Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board

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We like

Magnetic darts, very safe

Realistic darts board design

Darts will not damage walls

Safe for children

Improves coordination in children

Great for team playing

We don’t like

Be sure you hang up the board securely

How it works

Darts are a way of life in the British social scene and nearly as popular as football, now in most countries there will be dartboards and people in dart teams competing against each other. Real highly darts are made with feather shafts and high-quality sharp steel tips. Countries are linked via competitive electronic darts clubs through which you can compete against a player on the other side of the planet.

If you start playing darts when you are young you will develop very good dexterity and throwing skills with a good eye for judging distances very accurately However, young people playing darts would be a recipe for injuries, because darts are dangerous when in unskilled hands and cause a lot of different serious injuries.

Doinkit has come up with a safe option through which children can develop their dart throwing skills without the risk of accidents caused by sharp heavy darts. Instead, children can practice using light darts made from neodymium which is a variation on other types of magnets and the makers claim they stick more securely to magnetic friendly surfaces, to double up the sticking power the dartboard is also magnetic. The dartboard is light as would be expected for a children’s product and fitted with a plastic hanger so that the board can be hung on a wall in any room in the home. Six darts come with the board so this means up to six players can have fun together playing darts.

This product offers children some good regular darts fun while they hone up their accuracy for throwing and competitive skills. This is a home based game in which all the family can join in, children, Dad, Mom and even Grandma and Grandpa.

Materials

Materials

The darts-board is a good size with a diameter of 16 inches and has magnetic properties and fitted with a hanger/hook so that it can be hung against any wall in the home or against a fence or tree in the garden on warm days.

Six darts are supplied with it and these are made from a very durable type of plastic which has exceptional high wear and tear resistance. If these darts are twisted or bent they the plastics used in making the dart ensure it reverts back to the correct shape. These do not look like a traditional design for a dart and the makers state this shape is aerodynamic and will fly in much the same way as a traditional dart. These darts are slightly lighter than standard darts but at a weight which is comfortable for children at 6.23 grams.

The tips of the darts are not sharp and are rounded off with Neodymium magnets which is a type of rare earth with good magnetic qualities, these magnetic tips are securely fitted to avoid children being able to remove them. The design of the darts distributes the weight appropriately along the shaft of the dart to aid accurate flight when thrown at the board. The construction of the dartboard appears light-weight because it does not need a dense construction to absorb the impact of sharp metal darts which require a thick heavy dense made board. This light-weight board can appear flimsy if looked at in comparison to a traditional dart board though it should be kept in mind the board has different functions and properties because it is designed to allow magnetic darts to stick to it. Because it is light it can easily be hung or hooked up on a wall or other flat surface. Attention should be given to ensure that the board is securely hung as this board is not designed to be durable for being dropped. If it is dropped it might damage the construction though the makers do say it is easy to repair. Avoid laying or placing the board anywhere where a child might stand or step on it because this type of treatment will damage the board.
Ease of Use and Functions

Ease of Use and Functions

It can be said that ease of use means playing a game of darts is very easy, but how well a child or adult plays is dependent on their developing skills. Practice is needed for developing the throwing accuracy and judging the distances for on target accurate throwing and it is still as much of a challenge for any player who is new to the game of darts.

Setting up the board is very important and it is advised to hang the board securely as some buyers have mentioned if the board is not securely mounted it can drop off the wall and this poses a risk of damage to the structure of the darts board. Feedback suggests the shape of the darts can cause some obstruction, for example if you hit a bulls-eye, it is not easy to throw and place another dart in the bulls eye due to the design of these darts. It will take awhile to develop the skill for judging the darts weight and the distance while factoring in that the darts does not penetrate the board surface, it stick magnetically to the dart board. It can be suggested that less force or energy is required and more distance, speed and angle to consider when throwing accurately. This does mean that children are practicing and developing a lot of natural skills, such as judging distance by eye and figuring how to best throw the dart for accuracy.

This is a game which has six darts which means six people can compete in a game against each other, or three teams of two or perhaps two teams of three. Team work is an important skill for children to acquire. The game of darts requires people to add up numbers so there is an elements of developing and understanding mathematics.
Social

Social

Darts is really social and allows for team games or single players competing, because these magnetic darts are not dangerous in the way that sharp tipped real darts can be, the ages for playing this game are flexible and can be for kids from 6 years old right up to grandpa’s age.
As darts is classed as a sport it means that the social aspect of it can be competitive, there will be winners and losers in the game. Feedback reviews from parents have mentioned that this is a game which can involve all the family and it a lot of fun when played in appropriate context and through the actual rules required in a game of darts. This game promotes the concept of team work and achieving aims-scores which require adding or subtracting numbers which you get through your dart hitting a particular area of the board to score numbers in your favor. The highest number a player can score it to hit the bulls eye and when a family, or children and friends are playing they all hope to hit the bulls-eye. Players can for example score 5 by hitting a segment of the board but in that segment there is the chance of hitting a narrow band which will give a double or triple score. When starting off a game it is understandable that competitive players are eagerly trying to score a triple 20 so that they can get ahead of other competing players.

