Marina games has helped bring Family Fun Night to younger kids all over thanks to the new matching game My Grocery List. It is SO difficult to find a game that is on my pre-schoolers playing level and still decent fun for the rest of the family. Marina games graciously sent us My Grocery List to play as a family, and we loved it.
It’s a simple game. The game includes five grocery lists, five shopping baskets, and 30 grocery item cards. It is designed for ages 3-7 years, and 2-5 players. The cards go face down and each player is supposed to choose a card during their turn. If it matches their grocery list, the card goes in their shopping basket. If it isn’t on their list, it’s turned face down again in the same spot. Then the next person takes a turn. The person who finishes their *shopping* first wins the game.
The game teaches skills to my pre-schooler also. I love the obvious concentration and memory skills, as well as the skills of matching objects and identifying colors and shapes, but when the cards are placed in the child’s grocery cart, it also teaches them very basic fractions, like the cart is half full. I had my six-year old tell me how many more he needed in order to have a full cart – great subtraction! My three-year old counted how many items she had in her cart.
The absolute BEST thing about this game though is that MES can sit down and play this game by herself. She can use her grocery list and match the cards to her list because no reading is mandatory. She even took the game out last weekend when she had a little friend over for a playdate. They sat on the floor and went shopping for grocery items!
The cards are all very heavy-duty, which is good for little hands. It is also small enough that we can take it with us on family trips. I plan on bringing it to Grandma’s house for Christmas so the cousins can have quiet time in the afternoon.
Watch for this game at your local bookstore or at Marina Games for a retail price of only $7.99. It would make a perfect gift for the preschooler in your life!
|Lauralee Saad loves homeschooling her three kiddos: Ballerina, age 8, Big Boy, age 6, and MESS, age 3. She enjoys sewing when she can find a spare corner to set up her machine and dig out fabrics, cooking and baking – especially if the kiddos are helping, and enjoying a good book after the kiddos have gone to bed. She is thrilled to be welcoming a baby girl into the family in March of 2012.|