Reviewed by Elly Sax
Christmas is a great time for playing games with family and friends and we are always on the look out for new games to join our ever growing collection, so when we were offered the chance to play grabolo we ‘grabbed’ it with both hands. The game recommends it as suitable for ages 4 and up which is great as it means the game is playable by most family and guests. Perfect for after Christmas dinner, or even between courses as you could easily play it on the table top. We loved how compact the game was as it meant we could take it with us if we went out to eat, really good for keeping the kids occupied while waiting for food to arrive. It would make a great Christmas gift for friends or family or as a thank you to someone for hosting a party.
The game is simple and quick to set up, all you have to do is spread the 36 coloured play pieces onto a flat surface, you can have them spread far apart which we found made it easier to spot which was which. Alternatively you can have then close together making at a little trickier to spot the one you need. Once all the pieces are in place the players take it in turns to roll the two dice. One of the dice tells the players which colour they need to find, red, green, blue, yellow, black or white and the other die tells players which type of object they need, car, tree, gingerbread man, duck, rabbit or pig. The object of the game is to roll the dice and then be the first person to grab that object. If you grab it first you get to keep it, if the object has already been grabbed by another player you can steal it off them, but only if you can remember who has it! It really tests your speed of recognition and your reaction times.
The game is a really fun way to work on colour recognition and as the game is suitable for 4 year olds and up this is a real selling point for anyone with young children. As well as recognising the colour the players have to be able to distinguish between the objects, and at speed. We found the game lots of fun, we played it as 1 against 1, where we had to get to 10 objects to win. We also played it with 3 and 4 players, meaning we only needed 8 or 6 objects to win, it was harder to remember who had the objects we needed to steal though as the number of players increased.
The game allows children to work on lots of skills while they play, turn taking, colour recognition, object recognition, processing time, reaction time, memory skills, learning to lose and more. The play pieces and the tub containing them are of really good quality and will definitely last. We really rate this game and I think it definitely deserves a spot on anyone’s Christmas list.
This product can be purchased from the John Adam’s website here