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Shape Whiz Game Review

I have a great math game to share with you today.  It is a geometry game called Shape Whiz by SimplyFun.

Simply Fun

SimplyFun is an award winning nationally recognized creator of over 100 educational games and puzzles  for kids 3 through adult.

Some of the Fun Educational Games at SimplyFun

Some of the Fun Educational Games at SimplyFun

They have won over 150 awards over the years.  That is a whole lot of folks saying these games are amazing!  All of their games can be completed in 30 minutes or less.  Their games are easy to learn and don’t take much time, so they easily fit into everyone’s busy day in the classroom and after-school too.

Shape Whiz

Shape Whiz

Shape Whiz

Shape Whiz
Ages 10 and Up
2-4 Players
Retail $24
Wholesale $18

Shape Whiz comes with 80 Double Sided Shape Cards; 45 Blue Simple Shapes and 35 Green Complex Shapes.  On the Back of each shape card are the answers to match clue cards.  Shape Whiz also comes with 40 Double Sided Whiz Cards.

Components of the Shape Whiz Game

Components of the Shape Whiz Game

Skills Practiced

2D Geometry
Shape Measurement
Math Symbols
Eye Hand Coordination
Problem Solving
Speed Math

How We Used The Shape Whiz Game

I am so excited about using this game to teach my kids about geometry.  We have played table games several times this summer to bust boredom on hot and also rainy days and this game has come in handy just for fun.



But Shape Whiz goes way beyond fun and is very educational.


We practiced mastering the principles of geometry.   We used our basic knowledge of geometry knowledge and reasoning skills to figure out clues and find the shape described.


It is a real challenge to try to be the fastest player to find the Shape Card that solves the Whiz Card question.


You can to use a lot of concentration and other players can take your Shape Cards if they see the answer faster than you do.

We will definitely keep playing this geometry game weekly in our math learning practice through the school year.


The first player to empty their Personal Shape Card Stack Wins!

How To Buy

SimplyFun offers four great ways to purchase their award winning educational games.  You can choose the option that is just right for you.


  • You can purchase AMAZING Educational Games and Puzzles at retail.


  • You can host a Laugh and Learn Party.  Invite your friends and you can earn 15%-25% money back on their purchases, product points, and free thank you products too just by hosting a game party.

Play Saver Wholesale Member

  • You can become a Play Saver Wholesale Member for $19 which includes two free games (worth $27), and save 15% off every purchase. Each year that you purchase $100 wholesale, you will get free membership.  This is an terrific option for Homeschool Families.


  • You can also become a sales associate called a Playologist.  This is your own business where you host parties and earn 25% on every game you sell, plus other bonusses and incentives. The Playologist statup fee is $149 and comes with 11 games (worth over $300), a business starter kit, free training, and your own website.


You can also make and save a WISHLIST on their site. I highly recommend you create a wish list and let family and friends know which of these amazing products you would like to get for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, youth group, coops, clubs, etc. and also the ones you want to tell your spouse about (hint, hint) to use to support your homeschool curriculum, etc.  These games are fantastic!

I think I would enjoy hosting a party, maybe a Back to School or Christmas party, and share these wonderful products.  I would love to earn enough to pay for a Playologist kit and have plenty left over to buy gifts on my wish list.  This is an amazing opportunity to build your own library of educational games and puzzles!


Special savings offer for my readers.  SAVE 15% on your first purchase!  Use “SHREVIEW” Discount code (expires 7/31/2015) at checkout.

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Snake Oil Review

Have you ever watched the old time movies, and someone has come to town and is standing on their wagon and talking to a crowd full of people trying to sell them a bottle of potion that is supposed to cure every single problem they have ever encountered? Well by golly, if you bought his bottle of “Fix what ails ya” potion, then you got yourself a real genuine bottle of Snake Oil!

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We had the privilege to play a hilarious game with the same name called Snake Oil by Out of the Box Publishing Inc.

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Snake Oil

Ages 10 to Adult
3-10 players
5 Minutes to learn
20-30 minutes per game
Suggested Retail $19.99

This game is hilarious as well as educational. It’s educational because it has my kids reading and coming up with funny compound word combinations they can “sell” as a “fix what ails ya” potion to some unsuspecting stranger.


But the twist is,… they have to come up with a sales pitch for whatever random customer is drawn from the card deck.  The customer could end up being a super hero, one green alien, a bride, a sorority girl, or a nerdy geek, etc.

