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More Christmas Ideas 

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Two small and useful items for the young, the first a table game and the second two musical toys that may even lead them into a useful career as a musician. They are from the same PR company that sent the large .pdf file in August these items are both reasonably priced. With current restrictions both items are suitable to be posted without costing a fortune.

table top bowling game
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First the Table Top Bowling Game that does not need a huge amount of flat space to play it. It is 1.2metres long and 23cm wide and weights 294 grams. The flat laminated sheet is supplied rolled up in a box with the weighted pins and balls there are two weighted magnetic strips that go at either end of the sheet to keep it flat.

The six pins are each 7cm centimeters tall with a small weight to help keep then standing. The two balls appear to be round but they are not quite with a weighted ball that is round inside so rather like a flat green bowl they have a bias which takes effects as it slows down.

The aim is the same as ten pin bowling to knock all the pins down.

The weighted hollow balls mean it is not as simple as it would be with a solid ball; it is 80cm from the foul line to the front pin and just like ten pin bowling to knock all ten with a single ball is not at all easy.

While my description make it seem like ‘child’s play’ it certainly is not. 

The Table Top Bowling Game is available for from Waterstones for £19.99.

Beginners Music Tin
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Now the BeginnersMusic Tin this comes in a 19x11.5x3.5cm tin with a total weight of 240 grams.

In the tin is a 14.5x10.5cm eight sided booklet with brief instructions about how to play the instruments and the notes of five tunes. There is also a drawstring bag that can hold both the instruments.

The Harmonica is 13x3x2cm and has sixteen notes. It is plastic with metallic sides. While it a basic instrument is can produce a tune and at 27 grams fits easily in a pocket.

The other item is a three piece Recorder in grey. It is 32.5cm long when assembled and the pieces only fit together in one way.

While I never played one – even at school – I had no difficulty in getting a scale out of it.

There is a fingering chart in the booklet so even I was able to play the five tunes that follow in the booklet and they even sounded to me more or less as they should do.

At the time of publication Beginners Music Tin is available from Amazon for £14.99.

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