Product Type: Think Fun board games
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My nephew loves this game
Thinkfun Zingo ! 1-2-3 Game
Member Name: helenc72
Thinkfun Zingo ! 1-2-3 Game
Date: 28/11/12, updated on 28/11/12 (59 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to play, range of difficulties (normal bingo or maths), bright, sturdy, my nephew loves it
Disadvantages: Zingo machine can get jammed if you put the cards in wrong (but just be careful)
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.
Summary: A lovely maths game that my nephew loves
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