Pros: Very cute, fun to play
I picked up the Little Tikes Farm 3-D Memory Match-Up game at Kmart one day for only about $5.00. I bought this game almost a year ago shortly after our son turned 3 years old. His big sister has all kinds of games but he was just starting to get into playing games at that time and we didn't really have very many for his age. Even though our daughter is 8 years old, she still likes to play this game as well and they will play this game for a while together. I just thought this game was so darn cute!
The reason that I thought this game was so cute was the fact that it doesn't come in a normal cardboard box like most board/card games come in. The Little Tikes Farm 3-D Memory Match-Up game comes in a hard plastic egg carton. It's a little bigger than your standard real egg carton. It measures approximately 10 inches long, 4 inches tall and 4 inches wide. The egg carton is really cute because they made it look like a real egg carton. It's a white carton and on the top it says Little Tikes (logo) and then there is a little cow and it says Farm 3-D Memory Match-Up and at the end is a little white chicken. The bottom of the top has a red border that says "Ten Cute Playtime Critters" and tells you that this game os for ages 3 years and older.
The details on the carton are what got me. You know how on real egg cartons it normally tells you where the eggs are grown? Well on the side of this carton it says in blue letters that they are "Grown By MGA Entertainment" and then it has the company's address underneath it. In the middle on the side of the carton instead of saying Keep in Refrigerator, it actually says "Keep In Playroom". There is also a bar code on the carton that says "Farm Fresh" above it.
There are 20 yellow haystacks and 10 farm animals (that come apart). The haystacks measure approximately 1 ½ inches tall and the animals are slightly smaller than that when they are put together. Together they measure about an inch tall and 1 ½ inches wide. They are only about an inch tall when they are taken apart. The animals are almost in a ball shape. You can tell by the look of them what animal they are though even though they don't have much of an animal shape. They all look like they are supposed to with ears, tails and faces. There is a gray bunny, a pink pig, a cow, a yellow chick, a tan bunny, a brown spotted dog, an orange striped cat, a lamb, a dark gray donkey, and a white chicken.
Playing the game
The play of the game is just like playing any ordinary memory match up with cards. You take apart all of the farm animals so that they are all in halves. Then you cover up all the animal parts with the haystack cups so that you can't see them. Then you mix them up and the players take turns trying to match up the animal parts by removing the haystacks. If the player finds both halves of the same animal, they put the animal together, remove the cups and keeps the animal then goes again. If a match is not found, the parts are covered back up and left in the same place as they were so that all players can try to remember where those parts are to match them. Play continues until all animals are matched and the player with the most animals wins.
I think this is a great way to play Memory Match-Up. It's more fun than playing with cards. My kids enjoy putting the animals together and for younger ones it even teaches hand-eye coordination along with memory. I like this Memory Match-Up better than playing with cards because we have lost so many cards with many different match-up games. Plus I don't have to worry about cards getting bent up or torn. All the pieces are made of a durable plastic which is also a plus. I love that this game doesn't come in a cardboard box. The carton always opens and closes really easy and it snaps closed too. Even though the carton has been opened and closed about a million times, it still stays closed like it's supposed to without coming open on its own letting pieces fall out. The only problem with it is that a few of the animals have a couple of places where the paint has scratched on them but not enough to notice much.
This game is recommended for ages 3 years and older. In my opinion, I think a child a little younger than 3 would be able to play this game as well. The pieces aren't small enough to choke on and some kids younger than 3 years old may be ready for a match-up game. Like I said above, our daughter is 8 years old and she still likes to play this game with her brother. She probably wouldn't bother much with it if he doesn't want to play but I think this game is great up to about age 6 before a kid would start to get bored with it. Overall, I recommend this game. Like I said, it's really cute and my kids think it's more fun than playing with cards. This game is a great tool for memory, and coordination and it's pretty durable. We have another little one due very soon and I imagine this game will still be around by the time this little one can play with it! It's an awesome game for toddlers. There has never been any frustrations with it and the game usually only lasts 5-10 minutes.