We played the game with 5 players.  So each round of the game had one customer and four venders.  Each vender was given a hand of seven random snake oil cards.  For the customer’s turn, that person drew a random card from the customer card pile.


It is up the kids to find a way to sell their Snake Oil product while using the various word cards in their hand. They get to pick two of the word cards out of their handful of seven cards and make a compound word to name their product.  Their product is an imaginary special fix all potion that will solve the customer’s problems.


After they create the product name, they must come up with a sales pitch.  This is the super duper funny part.  How to make a sales pitch to an off the wall customer with your compound word you created from your random cards.

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The “vender” with the best product name and most convincing sales pitch and wins the approval of the “customer”.  When the customer chooses his or her favorite product the “vender” gets to collect the customer’s name card. The player with the most customer name cards at the end wins the game.


There are so many random word combinations and then put them in perspective to the potential customer needs, it is absolutely hilarious.  Perhaps a geek needs a beach lamp or muscle gum, or maybe an alien needs pony spit or an energy ball, or maybe the super hero needs  and all you have to do is to convince them they need it and to buy it from you.

Youtube Video about How to play Snake Oil

My kids really enjoyed playing this game. This would make a great holiday or birthday gift and to use for family game nights. It would also be a lot of fun to use during a youth group, club meeting, or homeschool coop get together. I can guarantee you it will bring a whole lot of laughs and you just might feel better and perhaps have less ailments after playing, ha ha!!

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Chess House Review

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the game of chess?  If you answered yes, then you might want to check out Chess House.

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We were recently asked to review the Starter Chess Learning Kit by Chess House in our homeschool.  This learning kit has definitely been a winner in our home!

Starter Chess Learning Kit:


The Starter Chess Learning Kit is recommended for ages 6-12 , but can be used by any age and any learning level, even adults, from beginner or advanced.  It is so nice, and SO BIG!  It includes:  34 large size plastic chess pieces and two extra queens, a large 20″ x 20″ vinyl roll up chess mat, a 49 minute teaching DVD called Elliot’s Chess School, an instruction booklet, and a large 24″ x 8″ x 3″ zippered canvas bag with a detachable shoulder strap to hold or transport everything.  It retails for $49.95 but you can save $10 while it is on sale right now for $39.95 .  This is a very durable item to add to any homeschool and should last your family a long time.

How We Used This Product In Our Homeschool:

The learning kit is big!  The pieces are big!  The play mat is big!  Did I mention all of this is big? Plus it comes with a carry bag and a learning DVD.  How cool is that?

The teaching DVD is called: Elliott’s Chess School and is a great resource for new players.  It discusses Paws, Rooks, Bishops, Nights, Castling, Pawn Shields, Development, and the King and Queen.   It includes learning about how each piece can move, steel or overtake the other player’s pieces, and how to develop strategies for playing and outsmarting your opponent.  

We enjoyed watching this DVD and learned a lot of new information, at least for me and my younger two players ages 8 and 10.  The oldest son, age 13, knew the information already as he has researched the rules of the game and taught himself to play.  But what good is it to play alone?  The rest of us couldn’t really play with him until watching the teaching DVD.  I am so glad this product came into our home!

In the picture below, the 10 year old and 13 year old are playing chess, and all the kids are watching them and learning their game strategy.  This scene has played out almost everyday at our house since getting this chess set.  They love playing this game.

There is lots of planning going into this move right here in the picture below.  Everything gets so quiet in the house as they work out their plan to overtake their opponent’s pieces. Some cheer on one brother, and some cheer on the other brother too.  I was surprised that even the younger children got quiet and waited for the next move to see which side came out with the advantage. 

As the younger boys gained confidence in their skills playing the game, they got more and more excited to play each other without their older brother to coach them along.  Here is a picture from another day when the 8 year old and 10 year old were battling it out in a game of chess.

So what do the kids think?

Joseph, age 8 says: “Chess is awesome.  It is so fun to play.  I love how you got to sit and think and then make your move.  If it is the wrong move, they beat you.  If they make the wrong move, you try to beat them.  It is so fun, I want to play everyday with my brothers.”

John, age 10 says: ” The first time I played chess, I didn’t even know how to play it.  Then when I played two or three times with my older brother and I finally beat him.  I am so amazed how much fun it is to play.  It is awesome!  Once you learn how to move the pieces, you get to play with others and it is a lot of fun to play.”

