themes we are looking at as well as some great games from Orchard Toys. I think games are such a great way to get the four of us sat down together as well as helping the children develop their concentration skills.
We set the tiddly winks up on the floor initially, but both Mr D and I were finding it hard to get the counters to bounce on the hard laminate flooring so we moved it onto the rug. Surprisingly it was a little easier to get the counters to move and Mr D was actually really good at this!
When he had worked out how to use the larger counter to flick the smaller one he managed to land three of them in the centre cup and was quite adept at moving them along towards the play area and onto the board. I was really surprised at this as I thought he might struggle but once he had the hang of it he was away.
Miss E lost interest pretty quickly and instead she set about lining her counters up and counting them out to us (which in itself is a learning opportunity). She just doesn’t have the dexterity to press down in the right way at the moment, but Mr D was really good at it once he had got the hang of it and enjoyed getting all six of his counters onto the board.
It will be interesting to watch as he develops and fine tunes his manipulation skills to play this over the coming months, and my next step is to make and print some score cards to encourage him to note down the scores and then of course calculate the scores up. I’ll also think of something for Miss E too to keep her interest, something perhaps to do with matching the colour bands on the board to the score.
Tiddly Winks is such a classic and simple game but it’s one we have enjoyed playing. There are a whole host of learning opportunities to take from such a simple game and of course to teach both the children about patience and perseverance. I am sure this will be a feature again over the something weeks.
I was sent this traditional tiddly winks set in exchange for a fair and honest review. All words and images are my own.