Thursday, 11 October 2018

Let's Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar game review and a giveaway.

I do not think there can be anybody who does not know the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and how can you not love the illustrations and the story behind them? So when I spotted an opportunity to review a new game I jumped at the chance as I know all the younger grandchildren love the book.

So what is in the box?



First of all we have a playing board, bright, colourful and sturdy.



Then we have four sets of five fruits that need to be collected


That turn into a beautiful butterfly.



Movement cards



and instruction cards



We have four game pieces, lovely chunky easy to hold in the shape of a caterpillar



and of course a set of instructions.




I opened the box and familiarised myself with the pieces and instructions before I played it for the first time. I find with having two of them to teach a new game too as well as the two year old that likes to join in that that is an easier way.

So for the sake of photographs we set the game up on DD1's table. The twins will be five next month and started school back in October so they are at a good age for learning, listening to instructions and knowing about taking turns etc.We could not leave Spud out so her and I teamed up and I assisted her with the tasks she could not do.

I set up the board, always find the board that fold into four a bit more difficult for young children to manage to fold and unfold without causing damage. I understand why companies do it.Having shuffled the cards well we popped them in the middle of the board and then they all chose the colour caterpillar they wanted and we set out the board accordingly. Dinky went first.

The idea of the game is very simple, take the top card off the pack and look to see what is on it. All the cards have both the number and a picture on, and then move your caterpillar round the board accordingly.


choose a card

concentrating hard

and then move the correct number.

This game is ideal with younger children to teach them number recognition, counting, taking turns, winning and losing and all in a fun way. We played by the rules, the best one being that you do not need the exact number to land on a fruit, you stop when you land so in theory everybody has only to go round the board once. I think with an older group of children I would be tempted to add to the fun and only let them collect a piece if they got the exact number. 
 Spud at two years old did well and recognised her numbers right first time every time. Can not yet convert that number to exact counting of spaces but I would not expect her too. Games are all about learning and this for her will help with her counting. Our piece did end up going backwards and jumping spaces but that really did not matter to me.


We chose matching butterflies, the twins choice, but you could just as easy place all the pieces in the middle and have multi coloured butterflies.


Minky does not always have a great attention span but he is competitive. We played three games, each game lasting less than ten minutes, and won one game each. Though have to say we did fix it for Minky to win the last game as he went to the toilet whilst needing one more piece to win so we fixed it by placing the "move forward to any fruit" card at the top for him to pick up. We did get a few moans when they had to miss a turn.

All in all we loved the game. It is bright, colourful, easy to play and adaptable for a bigger age range. Ties in nicely with a book they all love and appeals for its simplicity and educational value.

The game is  available from Debenhams and ELC. RRP is £14.95

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122 comments:

  1. family all round for Christmas a fabtastic day for all to get together

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  2. l hope l'll be invited again to my son's (l'll be able to watch my grandsons' faces as they open their presents)

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  3. I'll be taking my children over to my parents for the day! Me and mam will cook the turkey roast dinner, while dad entertain the kids!

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  4. this year is my son's first christmas so it will be really special for me! I think we will have christmas morning at home, then go around my parents house where my mum will cook a lovely roast dinner

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  5. I don't know yet. I will be with my family but don't know exactly what I'm doing.

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  6. we will have my dad over and get merry lol x

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  7. I'm GOING to my brothers - I'll be wines dined and spoilt

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  8. Locking the door and enjoying Xmas with my kids

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  9. We are going to my parents house for Christmas dinner.

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  10. This year we will be spending christmas staying with my nan. Its also my youngest son's first christmas.

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  11. Hopefully we will have Christmas at home but I am due a baby at Christmas so things might not go to plan this year

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  12. visiting family

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  13. We will be at home, having a Christmas dinner and a relaxing day so the kids can enjoy their presents x

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  14. We usually have a family get-together round my Dad's with my sister's family as well.

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  15. Dean T (ribbons1978)11 October 2018 at 23:55

    Family dinner with turkey and trimmings cooked by my sis and her hubby

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  16. we will be having all our kids back and grand kids too for a big xmas dinner and then a few drinkies at night

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  17. I haven't got anything planned as yet but seeing santa some where local is definitely on the cards!

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  18. looking forward to visiting family and eating way too much food!!

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  19. My husband and I have just separated so I'm not sure - I'll be at my parents possibly without the kids this year!

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  20. we are going on our annual holiday, we have been away for the past 4 Christmas and new years.

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  21. This Christmas we will all be getting together to enjoy a great family time with lots of traditional fun, food and hopefully some relaxation too.

