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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Games

 


2015 Award
eeBoo Trucks and a Bus Matching Game
(eeBoo $16 Score:)

A concentration matching game with more playful pieces than usual. Turn over all the trucks and the school bus and they all look alike. Now kids take turns flipping two at a time looking to make a match. There are 12 pairs to match with graphics that are colorful and feature distinctive animals and products that kids will enjoy naming. There's a robot supply truck, air mail with a bird carrier, fresh fish, ice cream, tiger cakes, and lots more.  They say 3 and up...we think older 4 and 5 year olds will have more fun with this.

 

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 Take 10 Color Bug Catchers
(Learning Resources $14.98 Score:)

Roll the color and number dice and pick up the number of bugs in the right color as the dice say. Players use the special grabbers to pick up their bugs. The player with the most bugs wins. A good choice for reinforcing counting and colors along with fine motor skills. Quick fun for beginners who are learning about turn taking and winning and losing. They will also like using the bugs for color sorting, counting and their own games. Try using them for learning about patterns: put down a line of bugs in a simple pattern such as purple, yellow, purple, yellow, purple...what will come next. Once they get the idea, make the patterns more complex. Yellow, yellow, blue, yellow, yellow, blue...what will come next? Showing them new and creative ways to use toys will inspire them to create their own original games. 3 & up

 

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

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2015 Award
Blue Orange Thumbs Up Game
(Blue Orange Games $14.95 Score:)

Quick rounds make this a fun game for early school age kids. Players all get a set of colorful rings that will fit on their thumbs. They take turns flipping a card that tells all players what order they are to put the colored rings on their thumbs. First person to get the rings on in order calls THUMBS UP! and wins the round. Calls for visual discrimination, dexterity and speed. Comes with 50 challenge cards and 48 rings. Fun for 2-6 players. 6 & up.

 

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

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2015 Award
Dash Hounds Game
(International Playthings $14.95 Score:)

Kids with dexterity will love this dog racing game that reinforces colors and counting skills. Players start with dogs that grow as their opponents toss the die and count their moves on the race track. But everyone needs to watch out! When a player lands on a color that matches an opponents vest that opponent must add a piece to make his pooch longer. The object is to get your dog's tail across the finish line first. Marked for 4 & up, but we think some fours, especially boys will have fine motor trouble with the mechanics of fitting the dogs together. We think this will be a better game for 5's and up.  

 

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

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2015 Awards
Mindware Memory Mix Up
(MindWare $20.00 Score:)

A cleverly designed see-through paddle is used for this memory game. Slip 4-5 images into the paddle and show it to players. Shake it up and turn it over allowing one coin shaped token to come out. Now show the remaining items to players. Who knows which token is gone? Player that guesses it first keeps the token. Winner is the one with the most tokens. It comes with 100 playing tokens that also develop vocabulary as well as visual memory. Adapt the play to fit the age of your players and the number of images you use at one time. They say 3 & up, we'd say more like 4-5 year olds. Gradually increase the number of items shown as kids become more familiar with the game.

SNAP: Start with naming the items, select just a few and make them familiar items. Put fewer items in the arm of the paddle when you introduce the game. The object is to build success and language. Gradually add pieces as the game becomes familiar and they feel more at home with the game.

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

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2015 Award
eeBoo Green Market Puzzle Spinner Game
(eeBoo $16.99 Score:)


A little luck, a lot of matching, and simple classifying all play a part in this game. Each player has a board that must be filled with dairy, baked goods, eggs, flowers, fruit and veggies. Kids take turns spinning the pointer and taking the playing piece that matches one of these items for their playing board. But before they can start collecting these items they must spin and land on a farmer to open their stand. This opening move can take time and with younger players you may want to skip it, leaving the farmer on each playing board to start. Recognizing the difference between fruits and veggies and classifying dairy goods calls for serious classifying for young preschoolers. They may also be a bit confused by the color of the eggs, especially the bluish ones. That said, this is a fun game with solid learning built into the mix. Marked 3 & up; we think older 4-6 will enjoy it more.

 

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

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2015 Awards
Educational Insights Koala Capers Game
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

Players vie to be the first to collect five different outfits to dress their koala card. They take turns rolling the dice; one has pattern the other shows pants, tops, both or underwear. Players take a card that matches their dice, but watch out. If you roll underwear you lose all your cards and have to start over. (Sort of like going down a chute in Chutes and Ladders. With young players you may need to soften this with the loss of one card instead of all. A cute game for looking at details, pattern recognition, and turn-taking.  A game for 2-4 players, 3 & up. We’d say this will be more fun for 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 Hoppy Floppy’s Happy Hunt
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

A sweet (non-sugar) treat. Each player gets a small basket and must collect four different colored carrots to be the winner. Players take turns spinning the spinner that tells what color carrot they may take OR if they can steal a carrot from someone else's basket or if they have to start over because their basket spilled. And how do you get the carrots? That's the fun part; you must use the big blue bunny that you pinch together to lift a carrot. Beautifully packaged in an egg shaped box, this is a charming game that parents may need to play since there are so many variables. 4 players, 3-6.

 

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

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2015 Award
Learning Resources High Seas Addventure
(Learning Resources $19.99 Score:)

Players are racing to get to the treasure chest in the middle of the high seas. But, they only get to go forward when they are the first to combine two cards that add up to ten. And watch out! There are shark and octopus cards that will change your luck. A fun way to reinforce addition concepts and facts of ten. We think you could adapt this game for other facts by removing the 10 cards and do facts of 9. A good first/second grade game for getting up speed. 5 & up.

 

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

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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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