Our fourth day of snow boredom was interrupted by the first postal delivery of the week. Never have the two of us been more relieved to see signs of life at our front door, and more importantly the arrival of a parcel from Orchard Toys.
Nothing could have been better that day than receiving a new game we could play together. Better still, it was a game of colourful bananas, palm trees and even a sandy beach.
It proved to be the perfect tonic on a cold winter’s day. The game – One banana, Two Banana – is for children aged 4+. The aim of the game is to race against the others players and be the first to reach the 3D banana tree in the middle of the board. To move around you need to turn over various banana cards, but the more you turn over the more you are likely to stumble over a banana skin which moves you backwards, or find yourself stuck in a swamp.
We loved the game. It’s bright and colourful, the board is easy to put together and the instructions straightforward. I was impressed by the quality of the cardboard pieces. The game is very durable and likely to last. It has the added benefit of being educational and particularly useful for children learning to count and for practising basic addition.
After losing four games in a row I discovered my daughter has a tendency to cheat. The rule in our house is that no-one is allowed to peep at the cards in advance, which in my case means not leaving the room at any point during the game.