When looking for toys for my kids, I ultimately want something that is both fun and educational.
Obviously, I try to find things they’ll actually play with as all of the educational toys in the world won’t do them any good if they won’t actually use them. Add to that the fact that we don’t have unlimited storage space either, and the toys we do choose to have need to pull double duty.
After recently being introduced to the world of Bunchems, I would have to say that we now have the best of both worlds!
These squishy, colorful little balls stick right to each other and build like no other toy we’ve ever found!
Seriously! The only limit when playing with this toy is your own imagination. Use them to create some colorful critters, or if you’d like to enjoy them as a family, use them to create your very own board game!
Putting together your own Bunchems board game is super simple and a whole lot of fun! The kids can even help you make it!
To make your own game, you’ll need:
- Piece of either cardboard or foam board that is 8.5″ by 14″
- Set of Bunchems (we used the Mega Pack)
- The printable game board, markers, and dice that can all be found below
First things first, you’re going to need to put together your game board. We chose to glue ours onto a piece of foam board to make it more durable but in a pinch you could either use a piece of cardboard or even just laminate the page to keep it from tearing.
If you decide to go with either the foam board or cardboard, just cut it down to 8.5″ by 14″ (legal size) and glue the game board printable onto it.
You will need a sheet of legal size paper to print the game board.
Next up, choose your marker! There are 4 different markers included that you and your child can choose from and they’re in black and white so that your little ones can color them however they like.
Once you have them cut out and colored, you’re ready to make them stand.
Each marker is in an oval shape with a blank space at the bottom. For best results, print these onto a sheet of card stock so they stand a little easier and then just bend them right underneath the feet of your chosen marker.
Once you’ve been them a bit, they should stand right up for your game. All that’s left to do is cut out and glue together your dice!
Now that you’ve got your pieces ready, it’s time to play and the rules of this game are simple!
Everyone starts at the starting circle and when it is your turn, roll the dice and move that many spaces. Combine whatever color you landed on with the number you rolled and grab that many corresponding Bunchems and start building a snake. (So, for example, if you roll a 3 and land on red, you would then grab 3 red Bunchems.)
This is a perfect opportunity for a little number and color recognition practice as well as a great chance to work on counting with your little ones!
Since we were playing with little ones, we made sure that everyone made it to the end and then the longest snake wins! For preschoolers or older children, add a little challenge after they reach the finish line by having them see what they can make with the Bunchems they collected throughout the game.
This is such a fun, open-ended, creative toy that you never know what they’ll come up with when they put their little imaginations to work and with Bunchems, the possibilities are limitless. They stick and stay and can easily be pulled apart to start creating again!
Of course, like any toy, adult supervision is encouraged, especially around young children and these toys should be kept away from hair, but if all of the package instructions are followed, you shouldn’t have any issues and you might just end up with a new family game night favorite!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.