When I heard that I was going to review a game from Super Duper Publications and that I could go to the site and choose one, I had a hard time selecting one! They have SO many options to choose from! I first clicked on the about us link and got the company history and information. How unique that this company has such a "family" feel and you can see that it was started by two people that still run it. I love products that come from a family company! I read that the couple started making products to assist in various fields of therapy for children and that the products are used by therapists and schools. I then clicked on the parents link and loved all of the FAQ's that they posted for parents. Many of the questions that are answered there pertain to different disabilities that children have. I think it is awesome that you can go to their search bar and type a number of different disabilities, and several games/tools pop up that are tailored to that disability (I typed in Autism and ADD (attention deficit disorder) and got instant results). I am sure that this is helpful to parents who are looking for resources for their children.
I first used the drop-down box and selected "pre-K" as my choice for age groups and hit search. The first game that caught my eye was "Go for the Dough Board Game". The game lets you deliver pizza, make big bucks, and increase vocabulary. Players drive their car around the board delivering pizza, they get to choose "super dough dollars" and each super dough dollar reviews a language skill that is crucial in expanding language knowledge.
I know Haley would love playing this game. I kept it in mind, but since she talks ALL DAY LONG, I decided to look for a game that focused on something else she could improve on. I kept searching. Then I clicked on the link to the left that read "what's new". That's when I saw their new game called "Ring Bling" and I knew she would love it. The tag line under the title of the game read "The handy game of following directions". Well, can't all almost-four-year-olds use improvement in following directions? I know my little one can. The game reads "have a student/player choose a card and act out the hilarious directions. Then have them spin the spinner to chose a ring for themselves, choose one for someone else, or get 2 rings." It sounded perfect, and the fact that it comes with rings to "bling" on the hands would definitely interest her.
When the game arrived, I was impressed with the quality of the game. The box is nice and sturdy, as are the "hands" and the rings. I also noted that this particular game came with the PERFECT color hands for our family. My husband is always blue when we play something (his favorite color), I am always green (my favorite color), Haley always wants to be pink (her favorite color) and everything we get for Kennedy has been purple. The hands were blue, green, pink, and purple. Perfect! When we started setting up, I looked for the directions, but didn't see a paper inside the box with them. That's when I noticed they were printed on the inside of the box. That means that there are no directions to lose from the game! I am sure we have all lost the directions to some of our games before.
Not only does the game have introduction instructions, but there is a section titled "game ideas" where you can play the same game, only using new rules to make it different. I love that we will be able to shake things up when we want to and put a new twist in the game!
While I was reading the directions, my husband and Haley got the game and hands set up.
The game comes with 3 different types of directional cards: Basic Directions (Beat your chest like an angry gorilla), Temporal Directions (After you wave your magic wand, turn yourself into a monkey), and Conditional Directions (If you like brownies, bark like a dog). The first player selects a card, and then follows the directions on the card. Once you finish the direction, you get to spin the spinner.
We played this game a few different times. The last time I took the spinner out of the box, Haley immediately said "When you land on the blue, you have to give a ring away, and when your spinner lands on the pink, you get to pick a ring for yourself". I was impressed that she remembered that after not playing for 5 days.
Every time we have played, we have made a rule that the first person to get 5 rings on their hand wins. This is usually because we are playing right before her bedtime, and we have a short window of time. We can easily play this game even if we only have 20 minutes or so before it is time to take her upstairs.
The night I took these photos, Haley beat us...again!
Can you tell she's happy she won here? We love playing this game with her. It is so fun to watch her think about how she should act when a card gives instructions like "catch a 200-lb fish" or "howl at the moon after you realize your hands are growing fur". Her silly side definitely comes out. I was worried that she wouldn't get the concept that well because the game is for ages "5 & up" but she plays it with minimal help. Sometimes we have to give her a few ideas of what the card is saying, but it's minor. For example, on the 200-lb fish card, we had to tell her that 200-lbs was a really heavy fish. She had no problem figuring out she had to reel in the big one then! The hardest part of this game for her is that I won't let her take any of the 50 rings up to her room to play with! It is so nice to have a game we all enjoy that actually makes her think and is teaching her something, all while we are having fun!
I also enjoyed that the games on this site have a "show me how video" in the bottom right corner. That will make choosing our next game from them that much easier! I know that this game will be played for years with both of our girls!
The Ring Bling game retails for $29.95 directly from Super Duper Publications. I think this is an awesome price for a fun AND educational game!
Super Duper Publications has several fun learning materials for kids! Which one(s) would you like to own?
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Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the Ring Bling game at no cost, in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received.