I have a few great resources to share with you today that revolves around Christian Faith and visual entertainment. The following three christian themed series we’ve started our Summer school mornings with the last three months. While all three of my children ages 12, 9, and 4 have watched these, note that there’s suspense and some potentially scary happenings that may not be suitable for the youngest of children.Continue reading
The Preschool Pop Game Bundle by Learning Resources is a creative and colorful set of learning games fashioned to look like a container of bubbles. This bundle promotes skills that are taught in preschool as well as in Kindergarten. The four separate games included feature colors, counting, rhyming, and shapes. Though this set says preschool, it’s geared and recommended toward children ages 3-6 years old. 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!
Guest Review by: Justin Lowmaster
I’ve recently become a fan of Revensburger games. Make ‘n Break is a good edition to the set of games we already have, such as Castles of Burgundy and Seeland.
Make ‘n Break is a puzzle game where you have a card with a design that you build with the blocks included with the game. The timer starts, you draw a card, and build as fast as you can to complete as many cards before time runs out.
The cards show easy to difficult designs that are either colored to match the bricks or are without color. If you get a later type of card you can use any brick to build the design, otherwise your structure must match the colors. They also have designations so you can make an easier and a harder pile. This is useful if playing with less experienced players (probably kids) to level the playing field. This worked well when we played with my four-year old.
The bricks, or building blocks, are sturdy and of good quality.
Before you are done, each other player has a right to object if they feel you didn’t get it right. There is a lot of room for house rules here. If you see an error, do you wait until the builder is done, or tell them right away? On one of my rounds, I had an easy fix, but started knocking it down prematurely, and had to rebuild it when it was noted that I had two blocks swapped (it was a color matching card.) There is also no penalty to a player who says the structure is wrong when it is right, perhaps to slow you down. Again, house rules are good here. I would hope this wouldn’t be an issue with this game, though, as it is a test of yourself, and not a game of trying to mess up the other players.
The only thing I didn’t like about the game is the tokens they use for score keeping. They come in values of 1 and 10. I would prefer they came in 1 and 5. It would make for a less chaotic stack of point tokens and easier trading when you have enough for a larger token.
The tokens, however, have nice holders in the box, so if you don’t ‘follow the rules’ and put them in the center of the table, and keep them in the box, this makes the whole situation better. The box on a whole, as well, contains everything nicely.
I had a lot of fun with this game. It is fast paced, simple to learn, and provides a challenge. It is fun for young and old alike, and provides fun practice for cognitive and motor skills. It makes a great filler game too to add to your game collection.
Overall, it’s a game the whole family can play and enjoy, it heelps reinforce logical and spatial reasoning, simple rules make it easy to learn right out of the box, multiple difficulty levels let kids improve building skills at their own pace, and it has a excellent replay value.
If you are interested in purchasing Ravensburger Make ‘N’ Break – Family Game, you can buy it on Amazon.com for about $20.00 and right now it’s free to ship.