I’ve been sent two beautiful new games to give away.
Pirate Adventure Dice
I think that Pirate Adventure Dice is a really clever idea. It’s a storytelling game using a beautifully illustrated wooden dice set. It comes in a sturdy box which is about 9cm square, a perfect size to pop into your bag when you’re travelling with kids.
You can play the game by yourself or with any number of players. The pictures on the dice are of things like a giant octopus, a cannon, a crowd of pirates, a mermaid and a shipwreck and the aim of the game is to make up a story using whichever pictures come up when you roll the dice.
My family sometimes plays a storytelling game on long journeys or when we get together with our extended family. The way we play it we take it in turns to say a word or a sentence so that we all make up a story together. It usually becomes quite lavatorial, especially if small boys form the majority of the story tellers. I think that I’ll take this game next time we’re with all of the cousins and see what happens (I predict that pirate poo will feature).
Pirate Adventure Dice (£9.95) is by illustrator Hannah Waldron.
DIY Board Games
DIY Board Games is a great idea too. It contains five board games for you to customise and play and would make a lovely gift for creative kids. The games are ludo, snakes and ladders, draughts, backgammon and game of the goose (I hadn’t heard of this one but it’s basically a race to the centre of the board). The set contains boards, counters to colour in, wooden dice, stickers and a booklet with advice on how to create each game and rules for playing when you’re ready.
My favourite board game is one which my son created when he was six years old. It’s called Home Alone Slipover (inspired by the films which he loves) and the board features LEGO obstacles placed on instructions such as ‘Old man wacks you with spade! Go back to start’ and ‘Head on fire! Go back to start.’ I think that at that age he’d have loved a set like this with five whole games to customise.
DIY Board Games (19.95) is by artists Inca Starzinsky and Ruth Williams.
How to enter
The games are published by Laurence King Publishing who will send a copy of both DIY Board Games and Pirate Adventure Dice to one Mums do travel reader. If you’d like a chance to win these games then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!