Toby and Teddy are really into playing games at the moment. They’re going through a phase of actually playing nicely together and I’ve started to make sure that any activities are brother friendly to avoid any bickering. While they can’t yet share their trains, they have been enjoying playing Shark Bite.
I had heard of Shark Bite before but I thought it may have been a little too old for them; Toby’s just turned 4 and Teddy is 2. But do you know what? They absolutely love it and there are so many ways to play the game other than by the rules.
What Is Shark Bite?
Shark Bite is a snappy game with a lot of bite! It’s primarily aimed at children aged 4+ and is designed for 2-4 players.
How Do I Play Shark Bite?
Obviously there are instructions in the box for proper game play but we’ve found so many ways to play with it. The basic idea is that you need to save the fish from the shark’s mouth using a fishing rod before he pops up and snaps his mouth shut. You roll the dice to see how many fish you need to take and the person with the most fish at the end of the game is the winner.
We played this both with and without the fishing rod although I much preferred it with the fishing rod because I think it really helps getting those fine motor skills going. You have to lower the rod and hook onto a fish and then pull up and it’s that precision that I’m looking for in the boys movements. Toby was pretty good at it although Teddy used a second hand to hold the rod straight so that it wasn’t swinging around as much and he actually did really well at this game too.
The twelve fish come in three colours – red, yellow and green. You can choose any fish you like to pull out or you can test the younger children by asking them to pull out specific colours. And, of course, at the end of the game, you can get them to count up how many fish they managed to pull out and work out who the winner is.
Love Or Loathe Shark Bite?
There are so many things to love about this game, it’s one of the few I actually want to sit and play with the boys because I know there is little chance of an argument breaking out. I love it for the fine motor skill enhancement, the colour recognition and counting opportunities and the best bit? Oh the best bit is that you don’t need batteries because you just pop the mouth back down once it’s snapped. Every parent’s dream!
If I had to pick a negative about the game it’d be that I’d like to see more fish, I think. Twelve is a reasonable amount but it’s no time at all to get the suspense going. I also think I’d like to see a second fishing rod, especially if you have four players.
One thing you do need to know is that you’re given stickers in the pack which are the shark’s eyes and the sides for the dice, but it’s a total non issue and takes seconds to do. Other than that I think it’s an all round great game, it’s a great concept that’s lots of fun and the boys absolutely love it, as do I. If this isn’t on your Christmas list for the kids this year I think you’d be making a mistake!
Win Shark Bite!
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- This competition will open on 5th October and will close on 22nd October at 11.59pm
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*I received this product in return for a review. All views and opinions are my own.