Are you looking for a fun way to help your child practice spelling and math? Well, let me tell you about two fun games that will make great Christmas gifts.
Yes, you read that right, educational gifts at Christmas! They truly make great gifts for kids.
Educational tools are always a must. Games are a great and fun way to help your kids learn. I had the pleasure of introducing Pass the Peas and F-R-A-N-G-O to a group session of mine. Let me just say this, “I HAD FUN!” I believe I had more fun than the kids.
I received these games from Educational Insights as an opportunity to give my honest review, so, let’s get started.
Pass the Peas is recommended for ages 8 to adult and accommodates 2-4 players. The color coordinated peas come in cute little bags, and each color has a matching pea pod. You have 30 seconds to build a word from the selected peas; then you pass your pod to the next player. Ok, this is where the fun begins. You now have to build a word from the previous one. OMG, can you say some good laughs? We laughed so hard at the words we each came up with.
Some of the words were not real, I had each child explain their thought process of spelling their words. Cause let me tell you, they made up some words! They didn’t even try to say it was a real word. They pronounced it exactly how they spelled it and justified them by explaining phonetics. Some good ole laughs, but the best part, good ole learning.
F-R-A-N-G-O is a math game. It’s all about equivalent fractions and is similar to BINGO. This game is recommended for ages 8+ (3rd grade) with 2-6 players. I love how all the pieces come in a mesh bag. Yes, it’s a must for me to keep all game pieces together and not scattered all over the box. If games do not come with some form of storage for the pieces I just use a Ziploc bag. By having something to put game pieces in, there’s less of an opportunity of losing the pieces, and it teaches kids responsibilities of picking up and putting things away.
Spin the spinner and get to work! If your child hasn’t been introduced to fractions, no worries. You can use the game as a way to teach them and to practice their multiplication facts. What do I mean? Example using a tile from the board- ask your child what number they can multiple by 5 to get the bottom number (denominator) to equal the number on the tile? Let them know they must use the same number (multiplier) for the top number (numerator).
Many 8-year-olds are in 2nd grade or currently in the first semester of 3rd grade and may not have been introduced to fractions. I’m a firm believer in introducing my kids and my enrichment clients to things ahead of their current grade level. F-R-A-N-G-O is also perfect for older children that may need a little practice or refresher. Yes, I make my 7th-grade child (Algebra I) play this game. We all can use a little practice from time to time.
What If The Game Becomes Frustrating?
Playing games for learning is fun, and it’s ok to get a little frustrated. If it becomes more of a chore for the child to understand how to solve the problem vs. enjoying the game, pull back, do a bit of table work explanation and then go back to the fun!
During my sessions with clients and my kids, I love adding games to keep the love of learning going. Yes, both of these games are going into my rotation. So, my overall review is two thumbs up. Check out the site and order yours today. Great stocking stuffers and ideal for family game time. Do you have family game night?
Preschool2Teen did receive both of these games Free in an exchange for an honest review. Consent from parents to use children’s photo was given.