Friday, October 21, 2011

Elefun and Friends Monkey Dunk by Hasbro Review

Playing with Mason is my favorite thing to do.  We paint, read books, color, play ball, etc., but sometimes it is nice to be able to sit down and have some structured time with him.  I think it is very important for him to have structured times during the day and I am thrilled that Mason is getting old enough that we can start playing board-type games.  I think it will be both educational and fun for him.  However, it is difficult to find a game for Mason that is "lax" in rules or we can make rules or change them as we need to along the way.  Monkey Dunk! is a great starter game for Mason, as the rules are far from complicated and Mason can try to play from the very start.

Monkey Dunk! is a super cute game.  Monkey Dunk! is a jungle-themed game where you have to try to give monkeys a bath.  Simply 'dunk" the monkeys into one of 4 lagoon swimming holes by flipping them in to water and collect bananas along the way.  Each player gets 4 monkeys to start off the game.  You have to "flip" the monkey into the water.  Hopefully you will have gotten a monkey in the water, but will it stay there?  Elefun will pop up unexpectedly, which ends the game.  If your monkey is still in the water after Elefun pops up, you win a banana!  The player with the most bananas wins.

The game is totally all inclusive.  The box actually becomes the playing area and the jungle decorated backdrop creates the lagoon.  Masons favorite part of the game was the anticipation of the Elefun popper. Elefun is placed into one of the swimming holes where it waits to POP UP.  Elefun will also knock out monkeys of the point scoring swimming holes. Mason laughed and laughed each time it and the monkeys popped.

Monkey Dunk! is great for developing and testing motor skills and aim.  It is very colorful perfect for little kids to play with.  The plastic monkeys were adorable.  The monkeys were a bit hard for Mason to flip because of his young age, but with practice and patience, it should be no problem for older kids to master.  Mason still did enjoy playing that game and though it was fun to put the monkeys into the water while I tried to flip them. 

Monkey Dunk! can be played with 2 to 4 players and is for ages 4 and up.  Included in the game is the Elefun figure, 16 monkeys, game board with backdrop and tray, 20 banana tokens, lily pad blocker and instructions.


Hasbro provided me with the item above in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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