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  22. ive been buying small gift since the beginning of the year

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  23. Family dinner as usual, this time there will be a few more additions than normal due to expanding families!

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  24. I'm not a Grinch, but I try not to think too much about Christmas until at least December. It's too all consuming otherwise.

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  25. Hopefully it'll just be a quiet one this year, with my partner and our son at home. Big family gatherings are nice, but sometimes I appreciate a relaxing, low-key affair!

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  26. Spending it with the in-laws drinking baileys & helping with xmas meal

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  27. We haven't decided yet, we might go to family this year so we don't spend all day cooking.

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  28. We will be having christmas dinner with my sons and mother-in-law.

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  29. We normally have it at my mum and dad's house but their house is quite small and we have 2 new additions to the family so it might be Christmas at ours this year!

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  30. We've decided to stay home, just me and the kids, then visit all the family, including my eldest and his new baby! xx

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  31. We are visiting my son in the morning and chilling out in the afternoon after a large lunch

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  32. This Christmas will be a quiet family one at home. We try to keep it fairly low key.

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  33. We are having a quiet Christmas, with lots of food and telly!

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  34. Yes, it is getting near but I push it out of my thoughts as I find Christmas lovely but stressful. No plans just yet...

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  35. we are opening presents at home but have booked for us and other family members to go to a local resturant for Christmas dinner

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  36. Me, my partner and our newborn son will be spending our first Christmas together as a family x

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  37. We have family coming or are going to visit every day Christmas week!

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  38. We'll be going to my parents and I'll be cooking Christmas dinner there

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  39. We are all going to my sister's house for Christmas lunch

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  40. It will be my sons 2nd christmas so looking forward to spending time with him

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  41. My marriage ended this year so i am a little nervous, but we will get an invite im sure....Many thanks

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  42. We always do christmas at ours, my eldest likes to stay home with his presents & it'll just be easier with an 18 month old and another on the way!

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  43. we will be having our family round to celebrate at chrimbo

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  44. No idea this year. Hoping for a fun one though!

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  45. Margaret Clarkson
    Spening Christmas with my immediate family. I do the cooking.

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  46. having family time its my first year that i'm not working so will be making the most of it

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  47. Christmas this year is spent as always at home as we like it with our 4 boys, my sister and her husband. This year we shall be joined by my new niece/nephew who is due beginning of December, I cant wait! My husband does the cooking, I wash up.

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  48. Enjoying spending time with my family and friends. Lots of long walks followed by watching some good films.

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  49. We will be spending Christmas just the 3 of us, its the first year we haven't been with family so we are looking forward to making our own traditions.

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  50. We are going out for Christmas lunch. It will be so strange not having to cook and do the washing up. hehehe

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  51. Christmas dinner, presents, party games, family film and bed.

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  52. I work in the NHS and this is my first Christmas off in many years so I will be spending it with family!

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  53. I love having all my family around for Christmas Dinner and of course playing games like this one with my grandchildren during the afternoon.

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  54. Getting together with my sister and her family and my parents.

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  55. We will be having a day at home with our kids

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  56. Christmas is at my house this year, already planned my menu and bought my charity christmas cards. The grandchildren all have their copy of the toy catalogues so I am expecting a list any day son!

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  57. On Christmas eve me, my sister, mum and nieces and nephews get together and exchange gifts. On Christmas day it will just be the four of us at home xx

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  58. Spending time at home with my husband, three daughters and their families

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  59. I am hoping to get as many family members round the table for Christmas dinner as it is a time for families to spend some quality time together. With everyone working different shifts especially in the care sector I know not everyone will be able to make it so maybe have 2 christmas days.

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  60. Always the same - home in the morning, pick up mother in law after lunch and go to my Mum and Dad's for dinner.

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  61. Same as every year - we spend Christmas Eve until day after Boxing Day with my parents, 6 miles away. It's always amazing!

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  62. Christmas is being spilt into 3 days this year so all families are happy as we have a new born & everyone wants to be with her for her first Christmas.

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  63. Spending xmas day with the grandchildren, having dinner there which my son cooks

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  64. For Christmas this year i am spending it at home with my family where we will have a huge Christmas dinner together then play board games in the evening.

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  65. We are going to spend Christmas with my husbands family, before heading over to my sister after boxing day. I can't wait to see everyone and for the cousins to all play together (Alex Telford

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  66. I suppose what most people do. Christmas dinner, too much chocolate but mainly seeing my children's excitement

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  67. we are going around my parents this year as we went to my partners last year :)

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  68. We are actually going to our in-laws this year, for the first time ever. It will be different

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  69. Round at my daughter and son in law's with the grandchildren

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  70. We'll just spend a lovely quiet day at home opening presents, eating, and watching Christmas TV. Not a popular decision with family but it's amazing to not have to travel with a small child!

