Although I was a teacher, I always felt that it was important to let kids play and let them learn along the way. I never believed in shoving education in their faces and putting a huge emphasis on academics at a young age. I am guilty, however, of seeking fun educational toys for my girls. Since children learn through play, just about anything can be used as an educational tool for a child. Now that my preschooler is old enough for structured or board games, I’ve been looking at things that I feel can also help enhance the learning process.
We were sent a few games from Super Duper Publications to review. Although the ages for some of the toys are well beyond my daughter’s age, I knew I could adapt the gaming experience to suit her level of understanding, so we chose Ring Bling (grades K and up), Vocabulary Chipper Chat (grades K-5), and Which One Doesn’t Belong? (grades 1 & up).
Of course, my little princess begged to play Ring Bling first. Ring Bling is a game of following directions and acting out silly expressions as stated on the cards. There are three levels: Basic Directions, Conditional, and Temporal. Once they act out the action that is stated on the card, the player then spins the spinner to earn one or two rings for their Happy Hand, or to give to a friend. The winner is the player with the most rings. I love that this game encourages creativity and they have fun pretending to be something silly.