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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holiday Toys and Games On Review


1- Build and Learn Geometry Kit
Company: Lakeshore
Players: 1 or more
Ages: 7 and older
Approximate Duration: Less than 1 hour.
Players’ comments: Math concepts can be pretty dry stuff for young students and keeping their interest is always a challenge. The Kit seemed a fun way for students to start to learn geometry, and maybe even start to like it. 


2- Cluck ‘N’ Chuck
Company: PATCH
Players: 2 to 4
Ages: 4 and older
Approximate duration: About 20 minutes
Players’ comments: Instructions were initially confusing, yet game was easy to understand once it got underway. The instructions directed players to “chuck” the chickens onto the coop, but the chickens easily fell off the coop. Still, it was fun to play. 

3- American Trivia Family Edition
Company: Outset Media Corp.
Players: 2 or more
Ages: 9 and older
Approximate duration: 1-1/2 hours
Players’ comments: Very educational for both children and adults. Up to date on current events about the United States. Instructions were easy to understand.


4- Professor Noggins Presidents of the United States
Company: Outset Media Corp.
Players: 2 to 8
Ages: 7 and older
Approximate duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on number of players.
Players’ comments: Great learning game for both kids and adults. There were lots of interesting facts about presidents throughout history. 


 5- Professor Noggins Wildlife of North America
Company: Outset Media Corp.
Players: 2 to 8
Ages: 7 and older
Approximate duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on number of players.
Players’ comments: Great way for both kids and adults to learn about wildlife and the environment. And, like the Presidents of the United States card game, it was fun to play.


 6- Word on the Street
Company: Out of the Box
Players: 2 to 10
Ages: 10 and older
Approximate duration: About 30 minutes.
Players’ comments: Awesome word game. Liked the timer because it prompted you to think fast. Word on the Street is a real brainteaser, and a great word game for those who are tired of Srabble and Words With Friends. 

7- Don’t Rock the Boat
Company: PATCH
Players: 2 to 4
Ages: 5 and older
Approximate Duration: Game can be over in less than a minute, depending on players’ ability to balance things.
Players’ comments: The game was fun and suspenseful in that you never knew when the boat was going to tip. It was a neat variation on games like Jenga. 

8- Hello Kitty Earbuds
Company: Sanrio
Players: 1
Ages: 13 and older
Comments: Sound quality is just as good as any other earphones on the market. They are compatible with all iPod/iPhone/iPad/MP3/MP4 players, as well as portable audio/video devices and game systems.




9- Tall-Stacker Mighty Monkey Playset
Company: Lauri
Players: 1 or more
Ages: 3 and older
Approximate Duration: 30 minutes
Players’ comments: Great game for imaginative play, and to help children improve both logical thinking and fine motor skills.


10- American Doll House Ice Cream Shoppe
Company: It’z Purple
Players: 1 or more
Ages: 3 and older
Approximate duration: As long as you want to play
Players’ comments: Great doll house for girls to use to store their 18-inch dolls and is available in three sizes – one room, two rooms, three rooms and four rooms. Easy to assemble.

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