Pros: Fun game with educational value
Cons: The matching game rules might lead to arguments.
Some of you may be aware of the I Spy series of books by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick. Well I am here to tell you about the I Spy Snap Card Game which is based on that book series. My son received this game in is stocking and Santa new what he was doing.
The game is in a box with various pictures that are on the cards such as keys, bicycles, letters, etc. It is very similar to what the covers of the books look like. The game contains simply 48 cards and the rules. The cards have pictures of different items such as a skeleton, helicopter, clown, frog, etc. each picture is on four different cards, however the central picture may have different backgrounds. The pictures are top quality as they are in the books and contain many hidden items that you can play games with the child having them try to find the other items.
They supply rules for four different games that can be played with the cards. I will discuss the points of each of them briefly. The games that they suggest is snap, I spy riddles, matching game, I spy pig game. We have not played pig yet but it looks like it would be fun after reading the directions.
The rules are taken directly from the rules included with the game.
I Spy Snap Card Game
They suggest reviewing the cards with all the players to make sure that everybody knows what the pictures are.
Playing the Game:
Together the players say in rhythm, I Spy Snap.
On the word Snap, each player takes the top card and places it face up on the table, all at the same time, so that all can see. Its not fair to peek at your own card before you lay it down.
Quickly look at all of the face-up cards. If there is no match showing, all players repeat, I Spy Snap, and turn up the next card on top of the first one. As long as no matches show up, each players stack of face-up cards will grow.
If you see a match among the face-up cards, be the first to call out the correct name of the object on the card! Claim the other players whole stack of face-up cards and add them to your own face-down stack. Watch carefully there may be two, three, or even four showing at the same time.
If you call out a match by mistake, give one card to every player.
If you run out of cards in your hand, pick up your face-up pile, turn it over and keep playing. If you run out of cards, you are out of the game.
This is a fast pace game which is a lot of fun. It also helps develop reading skills through the scanning and identification of pictures. We have played this a few times since Christmas day.
Another one of my Sons favorite games is the I Spy Riddles. In this game you place all 48 cards face up and chant rhymes as you point to the objects in the rhyme. The game provides some riddles such as I spy three jacks, three gum drops, too, a Little pink piggy, a paw print thats blue. We enjoy making up our own riddles and seeking out the objects. This is another great activity to help develop reading skills you can have your child look at the pictures from left to right helping to instill the flow in reading. It is also helpful in the creativity aspect when they are coming up with the riddles for objects for you to find. Very enjoyable for them if you take longer to find the object then they did.
The Matching Game rules are as follows:
For 1 or more players. By playing this fast-moving game beginners can become familiar with the card sets.
Spread all the cards face up on the table. (For the youngest players, you may wish to start with just a few pairs and increase the cards gradually until the children are playing with all 48 cards)
All players play at once, reaching for matching sets and collecting them as they see them. Encourage cooperation and generosity when two players are each holding part of a set.
Play continues until all the sets are matched. The player with the most sets wins.
I am not particularly thrilled with this version of the game. Though it says encourage generosity and cooperation that is easier said than done. Kids want to win and yes they need to learn how to lose, but I feel this version of the matching game can lead to arms and hands being whacked and injuries and arguments ensuing.
We play it as a concentration game which the game company doesnt suggest, but I feel it works much better and is equally challenging and helps develop skills such as memory that are very important. Now what was I going to say next? Better play this game a little more to help develop my memory huh?
I will give you the rules for Pig but as I said we have not played this version yet because it is stated that 4 to 12 players are needed and our family at home is only 3. Here are the rules directly from the rule sheet.
Make a deck of cards with four sets for each player.
Look at your cards. If you have four of a set, quietly put your finger on your nose. If you do not have four of a set, look at the other players to see if anyone does!
If no one has four cards of the same set, the dealer says, Go. Each player takes one card form his or her hand and passes it to the player to the left.
Once more, look at your own cards, then look at the other players!
As soon as one player puts a finger on his nose, all players must do the same.
The last player to put her finger on her nose is the Pig and is the loser of the round. The other players, still holding their fingers on their noses, then point to the loser of the round and say pig! The pig says, oink.
They have a note from Jean Marzollo saying if a young child gets upset by being the pig it might be good for you to lose and show that it is all in fun.
Conclusion and thoughts
The cards are bigger than normal playing cards making it easier to handle them and they are laminated helping keep the cards in good shape and shiny. They are also a made of sturdy cardboard which leads to better lasting cards. I personally like this because the games in our house can take a heaping of abuse. Not that my Angel doesnt take care of his stuff but its hard doing it all by himself.
The game is manufactured by Briarpatch and runs around $3.00 thats what I saw them for at Marshalls. The suggested for ages 5 and up I think that is a good estimate. I think the Snap and Pig game might be a little advanced for 5 year-olds, but they probably would have fun with the riddle game.
I feel this is a fun game that both the youngsters and older kids could enjoy playing together. My wife and I enjoy playing with my son and we certainly qualify as older kids.
I only got one review written before Christmas so my dedications didnt go far. So let me say Happy New Year to you all and thanks for reading. I hope you found the review helpful in someway.