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As my son is approaching the age of three I wanted to buy him some fun but educational games we could all have fun with for Christmas. One I came across was Pass the bag which is all about shapes and colours something my son has some knowledge about but could do to improve. After reading up on the game I bought it as one of his many Christmas presents!
Pass the bag is a lovely simple game that can be enjoyed by adults as much as children. The game is recommended for three years and above. I have found there are ways to make the game simpler for very young children or that little bit more interesting for adults.
The game comes in a smallish square box and contains four cardboard collecting cards. The cards have ten different coloured shapes of which you have to match the lose shapes too. It comes with a thick cotton bag which is one side full cotton material and the other is netted allowing other players to see in the bag. Within the bag are forty shapes of circles, rings, squares, diamonds and triangles of which there are two sizes. They are one of four colours which are blue, red, green and yellow. This makes the game a little bit less confusing for a young child keeping the shapes to basic colours.
To play the game with a young child like my son we played it basically like lotto but we picked a piece out of the bag. We took it in turns to remove a piece from the bag and see if it matched up to any of the coloured shapes on our boards. To begin with my son was a little reluctant to the game as he would match the shapes up but not the colours as well. After a few attempts at the game my son became more responsive and started to enjoy the interaction we had with one another while playing it. I think it is great that it isn't just the shape you have to match up but the colour and size too.
I can see my son progressing with this game as he gets older as he will begin to feel for the shapes in the bag. We haven't quite got him to understand this concept yet. Sometimes I find me and my son just sit and pull shapes out for him to name and their colour. He has become great with these particular shapes and colours and he has begun pointing out shapes he sees in his day to day life.
My son isn't old enough to play alone with other young children he still hasn't master the art of taking turns without been prompted by me. I think playing this game will help him with this. He really enjoys playing the game and he often likes to sit at the table just matching the coloured shapes to the correct place on the boards.
We have had great fun playing this game so far and prefer it to his picture lotto game he also received for Christmas. Although this game isn't practically about memorizing where pieces are it is about recognizing shapes by not only looking at them but by touch as well. I have found this game to be more educational then his basic lotto game but haven't lost the fun side either. My son fully enjoys it.
It can be bought for £11 on Amazon currently but I managed to pick it up on eBay for a bargain of four pounds with postage included. This isn't the type of game you child will instantly be drawn to it isn't plastered with the latest cartoon characters on it but never the less my son loves it now. The price may seem a little steep but for a young child learning shapes and colours is important and if I can find a fun way to do it I am happy to pay the price.