What is it
Bellz! is a magnetic game consisting of 40 bells in four different colours, and a magnetic wand. The wand has a big end with a strong magnet, and a smaller end with a weaker magnet; your challenge is to use the wand to pick up ten bells of the same colour without picking up any other colour bells! If you pick up a wrong colour bell, you have to return all the bells you have collected that turn.
It comes in a handy storage pouch that folds out to be the play area.
What our team of testers said
"Fun, but brain working." - Girl aged 7
"My technique is to be quick and shake the magnet." - Boy aged 11
- Develops strategic thinking
- Requires hand-eye coordination
- Encourages children to play together
What our experts think
Bellz proved very popular with our testers – there was a real competitive element and lots of huffing, puffing and friendly banter! The children initially thought it would be simple, but soon discovered there was an element of challenge, requiring perseverance and concentration. Despite this, the gameplay was intuitive – the older children were able to read the instructions and play the game without adult input. It was easy to explain the rules to other children as they joined in the game. The children soon worked out that, in order to be successful, you had to use strategy, logic and have a steady hand.
The fact there was only one stick meant that the children had to be patient and wait their turn, but they used their time wisely and strategised or gave friendly advice. Games like this are great for encouraging children to play together and teaching children to win and lose respectfully. We liked the fact it was small and came in a bag making it easy to transport.
- RRP: £14.99
- Brands: Spinmaster
- No batteries required
- Toy Types: .Toys
Puzzles & games
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Fine motor skills
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Memory, concentration & attention
Personal, social & emotional development
Physical & motor skills
Social awareness & empathy
Teamwork, turn taking & sharing