Hullabawho, hullabadoo, hullabaloo; I’m not sure if the kids laughed more at my funny ways of saying Hullabaloo or at the game itself.
We were on vacation in the family cabin and wanted some civilization, so we went shopping at Wal Mart. I went looking for something the kids could do and found Hullabaloo and Cadoo, (both Cranium). I finally decided on fuss because it encouraged physical activity and listening skills. I put it in the cart, much to my husband’s dismay and thankfully it was under the $ 25.00 CDN limit he set.
It was an instant hit with everyone in the cabin, 5 little girls. – Ages: 2,3,3,4 and 6 and a 6 year old child. Even my overly cool teenage cousins played with my little girl and of course Grandma had to get in on the dance action too.
The best part, even after playing on very sandy soils, is not worse from wear and tear, just a little dirty. I have a big problem with toys that are not durable. The pieces are large, brightly colored and durable.
The set consists of 16 game pads of various colors and shapes with an image printed on them. The talking audio console is big, it needs 3 AA batteries (not included) and it has a big red button, that’s it. Not small fragile pieces.
The children place the pads around the room, each stepping on a purple skull pad and pressing the big red button. The console tells them what to do, “Crawl to a yellow”, “Rotate to a square”, “Jump to a triangle”. The winner is announced at the end of a sequence, “Is anyone standing on the piano?” The winner is then instructed to “bow” or “do a funky dance.” Then start over. It’s so simple and kids love it. I love that they can set it up and play it without the help of an adult.
At most we had 12 children playing, at least 1 child played. The box says 1-6 players ages 4 and up, but 2-year-olds with parental support love it, and babysitting cousins tolerate it, while grandmothers like to make a fool of themselves. My daughter regularly takes it out to play alone, the console doesn’t bother me. I usually can’t stand talking toys, maybe it’s the console’s volume control, variety, or voice, but it doesn’t bother me at all.
The educational value of any toy is a primary consideration to me. Hullabaloo does not disappoint, it teaches colors, shapes and some word recognition. Promotes activity, following instructions and listening skills. You can’t ask for more than that for preschoolers.
Any preschooler gets this gift from us and it makes a great birthday party game. For some reason, they figure out faster than musical chairs. Maybe because no one is out of the game, in fact, the console tells them to share the pads; so three children can be on the same platform and all can be winners.
We love it so much that we bought the animal version on DVD. DVD is a gimmick and you need the TV / DVD to play it, I found it a bit curious and kids needed to watch TV all the time so it was tight. The original can be played anywhere. We mixed up the pads and had a great game for my daughter’s 5th birthday. Since some of the instructions are for shape and color, all pads could be used. They would share those picture pads when asked to find them.
In short, fair price, fun, easy to use, durable, 2-6 years old, as many players as the room can fit, educational, no one is left out, and best of all, there are no small parts. A great addition to your game room.