Category: Games

Learning Resources | Smart Snacks® Counting Cookies™ Game {review}

Board games are going to be huge in our household for the children since Daddy (and mommy too) are always playing all sorts of games whether board, pen and paper, or on a digital device such as the computer or gaming console. And with that being said, I’ll note that I’ve been nothing but happy about the games that I have in my home by Learning Resources.The games offered at Learning Resources are very impressive and available in a wide variety of ages and grades! You’ll find games that feature numbers, colors, letters, matching, trivia, math, language skills, and more! They even have a line of games on USB sticks that you can plug straight into your computer! How neat is that?

Smart Snacks® Counting Cookies™ Game is the latest educational board game that I choose to be added to our library.  My three year old daughter struggles a bit with numbers so I figured this game would make tackling that concept a little bit easier and it has not disappointed!

Thoughts by Daddy….

I played Counting Cookies with my 3yo daughter Melody and we both had a good time. While she is still learning the concepts of a ‘game,’ the taking of turns, rules, etc., she did catch on the to matching aspect of the game. She started picked the correct cookies to match the remaining empty spots on her cookie jar.

The game teaches matching, and counting, and the concepts of playing by rules of a game. The game itself is very simple, so the game play for an adult wont be very interesting (you’ll win every time if you don’t try to lose) but the real joy is in teaching your kids how to play.

The game is well made. The parts are nice and colorful and the spinner spins well and the board is sturdy. I think they will hold up well so long as they don’t get chewed on more than a little.

Overall thoughts by Mom…

I think Smart Snacks® Counting Cookies™ is totally worth the price of $16.99. It can be used through the span of age 3-5 and it’s great to sharpen those number sense, social, and comprehension skills before kindergarten! I really like the fact that there’s not only one way to play this game but two! How neat to bring the challenge up a level. This game is made for four players!  I would recommend that to make this game work and fun to know you need to have a lot of patience with your child! We look forward to playing this game many more times in the future!

Buy it: You can purchase Smart Snacks® Counting Cookies™ directly off the Learning Resource website! And if you are interested in more titles you can find similar games by the same company at Amazon such as Smart Snacks Counting Cookies Jar Game, Smart Snacks Sorting Shapes Cupcakes, Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones, and Learning Resources – Smart Snacks Mix and Match Doughnuts just to name a few other fun titles!

Disclaimer: I was sent the mentioned product for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Video Games Live: Level 2 DVD {Review}

Video Games Live Level 2 DVD
Shout Factory
Run Time 3 1/2 hours
Release date 10/19/10

About the DVD…

Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras & choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience!

Video Games Live™ bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and/or non-gamers. It’s the power & emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert and the technology and interactivity of a video game all completely synchronized to amazing cutting edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special on-stage interactive segments with the audience.

My Thoughts…

I  call myself a gamer. I grew up playing games like  Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy, Mario, Zelda, Tetris, and many others.  I’m very much pleased that many of the games I loved playing have remarkable music of which I am not surprised was  put together on a DVD collection like  this one.

I was going to wait on my husband to watch this collection but with our conflicting schedules, I couldn’t wait any longer and watched it on my own. And though alone, I quite enjoyed watching the Video Games Live show DVD and most assuredly will watch it again.

My props to the creators who put together the whole project. The musical arrangement are phenomenal, the commentary extremely helpful, the video remarkable, and the  interviews were an added bonus in learning a little history behind the music of games I grew up loving.

Whether you grew up playing games or you have children that do, I would recommend picking up a copy of Video Games Live show DVD or CD. It’s a favorite in my household and in my opinion  it’s definitely great background music to enjoy anytime.

Buy it!

Video Games Live Level 2 is available at a discount on Amazon in the following formats: Blu-ray + DVD combo |DVD | CD

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I was given a review copy to share my thoughts about.

Learning Resource Game: Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game {review & giveaway}

Who said games and toys that are educational can’t be fun? Certainly not me! And on that note, I was recently introduced to Learning Resources, a company that offers many fun learning toy options great for  both boys and girls in vast difference of age groups!

I was given the opportunity to review one of the Learning Resources new games called  Twist & Match Monsters! This early learning game is geared toward children  ages 3 and up and is perfect for 2 to 6 players.

Learning Resources Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game is a lot of fun and it’s great because children can practice learning skills like color and attribute matching and number recognition! It’s also a great way to start teaching your child to be a good sport about playing games and taking turns with their friends or family members!

I can’t wait till my daughter is a little bit older to try this game out as I know she’ll enjoy it!

Buy it: You can purchase the Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game
for around $19.99 at the Learning Resource website and you can also find it at other retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Win it!

One USA winner is being given the opportunity to win this game!

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