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Personalised Puzzles and Games

We love puzzles and games at Treasure Trails and will of course choose to do a Treasure Trail over other puzzles and games most days…. but sometimes it is nice to have a change or maybe the weather isn’t conducive to exploring outdoors!  There are hundreds of puzzles and games available to purchase, but we’ve chosen some personalised ones to share with you. They’ve been sorted by cost with the lowest first!

A Treasure Trail experience

Readers of this blog will know that a Treasure Trail booklet can be personalised either directly through the website or by using a local Treasure Trail’s partner. Doing it through our simple online software couldn’t be easier, just choose which town you plan to explore, and once you reach the individual Trail page click on ‘Personalised’ and follow the prompts.  £12.99 + delivery.

How about making your own board game

If you are so inclined and have a computer and a colour printer you can buy a kit that comes with all the instructions to make your own property trading board game.  Seems like hard work to me, but could keep the family quiet for at least one half term!  £14.06 + delivery.

Personalised playing cards

I’d love to own my own set of personalised playing cards and if I buy 25 packs, then I can have them!  I might struggle to convince people they weren’t marked though!  I couldn’t find any personalised cards that can be bought as one offs, but I did find a lovely playing card box set, which can be personalised.  £22.95 + delivery.

Personalised Jigsaw

Does anyone do jigsaws these days? I guess they must do otherwise they would be difficult to source.  Go into any charity shop and there are usually several boxes of them on the shelves!  We found a website that can create a personalised jigsaw – all you have to do is supply them with your address and postcode and they create a 400 piece puzzle without a picture to copy!  I might be tempted to clue it all onto a board once completed! £29.95 + delivery.

My Monopoly

Personally I am not a fan of the board game monopoly – it takes too long and I nearly always lose! But I love the idea of My Monopoly which the clever bods over at Waddingtons have created.  The easy to use website allows you to personalise the property names, all the property cards and the references in the chance and community chest cards – so you can have Granddad’s Garage and Aunty Sue’s shop on your board! £79.99 including p&p.

Guess Who

Whilst researching for this post, I came across two ways of personalising the perennial favourite Guess Who. The DIY version with a bit of help will cost no more than your time and printer ink, or if you have lots of spare cash and a special occasion, then there is an option to send in 24 photos of friends and family and get back a very professional looking Guess Who game!  £1,195 + delivery.

 Personalised Puzzles and Games - Personalised Treasure Trail Have you come across a great game or puzzle that can be personalised? Or have you used our software to personalise a Trail for a friend or family? We’d love to know.

Get in touch and we’ll post your comments on our facebook page.

12th March 2014

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Walking Backwards

Walking is a popular and beneficial way to exercise but did you know that walking backwards has even more benefits? Of course if you walked backwards whilst completing a Treasure trail you might miss some of the clues, but on the other hand you would definitely see more than you were looking for!

Why would you want to walk backwards?

  1.  Walking backwards increases the heart rate when compared to walking forwards at the same speed.
  2. More calories are burnt when walking backwards rather than forwards because we have to make a great effort and the increased metabolism could result in weight loss if you keep it up (oh and you have to eat less too).
  3. Doing something different like this prevents boredom (not that doing a Treasure Trail is boring, but just walking could be!)
  4. Because you don’t have eyes in the back of your head and need to be constantly looking out for obstacles and dangers all five senses are heighted,
  5. And our reflexes are sharpened too!
  6. It promotes blood circulation and prevents lumbago
  7. And can even help prevent the development of a hunchback!
  8. When you get older balance and coordination becomes even more important and walking backwards can improve the functions of our cerebellum. The cerebellum is an area of the brain that controls motor movement coordination, balance, and equilibrium and muscle tone.  (I always learn something when I write a new post).
  9. The muscles of the front and back of the shin and ankle are strengthened because the movement is unfamiliar,
  10. And the knee joint and the patella joint in particular benefit from backward walking with a reduction of repetitive strain injuries.
  11. Walking backwards protects your brain against mechanical thinking – the rut that it gets into when repeating the same old patterns, like walking forwards!

Apparently, 100 steps backwards are equivalent to 1,000 steps forwards!

Walking Backwards
Walking backwards is easy – right?

Who walks backwards?

Lots of groups walk backwards without even thinking about it. For example, golfers walk backwards as they eye up a putt; nurses and hospital porters walk backwards while wheeling a patient; equestrians walk backwards while tending to their horse; tennis players run backwards to get that lob; plumbers can’t turn around when they’ve crawled into a tight space so end up shuffling backwards! And in lots of sports – football, basketball, rugby, lacrosse, net ball – the players are moving backwards, usually without looking!

When you stop and think about it, we all use backward walking every day!

Our Challenge to You

Send us a fun video of you walking backwards and holding a clearly visible Trail booklet and we’ll send you two free Trails of your choice! Send the video to us before 1st June and be prepared for us to share them on our social media sites.

26th February 2014

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