I’m always keen for Beastie to try out more practical games and ones that don’t involve a console of some kind. I love tradition toys and especially wooden ones. When we received the Balancing Cactus by Plan Toys we were intrigued to see what the simple concept had to offer.
The game is designed to be a fun and challenging wooden game where players construct a cactus tree by adding branches to the cactus stem. The aim of the game is to successfully finish building the cactus without any pieces falling off. The first person who loses a piece or sends the cactus tumbling loses the game. It comes with a base and 18 various sized pieces including a stem. It’s ideal for 1-4 players and is aged from 3 years upwards. This game is particularly good as it encourages your child to plan and think ahead and also stimulates their imagination.
Plan toys are also a company who are proving that it is possible to maintain superior quality and safety standards in addition to following a path of environmental and social responsibility. They are committed to maintaining the highest standard of ethics while creating innovative educational toys for every developmental stage of childhood. These toys inspire children’s imagination as well as promoting their physical and intellectual development. Their toys are made from non-toxic, natural materials such as organic rubberwood. Their toys enable children to play, learn and become closer to nature. These are such great qualities to look for in toys and the cactus is brightly coloured which adds to the attraction.
The cactus comes boxed and all the pieces kept together in a paper bag. It’s clear from the box what the aim of the game is and it’s quick to get started. Beastie was extremely enthusiastic to give the game a go, especially as I had opened the delivery the previous day. So we found a spare moment and got all of the pieces out.
The concept of the game is extrememly easy to grasp and it was clear straight away that you could build your cactus perfectly well each time if you were to build it entirely on your own! Common sense shows you that the heavier pieces should be worked up from the stem. I was very much relying on my four year to make a mistake but even he quickly picked up what the technique should be. Beastie loved putting all of the pieces in their places and should we have played it with more people, I know it would become trickier to place pieces where you would ordinarily want them to.
We’ve had the game out a few times and Beastie doesn’t tire of it too quickly, which is always a good sign. It’s a great game to really get you thinking about logical moves. This is a timeless toy that your kids will keep wanting to get out time and time again.
We were even joined by Baby Beastie when he woke from his nap during the game. He of course just wanted to knock it over…
Nb. We were sent the Balancing Cactus for the purpose of the review but all views and opinions are entirely our own.