I don’t know about you, but I have spent a rather significant proportion of the last week trying to find something to entertain my permanently fidgety little boy. And I mean entertainment that doesn’t involve me kicking a football, or him looking at a screen. Bop It seems to have provided me with rather a fun, and original, solution to my quest. Look at the concentration on this face….

Bop it is a great way to get your kids to concentrate and to be active.

We have had the Bop It game ever since a friend, who knew my son only too well, bought him it as a game that would appeal to an active child. Anything that requires you to move when you are fidgety has got to be a winner.

The new version is EVEN BETTER for boys that don’t keep still….

But why has it improved I hear you ask?

What is Bop It?

For those of us that don’t know, Bop It (US/UK) is a battery powered toy, which asks you to perform specific actions on the game unit either in competition with yourself or others. It is aimed at kids over eight and retails at £22.99 in the UK on Amazon. We had the Extreme version before which offered four actions for play:

  • Flick it,
  • Twist it
  • Spin it,
  • Pull it and,
  • Bop it.

My son managed to follow the actions for the Extreme unit to get a high score of 202.

Yes, I know, that’s rather a…ma…zing isn’t it? It is un-rivalled by anyone else in our house.

It has also meant that he had got accomplished enough for the Extreme Bop It game not to hold the appeal it once did. He needed a new challenge.

Why is THIS version of Bop It different?

What better way to challenge him that to add different actions, and even some with a bit of a modern twist?

Bop It (US/UK) now has a massive TEN new actions for you to follow, and there are some pretty interesting, and relevant ones for kids “these days” too, including:

  • Whip it,
  • Drink it,
  • Selfie it,
  • Hammer it,
  • Answer it,
  • Cradle it,
  • Saw it,
  • Sing it,
  • Golf it and,
  • Comb it.

That’s a lot of new challenges for the boy, don’t you think? He’s already got a high score of 50, but he’s working his way on up…

Wonder if he’ll get to the heady heights of his Extreme score?

There are three modes for the kids to play the game in;

  • Classic, where you play against yourself,
  • Beat Box, where you don’t get told what action to take, you need to recognise the actions through the sounds associated with them and,
  • Pass It, which allows you to play against your friends, and family; passing the unit on when you are instructed to do so.

What did we think of the new Bop It? 8/10

We LOVE it. Our son has been keen to play it, particularly if it is raining outside *not that this happens much in the UK summer.* The game was even amongst those chosen to be taken on holiday with us recently, which as we don’t have much car space is a true indication of how the toy has been welcomed into the KiddyCharts household.

The only annoyances are the canned voice that tells you want actions to take, and the volume of the unit, which means we can’t give it to Stuntboy in the morning as he’ll wake us all up! The other frustration is that the actions don’t always register. It can be a little temperamental, and pernickety knowing that you have performed a specific task, particularly the drink it one. However, this doesn’t seem to significantly reduce game fun for the kids as it doesn’t happen often enough to annoy them.

I have to be honest; I like this game too. Sometimes when the kids have left it on the coffee table after playing with it, I have a sneaky go as well. Just to see if I can beat their high score you understand….

This game is available from Amazon in the UK for £22.99 and in the US for $27.51. Why not give it a try – it might just buy you enough time to get that cup of coffee you know?

Helen

Helen is a mum to two, and social media consultant and website editor. Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts now works with big family brands to help them promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. Helen also helps other organisations with their social media and blogging strategies, including working part-time as a community manager with Truprint. She can often be found hanging about on social media, and trying to avoid stepping on the Lego her kids keep leaving lying around.