We were sent a game from University games for Tilly and I to play together called Googly Eyes. The idea of the game is that you have a board that you work around, each landing spot has a different colour so you use the different lenses of the corresponding colour. The lenses are clearly marked as easy, medium and hard, and the only way I can describe the lenses is like looking through a kaleidoscope.
So you have thrown the dice, you land on the green spot and you wear the glasses with the green lenses. What you have to do next is the funniest part. You draw a card from the pile and there are three choices of things that you can draw. They enable you to win points for your team, So you take the pencil and the writing pad and you have to try to draw a picture that looks legible for your team to guess. The glasses distort your vision and it is difficult to draw, making the game more of a challenge.
Tilly enjoyed this game, she found it extremely funny to play and she seemed to be able to draw quite easily with the different lenses in the glasses. She is nearly 7 and she struggled a bit with reading the cards, but the game is for ages 7 and up. Don't be tempted to buy it for a younger child because they will be forever asking you what the word says, and then it kind of takes the fun out of the game because you know what you are trying to work out in the drawing.
There is a timer in the game and it adds a bit of tension to the game for them, but you can also play it without the timer. Googly eyes does make the children laugh and Tilly even wanted to wear the glasses around the house. Its a good game to play as a family because it gets you all involved. Sometimes it is just good to switch the TV off and bond as a family, it also helps with reading, writing and drawing so if you have a child that isn't keen on reading and drawing (like Tilly) then this makes it fun for them.
Googly Eyes is available from most toy retailers and the RRP is £19.99 although for a limited time it is £12.74 on Amazon, where you buy it directly from University games and it is £14.99 at Argos and in the 3 for 2 toy offer.