James, age 13 says: “This game is EPIC!  I am so glad I can play against my brothers now too.  It was no fun when they really didn’t get how to play.  Now they “get it”.  Chess is a game that teaches you about strategy.  It is fun and challenging.  I love it!”

Mom, age ??? says: “I am so glad we could learn the game of chess with this learning kit.  It has been good for my kids, and good for me too.  Beyond watching my grandpa play, I never really learned how to play the game myself.  I wasn’t able to teach the game to my kids before.  But now I am glad we can all learn and play chess together.”

Learning to play chess can help you in all other areas of your life.  It actually helps the electrical pathways in the brain.  It helps you become smarter.  Folks who play chess do better on tests, and earn more money in their jobs.  They learn to use both sides of their brain to process things or control one side of the brain to determine what choice to make.  Playing the game of chess, boosts brain power in kids, improves IQ,  helps one to be better at math, hones verbal skills, sharpens cognitive skills, improves social skills, improves mental aquity in the elderly and so much more.  There have been numerous scientific studies that prove this to be true.  This link is just one resource, but if you do a google search on the internet, you will find lots of documentation.  

So “yes”, I would love for all my kids to learn a game that can help them prioritize, strategize, and improve their potential to reach their goals in their lives.  Seems like a good trade to me.

Be sure to check out other products available at Chess House.  They have a huge selection of quality chess products for your
home, business, and club and for all skill levels.


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The Presidential Game Review

Games?  During school time?  Oh Yeah!  We have a great new game to tell you about that will help your kids learn about American Government and the Electorial process.

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Have you ever dreamed of being the President of the USA?  Then you might want to check out The Presidential Game.  It is is a fun game about the race to become President.  In this game your kids get to pick a side (either Democrats or Republicans), and battle by campaigning and winning votes.  With each roll of the dice they choose to campaign or fundraise their way to victory.  They must win at least 270 out of 538 Electoral votes to win the game.  

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The Presidential Game
For Ages 11 to Adult
Retail $35.00

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The game comes with:

1 20″ x 30″ GAME Board, 1 Score Pad, 3 Blue Dice, 3 Red Dice, 80 Politics Cards, 40 “Write-Your-Own” Politics Cards, 150 Republican Votes (Red Chips), 150 Democrat Votes (Blue Chips), 1 Electoral WebMap™ Calculator Access Code

Here is a short video clip showing the various contents in the game.

The game is meant to last about 1 hour.  Though it consistently takes my family about 2 hours to get through all 30 rounds.  A round is also called a week. A round or week is completed when each team has had a turn, so each team gets a total of 30 turns. 

Though this game is meant for kids 11 and older, my younger kids really enjoyed watching their older brothers, almost 11 and 13 play the game.  Sometimes my 8 year old son played against one or another brother too, but the game was a bit too challenging for him.  The 6 and 4 year old joined the “campaign team” of one of their brothers, but mostly sat and watched.  They enjoyed handing their brothers game pieces when needed, helping set up and take down the game.  But otherwise, the game was way above their level of understanding.  The almost 2 year old was not interested in what we were doing and stayed busy playing in another room.  He was however fascinated with all the small red and blue token chips and wanted to stack them and watch them fall.  I would definitely recommend the youngest of kids not be near the game board during the game, as the pieces can get bumped and moved out of place easily.

This game is very hands on.  Each player has a stack of chips they use to show their status of votes they have received.   They can gain votes by campaigning and rolling three dice and placing the number of chips that correspond to a die on different states.  They can also gain votes by fundraising in four states (New York, California, Texas, Florida), by rolling two dice and placing 1/2 the number of chips in the state they chose to fundraise in.  The other 1/2 of the number of chips can be places in other states they choose.  

If a team chose to fundraise, they also pull a Politics Card and follow the instructions on it.  It might involve overtaking a state, or possibly fundraising more to either gain votes or sometimes loose votes. 

Here are a few examples of the comments and instructions on the fundraising Politics Cards:

Silicon Valley tycoons host a successful fundraiser for you.  Add 6 votes to California.

You are considered to be stronger than your opponent on fighting terrorism.  Add 5 votes to any one state.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) just endorsed you.  Add 5 votes to Michigan.

