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Spring 2012 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Think-a-lot Toys
Price: $9.99

Think-ets is a small bag of miniature assorted playthings (trinkets, really.) Ours was the fairy collection and came with a small toadstool, a ring, a bead that says "movie," a leaf charm, a miniature flower pot, a small heart, a small flower, a miniature book, a miniature butterfly, and several others - 15 items in total. Each set is different, though. One contains a tiny horse, a miniature copy of War and Peace, an alphabet block, a carrot, and a petite seashell, among other treasures. There is even a sports themed bag with an assortment of sporting equipment that could all fit in a thimble.

Because the items are so small, it is a very portable game that can be taken anywhere. On the other hand, it's easy for children to lose, so they should be careful - my daughter was thrilled to bring it to school, but she almost lost it there.

The instructions suggest a variety of creative games to play with the items - telling stories based on the items, guessing which items are missing, guessing what an item is just by feeling its shape, laying out the items and then having one player look away, then guess what was moved while they weren't looking, alphabetize, find similarities, etc. The instructions also have a spot to make up your own game and write it down.

Our testers particularly liked playing "What's Moved?", and they also liked telling stories inspired by the items. We highly recommend the toy because it is very creative and fun, and it can be expanded with small items found around the home.

Rachel Schiff   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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