I have mentioned here before that I am a huge fan of using games in our homeschool. I firmly believe that games are a great way to build skills through play. We were given the opportunity to review two games from USAopoly - Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone and Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game.
For this review, we received
- Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone - A word game for 2-8 players and ages 8 and up.
- Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game - A card game for 2 or more players, also for ages 8 and up.
Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone
This game is a fun-filled way to work on vocabulary. As shown in the picture above, the game consists of a letter wheel and category cards. The letter wheel is technically called the "Touch Activated Press & Play Letter Eliminator"; thus the name "Tapple." The wheel has an electronic timer powered by 2 AA batteries. There are 36 category cards, and each card contains 4 category choices. One side of each card has easier categories, while the other side has more challenging categories for older or more advanced players.
To play the game, one player chooses a category card and decides on a category. They announce the category, tap the timer button in the middle of the Tapple wheel, and then names an answer for the category that starts with one of the letters on the wheel. Then they press that beginning letter and tap the timer to start it for the next person. The game gets a lot more difficult as the letters have been pressed since you can't use a pressed letter.
The recommended age for this is 8 and up, but Sassy was able to play with no problem. I think if a child has a fairly decent vocabulary and a grasp on beginning sounds, they would be able to play Tapple.
Here are some pictures of a recent game with Sassy, Little Red, and myself. (On a side note, I have to brag on the photography skills of Soccer Girl, who took these pictures.)
Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game
This is the perfect game to work on critical thinking skills and spatial awareness. I do believe this has become the new favorite game of ALL of the small people. The game consists of 9 Wonky blocks in 3 sizes (small, medium, and large) and 3 colors. There is also a 54-card playing deck, with each card showing an image letting the player know which block he can add or which special action he can take.
To play the game, each player is dealt seven cards. On a turn, a player plays a card and follows the image on the card - stacking the correct block on the tower or playing a "Pass" or "Reverse" card. If the tower falls on your turn, you have to choose 3 more cards, and the game continues, building a new tower. The goal is to play all of your cards first.
This is no ordinary cube-stacking game, though, because none of the blocks are perfect cubes. Each block has 3 flat and 3 curved sides. Trying to build the tower with wobbly cubes has made for a lot of laughs at my house, but I've also seen great improvement in the small motor skills of my younger ones (Sassy and Little Red).
This game also has a suggested age of 8 and up, but again, Sassy was able to play this with no problem. It also says it is for 2 or more players. We've played with 2 players, and we've played with up to 6 players. I find it more fun, and more challenging, with more players.
Here are some pictures from a recent game of Wonky at our house.
|And they all come tumbling down!|
Tapple and Wonky are just 2 of MANY games offered by USAopoly. They also sell thematic versions of popular games like Candy Land, Clue, Monopoly, Yahtzee, and much more. You can find games with themes like Harry Potter, Disney Theme Parks, My Little Pony, and others.
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