Learning is Fun with Thinkfun Games: Roll & Play and Zingo! {Review and Giveaway} CLOSED

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My nephew Parker and his daddy, stopped over for a visit so I jumped at the opportunity to try an awesome new toddler game by ThinkFun. Nora (3) and Parker (2) always have a good time together but sometimes the battle over toys gets exhausting. I pulled out Roll & Play for a change of pace and asked the dads to join in the fun.

Roll & Play

The kids had a blast with this simple learning game. They advertise Roll & Play as “your child’s first game” and I think they’re right! Nora recently had her first attempt at a board game with Candy Land and she was more interested in pretending with the game pieces than she was in trying to figure out the rules. But Roll & Play was different. Both kids jumped right in and the great part of the daddy participation was there were no rules to enforce other than taking turns which all kids need to learn.

Roll & Play

The kids tossed the brightly colored plush cube and matched the color with an action card. Each card had something fun for the kids to act out. Each color enforced a different skill such as animal sounds (“Bark like a dog”) or counting (“Pat your head 8 times”). The dads got in on the fun encouraging the kids along when they were stumped by something and we even had Nana and Papa singing a song when Nora was too shy to perform her card. Parker’s “scary face” had the entire room rolling with laughter.

Roll & Play

We loved Roll & Play! It encourages family fun and learning with your child. The cube is soft and colorful and has a pocket for the game cards to be stored. The only thing I could think to improve would be the weight of the paper used for the cards. The kids got pretty excited and cards were bent easily in a scramble to pick them up.

ThinkFun also sent Zingo! to try. Although it says it’s for ages 4+ I gave it a shot with Nora (3). Zingo is like Bingo and is based on matching simple images. Nora loved it! We didn’t get into the competitive part of the game but instead just had fun matching the cards.

Zingo

I slowly introduced the idea of yelling “Zingo” when we saw an image that matched our card and she loved that. The cartridge that held the chips was a little tricky for her to load as they had to go in a certain way but when I explained that the “ABCs” went at the bottom she figured that out too. When she couldn’t get the chip back into the slot she just removed the cover and put them back into the stack. I think a toddler could easily play without the cover on and it’d work fine for younger fingers. I can see this being a huge hit with older kids and groups. Try it out at your next birthday party!

Zingo

Roll & Play

Roll & Play
Your Child’s First Game

Roll & Play launched at the Toy Fair last month, where it was ranked one of the “Top 10″ out of 100,000+ games and toys, and hand-selected as evidence of the “Little Learners” trend in toys this year.  It was also the only toddler product featured on The View’s “Best of Toy Fair” segment. Roll & Play is the ideal way to gently introduce play patterns and rules through a loving, joyful play experience!
Ages: 18 months and up
Players: 2 or more
Features:
• 1 Large Plush Cube
• 48 Cards – 8 in Each Category
• Storage Pocket for Cards
• Parent’s Guide

ZingoZingo
Bingo with a zing

Nominated TOTY 2009 Best Toy of the Year! This innovative game encourages pre-readers and early readers alike to match the pictures and words on game tiles to the pictures and words on the challenge cards.
Ages: 4 and up
Players: 2-6
Features:
• Double-sided Zingo! Cards feature 2 levels of play
• The Zingo! Zinger adds tactile fun to game play
• Reload slots and double-sided tiles make cleanup and reloading a breeze!
• Parents’ Guide with tips and game variations to help support early learners through play

BUY IT:

Both Roll & Play and Zingo! retail for $19.99 each and can be purchased directly from ThinkFun and major retailers nationwide. Look for Roll and Playand Zingo! at a reduced rate and with free super saver shipping at Amazon!

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{ Giveaway }

One reader will win both of the featured Thinkfun games: Roll & Play and Zingo!

MAIN ENTRY: Visit ThinkFun and tell me another game that you’d love to own!

Want more entries? (Of course!) After answering my question do any of the following and leave a comment telling me what you did. Each is worth one entry unless otherwise noted. Your comment is your entry so please leave the appropriate number of comments for each extra entry.

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-Follow BLM on twitter and tweet about this giveaway (You can do this 2x daily! Must be at least 2 hrs apart)

#Win a set of @thinkfun games: Roll & Play 18 mos+ & Zingo! 4 yrs+ worth $40 @babylovingmama http://tinyurl.com/cw27slw #giveaway

-Blog about this contest (at least 30 words) with a link back here and ThinkFun (3 entries/5 entries if you include a picture)

This contest will end on 5/17/12 at 11:59 pm CST. U.S. residents 18+ only. The winner will be drawn via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to winning notification email before I draw another winner or do a live giveaway.

Disclosure:  A sample was provided for the purpose of this review however no monetary compensation has been received. Thoughts remain 100% my own.
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