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Blast Box is a Banging Good Time #SummerFun

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~Thank you to Zing for providing Blast Box for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase.~




I love finding games that are great for the whole family to play and sometimes that’s hard because my kids are so young (5 y/o and almost 2 y/o). They don’t always quite understand the concept of certain games, even one’s that are age appropriate, and it can get frustrating for everyone.

Blast Box by Zing happens to be one that all of us enjoy and even the kids understand what it’s all about. Since getting the game, Blast Box has been played over and over and over. My son literally asks to play every day and I can already tell it’s going to be a major part of our summer fun plans.

How to play!

Setup and play of Blast Box is super simple. For each player (up to four), a balloon needs to be inflated and placed under the box. Don’t worry, the game includes a handheld pump to blow up the balloons.

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The object of Blast Box is not to pop a balloon. Each player takes a turn with the spinner, which indicates how many nails they have to hammer into the box (if any). If you pop a balloon, you’re out and the last person standing wins. Easy peasy!

I love that it’s even safe for my youngest one to play. The “nails” are flexible plastic pieces and aren’t sharp at the ends. The tips are a dull rounded shape, but they’re pointy enough to pop balloons when hammered in.

And although a simple concept, Blast Box requires some strategy. In the beginning, we’ve found that starting around the outside of the box is a pretty safe way to go. But when you get to a point where there are multiple nails hammered into the box, it starts narrowing down the possible locations of remaining balloons.

You have to strategize and determine where it would be safe to hammer a nail without popping one of the balloons. It’s also a good idea to pay attention so you can see which nails actually did pop balloons. Maybe your next move should be in that same area, since you know a balloon has already been popped there.

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My kids must be lucky, or maybe I’m unlucky, but I actually understand how to strategize in this game, while my kids don’t really get it quite yet. They just love banging the nails in and hoping they don’t hit a balloon. Yet still, they beat me just about every time!

Tips

From playing Blast Box so many times, there are a few tips I’d like to share that will help make the game run smoother.

The first tip involves inflating the balloons. As I mentioned before, the game includes a handheld pump for easy inflation. The game also includes small cardboard balloon holders to keep the air in the balloons and also double as weights to keep the balloons in place under the box.

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I’ve found that the trick to easily attaching the cardboard weight without popping the balloon is to inflate the balloon, keep it on the pump, twist the end to tighten it and slip the twisted part into one of the cardboard slots. Then slip it through the second slot and remove the balloon from the pump.

Trust me, I’ve popped and fiddled with enough of the balloons to have a good grip on this, haha!

My second tip involves the box itself. If you’re playing on a flat surface, you may need someone to hold it in place. If not, there’s a good chance someone will knock into the box and when it moves, the nails will bend and allow space for the balloons to move underneath. Here’s an example.

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We got down to two players, but only one nail slot left. That just doesn’t make sense. If there’s only one nail slot left, then one of the remaining players should have already popped a balloon. When I turned the box over to check it out, this is what I found.

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You can see that some of the nails are slanted, making room for the balloons. This likely happened when my kids kept knocking into the box. The nails were already in place and when the box moved, the balloons pushed into the sides of the nails. So when the next nail was hammered in, it missed the balloon.

Playing in the grass (this is an awesome picnic game, by the way) or the carpet is probably ideal because the box won’t move as much.

Have your own banging good time!

Blast Box is so fun that it’s actually temporarily out of stock on Zing’s website! You can preorder it now ($19.99) for the next shipment, or you can head over to Amazon and get it sooner ($24.99). But note that even Amazon has a limited number available!

Would your family enjoy playing Blast Box this summer?

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*Thank you to Zing for providing Blast Box for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

#TTPM Spring Showcase 2017

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It has been a crazy couple of weeks of traveling and now sick kids, but in between it all I was able to fit in a visit to the TTPM Spring Showcase 2017 in NYC.

It just so happened to fall on “Take Your Child to Work Day,” which was perfect. What kid doesn’t want to play with toys all day? My two had a great time and even tried to walk away with a few of the toys that were on display.

This was my first ever event as a blogger and I learned so much! Not only about all of the new and upcoming toy releases, but about media events like this in general. But you don’t want to hear about that, right? You want to see and hear about the good stuff – the toys!

So many toys!

 

There were so many brands exhibiting at the TTPM Spring Showcase that we didn’t even have a chance to visit all of the tables before we had to hit the road. But of those we did visit, the toys were pretty epic and I can’t wait for some of them to come out!

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I think my daughter’s favorite was the Gazillion Giant Bubble Mill from Funrise (last clip in the video). Both of my kids love bubbles, but since the Bubble Mill is a nonstop bubble maker, it’s easier for my daughter to handle and much less messy than traditional bubbles, which she usually dumps out before she can blow any bubbles.

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She also loves the Minions so we spent some time playing with all of the Minion toys. One that I wasn’t able to get a good clip of was a Minion that is controlled by your iPad. How fun is that?!

My daughter will be so excited when Despicable Me 3 comes out and it might just be her first movie theater visit. Despicable Me 2 was my son’s first, now that I think about it. We just can’t get enough of those Minions!

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It’s hard to tell which was my son’s favorite because he enjoyed playing with so many of the toys, but if I had to narrow it down I’d probably say the Fast & Furious cars (clip included in the video) from Universal Brand Development.

He stood there and played with a car in each hand, for at least 5 minutes. He didn’t want to leave and when I did finally get him to move on to something else, he tried to take the cars with him!

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Aside from that, he really enjoyed all of the Cars 3 toys. He’s been a big Cars fan since he was two or three. One year we threw him a Cars party (I think his 3rd birthday). So I know he’s super stoked for the new Cars 3 release.

He played with Mattel’s Disney-Pixar Cars 3 Crazy 8 Crashers Smash & Crash Derby Playset (that’s a mouthful) for a bit, trying to knock Miss Fritter’s bus out of the way for the derby win.

And this only scratches the surface! There were so many more brands and so many more toys at the showcase.

Vtech & LeapFrog

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Super Impulse Ltd.

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Beach House Group (Antsy Pants)

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Spin Master

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KidzGames (Kap It)

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DC Super Hero Girls

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 The Toy Box

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Whiffer Sniffers

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Jay at Play

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LEGO

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PlayMonster

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Tucker Toys

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Alex Brands

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Zing Global Ltd.

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Pacific Cycle

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Is that enough toys for you? This isn’t even all of them! Those I included in the video aren’t pictured here, so be sure to check it out. And like I said earlier, we didn’t have time to stop at all of the tables, so just imagine everything that could be missing.

What toy or new movie are you most excited about?

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