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Simply Fun – Children’s Game Review & Giveaway

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by Ann-Marie on November 28, 2010

My two oldest children are just getting to the age they can play games together, even sometimes by themselves.  We have the typical preschool games stacking our shelves, so I was super excited when my friend Cindy Herr-Pino brought an opportunity my way to try out a new game you can’t get everywhere else, and asked me to write a review for my readers!

Simply Fun has easy to learn, easy to play games that help bring families together through play. They offer games for toddlers through adult, and what I like is that many of their games can be played for different age/skill levels, allowing you to play with your whole family, or for younger children to have fun playing a more simple version together.

My family tried out Digger’s Garden Match.

How to play:

In Digger’s Garden Match, each 6-sided matching card has 6 different color triangles, with shapes in each. Play starts from the center tile (the Dog House), and players match a triangle from their card to either the center tile or another already laid down. They can match by color, shape or number; i.e. purple to purple, 2 stars to 3 stars, or 1 square to 1 heart. When a player has laid their card down and made a match, they count the number of shapes from their match, and move their dog bone on the scoreboard accordingly.

Higher skill levels would involve more strategic play, scoring more points for matching more than one match tile, and higher number of shapes.

My Thoughts:

Right away I liked the quality and durability of the game. The matching cards were sturdy and thick, perfect for little ones that are rough with thinner paper cards. (I mean let’s face it, one upsetting move and it could be hurled across the room by one of my kids!).  It also comes with 6 different color, chunky hard plastic doggie bones, scoreboard and instruction sheet. That’s it, no teeny bits and pieces to keep track of or lose in your carpet.

This was a fun game to play with my kids. It wasn’t long before Mallory (6) could point out to her brother (4) that if he laid his matching tile here, he’d get more points than there. I also brought it along to a mom’s game club to have other moms try out. One friend had her 3 year old daughter, Grace, on her lap, and she joined in the fun. The box says the game is targeted for kids 4+ years old, however Grace did a great job matching the tiles, and even could match 3 triangles at once, scoring a big 11 points in one turn.

Get Yours:

Digger’s Garden Match retails for $26 and is made exclusively for SimplyFun. You can purchase directly through SimplyFun’s website, or you can even earn it free when you host a party with friends.  Cindy will come to your home with several games to share, demonstrate the learning skills and how your family can come together for a family game night of fun.  In January they’re offering double hostess credit!

You have until December 16th to order in time for Christmas delivery.

So as the weather’s turning cold and you just want to stay inside where it’s warm, look at your stack of tried-and-true games and think about something new. You can see SimplyFun’s entire catalog online, or contact Cindy with SimplyFun to request a catalog.

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GIVEAWAY!

Now here’s the  fun part! Cindy provided me with a SimplyFun travel game to give away to one lucky winner!

Are We There Yet retails for just $9, and is the perfect game for a road trip with your family!  It’s a set of 50 activity cards attached to a keyring, with some-silly, some-thoughtful questions perfect for ticking the time away while you travel.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Look through SimplyFun’s products and find a game that looks fun for your family. Leave a comment here and let me know what you found.

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All bonus entries are completely optional, but increase your chances of winning.

Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 8th at 12pm EST. The winner will be selected randomly through And The Winner Is… and announced here on Friday, December 10, 2010.

Disclosure:  I did not receive money for this review, however I did receive a product in order to review. All opinions are 100% mine, regardless of compensation. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

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