When I was the age my girls are now, we didn’t have video games. We played with dolls and worked our way up to board games like Sorry, Parcheesi, Winning Ticket and Monopoly. I love board games and will be the first to admit that I don’t play with DH because I’m not a good loser… and he doesn’t let me win. Having the opportunity to engage my girls in board games has been rewarding, although now when I don’t win, it’s usually by choice.
Briarpatch offered me the opportunity to try out their new “I Spy Private Eye” game. Since both my girls loved Briarpatch’s preschool I Spy game, enjoy I Spy books and even the I Spy show on HBO, I figured this would be a sure fire winner. And you know what? It was a winner for everyone except me because it made me realize my memory is horrible. And as I said before, I’m a poor sport.
The game consists of picture dice, a timed shaker and game cards. The player shakes the dice then has a set amount of time to study them before covering them back up. The player then draws a card and announces which items (s)he recalls from the dice. Any opponent can challenge them and take a chance at stealing their card. I want to point out that there are two sets of cards – an easy set for young (or novice) players and a harder set for older or more seasoned players.
To sum up “I Spy Private Eye” in one sentence – It’s a memory game on steroids. What I discovered is that Miss K (age 4) seldom got it wrong. Miss M (age 5 1/2) and I (pfft 38) needed to verbalize what we saw to increase our chances of getting it correct. It gave me some great insight into the differences in the way they learn. Armed with this knowledge, I’ll be able to incorporate different techniques into their education as they grow up.
While sometimes I throw my turn in games, this one was pretty genuine. I would swear that I saw something but find out during the reveal that I was wrong! Seriously, I need to brush up on my Dale Carnegie memory skills. This game is noted as being ages 5 and up, but it really is challenging for any age. Both Miss M and Miss K enjoy playing it and often start a game up without me!
If you are looking for a game that teaches focus and memorization, be sure to add this to your wish list. It’s never to early to start shopping for Christmas! One lucky reader can find out much fun (and educational) this game is by winning it!
: One “I Spy Private Eye” game from Briarpatch. (approx value $25).
Rules:: Giveaway Closed
Thanks to Briarpatch for providing the prize for this giveaway. I especially want to thank Briarpatch for the opportunity to test out this product with my kids. KidStuff, the PR people who provided this game to me really exemplified the colors of the Briarpatch company by allowing me an extensive grace period when I was unable to prepare a timely review. They were very understanding when I explained that “Life got in the way of blogging” and I want to send my utmost gratitude for that!