Product Type: Think Fun board games
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Brilliant maths game
Thinkfun Zingo ! 1-2-3 Game
Member Name: firasha
Thinkfun Zingo ! 1-2-3 Game
Advantages: educational, fun
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.
Summary: This is great
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