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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Games

 


2015 Award
Learning Resources Picnic Party Game
(Learning Resources $19.99 Score:)

Get your ant marching to the picnic basket. Players race to be first to get there by taking a slide on the banana, across a watermelon wedge, a corn cob, or over a fork in the road. Like a game of War, player turn cards over at the same time and the high card gets to move. A fun game for reinforcing more and less and one to one counting as kids move along the path. For older players the game is played by subtracting the two numbers drawn and the one with the higher number gets to move the number of spaces in the 'remainder.' So, if you have a '10' and I have a '3' you get to move '7' spaces. This is a game that can grow with your child's skills. Marked 4 & up, we think even the easy game will be a better bet for 5's and the subtraction game is better for 6 and 7 year olds.

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

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2015 Awards
Learning Resources Count & Stack Safari
(Learning Resources $14.99 Score:)

Great idea for a counting game for beginners, but the problem is the animals are hard to stack. We think kids will love sorting these by color, or by animal. Do they have more giraffes or monkeys? More lions or giraffes? Toss the color die and pick up one animal of a matching color. Who is the first to get all five animals? Toss the number die and you get to pick that many critters--first one to get ten wins. Play it in reverse. Deal out ten and toss the die to find out how many you get rid of. First person to be rid of all their critters wins the round. But play the stacking game and frustration sets in. That said, this is a nifty set of safari animals to help reinforce counting, colors, and concepts of more and less. For young preschooers, work on color concepts first and move on to simple counting. 3 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Bugs in the Kitchen Game
(Ravensburger $29.99 Score:)

Our testers were hilarious as they played this movable maze game trying to get the hex bug into a trap on their side of the board. Before you can play you do have to set up the maze with moveable forks and spoons; this is a one-time set up but may require adult help. After that you are ready to play as often as you like. Players take turns rolling the die and get to move either a fork or spoon gateway to get the hexbug trapped. There's just one hexbug to the set, but it might be fun to add a few more, should you happen to be very fond of these little buggers that scurry in a hurry. A fast action game that calls for some strategy, a big dose of luck and a lot of laughter. 6 & up

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Wonder Forge Mix Up! Fix Up! Game
(Wonder Forge $14.95 Score:)

Preschooler's favorite doctor, Doc McStuffins, has a new mystery game for them to play. Each player takes a turn at being the Doc and has to answer the questions others ask to find the instrument that will cure the patient. Itís a little like battleship for little kids with players guessing and covering up the wrong answers on the playing board. So, by deduction you get to the right answer and win a bandage. This is definitely a game played with a parent and one or more children. Marked 3 & up, but probably a better bet for older 4's and 5's.

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

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game
(Educational Insights $21.99 Score:)

Players use Frankie's squeezer to pick up the shape food that matches the shape they spin on their turn. The object is to fill your card with a five course meal in each of the shapes. A fun game for kids who are learning their shapes and taking turns. The plastic squeezer is fun to use and is a lot like the bunny shaped one for Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt Game. For 2-4 players 4 & up.

 

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

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2015 Award
My Family Trivia Game
(Purple Cow $12 Score:)

We like this unusual multi-generational games that will be fun for a family occasions since it calls for a lot of talking and sharing of family stories. Players must collect six different colored cards that are drawn randomly from the pile. The tasks on the cards require players to tell about themselves or things they know about other players in the game. For example one task card asks a player to name "all my cousins from oldest to youngest" or to tell "an object I could not live without" or "three places where we have relatives." There are a few picture cards, too, that are supposed to evoke family stories that relate to your family. An uncomplicated game that is sure to produce good laughs and happy memories, this is designed for 3-7 players ages 6-99.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Crazy Cereal Electronic Game
(Educational Insights $24.99 Score:)

Dig into the fun with two electronic spoons that change colors as you play. The object is to pick up cereal pieces from the big bowl that match your spoon's color of the moment. With luck your spoon will start flashing and you get to pick up even more pieces to put in your own bowl. The one with the most cereal wins. A fun family game with kids who are old enough to understand the colorful plastic cereal pieces are not for eating. This is about color matching, dexterity and counting to see who wins. 4 & up.

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

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2015 Awards
Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition
(Hasbro $20.99 Score:)

Need a gift for Grandma or Grandpa for a family celebration? This version of the original game comes with retro cards and money, wooden hotels and houses, and tokens that were used when the grandparents, parents and kids from the 30's to the Millennium played with. A perfect choice for keeping some of the crowd quiet and engrossed at your next family reunion. there is a fancier version of this with golden playing pieces. Game play and playing pieces are otherwise the same. 8 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
InnoTab3S Plus
(VTech $79 Score:)

If sharing your ipad sounds like risky business to you, there are a number of kid friendly tablets to consider. The InnoTab3 has a built-in camera with funny effects, a movie-maker, art studio, e-reader, and is a game machine with a library of add-on games designed to support reading, math, geography, handwriting and science. Comes with 12 apps and rechargeable Power Pack. Additional games are in the $16-17 price range. Parents tell us that kids liked the stylus and movie editor feature, but the graphics are less good than what kids expect at this point. Our testers gave a higher rating to LeapFrog's LeapPad3 in terms of graphics.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
eeBoo United States Geography Bingo
(eeBoo $15.99 Score:)

Maps of the United States are divided into six regional sections and players vie to be the first to cover all the products their states are known for producing. The back of each playing board lists the states, the capitals, state flower, nickname and state motto. Marked for 5 & up, but we think it is probably maker a greater hit with slightly older kids who are hungry for information and curious about maps. 6-9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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