Don’t you just love products that make learning fun?!?
I know I do 🙂 !
As I was walking around the vendor hall at the HEAV Homeschool Convention last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Sharon Neff who is an independent consultant for SimplyFun – Learning & Connecting Through Play. Her booth was so colorful and inviting that I was drawn to it several times over the weekend.
SimplyFun is a direct sales company that offers an award-winning line of games and activities that are educational and fun! SimplyFun carries products for toddlers up to adults. Their games and activiites cover a wide range of topics including language, math, geography, sequencing, teamwork, fine motor skills, spatial relationships, nutrition, and more!
After talking for a few minutes and telling me about her company, Sharon offered to give me a game to review and of course I said yes!
Sharon generously gave me a game called Letter Slide which covers spelling, consonants and vowels, and vocabulary. Letter Slide retails for $34.95, is for ages 7 and up, and can be played by up to 4 players.
The contents of the game include:
- 4 Slide Boards
- 200 Letter Tiles
- 87 Word Cards
- 1 One-Minute Sand Timer
- 1 Storage Bag
- 1 Rules Booklet
After opening and digging through the game, I was very impressed with the quality of the product and the simple instructions for play! It’s definitely a game that would hold up well to kids of all ages.
The object of Letter Slide is to fill in missing letters on the Word Cards to form complete words. The catch is that you have to come up with as many words as you can before the timer runs out and all of the other players are digging for letter tiles at the same time!
As you create words, you take one letter from each word and cover a letter space on your Slide Board. The first player to cover all of the spaces on their Slide Board is the winner! I know this sounds simple, but it amazing how quickly your mind will go blank under pressure 🙂 !
We took Letter Slide with us on our camping trip to the beach last week. I like to keep games in the camper for rainy days and when I find one that everybody enjoys and is educational…well, that is even better 😉 !
Last night we had my parents over for dinner and decided to see how they liked the game. It was fun to see the variety of words that everybody came up with and it was even more fun to see them frantically searching for letters as the timer runs out 🙂 !
Everybody gave Letter Slide a “thumbs up” !
The instructions offer two variations to adapt the game to younger players. We decided that it’d be fun come up with a few ideas that could add variation and make the game more challenging for older players as well:
- If another player comes up with the same word as you do, both players must throw those tiles back into the pile.
- Require each player to fill up their Slide Board in order from top to bottom.
- Create your own cards with more empty letter spaces. For example: C R ___ ___ ___
I also think the Letter Tiles would be a great hands on/tactile activity for children who are learning to spell!
As an extra bonus, the instruction booklet even included some fun facts about the English language such as:
* The most common vowel and letter in English is E
I am very impressed with Letter Slide and think it would be a great resource for homeschoolers and any family with children!
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