A major aircraft maker announces plans for a massive new factory, creating thousands of jobs.  Add 3 votes to Washington State.


Score for each turn is kept on the Score Card or on the computer Webmap.  We have used both. 

The kids enjoy using the computer to keep score more than the score card, because the score card involves a lot of writing and adding and subtracting.  But I think it is a good idea to have them practice using both and sharpen their math and computer skills.

Besides practicing Geography of the US, American Government and the Electoral Process, you can use this game to practice math skills, strategy, logic, team work, competition, reading (the cards, names of states), and more.  

My kids give this game two thumbs up!  They ask to play it everyday!  This is a fun game you can play every week to supplement your learning and never get bored.  We like it so much that I have it scheduled for a couple days each week this fall.  I think this game is a great addition to learning.  Yes, you can definitely play games during school!


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Jeepers Peepers

I love to make learning fun!  Why not?  Why make learning boring?  Why not make learning fun and joyous?

I spent to many days as a child with sore fingers from writing so much, and a sore back from sitting in a chair for hours all day trying to do school work that didn’t really matter. I loved school as far as talking to friends and my teachers and I loved science class. But I did not like sitting at a desk pressing hard with a pencil to write out “stuff” that just seemed like “busy work”.  So I just have to spice things up with my own kids.  Learning just has to be fun!

I try to include as much play time, games, park time, outdoor activities, and hands on activities for my kids as I can. We do some pencil and paper learning, and we include some computer, books, etc., but the majority of our learning comes from lots of hands on activities.   I want them to be “doing” while they are learning.  Is it easy for me?  No.  It requires being involved, planning, playing, and doing lots of stuff together.  But the rewards are worth it!

Thankfully, there are great resources for homeschoolers to learn by doing!  I am so pleased to share another great product with you called Jeepers Peepers.

This is a fun learning game.  It comes with: 
            6 pairs of silly glasses
            6 clue cards
            101 picture cards
            an electronic spinner
            colored bing chips
            and a full color guide book

They couldn’t wait to play this game.

You just want to be silly when you put on these colorful glasses.  Go figure!  These little darlings make me so proud!

The game is played by one player placing a picture card they have not looked at into the holding slot on the glasses.  The picture card faces the other players, but the person wearing the glasses can not see it.  The player asks “yes” and “no” type questions of the other players to try to figure out the picture. 

This game is great for building deduction skills and communication skills in your kids.  There are 6 clues on the clue card to help your child think up questions about the picture. The cards a very heavy duty.  They are easy for younger children to hold and use.  But is fun enough for kids and adults of all ages.


There are 5 main categories the 101 pictures cover.  But you can also divide them into more categories like person, place, thing, inside, outside, hot, cold, alive, not alive, and so many more.

For example, the player may ask questions like: “Is it a person?; Is is a place?; Is it a thing?” Then they might ask questions like “Is it outside?; Is it in the house?; Is it in the living room?; Is it in the bathroom?; Is it in the kitchen?; Is it a food?; Is it an animal?; Is is a circle?”

Eventually, by following the clues from the “yes” and “no” answers from their peers, they may figure out it is not a person, or an animal, it is inside the house, in the kitchen, it is a circle, it is a food.

Then the player knows to ask further questions in that specific area, such as: “Is it eaten at breakfast?; Is it eaten at supper?; Is it eaten raw?; Is It cooked?; Is it green?; Is it white?; Is it red?; Is it one ingredient?; Is it lots of ingredients?” and eventually they can figure out it is a pancake.

My kids love playing this game. They already have told all their friends and they neighbor kids too.  It is super duper funny to see the players in their silly glasses and pictures they have on their head.


Jeepers Peepers is a product from Super Duper Publications.  I am amazed at all of the quality learning products they have to offer.  

Jeepers Peepers is a really fun, silly, laugh out loud, learning game for ages 5 and over.  It retails for $29.95.  You can also buy ad
ditional glasses and clue cards.  They offer free shipping too.  Right now they are offering a 30% off coupon code “BLGJP30” that is good until August 31, 2012. 

Be sure to check out what others on the Homeschool Crew had to say about this product.


Disclosure: I was given the above mentioned product as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for writing an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

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Fractazmic Review

Want a fun way to practice fractions with your kids?  Try this mathematical card game called Fractazmic! 



