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Thinkfun Zingo ! 1-2-3 Game

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Brand: Think Fun / Type: Educational Toy

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      28.11.2012 17:50
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      A lovely maths game that my nephew loves

      I see a lot of my nephews and usually stay over at their house once a week. The oldest one who is four years old loves to wake me up early in the morning begging to play this game! It is a very simple game which is basically just a Bingo type activity but he doesn't get bored of it and has had the game for quite a few months now, so that has to be a recommendation.

      In comes in a smallish box containing one plastic device that acts as a dispenser for the number cards (the Zingo machine), a lot of small number cards and six small boards which serve as your Bingo cards. As there are six boards you could play with up to six players. We usually play as a two and take three boards each. The Zingo number dispenser does add some novelty to what is essentially a simple game and my nephew likes using this machine. It is a sturdy plastic and is bright red in colour, which looks quite nice. It gives out two number cards per turn, and to release these you just pull the top of the Zingo machine forward then back, and when it goes back it has dropped two number cards. This machine usually works with no problems, however it can be stuck if the cards have not all been put in properly. If some are upside down it can temporarily jam. However it is easy to see which way up the cards should be placed inside, as the top of the cards has a rounded edge,and my nephew knows to take care to put them in properly when finishing up, so this is not really a problem. There is also a slot to push the numbers in like posting them into a letter box if you wish. It is much quicker to just take the top off and put them all in a few at a time rather than posting individually, but the slot is still a nice touch as my nephew does sometimes find it funny to use it.

      The boards are nicely made, very sturdy and thick. They are brightly coloured with pictures depicting all the numbers, which can be counted. The board shows the numbers in words and pictures but not actually in numbers, which I did find a little surprising. For example the twelves has 12 little pictures on it and the word "twelve". I thought this was a bit difficult for non readers as if they don't know the word twelve they would have to count the items. My nephew is starting to read but I don't think he knows all the words for his numbers, however he does know instantly what number each space is on the board and I think he must have just counted the bigger ones and remembered. The lower numbers are obviously easy to recognise from the number of pictures on it. The actual cards show the number as 1, 2, 3 etc so the game works on their recognition of numbers, words and counting. The cards are actually made of plastic so are tougher than cardboard, which is good if they are used a lot. When playing with a few boards per person my nephew finds it exciting to check who is winning and which individual board is winning by counting the blank spaces and asking me how many I still need. He really enjoys this!

      If you turn the boards over on the back there is another version of the game which involves simple maths. Instead of just getting a. And to put on a space which shows that number, you have basic sums such as if you get a 7 card you would have to look for a sum on your board which gives that answer, e.g. 3 + 4. This makes the game a bit more complicated and means that when the basic bingo gets a bit too simple or my nephew eventually gets bored of it, he can vary it with the maths version. We have play the maths version together once and he was able to do it but it was a bit slower and he does prefer the basic one for the moment. However he is only little so he may use the maths one more later.

      I think this is a good game as it is simple but fun and educational for small children. The box says age 4 up which I think is about right. My nephew did get it at age 3 and enjoyed playing it as he was mad on anything with numbers and I don't see why a 3 year old couldn't if they like numbers.

      I would recommend this game.

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      01.05.2012 00:10
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      This is great

      I recently got this game from the Amazon Vine programme and was really looking forward to get it as I was sure my 3 year old (nearly 4) boy would love this - and I was right.

      It is basically a bingo game, which has 6 cards and a zinger machine where you keep all the numbers and they are dispensed from there.

      The zinger machine is easy to operate, you simply slide the top and the numbers are dispensed into the area below. The only hiccup we had was my children kept trying to load the numbers in the wrong way round or a bit too scattered, whereas they do need to be loaded in nice and straight and neatly in order to dispense properly but that was not a major issue. The machine does not need any batteries, which is always a good thing.

      The quality of the cards and machine is good, the cards look very thick and durable. The overall look of the game is good quality and not cheap and nasty. There are 6 cards so plenty of people can play at once, if you like. Although even one person can play it and still enjoy it - as I found out on the weekend when I was a bit busy but my son was desperate to play so he did it by himself and it kept him quiet and busy for ages! Which I was really pleased with, as I never realised before that it could actually be used as a one person game.

      I must add I did play it with him myself before that too, not just left him to play on his own with his new toy - I am not that mean!

      My son loves maths and numbers so he was very excited with this game, and I like it as it will help him learn, and is also fun. It is also supposed to help with word recognition of the written numbers, as they keep seeing them on the cards, which is something good too because my son is starting to learn to read at the moment.

      When you turn the card round there is another version on the other side, about addition, so if your child wants a bit more of a challenge they can play the addition version instead of the normal. My son was sticking to the normal for now, but I think he will enjoy both sides of the cards, maybe the addition one more when he is a little bit older.

      Overall I found it really good - for both education and fun so we are very happy with it.

      I had not heard of 'thinkfun' before this, but I will be having a look what else they have got as this game seems like good value.

      I would recommend it for children around 4 years old, as the box states, or 3.5 would probably be okay. We had to keep it out the way of our 2 year old as it is not really suitable for him and it does have small pieces (the number cards) which I wouldn't say are a real choking issue but he would probably throw them all round the house. However when he is a bit bigger it is something that children could play together by themselves as the zinger machine is very easy to use

      I have also reviewed this on Amazon but expanded it on here.

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