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Don't Break the Ice

4.4 out of 5 stars 505 customer reviews
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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 Description

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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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 Information

Product Dimensions 5.4 x 6 x 10.5 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic 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.
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ASIN B00000IVZJ
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Item model number 4784
Manufacturer recommended age 4 - 6 years
Best Sellers Rank #4,069 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#215 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
#2,022 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys
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4.4 out of 5 stars 505 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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Warning: Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

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By Daniel L Edelen VINE 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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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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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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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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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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Don't Break the Ice is a classic game that has easily withstood the test of time. When I was a kid, I remember my game had a more basic frame with detachable legs. This newer model has a much more sturdy base with built-in legs. It is a little difficult to snap the plastic ice blocks into place, so small kids may need adult help setting up the game. Once the blocks are in place, the game goes quickly, but kids will often want to play multiple games.

The game is designed to have the bear's block in the center of the board. You can also set it up with the bear in different areas to see how that changes the strategy. Knocking pieces out one by one lets kids experiment to see which blocks are actually needed to hold the bear in place the longest. And there's something that is simply fun about tapping the pieces out and waiting for the whole set-up to collapse.
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