Saturday, April 7, 2012

Review: Pathwords Jr. by Thinkfun

I love board games, from Monopoly to Life! So when I hear about new family board games, I love to try them out. Games that teach skills such as reason and vocabulary are even better for family fun! Our family recently got to test out an amazing game by Thinkfun, Pathwords jr.! If you're looking for a reading board game or a children's reading game, this is it!

Thinkfun's mission is to "Ignite Your Mind!" which I absolutely love! Thinkfun is a leading creator of games that incorporate reason and thinking into fun creative play. They are the creator of games such as Rush Hour, a game we already own and have so much fun with! The company has won hundreds of prestigious awards for their games, and Pathwords specifically has won the 2012 Games Magazine Game of the Year, the 2011 ASTRA Best Toys for Kids award, and the 2011 Creative Child Magazine Puzzle of the Year Award, among others!!

We gave Angie Pathwords jr. for her birthday this past week, and have had so much fun playing with her. When you open Pathwords, you immediately notice how much effort was put into designing this learning game to be safe, fun, and easily storable! The six colorful puzzle pieces as well as the card booklet can be stored within the plastic container that serves as the super cool game board!! This is something I love about Thinkfun toys: they are designed to be easy to play, travel with, and store, making them ideal for families like ours who's game cabinets are filled to the brim!

Pathwords jr. is geared towards children ages 6+. The object of the game is to solve simple crossword puzzles by covering words with colorful puzzle pieces so that all of the words on any given game play card are covered. Pathwords comes with a booklet of word puzzles, ranging in difficulty from begginner to expert. Angie just turned six and can read simple words, and we found that the begginner cards were really right at her level. She recognized words like cats, dogs, and rats, and was able to use logic and spacial recognition skills to match puzzle pieces with words she couldn't read!

Pathwords jr. is a great skill-based board game. It builds a child's reading, vocabulary, categorization, and spacial recognition skills. The words on any given card are grouped into categories, helping children to learn new words and make connections between words they may have already known. Each of the six puzzle pieces has a different shape, and Angie learned to recognize which piece might fit over a certain word, since the words can be found going forwards, backwards, and up and down corners. Silly clues with fun pictures make each game-play card unique!
Not One Ordinary Moment highly reccomends games from Thinkfun, especially Pathwords jr.! The skill-based children's games made by this wonderful company are very high-quality and are unique in their game play! Pathwords is a game that is played like a cross-word puzzle, which is so unique and fun! Thinkfun games help children to build valuable skills while being so fun for the whole family! Learning games by Thinkfun help children to learn skills and continue to build them by offering many levels of play. Thinkfun games are ideal travel games and car games since they are so compact; everything we needed could fit right inside the gameboard when we were done!

Pathwords jr. is also a great classroom game! Teachers will like the no-mess design, and the game can easily be played by groups of children, who will also be building the vital skill of sharing! Parents looking for a classroom gift to give should definitely think of purchasing Pathwords jr.!

Pathwords jr. would be a wonderful gift to get that special child in your life for their next birthday, or during the holiday season. This is a game that parents can rely on and that gift-givers can feel good about giving. Since it can be played individually or as a group by taking turns, children are able to occupy themselves with this learning game. Overall, this game is really fun to play and is suitable for a wide range of ages; the feeling of doing well by completing a puzzle is one that every child should experience!

BUY IT: To purchase Pathwords jr., please head over to Thinkfun by clicking here: Thinkfun offers a variety of fun toys for all ages, and is a great company to browse when looking for a cool addition to the family game collection! Some of my other personal favorites are Rush Hour and Aha! Square Fit. Thinkfun has a whole section of junior games for younger kids, and you can even play games online. Definitely check this company out, you will be impressed!!!
Here's a tutorial for another great game by Thinkfun!!

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1 comment:

  1. Looking for a gift for my grandson I came across your review. Thank you so very much. The review is informative giving good insight as to what to expect to the buyer. I can see I'll be coming back to your blog again. And sending your link to my daughter-in-law. Thanks again. A Grandma in Florida