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Smarty Blocks

Smarty Blocks

Fall 2014 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Price: $28.95

Smarty Blocks, an educational game for two to four players aged five years and up, includes ten wooden learning blocks, eighty double-sided challenge cards, a sand timer, and game rules. The object of the game is to complete as many of the challenges as possible in one minute. There are two levels of play (indicated by color-coding on the cards themselves), one for children who can read and one for those who cannot. Challenges range from simple stacking tasks to more complex problems involving sequencing, reading, spelling, math and logic.

The fast-paced nature of the game as well as the attractive, easy-to-handle blocks make it especially appealing to young children. Those not yet ready for the challenges can simply play with the blocks and/or ease into the games via pattern recognition, number and letter recognition, sequencing, etc.

Although our testers wished for a better storage solution (once the packaging cellophane is removed, the blocks fall out and are easy to misplace) they eagerly applauded the learning value, unique design, and engaging game play.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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