Information from their website:

Fractazmic Decks Include:
60 Math Learning Cards
Each card clearly numbered
Each card clearly labeled with the fraction and reinforcing graphic.

What makes Fractazmic Decks Special:
Quickly learn to convert and add fractions.
Reinforces relationship between fractions and measurements.
Shows real world use of fractions.

Fractazmic Cards Help Make Learning Math Fun:
Fundamental Mathematics
Second Language
Memory Skills
Eye Hand Coordination



The game is designed for kids in 1st through 8th grade, but can be used with any ages.  The game is played with 2 to 4 players and retails for $6.95    It can be purchased through the I See Cards website.    This game, as well as their other math games, would make a great addition to any homeschool math program.  This would make a great gift too.

The deck of cards contains three colored sets.  Each set has a visual picture, tenths are green with a liquid bottle measurement, twelfths are blue with a dozen eggs measurement, and sixteenths are red with a measuring stick measurement.  The visual aids are a big help.  It is just like looking a slices of a pizza or pie to learn fractions.  If the fraction is 1/2 of a dozen, you see an egg carton with six eggs in it, etc. 

I played this game with my 11 year old son.   He dealt out 7 cards for both of us.  For our game, we had a draw pile and turned a card over to start a discard pile.  From the cards in our hand we tried to add/combine the fractions to equal a whole, or one.  This is called a “hand” in the game.  Each player takes a turn drawing a card, trying to make a “hand” and discarding a card.  The game is over when one person runs out of cards, and the winner is the player with the most “hands”.  

I found this game to be challenging for both of us. I am not strong in some aspects of math, including converting fractions.  I am hopeful, with more practice, this game will improve both our fraction math skills.

There are other games also listed to use with the cards.  Here is a link to a 30 page booklet with games listed for Fractazmic and several different I See Cards decks including a popular math game called Pyramath.

and here are two videos explaining some of the games you can play with the Fractazmic Deck. 





I received the Fractazmic Deck Of Cards free in exchange for writing an honest review of the product.  If you would like to see what other TOS Homeschool Crew members had to say about this product, please read the stories and links posted here.


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Reading Game Review

The Reading Game is designed to help you learn to read and learn to read better in a fun and hands on way.  It is for kids ages four and older.  It retails for $24.95  


The reading game can be used as a supplement to almost any standard curriculum.   It was invented by the same creator as Wordly Wise.  It meets the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy for Kindergarten and First Grade.   We found it useful for preschool through third grade.

For each book, there is a set of reading cards to play a matching / memory game with.  Each set of cards teaches the new words from the story.  

Here is a video demonstrating how the card game is played.

Each story book is based on a fictional character.  Each book tells a story and teaches 30 words to your student.  And by completing all six books, your child will know how to read 180 words.

Book 1: Skunk
Book 2: Snake
Book 3: Bear
Book 4: Penguins
Book 5: Unicorn
Book 6: Zebra

There is a free “Educators” page with a 
pre-test and post test assessment  on the Reading Game website, that you can use to see where your child is functioning at.  There is also a free test sentence review worksheet.

We worked our way through each book, doing a new book every other day.  Day one, we read the book and played the game.  Day two we re-read the book and played the game again.  Day three we moved on to the next book and repeated the process.


Once you read all 6 books, and have mastered the reading and memory card game for each book, you can lay out all the cards and practice reading and matching them again on a larger scale by putting them all together.  You can also play a phonics game with matching sounds.

My oldest son, age 11, acted as the tutor, and assisted three of my other children ages 4, 6, and 9
in playing the Reading Game.  They enjoyed learning to read the words from the story and playing with the cards.

This is a great supplement to a reading and phonics program and I do recomend this product.

I was given a free copy of the Reading Game in exchange for an honest review.


If you would like to see what other TOS Crew members had to say about the Reading Game, check out the article and the links posted here.

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Say Anything Family Review

We recently had the opportunity to review Say Anything Family. 





Say Anything Family is a silly game of speaking whatever comes to mind when you are asked a question from the card pile.  Some of the questions include things like “When socks disappear in the dryer, where do they go?” and “What would be the worst thing to add to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?” 

There is no correct answer.  Instead a “most liked” answer is chosen by a judge.  One of the players is designated as a judge and secretly chooses which answer they like the best.  The rest of the players have to guess which answer the judge chose, and place tokens on their choice.  They can place tokens on more than one answer.  They can win upto 3 points if they guess the correct choice.  For each round, a new judge is chosen.  The game is over once everyone has asked two questions.  The player with the most points wins the game.

