Angelina Ballerina Dance with Me Game
The Wonder Forge $19.99 Score:
If you have a fan of Angelina Ballerina, she's going to enjoy this active game that requires flexing both her ballerina skills and ability to follow a dance routine. Each player moves along the play board where she may be asked to practice doing certain ballet positions (first, third, reverence, tendu front, etc.). When the first player gets to the end of the play board, she is then required to repeat all of the positions on the cards that have been turned over. This can be challenging--but since there are several opportunities to "practice" - most kids will get the routine. There's also the "it's ok to peek" approach when playing this type of game with older preschoolers and early school aged kids.
Now that's only part of the game play. The actual winner is the player who has collected the most number of star cards of the same color. Winning is therefore determined by how many times you land on practice (where you get the most number of star cards) and how many cards are of the same color. This aspect is random.
Our testers were much less concerned about the star cards-than doing the positions for the dance routine. The game comes with a bonus CD with music from the cartoon. It doesn't really fit with the ballet dancing that each dancer will do at the end of the game. Our suggestion to have some pretty music on the ready for your ballerinas!!
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Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.