No, that isn’t a typo. The game I’m highlighting this week is just that good!
The first game I mentioned from our gameschooling shelves was a bit geared for the younger crowd. But what about those of you with older kids? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. This week’s game is a great one for all ages, but starts to be really fun with the early elementary ages.
And I’m sure you’ve heard of it – Spot it (affiliate link).
We first ran across this game from a Chick-fil-A kid’s meal. I know, I just told you how much I abhor kids’ meal toys, but just stick with me.
(The opinions on this game are completely my own. I bought this game on my own dime. I do, however, receive a small monetary compensation if you purchase this game by using my links at no cost to you. Just my way of being able to afford more games for my family!)
There are several ways to play, but in general this is what you do:
- Flip over cards
- Find matches between 2 or more cards
In some of the variations the object is to get rid of all your cards, in others the point is to gain the most cards. That’s one of the reasons we love this game – there are so many different ways to play! We’re kinda notorious for making up our own rules anyway, so this game is right up our alley.
Besides being fun and speedy, what’s so great about it? I’m glad you asked. Here are some lessons we’ve learned through this game:
- Sportsmanship. All games encounter some level of good sportsmanship, but because this game is generally fast, it’s a great way to encourage older kids to be patient and encourage younger siblings. Additionally, when the older kids do tend to win most of the time, we help them win graciously and the others to lose graciously as well.
- Word recognition. Now, this game didn’t teach my kids to read at all, but when they couldn’t read, I was able to teach them the simple words included in the game – “ART” and “STOP”.
- Matching. I think the technical fancy term is “visual perception skills,” but really, it’s learning how to match things. The kicker is that you have to do it quickly! Which leads to my next point…
- Focus. We’ve been working on paying attention and focusing in our home lately, and games like these force attention. If you’re not paying attention, someone else is going to find the match quicker and win!
This is a game that my older two kids can grab off the shelf and play all by themselves. There’s little setup and no real reading required. If your children can read the directions, then you don’t even have to get them started! And once my children learned how to play the two basic versions, I didn’t have to assist either.
Plus, I love this game. And it’s a game I’ll play with my parents and siblings even when the kiddos are in bed. It’s fun, it’s fast, it’s family-friendly! Did I just sound like an infomercial?! I really don’t get paid to write about games; I just love them so much.
Age range: 5+ years (the box says 7+, but mine have been playing since they were 4.5)
Play time: 15 min
Number of players: 2-8
Reading level: none. But it may help in identifying the few words on the cards.
And check out these other fun variations (I might need to add these to my Christmas wish list, especially that camping one!):