Have you ever been on a snipe hunt? I remember vividly my first year at girls camp, being lead on a snipe hunt in the forest after dark. Of course, back then, there was no snipe in the woods, just a bunch of older girls waiting to spook us as we wandered with our flashlights making strange noises in the hope of coaxing out the creature. Education Outdoors has found a way to bring this game to life for families with their new Snipe Hunt game.
I am so excited to have had a chance to review this. I just knew my kids would flip for it, and I wasn’t wrong.
Snipe Hunt starts the fun with it’s cute packaging. The box has air holes for the little creatures hiding inside, and has the warning “LIVE ANIMALS” printed on it. When I pulled this game out, the kids immediately started peeking through the holes and asking questions.
Education Outdoors included their own version of the snipe legend, which explains that Snipes are creatures that are a bird and a weasel morphed together thanks to a comet crashing into the earth in 1885. I pulled the snipes out of the box, and introduced the kids to “Smartin” and “Biela.” Of course, we had to play right then!
There are a couple ways to play this game, but we started with the one player adaptation. I took the snipes and hid them around the house when the kids weren’t looking, and then set them off to find them.
When the Snipes are on, and on the base, the game is ready to play. The base has a little button that the snipe rests on, and as soon as you lift it up, the internal clock in the snipe starts ticking.
At first, the snipe is silent, and the boys ran around the house trying to find them. After 2.5 minutes, they start to make their snipe call (which sounds exactly as you may expect a weasel/bird sound to be- not quite a chirp, not quite a whine, but a strange sound fitting for a mythical creature) and the boys became even more excited trying to find them from the sounds. Since two snipes were chirping in our small apartment, and because Mom is a master at hiding things, the boys still couldn’t locate those tricky snipes.
After 5 minutes, the sneaky snipes eyes began to glow, and the boys located them.
For the next round, we waited until after dark, and played with teams. Each boy hid their teams snipe, and then we all took off to see if we could find the other teams snipe. In the dark, this game is even cooler, because the sound, and the light up eyes are more effective- not to mention it is more like the original campfire game, with all its excitement!
This game is just fabulous. The kids have been playing constantly since I opened the box. In the summer, I can see us playing while camping, and in the winter, it’s fantastic fun for indoors hide and seek. Even better, its a game that keeps the kids busy! Education Outdoors’ Snipe Hunt is a huge hit with our family. I love that the kids are active, running and hunting for the snipes, and have to think critically to see where we hid them. I love that it gets us outdoors as a family, and I love that it’s adaptable to use with a group, or just with me and the boys.
You don’t have to take our word for it, Snipe Hunt has tons of great reviews on Amazon. This would be a fantastic gift for any family, and I may or may not have bought a couple to send to our family for Christmas!
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