Barbara's Product Reviews & Giveaways
April 12, 2012 10:57 AM
Chickyboom - fun kids' game - 3 winners
[Dianna, Jane and Debbie are the winners of this giveaway. Thanks so much to the Blue Orange Games for sponsoring it! You can buy Chickyboom at Amazon]
Really excited about receiving Chickyboom - winner of several awards for children's games. A Jenga-like game of balance and planning for children 4 and up. Beautifully crafted wooden pieces, appealing to sight and touch. A a pleasure to review.
Check out Blue Orange for a bunch of cool and well-crafted games for kids.
If you grew up in a home with family games, be sure to continue this valuable tradition on in your family. And if you didn't, then you will find joy in starting something that will bond your family while building character in your children:
The Benefits of Board Games Playing games with your kids is a perfect way to spend time together -- and build learning skills at the same time.
By Alvin Rosenfeld
What your child most wants -- and needs -- is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. He wants you to take pleasure in him, play with him, and listen to him. Nothing bolsters his self-esteem more! So why not pull out an old board game tonight? Playing games is an easy and excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together. As an added bonus, board games are also rich in learning opportunities. They satisfy your child's competitive urges and the desire to master new skills and concepts, such as:
number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting
letter recognition and reading
visual perception and color recognition
eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity
Games don't need to be overtly academic to be educational, however. Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child's attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. Even simple board games like Chutes and Ladders offer meta-messages and life skills: Your luck can change in an instant -- for the better or for the worse. The message inherent in board games is: Never give up. Just when you feel despondent, you might hit the jackpot and ascend up high, if you stay in the game for just a few more moves.
Read more at Scholastic
And I'm excited that thanks to the generosity of Blue Orange, MommyLife is hosting this giveaway of three Chickyboom games for my readers. Leave a comment for a drawing 4/21.
Our girls love games and this one looks like fun!
Posted by: Jennifer | April 12, 2012 5:06 PM
This looks like a game my youngest would enjoy.
Posted by: Melinda M | April 12, 2012 5:35 PM
We love to play games. That looks like a good one!
Posted by: Deborah | April 12, 2012 5:37 PM
What a cute game! My children would love it! Thanks for the giveaway!
Posted by: silver | April 12, 2012 6:16 PM
It causes me special joy as a grandparent to be able to say to my grandkids (who I watch every day): "Sure, I'll play a game with you!". I consider it special because as a parent it seemed like I was always putting everything off because I was so busy. "Later, honey.", "Oh, Mama's really got a lot to do right now!" etc etc. I'm not so sure I'm less busy now but my default seems to be "Sure!" maybe because I know how fast they grow up and I may not have all that much time left, either!
Posted by: Jane B | April 12, 2012 6:33 PM
I would like to add this to my game collection
Posted by: Lisa | April 12, 2012 6:49 PM
We play lots of games together. This one looks like a lot of fun, even the name is great!
Posted by: Tammy | April 12, 2012 7:41 PM
This looks like one my kids could all play. Interesting for the olders, doable for the youngest. Just the game for our family.
Posted by: Maeana | April 12, 2012 8:37 PM
Looks like a fun game! Even my youngest would enjoy this.
Posted by: teachermom | April 12, 2012 8:42 PM
I'd love to play this with younger kids.
Posted by: Cheryl | April 12, 2012 8:53 PM
ooooo fun!... (great for teaching math too!)
Posted by: Melanie | April 12, 2012 9:06 PM
Sign me up!
Posted by: Danielle | April 12, 2012 9:17 PM
My little guys would love a new game! They only have 2 currently I think.
Posted by: Michelle | April 12, 2012 9:33 PM
What fun! We are a game loving family. Thanks!
Posted by: Jenn | April 12, 2012 10:13 PM
This looks like lots of fun!!
Posted by: Elizabeth Goulding | April 12, 2012 10:24 PM
We spend lots of time on our tummies on the floor in our playroom enjoying board games. This would be great to win!
Posted by: Jawan | April 12, 2012 11:59 PM
I agree with Jane. Maybe because I'm grandparent age with 2 young kids? I love saying "Yes !" when they ask to play a game and this one looks great ! Thanks for the giveaway !
Posted by: dee | April 13, 2012 12:24 AM
We play games together and would enjoy a new one.
Posted by: Sarah | April 13, 2012 7:13 AM
My daughter loves to play games!
Posted by: Jessica Cooper | April 13, 2012 8:29 AM
This looks like a great game that would appeal to both younger kids and teens/adults. We as a family are always looking for games that different ages can enjoy together. This one looks like a real winner.
Posted by: Nana | April 13, 2012 8:40 AM
Posted by: April C. | April 13, 2012 11:22 AM
That looks extremely cute! Great website too!
Posted by: Sue | April 13, 2012 2:09 PM
Looks like this would be a hit with my 24 yo ds to play with his 4 yo youngest brother.
Posted by: Karen | April 13, 2012 2:57 PM
I love toys that really engage a child's imagination.
Posted by: Debbie | April 13, 2012 6:41 PM
My boys would love this and it looks like it would be good for their coordination.
Posted by: Cheri | April 13, 2012 8:01 PM
My two babies love games... this looks neat!
Posted by: Kerri | April 13, 2012 9:25 PM
My middle boys would love this. Thanks for the chance to win!
Posted by: Annette | April 15, 2012 1:07 AM
My small fry are just discovering the fun of board games -- this would be a great addition!
Posted by: Dianna | April 16, 2012 12:47 AM
My kids would love this game. Thanks for the giveaway!
Posted by: Debbie S | April 16, 2012 8:51 AM
Posted by: Stefani | April 16, 2012 4:02 PM
This game looks like it's beautifully crafted. We love game nights (3+ times a week!) and would love to expand our collection! Thanks for a chance to win!
Posted by: Jessica | April 17, 2012 2:24 PM
all 5 of my children love to play games as a family and just one on one.i love to hear my 16 year old play games with my 3 year old.as always thank you so much for the chance to win.
Posted by: melita | April 17, 2012 8:25 PM
This looks like so much fun and my kids are just the right ages. Thanks!
Posted by: Joani | April 19, 2012 3:44 PM
It's like Leverage, only super-cute!
Posted by: Lisa Smith | April 20, 2012 8:45 PM
this looks wonderful.
Posted by: Gardenia | April 21, 2012 11:42 AM