Hasbro – Games for the Family {Guest Post)

November 28, 2011 6 Comments »

 

Playing games with my children is more than just spending time together. Studies have shown the importance of spending quality time, actively engaging with your child is to his or her development. On top of that, I find that games serve other important purposes as well. And the best part? The kids don’t realize it; the benefits may vary with each game:

  • Strategy
  • Decision-making
  • Social skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Math
  • Patience

This is just a short list, of course.

MommyB let Hasbro know how much my family loves games, and they asked if I’d be interested in writing a review. Imagine my surprise when my box came and we received TWO games.

Scrabble Alphabet ScoopScrabble Alphabet Soup

Initially, I thought my boys would not be interested. However, much to my surprise they actually picked this game first to play.

As long as your child can recognize letters, he or she can play. My boys are 12- and 11-years old. They vary in academic ability, typically avoid playing word games with me, claiming I know all the words because I am a writer. The beauty of this game is that it puts us all on the same playing level.

We had a lot of fun, and our game lasted only about fifteen minutes straight out of the box. After the winner was declared, they both asked immediately to play again.

Pros

  • No reading required (during game play)
  • Fast- paced
  • Encourages hand-eye coordination
  • Teaches word spelling recognition
  • Kids will love it

Cons

  • Can be noisy (ours was!)
  • Little player interaction
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I am planning on buying this game for my brother’s kids. At just nine-, seven, and four-years-old, it is one that they can all play together and don’t have to have a parent to help. I would recommend it to everyone.

Harry Potter ClueClue: Harry Potter Edition

When this game arrived, a reverent silence fell over the kids as they took in the box. You’d thought J.K Rowling herself delivered it. Usually, I don’t care for classic games that adapt them to current trends. Being that I am not a Harry Potter fan, I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the game.

Set up took some time, and the instructions weren’t clear on many aspects. We dove in and learned-on-the-go, and in the end, it worked out well. And I’m not saying that a just because I won.

 

Pros

  • Interaction with the other players
  • Strategy skills needed
  • New elements to help solve the mystery
  • Don’t have to know about Harry Potter to understand (it does help)
  • Short game play

Cons

  • Complete board needs to be accessible to all players ; was awkward, but we just helped each
  • other with no issues
  • Instructions are unclear and hard-to-read due to dark colored paper.

For your Harry Potter fan, this game would make a great gift.

Harry Potter Clue Board

I would like to thank MommyB and Hasbro for enabling us to have a great afternoon despite our rainy day.

Disclosure: I received the aforementioned games for my review and honest opinion. I will receive no
other compensation.

Heather Bio PicHeather spends her days (and many late nights) trying to meet the demands of life as a wife, mother, and writer. She blogs about nothing in particular at Cool and Hip, I am Not and is occasionally spotted on Twitter @coolandhip.

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6 Comments

  1. Steph November 28, 2011 at 6:21 PM - Reply

    We have family game night at least once a week. I am so glad that some classic games like Clue are getting a makeover to make them more relevant for the kiddies.

    • Heather November 29, 2011 at 2:49 AM - Reply

      I have a weakness for games like I do books. My 12 yo texted his bf that lives next door: “My mom has finally written about the game. We can play now.”
      I cracked up when I read it, and I knew he was EAGER to play and share with his friends.

  2. Rajean November 29, 2011 at 1:04 AM - Reply

    Love giving games as gifts, anytime. I like the scrabble scoop concept. Will make my list this year!

    • Heather November 29, 2011 at 2:50 AM - Reply

      YES! I almost always give games as gifts. LOVE them and many people don’t think of them straight away when making purchases.

  3. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles November 29, 2011 at 8:56 AM - Reply

    That Scrabble game looks adorable! I just told my husband that we need to stock up on some board games too. Great timing for reading this post!

  4. Rachee November 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM - Reply

    This game looks great! I have been looking for games for my library kids and thoughts this would be one I would have to get.
    -r

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