The game is recommended for for ages eight and up, and does require skills such as being able to read and write.  The game comes with question cards, answer boards, dry erase markers, select-o-matic, score board and is recommended for 3 to 6 players.

Several of the North Star Games are available online and through various participating retailers.  Say Anything retails for $19.99 and can also be found at stores such as Target, and Amazon.

What we thought?

We played this game with four players, (boy 11, boy 9, boy 6, and mom 41).  We honestly tried to get into the way the game is played, but it just did not seem to “click” for my family at this time, and I think it was just because the game questions are open ended, and requires more abstract thinking.  We will try this game again at a later time as the kids develop more in these skills.

I can see where this game would be fun to play at a party, and especially with a group of teens or young adults.  However, this game was more ambiguous for my kids to get the hang of, because the answers are not based on any specific truth, but based on what the judge likes.  For each round of questions and answers, the judge changes, and you don’t know if your answer will be liked or not. 

I would recommend this game for families with teens, groups of older teens and adults for a party setting, and a group setting for couples (date night).  I would also recommend this game for group of older kids who need to get to know each other better.  But I would not specifically recommend the game for a family setting with younger kids (younger than teens), because they are not able to process why someone likes one answer over another, and why all the answers are different and there is no correct answer.


I was provided with a copy of Say Anything Family in exchange for writing an honest review.  Everything written is my own honest opinion.

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Wits & Wagers Family Review

My family recently sat still for several hours for a “game day”.  We do this every once in a while, and it is a lot of fun.   This time we sat down purposely to try out a game that was given to us called the Wits & Wagers Family game.


Wits & Wagers Family is a trivia game that is super fun, and best of all, it is easy to play.  The kids caught on to how the game is played really quickly.   I started off playing the game with my oldest two boys ages 9 and 11.  

Basically, you read a trivia question, right down your best guess and put it in the middle of the table face down, when everyone has answered, line up the answers face up and place a wager (meeple wooden figure) on the guess you think is the closest to the correct answer.   You can place your meeples on your own card or on someone elses.  You can win upto four points if the guess you place your meeples on wins.

Read the answer from the trivia card and mark down the points on the score board.  The player who reaches 15 points wins the game. 

You can play this game with three to five players or teams.  All of the answers are in numerical format, so any child can play and make a guess.   It is recommended for ages eight and up, because of reading the trivia cards.  However, an adult or older child can read the card for the younger child and the younger child can still write down their numerical guess and place their own meeples based on their skill level.

So that is what we did next.  We let the younger kids ages 6, 4, and 2, join us ( the six year old was his own player as long as you read the questions and answers, the 4 year old on a team with an older brother, and 2 year old on a team with me) and they had just as much fun playing as we did.  It required some assistance and a little more patience on our part, but it was do-able.

Just two days later, we had the game out on the table again.  This time just the three older boys played while I worked on another project.  Terrific!  They could play and enjoy it together.  I really felt this game supports good behavior in the kids.  First they had to cooperate with each other.  They had to share jobs such as reading the trivia cards. They had to trust the one making the marks on the score board.  They laughed at each other’s answers sometimes, or at the fact they were way off, or that they were right on target.  It challenged their reading and thinking skills, and kept them listening to questions and answers, and actively writing and erasing answers (good to keep boys active).  This game is definitely staying on the school shelf for the kids to pull out during free time.

The Wits and Wagers Family game includes 150 trivia cards, 5 dry erase pens, 5 dry erase answer boards, 10 meeples, and a score board.  It is available online, and through various retailers.  It retails for $ 24.95, but prices may vary according to retailer.   It is available online and at participating retailers.

There are over 300 trivia questions in this game and all the answers are numbers.  For example, a question might read “How many miles per hour can a Cheetah run?” or “How many feet are in a mile?”  Some of the questions are not so hard, but most questions are challenging, and some are more difficult.

This game is loads of fun to play for people of all ages.  I highly recommend setting aside some time to play games with your family.  I would love to arrange my schedule to include a regular family game time each week.  I know it would be beneficial.  But even if we don’t get it done each week, just getting it done sometimes is a great way to spend some special time with your family.

I was provided with a free copy of the Wits & Wagers game in exchange for an honest review. 


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