Tuesday, 9 July 2013
So last week Seb turned 11! Gone are the days of him wanting traditional party games like pass the parcel, musical bumps and pin the tail on the donkey, but he's not quite old enough for more adult birthday celebrations, sitting in a bit of a tricky no-mans birthday land!
After inviting 5 friends for a sleepover we struggled to find some age appropriate entertainment. I was lucky enough to be sent a free puzzle box from http://www.talltalespuzzleparties.co.uk/, we opted for the detective puzzle box which is described as:
"Turn detective with one of our ever-popular detective adventure puzzle parties.Solve the puzzles and quests to unlock a clue that will allow you to clear one of the seven suspects. Choose who you think is the thief and discover whether you are right!"
We chose 'The Jewel Thief' Adventure which is all about a family heirloom that has been stolen from Puzzle Hall. The instructions suggest that the party guests should "get out your magnifying glass and find the clues with every puzzle you solve until you discover the identity of The Jewel Thief!". Along the way they will meet the Emerald family and their guests at a celebration dinner when the theft was uncovered. We had a box for 8 which retails at £39.99 and I think it was very good value.
Shortly after choosing a big box was delivered containing lots of secret envelopes and tasks, a full set of instructions, a detective notebook for each child with stickers and pens to decorate and personalise them, a party bag to put the notebook in (and perhaps some other goodies - we used the ever popular haribos!) and a badge to give each child upon completion.
The boys (and my three younger children, two boys aged 8 and 9 and a girl aged 6) all got stuck in solving the puzzles and really got into the spirit of the adventure. The box is aimed at age 7 years plus and I think this is a good estimate.
One of the boys at the party is almost 12 and he thought the activities were a little babyish but the rest of them were all very happy. My 6, 8 and 9 year olds really enjoyed the activities and I think this would be the best age range for them. The 6 and 8 year olds have already requested a box for their birthday parties, my daughter likes the look of the Mermaid puzzle party and my 8 yr old son wants another detective party, so it looks like Tall Tales Puzzle Parties has found a new repeat customer in our family!
Tall Tales Puzzle Parties have kindly given me a discount code BLOG13 to pass on to you all which gets you a 15% discount. Click HERE to order