What I Love Wednesday— Roll & Play Game
I’m bringing back What I Love Wednesday with an awesome product I just can’t wait to talk about.
I found this game on a random hunt for new toys for Ethan. We are a little “light” in the toy department and I’m always on the lookout for interesting new activities we can do together. I had my sights set on a puzzle when one of staff at Spicers (an adorable toy store in Clayton, MO) showed me Roll & Play: Your Child’s First Game. We tried it right there in the shop and I saw Ethan light up…we had to have it.
First off, I was shocked to see the company name on this box. Think Fun was a logo I saw frequently while driving around our old neighborhood of Old Town Alexandria, VA—that’s where they are headquartered! I remember thinking “Hmmm, what does that company do? Interesting name!” I always meant to Google it.
Well they do this:
Make my kid laugh, have fun, AND use his growing brain all at the same time.
Since purchasing this game one week ago, not a day has passed without us playing at least a few rounds of this awesome game, geared toward ages 18 months and up.
You get a big, soft die with different colors on each side. You roll, see what color comes up on top, and choose a card of the corresponding color (LESSONS: following directions, identifying colors, color matching…good good good). Each card has an action or direction on it. Things like “Touch your toes” or “Meow like a cat”.
Ethan thinks it’s hilariously fun. And he ROCKS the colors…never misses.
We like to have Ethan try to figure out what the card says before we tell him, as they are graphically descriptive. He never ceases to amaze us with his verbal skills…he can figure things out!
He usually gets super excited and really involved with each card but sometimes gets a little shy—like when the directions say to “Make a silly face”. Sometimes he’ll do it, sometimes he wants to skip it. Yesterday he got all clammed up while playing the game via Skype with my mom…he didn’t feel right about “Squeaking like a mouse” (LESSONS: acting, role playing, “reading” pictures).
Honestly, I’m not sure how fun this game would have been at 18 months. I think it would have been us playing for him more than him actually playing. But I’m sure it would have been a great way to help him learn colors and start game-playing process. In my opinion, I’d say this game is more fun around age 2.
Overall I think this game is a GREAT educational tool and a really fun way to interact as a family. We all laugh together and celebrate every successful round—even Dewey can’t help but get involved! It also paves the way for future games…like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and Life (can you tell I’m a board game lover?)
Anyone who knows me (or if you’ve been reading my blog for about five seconds) knows my first inclination was to make this game myself. I saw it in the store and thought, “I could MAKE that!” and actually put it back on the shelf with plans to do so until I realized that for $20 I could go home and start playing this game with my child, when “making it” would have gone on the ginormous To Do list growing by the hour. And there is no way I’d be able to make it for less than twenty bucks.
Think Fun has another 18-month-and-up game called “Hello Sunshine” that deals with hide and seek, something Ethan has recently become really interested in. It may just need to added to our growing game collection (remember? We have Hungry Hungry Hippos too)
So that’s what’s been keeping us somewhat entertained, just in time for all the rain. Sorry for the iphone photos…my camera is FINALLY in the shop getting cleaned after a short three years (oops). But hey, dropping off my camera was what lead us to Spicers and introduced us to this awesome game in the first place! So it’s worth a few grainy shots.
What game does your toddler like to play?