Recently while I was at a store figuring out what to buy as a birthday gift for a 5 yr old, I saw many people buying loads of *commercialized* (read Chotta Bheem, Ben 10 etc) gear as birthday gifts. I have nothing against these if they are also educational but most of these are not and there is a dearth of reviews available online telling you what is educational, fun, age appropriate as well as economical to buy as gifts for your loved ones or friends or anyone at all. So this is what I intend to do with this series, let you know what games we have been enjoying each month so that you have plenty of options when you are scoring the markets for a quick , last-minute gift for the birthday party you forgot about ( I know I do!) 🙂
If I were to see this game at a toy shop (and I have seen it, actually) I would not buy it. Seriously the cover is not attractive, it doesn’t say much about the game either. We were given this game as a gift, from Aarya’s very generous Aunt and for almost 1 month I never opened it, thinking Aarya won’t enjoy it, he is much too young for it etc. But then one day, while his Grandparents were here visiting, he saw the game lying in the cupboard and wanted to play with them – I reluctantly agreed. What happened next, was something I never would have imagined – Aarya not only played but participated in the *acting* part as well and won the game too 🙂 This was almost 6 months back and we have played this game countless times.
The game consists of
– game board
– 4 colored counters
– stash of cards in blue, red and green
You have to spin the spinner, and land your counter on the color that tallys up (counting, one-on one happening here) that it tells you. Then you pick up the card corresponding to the color of the *dot*. The 3 cards have – animals, daily everyday activity and such everything in pictorial format – hence there is no need for your child to be reading to actively play this game. Now, they have to act it out and the others have to guess it (dumb charades style). Aarya was able to act out most of the cards with no help from us… in some even sounded out the animals to help us guess. This is definitely a game I would recommend for the 3- 5 year crowd.
Tips on playing with young 3- 4 year olds –
1) Sometimes they might not want to follow the rule games, relax them a bit. Like we do not have a rule which says that if we are not able to guess, he can’t move forward.
2) Help them secretly if they are not able to guess what you are acting out. (I slowly say it to him.
3) Expect a disruption if the kiddo loses 🙂
4) The spinner could go for a toss with all the spinning – that itself is so so fun) – if that’s the case, then you can easily play with a dice – nothing lost there.
<Aarya is 3.9 years old>