February 19-25 is National Pancake Week! I don’t know about your family but mine will be not only enjoying eating pancakes but playing with them too. Play with your food? Yes, that’s right! But there will be no sticky messes. We’ll be taking full advantage by playing the Pancake Pile-Up!™ Relay Game which is one of the newest products offered by Educational Insights! Continue reading
The Pop for Sight Words Game Bundle by Learning Resources is a set of learning games that encourages and promotes reading in children ages five and up. The games are fashioned to mimic popcorn containers which is a cute and clever way to draw in the attention of both boys and girls.
The games individually have 100 cards, 92 are sight words, & eight are POP cards. Everything can be contained neatly in each box that features a pretty snug fitting lid. There’s a even a little zip type plastic baggy included in each box to keep the pieces together within the inner compartment of the box. There’s no need to keep up with the instructions as those are displayed on the side of each box. Continue reading
Mental Blox is a brain boosting hands-on strategy game that was released this year by Learning Resources. It’s geared toward children ages 5-13 and there’s a wide variety of ways to use the game! I will vouch that there’s more than meets the eye on the surface of Mental Blox. It can either be a look & build stacking game, a listen and build game, and you can use it to teach a child about pattern sequencing as well as take an approach to educate a child on geometric shapes and the correct names. Continue reading
As a family that loves to play games of all kinds, we are always on the look out for those with very big playability factors. And as a homeschooling Mom, any game I can use in the classroom to educate my two children is usually a winner! This year Learning Resources released the game Riddle Moo This! and gave us an opportunity to try it out and I couldn’t be happier with the result of that.
Riddle Moo This is a game recommend for children ages 5 and up that focuses improving and enhancing vocabulary as well as reasoning skills. The game itself is very appealing to my kids ages almost 5 and 2 years old. My kids are pretty keen on games and sometimes really surprise me with how much they already know (especially my two year old whiz of a son). They totally loved the farm animal theme and the quick pace of Riddle Me Moo and have asked to play it over and over again!
The contents of this game included four generously sized different colored buzzers that each make their own sound such as a dog, horse, cow, and a rooster. The sounds ensure when you play you’ll be able to recognize who buzzes in first with the correct answer! Do note that each buzzer takes 2 AAA batteries that are not included. Also these buzzers can be pretty loud if not placed directly on the table! My kids tended to love the buzzers a lot and were pretty excited about using them during game play and even when it was over!
There are 150 double-sided riddle cards featuring 300 word clues total. There are two different colors of cards, the blue for a harder level of play and the red for easier which features more age-appropriate common nouns . You can choose to just use one color set or you can mix them to make things more interesting. There’s also an advantage to any player that picks up a Barnteaser card which challenges a child even more by making up their own riddle by excluding one of the clues on that card! Goal is first person that correctly answers 10 riddles correctly wins but if you wanted too, you could mix things up to your liking.
This game is a total of four players and there will need to be reader of the cards which could be a parent, teacher, or another child. The kids could even take turns being the reader. Storing this game is a breeze. The box is very durable and the buzzers and game cards sit snugly inside without shifting around. Just be sure not to turn the box upside down or you might have a mess of cards when you take it out to play again.
Overall, we really enjoy the game and are looking forward to lots more use of it. Any brain boosting game that my kids can excited about and can be challenged by in improving their vocabulary and thinking skills is a total winner!