My kidlets are now at that fun age where they like to play games. It really doesn’t matter what kind of game it is, just as long as they can play it with me & The Hubs. I think we have a pretty good mix to choose from. We have classic board games such as Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land, games from The Hubs & I childhood like Hungry, Hungry Hippos and Battling Tops and some new games like Where’s My Water, Don’t Wake Daddy, Red Rover, Find Hello Kitty and Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
However, the game that is my kidlets’ all-time favorite is Memory. My daughter got the Alex Toys Little Hands Princess Match It Memory Game this past Christmas and she is OBSESSED. She wants to play it all the time!
I’m sure you all know what “memory” is, but if you don’t – the game is pretty simple and straightforward. A group of tiles are shuffled and arranged on a table or as we play, the floor, all faced down. Each player takes a turn and flips over the cards two at a time. If the two cards match, you get to keep the cards and get another turn. If they don’t, you flip them back over and the next person tries. The point is to remember where you saw a certain tile. The winner of the game is the player with the most matching pairs.
The game is not only a lot of fun to play as a family, it’s also educational. Yep, it helps to promote cooperative play, introduce basic rules and strategy, enhance communication and oh yeah, work those memory skills!
Most standard memory games come with lots of tiles – up to 72 of them, which is way too much for a little brain to keep track of. When we play the standard Memory game version we usually wind up having to play in teams, since the kidlets have a hard time keeping up with all the pairs (although recently, The Hubs has lost a few solo games to the kidlets!).
The Princess Match It Memory Skill Game is perfect for little ones, still developing their fine motor skills like my three-year old daughter. This game features 32 big chunky cards, easy for little hands to pick up and easier for their minds to process.
Each card is colorful, all in pastel hues, with large images of princess-y things such as flowers, unicorns, dolls, castles, gems and shoes. There are even two princess crowns for make-believe (they need to make them a bit bigger; it’s more like a tiara on my head). When you’re done playing the game all the cards and crowns store nice and neat in a cool little suitcase. That certainly will cut down on the chance of losing or misplacing a tile.
I like Alex Toys. Not only for their fab toys, games as well as arts & crafts supplies, but also because they make eco-friendly products. The Princess Match It Memory Skill Game is made from recycled paperboard and printed with soy ink and water based varnishes – so it’s completely safe for kids who might get a little hungry during the game and put a card in their mouth!
Next week my son will help me review Alex Toys’ Bouncy Ball Blast, where we’ll make our own bouncy balls….sounds like fun, or at least a big mess.
Now it’s your turn to share. What was your favorite game to play growing up? What’s your favorite game to play with your kidlets?
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