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This one is the baby and he’s called Timmy

June 21, 2011

On Fathers’ Day Miss B proudly presented me with a copy of the Lego Shave a Sheep game. Later that day, we opened it up and spend a happy few minutes assembling the pieces, which include a mean but goofy looking wolf and four sheep. Oh, and it has the special Lego die that you stick different colour tiles onto to affect how the game plays. B has a bit of difficulty with some of the fiddlier bits of construction, but was very pleased with the results.

Now, it must be said that this is a game with less than glowing reviews out there (follow the link above and you’ll see some — although alongside that there are positive comments) but this gave us a lot of fun.  Play can drag on a bit when someone decides that the best approach is to use the wolf at every opportunity (though this policy didn’t last for ever, thankfully), but making the appropriate noises for the wolf and sheep adds to the fun, the whole thing is cute, the game mechanics are clean and simple, and some decision making is required.  All in all, I’d say that Shave a Sheep is absolutely spot on for Miss B right now, and not odious for Mummy and I to play, so win all round really.

The rules also suggest ways to vary the rules, from modifying the die (I do really like the die!) to adding a more significant role for the wolf (who, in the standard rules, just sits there as fun but purely decorative fluff).  A few other variations also come to mind, so I’m sure we will be experimenting in future.

The verdict from Miss B (aged 4½): “It was good that there was two winners, I didn’t expect that. I liked building the sheep and shearing the sheep.”

The Game: Shave a Sheep (Lego), 2 to 4 players aged 5+.

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