April 20, 2013

Shelby's Snack Shack Game - Educational and Oh So Cute!

With summer very quickly approaching I've begun my hunt for a balance of outdoor and indoor activities to keep Kayla busy and learning.  Now that she is 4 we are really getting into preschool games.  The key seems to be finding something that will both visually appeal to a child and that offers tangible results in a short period of time.  

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While I was at Toy Fair this year the very energetic team from Educational Insights sent me home with a few games including Racoon Rumpus (which was a hit) and this new game Shelby's Snack Shack . Even I was drawn in by the adorable graphics and multiple skills the game targeted.  It's also a nice stepping stone from cooperative games when you're ready to introduce your child to the concept that hey kid, there might be a winner in this game and it actually might not be you!

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The concept of Shelby's Snack Shack is pretty simple and in all honesty more tolerable than Hi-Ho Cherry O and the like.  Shelby the wide eyed puppy has buried bones in the sand and needs help retrieving them.  You take turns spinning the dual spinners.  The first one determines your play.  You could wind up going to fetch some bones, having a seagull snatch yours or get distracted eating a flip flop (an all too common occurrence in our home) and miss a turn.

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The second spinner tells you how many bones you either get to retrieve or will get snatched by the dreaded seagull.  This is where it gets fun - your kids then use Shelby, who is really like a gigantic cute tweezer to pick up the appropriate number of bones and deposit them in your dog bowl.  When the bones are all gone from the beach whoever has collected the most is deemed the winner.

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What are my favorite things about this game?

-It's slightly more complicated than a true beginner preschool game yet is still fairly simple
-The fine motor skills practice with the Shelby tweezers is an added bonus and the concept of using them is very appealing to small children.
-The dual spinners teach kids about following multiple directions and doing things in order without making things overly complicated.
-The counting practice is good, though most kids this age can easily find 5 things.  We did periodic check ins where Kayla counted all of her bones and and all of my bones to make things a little harder.
-Shelby is freaking adorable and the bright colors and rubbery texture of the bones appeal to everyone.

Any negatives?

- Nothing major that I can think of.  If you're playing with just 2 people like Kayla and I were, you may want to consider leaving some of the bones out of the game.  Educational Insights is quite generous with the number of bones they provide you and it makes for a longer game if you're just 2.  

Think Shelby's Snack Shack might be for your little one?  Have yet another birthday party coming up and need a gift?  I always like giving games.  They aren't very expensive, they are usually educational and they tend to have a longer shelf life with a child than all the licensed character stuff.  You can check out Shelby's Snack Shack  

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