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I have mentioned a few times on here how much we love playing games in our house and I especially love playing games that are great learning tools as well. Anything that teaches while our kids can have fun is a winner in my book, and I am pretty sure that Haley (and Kennedy) would agree.
We reviewed a game from Super Duper Publications before, and that game remains one of our favorite games in this house. When an opportunity to review other games came up, I knew that we would love them, and I had a hard time selecting just 2 games. They all looked like a lot of fun!
Super Duper Publications is a family company that started making products to assist in various fields of therapy for children and the products are used by therapists and schools. If you click on the Parents link in the sidebar, there are several FAQ's that they have posted for parents. Many questions pertain to specific disabilities that children have, and this site is great for searching for specific games that work with each disability.
MagneTalk Match-up Adventures Kit (with Barrier) - $89.94 - Grades PreK-5
This one of a kind, magnetic masterpiece targets a ton of language and listening skills. Best of all, the barrier game format is perfect for following directions, giving directions, storytelling, improving vocabulary, and a whole lot more! Your students or child will have a blast going camping, swimming through the ocean, and traveling to outer space while nearing to listen and use language effectively. The game targets a host of skills including following directions, storytelling, basic concepts and rhyming.
I love that the MagneTalk Match-up Adventures Kit came with an easy carrying case. There are so many magnets that go with each board, so it is nice to have storage with handles and a carrying case that fits inside. The bag was quite heavy with all of the magnetic sheets, but it lightened up considerably when we punched the pieces out of the sheets. It was easy to see what pieces went with each scene because they were numbered next to the punch out. The punch outs also have the number on the back of them.
There are 5 scenes to choose from, and there are 2 of each scene so that you can have a child/student on both sides of the two-sided board. The scenes are numbered and coordinate with the numbers beside the punch outs. The scenes are 2-sided, and one set of 2 has a blank white side.
I let Haley select whichever scene she wanted to do first. She chose the outer space adventure.
You take the scene and slide it into the holder. The board is two-sided and it super easy to slide the scene in. Once you have it in, there is a workbook provided with different activities. The Table of Contents lets you select from different categories for each scene.
- Pictures and Vocabulary
- Basic Concepts
- Deductive Reasoning
- Auditory Memory and Storytelling
- Category Word Web
She had no problem completing every task correctly and quickly. She did hesitate and ask me a few times if she was going to put her piece where they were referring to, but I know her confidence will build each time we play it.
After she completed the outer space scene, she wanted to do another one. We did the picnic scene and she was able to easily follow the basic concepts again. The following night we did the auditory memory and storytelling activities, and she loved those! She was able to tell me what had happened in the story I read and then she made up her own story with the magnets/board. I love that no matter how many times we play with this game, it will never be the same. She can get as creative as she wants with it.
When she was finished, she had noticed that the set came with a dry-erase marker, and she wanted to draw on the board. The marker with our set was dry, but I had a spare marker, so she used that.
When it was time to clean up the set, we put the magnets in Ziploc bags that I marked with the number that coordinates with the scene. The handy bag that they sent does have 6 individual pockets for you to slice the pieces in, but I had made my bags before I noticed that. I then decided I liked the bags better because it was easier to pull the pieces in and out and to see what was in the bag.
The other game we received to review was the Ask & Answer "Wh" Bingo. Haley loves bingo, so I knew she would love this game too.
Ask & Answer "Wh" Bingo - $54.95 - Grades PreK+
It's the Who, What, When, Where, and Why Bingo game. Students or children will have many amusing times playing "Wh" Bino as they learn to ask and answer "Wh" questions. The kit includes laminated, full color bingo boards printed front and back (6 each of Who, What, Where, When, Why and Combo) plus 144 "Wh" calling cards and 200 bingo chips. Store all the colorful parts in the enclosed plastic storage tub. Ideal for 2 to 6 players.
Haley selected the purple bingo boards first, which is the "where" category. She liked that the bingo chips were multi-colored. She set our boards up while I read the directions. The directions were easy to understand and conveniently located on the lid of the box.
The "where" cards ask questions like "where does rain come from" and the answer, which is a space on the board, is "from clouds". I really like that all of the boards contain ALL of the answers, just in a different order. In most games of bingo, you may or may not have the number/square being called. It was easy to tell her she definitely had the square and to keep looking. I also loved that the card had a picture on it. This picture matched the square, so it was helpful when looking what matches, plus it enabled her to help "read" some of the cards. She loved looking at the cards and trying to guess the question!
We played this several times in the afternoon, and we played a few times that night when daddy got home. I really like all of the different boards, and I love that they ask questions that we may not discuss on a normal basis. For example, on the "who" board, we went over "who fixes leaks under the sink", "who cleans the room at a hotel", "who writes books or stories", etc. These are all concepts she knows, but she didn't necessarily know their job title.
Both of these awesome games can be ordered directly from Super Duper Publications. These are great educational games that will interest a wide-range of ages.
Which of the fun learning materials from Super Duper Publications is your favorite?
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