The package, multiple colored shovels and balls, and the Mr. Bucket toy
|Age range||4 and up|
|Skill(s) required||Eye-hand coordination|
Mr. Bucket is a tabletop game and toy published by Milton Bradley and released c. 1992 which was discontinued but re-released in 2007. The game features a plastic, motorized bucket which ejects differently-colored balls from its mouth. The player(s) use plastic shovels to scoop up the balls and place them back inside Mr. Bucket.
The object of the game is for a player to get all of their balls into Mr. Bucket before he pops them out of his mouth. To set up the game, blue, green, yellow, and red plastic balls are scattered across the floor. Each player chooses a shovel that corresponds to the ball color they need to collect. To start the game, one player switches on Mr. Bucket. Once Mr. Bucket is switched on, players scoop up the balls that match their shovel's color and drop them into the top of Mr. Bucket. While the players collect their balls, at regular intervals Mr. Bucket spits out one of the balls that's inside him. The winner is the first player to get all three of their balls in Mr. Bucket at the same time.
Oa Therapy Associates, a clinic in the treatment for sensory problems, included "Mr. Bucket" in 2005's list of toys that helps hand/eye coordination.
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