Our family is fiercely passionate about the art of having fun which is often accompanied by a Nerf blaster, so when I was recently sent our (yes, I said OUR!) latest Nerf, my kid just about lost his mind (and we all fought over whose blaster it is – it is still up for discussion.) I started thinking about just how great Nerf blasters are and why you should buy a few too!
Water guns VS. Nerf Blasters
A huge part of our country (me included) are experiencing a horrendous drought that has reminded us just how important it is to save water – every drop counts. As much as water guns are great for playing in the pool, they can be wasteful. I believe that there is a time and place for everything but it’s just so much better to give up water wars in exchange for Nerf as you not only save wate but expand your own playing field! Suddenly, you can also play indogors and not have to worry about ruining anything, by wetting it or creating a mess. Oh, and your reload time is also a lot quicker!
It’s fun for the whole family
Although typically found in the toy aisle, Nerfs are fun for the entire family. I can’t say just how many times D or myself have stolen Axl’s Nerfs to shoot at one another. We are a tiny bit competitive and like to see who is better at aiming or who is the best at sneak attacks. I love that something that provides hours of fun, also brings us all closer together!
It gets you off the couch
We could all do with a lot less TV – am I right? Nerf wars gets the whole family up, running around and hiding from each other. Hours are easily lost to the fun that is spent chasing and sneaking up on your kids.
It encourages teamwork
If you have a big enough family or friend circle, you can create teams and use it as an opportunity to teach your children how to work together. In our case, we currently have a family of 3 players (Eli will be joining us, fairly soon!), so right now, there is always that one person who is double crossing us. (Yes, Axl, we are on to you!)
It teaches problem-solving
Nerf wars can often lead to you running low on ammo while the rest of the players seem to have a never-ending stream of foam bullets to go around. It’s always great seeing how your kids choose to overcome the challenges that they might face during epic Nerf wars – perhaps they team up, one collects ammo from the floor, while the other has their back and defends them. Maybe they choose to hide until everyone has wasted their ammo on each other – how will you play the game? It’s up to you!
This post is just another excuse for me to order a few more Nerf blasters, really! I love that something so innocent works to improve our child’s hand-eye coordination, reflexes and teaches him strategy skills, all while having fun with the rest of the family. I don’t know about you, but Nerf blasters are definitely on the top of our Christmas wish list!
So what have Nerf launched just in time for Christmas?
Nerf fans can now strike with even greater confidence and skill with the introduction of the Nerf AccuStrike Series, featuring darts redesigned for greater accuracy. The new AccuStrike darts have corkscrew rifling in the rubber tip, which adds spin to the darts, allowing them to ‘fly’ in a straighter pattern, hitting the mark with a greater degree of precision.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite RaptorStrike blaster is part of the AccuStrike Series. The bolt-action blaster comes complete with two six-dart clips and 18 darts to keep battlers stocked for their Nerf battles. Use the bipod to stabilise shots; the legs extend to adjust the height. The blaster also has a pop-up sight for targeting.
Kids can also customise their blaster for any mission with the fully motorised Nerf Regulator blaster. Featuring SwitchFire Technology, fans can choose any one of three firing modes. Flip the switch to choose between single-fire, burst-fire or continuous-fire. Load Nerf darts into both 12-dart clips, and power up the motor by holding down the acceleration button, to watch the darts fly. The indicator light blinks to let battlers know the clip is empty. Customise the blaster with the swivel handle to stabilise shots and the two barrel-scopes that can be used as barrel extensions or targeting scopes. Expand the customising options with Nerf Modulus accessories and upgrade kits to create over 1 000 different combinations (each sold separately).
Nerf is available from Toys R Us, ToyZone, Toy Kingdom, Hamleys, Lilliputs and other major retailers. Including Takealot.com. For more information, visit: http://www.hasbro.co.za and follow Nerf SA on Facebook.