Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Spy Private Eye



Increase your child's ability to memorize and recall information by playing I Spy! This is a great board game that isn't one bit boring. The rules are pretty simple and easy to explain, which meant our test group of kids caught on immediately. They were also immediately interested in memorizing the images so they could rack up points.

Place the eight dice (with such images as pumpkin, airplane, and star shown on each side) into the plastic tumbler and shake them up. Press the blue button on top to set the timer and unveil the dice. Players have 30 seconds to memorize all the images shown on the cubes. When the timer beeps, the dice are covered and each player must identify the images on his/her card that had been shown.

There are two sets of cards - beginner level with four images per card, and advanced level with fifteen. Children younger than five could easily enjoy this game at the lower level. As you may have guessed, players were excited to shake up the dice and set the timer. Those little "hands-on" activities provided a nice break from the memory challenge and got the the kids excited to play another round.

Memory is a skill that can be learned just like any other. The more opportunities your child gets to exercise the memory muscle, the easier it will be to handle the load of information in school. This game is a fun and easy way to build those memory skills.

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