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Don't Break the Ice

by Hasbro

Price: $10.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
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  • Tread carefully and win in this classic game
  • Tap out ice blocks one by one
  • Take your time and do some thinking to keep the polar bear from sinking
  • To win, the bear must stay on top
  • For 2 to 4 players
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 5.4 x 5.4 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: Mexico
  • ASIN: B00000IVZJ
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: 4784
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 - 6 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Safety Warning
Warning: Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Product Description

Amazon.com

A polar bear is happily skating across the ice. He's gesturing thumbs up. A big smile stretches his face. Uh-oh. What's that tapping sound? A block of ice just disappeared from his pond. And there goes another one. The polar bear is running out of room to skate. In Don't Break the Ice, two to four players take turns wielding plastic mallets and tapping out ice blocks. The goal is to keep the polar bear skating for as long as possible. But as the game progresses, ice blocks start falling faster and faster. And then, there goes the bear! Luckily, these ice blocks don't melt. The game can quickly be reassembled and soon the polar bear is skating again. This bear might lose his footing, but he's always got his smile. --Wendy Slotboom

Product Description

3 years & up. Tap out ice blocks one by one, but Don't Break the Ice! To win, the bear must stay on top. One wrong block, and he'll go ker-plop! 2-4 players. No reading required.

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Customer Reviews

Very easy game to play.
jess
My 4 year old loves this game and I loved it when I was a kid too!
Christine
Great game for kids of all ages.
Witchy1

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2003
Games for small children are notoriously hard to come by. "Don't Break the Ice" is one of the few available and a classic in its own right.
My young son loves this game and we play all sorts of variations including moving the main ice piece that holds the bear to different places so we can experiment with the "physics" of the game. (So there is a true educational element.) We also try to put the ice pieces back in the frame using different patterns of insertion. This helps kill the time factor in getting the game pieces ready to play.
With its minimum of rules anyone can pick this game up in a minute. It's fun and can be played by "kids" of all ages. Given its low price, it's a no miss. Even if little children get more fun out of making the bear fall than not, so what? Think of it as a more versatile "hammer & peg bench" toy.
There are some durability issues. If one of the tabs that hold the ice breaks, you are out of luck. The frame consists of two pieces that slide together and the connection is prone to breakage. Still, at this price point it's a lot easier to replace than many of the fragile toys that cost far more. In fact you could buy every toy in the Milton Bradley "Cootie" line and still be under the cost of just one other plastic toy.
A good bet for a good price.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Edmundson on November 13, 2003
I loved this game as a child. We still have the one I played with 16 years ago.
Break the Ice is a simple game anybody can play. There is a man sitting on a big piece of ice. You want to knock out the pieces around him, but not knock out piece that will send him falling. It's simple enough but it does take some stratedgy.
We have a lot of kids that come through my house for different reasons, and I've never met one that didn't get a kick out of this game. It's a fun family game and a must for a small child.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jodie Skinner on December 29, 2000
A wonderful classic toy! Buy it and keep it for life! I would only like to see this toy produced as it was originally. The frame, blocks and hammers are not as heavy duty as they used to be and it was the first thing I noticed...to the maker...they kids will play with it but the parents are buying it and classic toys that aren't as we remember them are dissapointing. We await an "Original" version and we will keep it for life!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. P. Snair on November 29, 2001
The kids (2 & 4 years old) do enjoy playing the game, but they think it is really funny when the ice breaks, so they see who can make the bear fall the fastest. I timed them and it takes 15 - 20 seconds for them to break the ice. As a parent I get tired putting all the ice back in the frame.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Florence Teagle on February 17, 2005
I bought this toy for my son and niece. They love it. They can put it together themselves and when the polar bear falls watch out because everyone laughs, even the one who made the polar bear fall. It teaches children how to take turns and to accept a loss if they actually do knock the polar bear down. I even play to get in on the fun.
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57 of 74 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 11, 2003
As I have no children of my own (and, given my vocational choice, not likely to, either), I miss the experience of having so many of the wonderful (and much of the not-so-wonderful) children's toys and gadgetry around my house. Thus, each year for holidays and birthdays, I must teach myself anew all of the various ins and outs of the toy industry. Inevitably, I find myself defaulting back to those items that were popular during my childhood, and, more particularly, things that I enjoyed.
Thus it was when I was looking for a gift for my three-year-old niece, that I was looking for a gift that fit my sister's strict parameters for appropriateness:
'Please, nothing that makes noise, especially an agonisingly repetitious noise.'
'Nothing that can stain walls, carpets, floors, or ceilings.' (which made me wonder, just what is it that kids do with their paints and crayons that they can reach the ceiling?)
'Nothing that takes batteries.'
'Nothing with choking bits or fragile things that break easily.'
'No more dolls.'
'No more stuffed animals -- she gets buried in the ones you've given her already.' (oops, I guess that was a plea for originality!)
So, these guidelines (commandments, actually) in mind, I ventured into the world of children's toys, and was bewildered with the array of inappropriate gifts. Floor to ceiling in some shops -- who purchased these things? Was my sister being overly harsh in her strictures? Was the rest of the buying public that foolish? (on second thought - don't answer that!)
So it was that I came upon a few things that qualified, and high among them was the game Don't Break the Ice! I remembered this game fondly from my childhood.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
I played with this game over 25 years ago and I remember how much fun it was to play. My friends and I would play Don't Break the Ice for hours trying new ways to keep the little man (now it's a polar bear) on top of the ice with as many blocks of ice chipped out. It is a great strategy-learning game. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to play this game as well.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on November 11, 2009
I recently got this at a mass retailer during one of their super sales and I'm very glad I paid way less than list price. I have a feeling I'll be hiding this one from the kids very soon, and if I'd spent more than a few bucks on it then I'd be pretty upset about that.

Here's the issue: my 4-yr-old son and his 5-yr-old friend played with it earlier today for the about ten minutes. They loved it and keep cheering for MORE, MORE, MORE! I put the pieces back together and set it up for them six times... in ten minutes. I have a feeling that if I hadn't put a time limit on it, they'd have wanted to play it all afternoon and, unfortunately, my sanity can't handle that.

The game relies on someone with relatively strong fingers putting all the "ice" blocks in the plastic frame in order to get it set up. This takes about a minute and a half. The game itself takes about 35 seconds. See where I'm going with this?

To its advantage, the game does reinforce taking turns, and it does use hand-eye coordination to keep the little hammer tapping on one single block. There is a bit of strategy involved as well. However, my son and his friend were more interested in smashing in the blocks than trying to keep the skating bear afloat and that kept me one busy "helper". My hopes of pulling out a game to keep them occupied for ten minutes while I cleaned up lunch? Completely dashed. :(

My guess is that once a kid is old enough to set the game up himself, he'd probably be too old to enjoy playing the game.
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