Recommend that for keeping scores for players that there is a notepad and pen nearby by so that each player can record their score. This game requires developing a very good eye for judging distance and the weight that will be thrown for accuracy and this game also helps develop quick math addition and subtraction skills.

The social factor for a game of darts is very enjoyable and requires people to think, plan, coordinate hand, arm and eye skills and play together and they all share the same aim which is to be a winner.
Entertainment Value

Entertainment Value

Entertainment value is easy to see, this is a game which very much involves each player, having set aims and objectives while each player works towards achieving a winning score which can be achieved by adding up to the required score number or eliminating numbers on the board. To finish a game each player will arrive at a point where they need a double score or a bulls-eye and at that point a lot of skill is required. For new players this can be highly entertaining and so much fun and the more games they play the better they will become.

Darts is at a level of entertainment in which it is very entertaining to watch players competing against each other and fine tuning their accuracy skills. It does not take much time to pick up the required skills to play the game though constant enjoyable playing will push those skills higher so it is not unusual to play against a person who might seem like a novice but they quickly become very good at darts.

This game has brought together all types of people from various backgrounds to compete against each other and is so entertaining to watch that dart games regularly feature on TV and there is a large loyal following of darts fans. To bring this game and concept into a family home is sure to give entertainment every time it is played and the beauty of this darts set is that because it is a home game set it is constructed to be player friendly for children, teenagers and adults.
Portability

Portability

Measuring portability for this product has to be looked at in the sense that the dart-board is portable and can be set up against any secure surface though the advice is to ensure that the board is firmly fitted so that it does not drop off the wall after being repeatedly hit by the darts.
Durability

Durability

The actual plastic used to construct each dart is highly durable and can withstand a lot of handling without it losing its shape, structure and integrity. The magnets which are used to replace the traditional sharp point are flat in shape and designed to make contact with and stick to the dart board surface. The darts are very durable but there has been feedback from buyers which point out that the board is light and easy to hang onto a wall but the light weight design and materials used for making the board are not as durable as a real dart board because the concept of using sharp darts does change the requirements for which materials are used to construct this toy dart board.
Versatility

Versatility

Very versatile, the game can be played by children whereupon the real game requiring sharp metal darts and a heavy duty darts-board is not recommended for children because of the obvious dangers involved for throwing a sharp heavy dart.

The designers have taken the concept of darts and added in versatility for the materials used to construct a board and darts in order to achieve safety for children. This means they have enables darts to be played safely in the home and these versatile darts will not create holes in a wall when a throw at the dart board misses and hits the wall.

Most importantly, the versatility of the design means children can learn to safely play darts without risking harm to themselves or other people.
Safety

Safety

Safety for playing darts through this game is good, gone are the weighty sharp metal dart shafts and instead the players use durable plastic funnel shaped aerodynamic darts with blunt-flat magnetic tips. The darts are built at a reasonable balanced weight so that even if you are hit by a dart it is very unlikely that any type of injury will occur.

Not for children under six years of age because the magnets though securely fitted to a dart they are small and if a very young child found a way to remove the magnet, they are small enough to present a chocking danger.
Design

Design

A breakdown of the design efforts put into this home dart kit means that for weight, the darts and the board are one pound in weight. The darts are offered in different colors, which is helpful when playing against another player. The board size is good at a diameter of sixteen inches which is a nice board target size.

The design of the board stays very true to the actual design of a dart board and the design differences start to show when you look at the darts, no sharp points, no metals and feathers, though the dart design is very different it still throws-true along the same aerodynamic standards required for a real dart.
Age Range

Age Range

.Great for children from 6 years in age up to mid-teenage years but for entertainment and social fun this is OK for families to play and don’t be surprised when grandma asks to be allowed to join in the fun.

Price Range

When factoring in the price, it is tempting to think of a traditional dartboard made from a complex combination of dense heavy materials which can absorb repeated punishment from sharp darts. Buyers may also think about the cost of complex finely designed feather darts with sharp metal tips, to buy the real deal does cost a high price.

This darts kit is made from alternative materials and not constructed with the solidity and weight of materials which are needed for a real darts set. Some buyers have suggested the product could be offered at a lower price when factoring in the types of materials used in making this product. The cost of this set reflects the alternative design and materials used and the level of entertainment which the toy will give to children.

Bottom Line

Darts is a social and competitive game and this toy-set will interest children, teenagers and even parents because this game brings people together to play, have fun, compete against each other and the more games they play the better they become at playing darts.

Darts is so entertaining that it can have a slightly addictive feel to playing the game, people who play darts feel aware that the more they play the better they will become at using the skills required for being a good players because those skills will develop through practice.

If you are looking for a toy which can give a lot of home entertainment for young children as they play and compete against each other then this product stands out as having very good social fun and play potential.
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