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by Vanessa M (follow)
FrogHoppers is a children's game produced by Viking Toys, a Swedish company that makes high-quality plastic toys. It consists of a single tub containing sixteen plastic frogs. When you press down on the back of one of these frogs, it will leap forward.

The first thing I noticed and appreciated about FrogHoppers is that once you've tipped all the frogs out of the bucket, the aim is to then get them back in. It's a game that pretty much cleans itself up.

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FrogHoppers, by Viking Toys

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One of the frogs

Among the sixteen frogs, there are four different colours (with four frogs of each colour), which means you can easily play FrogHoppers as a race, competing to see who can get all of their coloured frogs into the bucket first. I haven't tried racing yet though - just getting a frog in the bucket successfully has been enjoyment enough for the kids I've played with.

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There are green, red, blue and yellow frogs

Another way to play with FrogHoppers is to try and see who can jump their frogs the furthest, which might be a good option for those kids who are still mastering the jumping in the first place, as it means they don't need to worry so much about the angle yet.

The game is recommended for children who are 3 years old and above and I agree with this classification. I've played it with a 3-year-old a few times now. The first time I had to explain about angles and distances, but the next time she was getting her frogs in the bucket more often than I was.

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You have to choose your distance and angle carefully to get your frog in the bucket

However, FrogHoppers is still a game that can cause the sort of issues that come from a child struggling to master a technique (which is one of the reasons I haven't worried about racing yet - I don't want any added pressure and frustration) but I think most kids should manage fine.

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Depending on how you play, all the frogs may conveniently end up back in the bucket

I've enjoyed Froghoppers so far. It's not so easy that it's boring to join in the game as an adult, and kids definitely like celebrating a successful jump. I would have thought the fun would wear off, but we have yet to exhaust all the different ways to enjoy what I at first thought was a pretty basic product.
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