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Spot it! Jr. Animals

Spot it! Jr. Animals

Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Manufacturer: Blue Orange Games
Price: $9.99

Our testers loved this fun, easy to use and easy to transport card game. The round playing cards come in a lovely little tin, which is easy to slip into a bag or keep in the car for play at restaurants. Each card has a series of small illustrations on it. When you put two cards down, one of the illustrations matches (though it could be a different size). For example, one card will have 6 symbols, one of which is a large owl, and another will have 6 symbols, one of which is a small owl. Those are the only two matches.

This unique visual approach yields several different kinds of games, (like flash matching), each simply explained in the guide packed with the cards. We liked playing it as a family because it was fast moving, yet the 4-year old child was able to compete at a fair rate with the rest of us. We could mix and match the games, so no one got bored. The cards come in a sturdy, small, and portable tin. Our testers noted that this makes cleanup easy, allowing parents to play the game quickly when time is short. Even better, once they learn the simple games, children can initiate game play themselves.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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