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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Top That!

12 Days of Gaming - Top That!

Top That; a game of building, speed and magic! Carefully observe the challenge cards and stack your magical objects correctly, although there is a big catch; some of the pieces have to be hidden and some are discarded altogether! Do you have the speed and skill to tackle your opponents? 

A brilliant one from Blue Orange, Top That is a simple family game containing hours of fun in a friendly yet competitive way. The game is suitable for ages 6 and up for 2-4 players and will take approximately 15 minutes to play. You can of course make the game longer or shorter depending on the time you have as there are many ways you can amend the game to suit you.

The box artwork and all it's components are very appealing and look fantastic! It really gives the feel of being a magician and using your skills to build, stack and conceal; just like magic! Inside the box you'll find 4 sets of objects:

  • Black top hats
  • Red goblets
  • Orange pipes
  • Green coins
  • And of course, magic wouldnt be the same without...white rabbits!

There are also 55 cards which each hold a Top That challenge. How many can you complete quickly yet correctly?!

The aim of the basic game is to be the first to collect 5 cards. Cards are collected by stacking the correct pieces in the correct places, but also being the player to do this first! At the start of every turn, a card is revealed and players then begin to build. The game is very clever in the way to images have been printed; if the image is coloured, this is a definte item that must be on show in your stack. If the image is grey, this means that you have to use this item in your stack BUT it must be hidden inside another piece! If an image of a piece isn't there, it simply means it isn't used in this particular round.

There are a number of ways to vary how the game plays. For example, an advanced rule for the game is that whenever an object on a card is surrounded by yellow stars, this means that at least one other item has to be inside it. Also, the number of cards to win can be increased for a longer game, or you can even play through the whole card pile!

Another great game for hand dexterity and speed. It's great for improving those fine motor skills and for encouraging children to be more observant. A great fun and family friendly gift for Christmas this year!

Click here to purchase Top That from the online store; stock is limited!


Competition time!

Blue Orange never fail with their variety of games and we're sure you'll love Top That! Look out for the next chance to enter our competition on our social medial answering a question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL gain you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE game pack worth hundred of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we're NOT inlcuding the games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extrememely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we cannot ship prizes or 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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Improving Motor Skills Through Games and Activities

From birth, human beings are curious creatures. We explore things, we touch things. We learn to crawl, to hold things, to walk unaided. The list is endless and we are constantly learning. During our younger years, an important skill we must master is our motor skill - one that involves a refined use of the small muscles controlling our hands and fingers. There are a lot of ways to build this skill, but we have a favourite... games are definitely our preferred way!

You may be asking, why do we need to build our Motor Skill and why is it so important? The answer is simple. A child is able to complete tasks of great importance, such as feeding him or herself, getting dressed, writing and even the ability to play with a variety of toys. We’re well aware of this crucial skill and this is why Imagination Gaming provide a range of games and activities to really get those motor skills developed!

So, how do we do it?

Games (in general!)

Games are generally good for this skill; the movement of pawns, the placing of tile pieces, the rolling of a dice, the list is endless! Every day we work in a school environment or at an event, we are encouraging fine motor skill development straight away. There are different ways and a range of games we can use to do this and make a significant difference. There are some brilliant games that help to build on this skill, even when you might not realise it! Here's a few of our favourites:

Katamino - this classic favourite is a great one for muscles in the hands and fingers. Fitting pieces of different shapes and sizes together in the correct way is not only great for problem solving, it's also great for motor skills too.

Zingo! - Zingo! is a sneaky one...when you think of Zingo! you may initially think it's a great game of numbers or words, or perhaps even languages! What you may not realise is that in order to insert the tiles into the Zingo! contraption, it takes a steady hand and a good eye for youngsters to fit the tile into the small gap, and even to pull and push the device to release more tiles.

Ice Cool - flicking penguins around a game board and eating fish isn't an easy task! An amazingly fun one for building this skill, as you need to aim and give only as much force as required.

Spaghetti - trying to pick out a single strand of Spaghetti without losing your meatballs can be a tricky task! This game requires a steady hand throughout in order to pull out your chosen piece and to grab those big points!

Rings Up! - a mad rush to look at a card and pick up correctly coloured rings in the correct order is a good way to build up your observation skill, but the act of picking up a relatively small object and putting it onto your thumb can be quite tricky, especially when it has to be done quickly! 

Construction

We have recently expanded our range and have an amazing selection of construction equipment ready to go. Thanks to our friends at Thames and Kosmos, we can experiment with a Gyrobot, construct a boat and build a robot! Putting pieces together of different sizes and shapes is great practice and will get easier as time goes on.

Science

As well as learning about the wonders of science, magnets and electricity, we also provide hands on activities to experiment with those fiddly magnets, circuits, switches and dials, a perfect activity to build those hand muscles!

Puzzles

3D jigsaws have landed in our territory! As fiddly as they can be at times, they’re the perfect activity to get hand muscles working in the right way. Mix this with a dash of concentration and a sprinkle of determination and children can create a 3D masterpiece. These have gone down a storm so far in our school activities and children have made a variety of animals and even the human body and it’s contents!

 

As well as all this, another of our aims is to get children working together and communicating to complete a task, whether this be one of our usual games or in a puzzle or construction based activity. Children can give each other advice and even directions on how to build or create something. We aim to make all activities as fun and engaging as possible and have seen fantastic results and progress.

We’d love to help you develop a number of skills in your classroom or at your event. If this is something you like the sound of, then we’d love to hear from you!

Drop us an email at interest@imaginationgaming.co.uk or contact a member of our team in the North or South of the country direct.

North

Nigel Scarfe

Tel: 07957 611243

Email: nigel@imaginationgaming.co.uk

Chris Standley

Tel: 07957 449572

Email: chris@imaginationgaming.co.uk

 

South

Barry Pollard

Tel: 07484 194927

Email: barry@imaginationgaming.co.uk

Patrick Boughton

Email: patrick@imaginationgaming.co.uk

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