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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Games
Subcategories: Card Games

 


2015 Award
Super Genius Games, First Words and Reading 1 and 2
(Blue Orange Games $12.99 Score:)

Like all the Super Genius Games, there is always a match between any two cards. With First Words, the three letter words on one card will always have one word that matches a picture card with multiple pictures on it. It calls for visual perception and speedy reading to spot the pairs. A fun game after beginning readers have picked up ease with the vowels. They can play these cards solo or with an older player. These are not meant to be flash cards, but they do require a certain amount of fluency. Remember with beginners building confidence is as important as building competence. So, if this is stressful, put the cards away for a time. Super Genius Reading 1and 2 games work the same way but with longer words. Also, helpful, See Super Genius Addition and Multiplication. Players must find a pair of cards with an equation on one card and its equivalent on the other. Again this is not for kids who are at the very beginning of learning to add or multiply. They are for the time when kids know their math facts but need to pick up speed. These are games for reinforcing facts that kids eventually need to know instantaneously. 6 & up

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Flipping Flags
(R&R Games $6.95 Score:)

A fun card game that is a lot more challenging than the typical concentration game. All the 60 flag cards are placed face down. Players take turns flipping cards and as two matches are found players must shout out and call the name of the country the matching flags represent. But wait, it's not that simple. There are three flags on each card, so there is a lot to look at and you know how similar some flags can be. Matching games are always fun and this one adds a new twist that challenges kids to note fine differences. Also, a great way to get kids to think about all the countries in the world and recognize their flags. A good stocking stuffer. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2013 Award
Swish Junior
(ThinkFun $12.99 Score:)

One of the most elegant card games we tested this year. Swish Junior comes with 45 transulcent cards that have shapes (a diamond, star, circle) placed on different locations on the cards. A "swish" is made when you can stack up two cards so that the images line up.  Sometimes this requires that you turn the card and to line up a solid circle with an open-circle- calling for great visual discrimination skills.  They say 5 & up, we'd say this a great parent-child game at the younger range. Players can then graduate to the more advanced original game of Swish.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Shrimp Cocktail Game
(Blue Orange Games $15 Score:)

Players compete to be the first to spot matching attributes on the shrimp cards. The attributes are color, size, origin, and quantity. When you see a match you grab and squeeze the squeaking starfish and take you catch. This is a fast moving game that calls for thinking on your feet to become the King of the Prawns. For 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Tell Tales Fairy Tales
(Blue Orange Games $12.99 Score:)

A story-telling game that can be played as teams or one on one. Players draw cards from the deck and make up a story as they add cards. Can be played solo or up to 8 players. Try this for a sleep over party or a family day. This is one of those games that can be fun for mixed age groups that include everyone from preschoolers to parents and grandparents, too.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Chronicle Animal Rummy
(Chronicle $7.99 Score:)

Tuck these into your travel tote for playing simple matching games. Players each begin with eight cards and draw from the pile to make sets of three matching cards. The object is to be the first to get rid of all your cards. These are over-sized colorful cards illustrated by Bob Barner and labeled with animal names. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Award
Go Bananas!
(Gamewright $10 Score:)

Players try to get all the cards in the deck by being the first to spot a pair of wild and mild monkeys, a wild 'gator, or bananas. But spotting them is not enough! You have to remember to call out the right command. Staying in the swing, so to speak, takes memory and concentration. Our 7-year old tester beat the grown-ups every time!   A fun card game to take along for traveling and playing as you go and when you get to your vacation spot.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Chomp!
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

A fun variation of War with a little science built in. Cards feature the food chain of the sea where the big fish eat the little fish.  Throw in a Ziploc bag-great for quick games in the airport or before the food arrives. 6 and up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2002. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
Hocus Focus
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

Put your visual discrimination skills to the test with this card game that features 48 images of the wizard. The object is to find the wizard that has nothing in common with the draw card. Sounds harder than it is to play. Also fun, Stampede, where player with the most complete hippos, rhinos, and elephants before the deck runs out wins. Seeing the differences between the hippos and rhinos takes some attention! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
Moose in the House
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

There's a Moose in the House remains one of our all time favorite card games.  It's unlike most other games you'll play with your kids nad has a sense of humor and great artwork. Calls for visual discrimination skills!  So we have elevated this unique game to BLUE CHIP status!

Here's our original review:

One of the most innovative card games we have played in years. The cards have pictures of empty rooms, doors, and moose in the same rooms. The object is to place as many moose in your opponents’ house of cards as possible. The player with the fewest moose at the end of the game, wins. Easy to learn and a lot of fun to play! 2-5 players.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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