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  71. It will just be me and the two children this year we are having a pyjama Christmas day x

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  72. Christmas dinner and the family together.

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  73. We have a very exciting Christmas coming up as we are expecting baby no.3 on 23rd December!

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  74. My husband,son and i will be staying at home for Christmas and enjoying the time off work. We always go for a walk on Christmas day and take a flask of tea and Christmas cake and sit on our local beach as long as it's not pouring with rain, that is.

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  75. Will be a lovely Christmas with my hubby and 4 children x

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  76. It will be the first Christmas without my husband. So both my daughters and granddaughter are spending Christmas Day with me. First thing on Christmas morning we will all visit my mother-in-law like we do every year

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  77. Spending it visiting family

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  78. We will be having Tapas on the big day! As it's just the two of us! and it's what we fancy, but on Boxing day we will have traditional Christmas dinner - cooking for 14!

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  79. Spending the day with all 4 of my children and grandson at mine :) my grandsons first Christmas and my youngest is 3 so very excited !

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  80. Going out of my mind with boredom - help me!

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  81. We will be at home overdoing the food and presents as usual

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  82. spending the day with my family :)

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  83. All my family are coming to me for Christmas day so I'll spend most of Christmas eve and Christmas Day morning getting ready! I'm really looking forward to it though!

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  84. I am working this Christmas day but I am looking forward to the festive period in general

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  85. We all get together for bacon sandwiches in the morning and watch our five grandchildren open their presents and this is the perfect start to the day. We will then be cooking dinner for some of the family!

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  86. This year it will be the four generations of us!! As usual we'll be pushing two tables together

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  87. we will have a large family Christmas together only this year there will be one extra with our newest youngest grandson

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  88. Michelle Ferguson30 October 2018 at 06:14

    We always just have Christmas with my hubby and two dogs for Christmas day which is how we like it

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  89. Quiet Christmas with the family but big dinner and big fun.

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  90. I have no idea yet but it will definitely be special as it will be my little boy's first christmas so really looking forward to it

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  91. My mum and the inlaws will all be coming to us for Christmas Dinner this year.

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  92. SAME AS EVERY YEAR SONS AND DAUGHTERS FAMILIES COME ROUND TO OUR HOUSE FOR DINNER AND TEA "HECTIC "

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  93. Two daughters, together with their families, new baby and a lively young dog will hopefully all be home again for Christmas this year

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  94. We are having family to spend Christmas with us this year

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  95. staying at home with my kids and new baby

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  96. we will be stayiing home this year and have a chilled one

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  97. I will be going to my mams for Christmas dinner this year x

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  98. Spending a day with family, eating lots, playing board games and just having fun :)

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  99. i have no idea! i don't really think about christmas till december x

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  100. I've booked time off work and will be spending time with family members

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  101. Great prize - to keep the grandchildren quiet on rainy days !

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  102. I will be staying at home with my wife, daughter and granddaughter

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  103. Having the day with my daughter and our little grandson lots of fun in store

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  104. Going to one set of parents for dinner & the other set for tea!

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  105. We are having Christmas at ours finally after 2 years of rennovating, can't wait

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  106. Going to parent in laws Christmas day and then visiting other family before and after Christmas.

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  107. we are all at home this year :)

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  108. We were having Christmas dinner at home, but now my sister and brother-in-law are coming over from America we have booked the local pub (been before and the food is delicious). Had to do it all in secret as my parents don't know.

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  109. We shall be having Christmas at our house and my son and his family and my daughter and her family will be coming so we shall be a full house with plenty of grandchildren around us! We love playing games all together and we are all looking forward to the festivities.

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  110. After opening presents at home we are going to my sister's 14 of us x

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  111. I will be 8 months pregnant at christmas so everyone is coming to mine - I need my own bed! my mum and me will share christmas dinner jobs and it will be a nice family day.

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  112. We will either be going to my brothers or having it at home depending if he is called to action. Im so excited though each year gets better at the moment as the children get older

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  113. I think we will be going to the inlaws and then visiting friends

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  114. unfortunately my granddaughter will be going to the other grandparents for Christmas, but will be coming to stay with us from Boxing Day till New Year's day

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  115. We are going to have our very first (of many hopefully) Christmas party for the kids and the mums can drink festive cocktails too!

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  116. We are just having a quiet family gathering this year!!

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