I’ve gotten a few new games for the kids for the summer, with the intent of reviewing them for you moms out there. :D The latest we got is called the I Spy Memory Game. It’s available from Briarpatch, a company renowned for high-quality games and puzzles for children. They sell it for about $25, the average price for children’s games today.
This game is probably best suited for kids ages 3 to 10. Adults may like it, playing with their kids (and adults with bad memories, like yours truly *ahem*, may find it useful, too). I love the game because it’s really a whole bunch of games. Depending on the age of the child or the mood of the parent, you can play a variety of different games– up to five different games if you follow the manual, and more if you are feeling creative. Up to six players can play together.
This is a terrific game for improving cognitive skills and memory, especially in young children. The game of memory was favorite game of mine as a kid, and I still love playing it. Back then, we had the old plainly marked cards- now, kids get these vivid colorful cards! We’ve always loved the I Spy books, and the cards are absolutely gorgeous! They are very thick cardboard, and durable, and thus kid-friendly.
The game we liked to play was the old-fashioned memory but another good one is the “riddles” games– using the suggestion printed on a card (I spy a…) and then trying to find that thing within a certain time frame. It is extremely challenging!
I highly recommend the I Spy Memory Game, especially for children younger than 10. It’s a GREAT game that is not electronic (I try to avoid those noisy electronic mind-numbing games) and helps the child develop skills he will need. It’s also so flexible that you really can’t go wrong with any game. Grandparents, it’s a great gift! And I Spy would make a great birthday party game, too.