It’s official. We are DONE with diapers!
A couple of months ago, I was contacted on Twitter about a game called “Let’s Potty!”. The concept was right up my alley. Potty Training! We were right in the thick of things with my youngest son. We needed him to use the potty…and he needed us to stop hassling him about it.So, the lady who invented the game was so kind as to send me a copy of it to review. So, for FTC disclosure: I was provided this game to review it. The opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.
We got the package in record time!
My first thought was, “That’s one rockin’ toilet paper roll. He might not be so happy if he knew what was in store for him.” Yeah, my brain does stuff like that.
Here it is in its unopened glory. Mind you, it didn’t stay that way for long. The boys were attracted to the bright colors like sharks to a bleeding fish. It was all I could do to get a few pictures taken while they were yelling “Open it, daddy!” and “Can I open it?” and “When are we going to play?” and “Is it a game?” and…what am I saying, if you’ve got kids in the age range for this game, you know what I’m talking about.
Two seconds after this picture, I was commanded to open this game up right now and start playing. Also, my oldest (4) screamed out, “HEY! THEY’RE GOING POTTY!” and doubled over with laughter. I don’t know how many times I’ve fielded the same question, “Daddy, is that kid POOPIN’??” to which I answer, “I dunno…probably?”
Having 4 and 2 year old boys in the house means we talk about pooping and pottying a lot. Please, parents of little girls, please tell me they talk about poops and farts a lot. Please. I need to know I’m not alone over here!
Sorry, where was I? Oh, that’s right, we opened the game up and here’s what’s inside:
You get the game board, game pieces, potty cards, and instructions.
The board is like a standard Monopoly-type board. It was sturdy and well put together.
The game pieces are sturdy card stock and fit into the plastic bases easily enough for my kids to be able to put them together, but not so easy as to allow the piece to slide back out of the base easily.
You also get two decks of potty cards. These are the bread and ‘butt’-er of this game. *snicker* Yeah, I’m twelve. Anyway, the cards are much like the pages of a board book. They are thick and sturdy. Which is a real plus when your kids can destroy a steel ball with a rubber hammer.
The game is simple. You draw a card. You do what the card says.
We pulled everything out and the boys picked their pieces. I explained the rules and we were off. My youngest didn’t want to take turns at first, but then his brother got his with a ‘you pooped your pants’ card. After the laughter subsided and gameplay resumed, little brother was more than happy to ask big brother on every single turn, “Did you poop yourself?” and “Did you pee your pants again?”
Each card has a cute poem on it that tells you to either stay where you are or go to the next star or ‘Rolly’. Rolly is that ecstatic partying toilet paper roll who has become a bit of a mascot in this house. Whenever the player’s card says they made in time etc…it’s followed with a “Go to the next ROLLY!”
After we played the game, we played it again. And again. And again. We hired a babysitter one evening shortly after getting this game…and she played it with them. Several times. Needless to say, the boys thought the game was a blast.
Where to Buy:You can find this game on Amazon! (This is an affiliate link. It does not change your price nor how much the seller receives. I get a small commission which goes toward hosting costs of this site.)
You can also visit the game’s website: lets-potty.com
While I won’t give this game 100% credit for potty training my youngest son, I will say he was completely out of diapers within a week and a half of playing this game. In playing, I think it allowed my son to make a mental connection he hadn’t really made before that. I say this because he would talk about “Going to the next ROLLY!” whenever he made it to the potty in time.
Add to that, the fact that he watched his older brother (whom he idolizes) get disappointed when he would draw a ‘you didn’t make it’ card. Sure, my youngest saw big brother going potty all the time, but I don’t think he grasped the fact that big brother didn’t WANT to pee or poop on himself. In playing the game, it allowed big brother to explain that ‘making it to the potty’ was a good thing that helps you win. And I’ve found that my youngest son will listen to my oldest son WAY BEFORE he’ll listen to me.
So, we went through a couple of weeks of hollering “Way to go! Go to the next ROLLY!” every time my son left the bathroom. The look of pride on his face was totally worth it.
Will this game totally potty train your kids? I don’t know. But, it will allow for some fun time surrounding a stressful time. Remember, potty training is just as stressful for the kids as it is for you. And if you can take five or ten minutes out of your day to laugh about pees and poops, then maybe you both deserve the break.
Also, these were two of my boys’ absolute favorite cards in the entire game:
And, yes, you too can be a SUPER POOPER!