Monday, August 17, 2009

Fun and Educational Games

Steffie and I bought a new game at the thrift store last week for $1 and we decided to finally give it a try... it's called Cariboo by Cranium.... and she absolutely loved it! It's very educational so I love it too. It helps lil ones learn their letters, numbers, colors and shapes... she already knows hers but some reinforcement is always good. It has two levels... one for beginners that covers A-D, 1-4, colors and shapes... and an advanced level which covers A-Z, 1-10, and colors. The object of the game is to find the treasure balls (brightly colored rubber bouncy balls)... the players take turns drawing a card and opening one of the treasure hunt doors that has a trait corresponding to the card (a letter, number, color or shape) you then drop the ball into the "tide pool"... when the tide pool is full the treasure chest opens and the game is over.
Her first Cranium game was Sounds of the Seashore which we also bought at a thrift store over a year ago. She still loves to play this one as well. It also has a beginner and an advanced level. In this game you put the magic seashell to your ear and listen for a sound... then you have to match the sound to the object or animal that makes the sound... these are all sounds you hear on the seashore. It's a really fun first matching game.
She has one other Cranium game... which we also bought at a thrift store.... it's called Hallabaloo. It's kind of like Twister meets Simon Says.... you have lots of mats with different shapes and colors and pictures on them... you spread them across the floor and then listen for your orders. You might have to stand on a color.... put your nose on a shape.... jump to a picture etc..... lot's of active fun! This game would be great for a party or sleepover to get that energy out.

These are great educational games... so if your lil one loves to play games like mine you might want to give them a try. Educational games are also great for homeschoolers.... kids learn so much faster when they're having fun! We were lucky enough to find these in our favorite thrift store... but you can find them here at Are You Game along with many other fun and educational games for kids of all ages.

A Lil Enchanted,

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Melissa said...

I love the Cariboo games, they are excellent, and you got it at an awesome price. We have not used ours in a while, my daughter lost some of the pieces, but I highly recommend their games.

StaceyC4 said...

I used to love finding games to play with the kids. My older son was always in to it, my younger one, well, he would just toy with me and the thought of anything educational until he was around 6. Now he loves a good board game - unfortunately, the rest of the family does not.

On occasion, I'll cave and we'll laugh ourselves silly. Have a great day!


PJ said...

those games sound like fun. i think i have a few years left before my grandbaby will be ready for that, but maybe she will be a genius and will start early...hehehe

have a great day my friend...much love

A Lil Enchanted said...

Ya never know PJ... she just might! Steffie has always been a fast learner... she started playing games when she was barely 2... we played Hi Ho Cherry O... Candyland and few a other lil games... but she already knew her colors.... her ABC's and could count to 10. At 3 (almost 4) she is on a kindergarten level... so I'm teaching her to read and write.

Reading lots of books, playing board games and computer games, watching educational programs and just spending time showing her how to do things have been the key to success with her. Oh and music... anything we can sing a song about just grabs her attention.

Kids are just like lil sponges and can absorb a lot more than we sometimes give them credit for.

A Lil Enchanted,

mrsb said...

We love the Cranium game where you have to shape things with clay and act things out (Cadoo? I think that's the name, lol!).