Saturday, July 22, 2017

Keeping Summer Brain Drain at Bay with Fun Games From Peaceable Kingdom

Thank you to Peaceable Kingdom for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own!


Brain Drain.... it's something that parents hear about every summer and every summer we are given so very many ways to help combat it. Both girls came home with reading logs for a summer reading program, D brought home a packet for a math program she could do online, and R has a packet of things she should practice over the summer so that she knows them for Kindergarten. 
I'm all for keeping up the learning during summer vacation, but this summer work is turning out to be just as overwhelming as the work during the school year! 
Call me crazy, but I prefer a little less stress and a lot more fun during the summer. 


One of our favorite activities (year round, but especially in the summer) is playing games together. 
I love watching as the girls try to figure out the best card to play to win Uno or seeing who can remember which card was where while playing Memory. 
 Recently, we got to try out a few new games from our friends at Peaceable Kingdom, and we've been having lots of fun game nights at Wigglesworth Manor!


Peaceable Kingdom is a company that creates games and gifts that inspire cooperation and cultivate kindness. We are always honored when we get the chance to work with them, and this time was no exception. 
We received 3 games; Alphabet Bingo, Blue Plate Scramble, and Mole Rats in Space.


Our Thoughts:



Alphabet Bingo: We played this one together first. The girls absolutely loved it and so did I. The double-sided cards contain a 4x4 grid, with different letters of the alphabet (along with corresponding word and image) in each square. I played caller most games and enjoyed switching things up by calling the letter one time and the word another time. It was a great way to keep the girls, especially R, engaged and making connections between letters and sounds. Since the cards are smaller, games go by at a bit of a faster pace, which is really great for younger ones.



Blue Plate Scramble: This one is definitely my favorite. It's similar to Memory, but with a twist. You set up a number of plates (we usually play with 6-8), memorize what 2 foods are on each plate. You flip the plates over and then you have 30 seconds to find the right food cards for each plate. Mess up and you end up with an angry customer. Mess up 5 times, the game is over. 
We've played this game so many times, and we have yet to have one angry customer! I enjoy it so much, I would even play it without the kids!



Mole Rats in Space: D loves this game. It's all about helping a team of Mole Rats escape their space station after a band of snakes infiltrate it. The players work together to help the Mole Rats gather their equipment, while avoiding the snakes, and escape before time runs out. This game is recommended for ages 7+, but we were able to play a few times with R (5) and she enjoyed it as well.


Want Them? Get Them!

Game play is a wonderful way to keep summer brain drain at bay, but games are also great for year round fun and learning. You can buy any of the games mentioned, and many other great games and gifts, from the Peaceable Kingdom website.  While you are visiting the website, be sure to sign up for the birthday club. If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay area, you can also sign up to be a part of the development process as a Game Tester.
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