Last weekend, we threw an end of the summer party for my boy and some of his friends. His birthday is in January, and because of the unpredictable weather we have not had much luck throwing winter parties.
So when i was presented with the opportunity to host a DaGeDar party over the summer, i jumped at the chance! i really like to throw themed parties, and the kind folks from Momselect provided us with all the goodies needed to throw a really fun party! i also love the idea that unlike a birthday party, where the guests bring presents...we get to give our guests presents!
So what are DaGeDar? They are supercharged ball bearings, like racing marbles. Each DaGeDar has a steel core center and a cool character graphic. You can collect them, race them, trade them and register them online. Each one comes with a special code, that you can type in online to unlock your DaGeDar's spirit within!
Each character has a distinct personality trait; different motivations drive their races. They might use elemental powers of strength, cunning or their trader’s wit in their drive for victory. DaGeDar is reminiscent of marble racing, and collecting hot wheels cars...but is completely different. It's play pattern fosters imagination and creativity for hours of collaborative or solitary play!
i had a good time putting together goodie bags for our guests. Each child received a bag that contained a set of DaGeDar racing marbles, a box of crayons, gummy snacks, a crazy straw, punching balloon and a bag of M&M's. i was trying to avoid handing out too much candy junk, especially since we also had a pinata...:)
Our kit came with a racing track, a spinner, a launcher and a set of balls for each of our guests. The kids had a great time setting up the race track and opening up their ball sets. They each took turns entering their codes into the website to unlock info about their DaGeDar.
We created a game for the launcher by cutting holes in a large piece of cardboard. We gave each hole a point value, and then let the kids try to launch their balls into the holes. It was a big hit! They lined up the balls, and then used the spinner to send the balls flying.
Remember how i said i loved themed parties?? This is our DaGeDar watermelon. i made a really tasty fruit salad with watermelon, cantaloupe, mandarin oranges, grapes and blackberries. This was my first time carving a watermelon, but i think it came out pretty good. :) The kids loved it!
These didn't fit the theme, but they are such an wonderfully refreshing treat when it is super hot out. i found the recipe here . i didn't cut mine into flowers, because of lack of time...but the kids didn't notice at all and really seemed to enjoy them.
The kids spent the first hour and half playing with the DaGeDar. They were creating their own racing games, and trading balls. We don't have air conditioning though, and it was super humid out. So we all headed outside for a water fight! We had water balloons and water blasters and everyone got completely soaked!
What's a party without a pinata?? We had so much fun creating our DaGeDar pinata. We made it using basic paper mache' over a balloon. Then painted it to resemble Chee Zier. (He looked the easiest!)
Of course the boy had a great time 'battling' the pinata.
DaGeDar is a new twist on the old classic of marble racing. Racing DaGeDar balls requires skill, practice, agility and finesse. The kids must learn to control the speed and velocity of DaGeDar balls in order to propel them through thrilling loops and turns without forcing the balls off the tracks. The cool graphics and stories behind these balls makes them collectible, and i love that they don't require batteries!
DaGeDar toys and accessories will be available online and in stores this summer!
Mom Select provided me with the toys for this review. i was not compensated for writing about the DaGeDar. All opinions are my own.