*I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by RoosterFin*
The older my kids get, the more precious time becomes as I know one day, I will wake up and they will be grown. This makes it more important than ever to spend time together doing things we enjoy. Finding an activity that doesn’t break the bank and the kids are willing to participant in is not easy however, since they are as different as night and day. One way to get them involved and interacting with me, and each other willingly is to break out the games. When RoosterFin offered to send me some of their games to review, I jumped at the chance.
After teaching for over 10 years, Joe “RoosterFin” Balcuk left the classroom and began developing games. He spent hours playing games and studying what made them addictive. This coupled with his knowledge of motivating children and keeping their interest through games lead him to create RoosterFin. The teacher-created games are easy to learn and designed to build various skills through play. You can read more about Joe by visiting the RoosterFin blog.
I received Monkeys Up, Lumpy Cubes, and Bouncing Bots to review.
Players will be monkeying around with this 2017 Game of the Year Award by Creative Magazine winner. Each monkey has a hidden number on the bottom. To play, stand all the monkeys in the center of the table and have each player take three without looking at the number. The first player rolls the die and performs the action indicated: flip, trade, switch, or reverse. When a player has three monkeys with the number side up, the game is over. The players then add the numbers together and the person with the highest wins. This game is designed for 1 to 6 players ages 6 and up.
- 18 Plastic Monkeys
- 1 Cube
- Simple Instructions
This game is very simple to play and it was a breath of fresh air not to have to repeat the rules over and over to the boys. It was pretty fast paced and the boys really enjoyed playing it. The game is perfect for kids learning basic addition. It also strengthens memory and strategy skills. You can find Monkeys Up on the RoosterFin website. Watch this YouTube video to learn how to play.
Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition
Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition offers all members of the family fast stacking fun. To play, each player takes four cubes of the same color. The first player draws a card and lays it flat for all players to see. After studying the card for 10 seconds, all players stack their cubes to match the pattern. The first player to match the pattern yells “Lumpy!” and takes the card. The player to get three cards first wins the game. Lumpy Cubes received the 2017 Seal of Excellence Award by Creative Child Magazine and 2017 Tillywig Best Family Fun Award. It is designed for 1 to 4 players ages 6 and up.
- 16 plastic cubes with clear plastic storage tray
- 12 stack challenge cards
- 4 Lumpy Cube Hero cards
- Simple instructions
Lumpy Cubes is entertaining for all ages. It is easy to learn and play making it ideal for parties, family game night, and other occasions. We all truly enjoyed playing this game since we all have a competitive side. It really tested our speed, coordination, and memory. Sometimes we did forget to yell out “Lumpy” when we completed our stacks. We played over and over and the game never got boring. To buy Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition, visit Amazon. You can also learn how the game is played on YouTube.
Bouncing Bots, winner of the 2017 Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine is designed to improve dexterity, motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. To play the game, players pick two Bouncing Bots of the same color. They bounce the Bot onto one of the two platform with an attempt to land them on one of the numbers. After all of the Bots have been bounced players add up the numbers under their Bots. The Bots are then bounced for an additional two rounds. If the Bots did not land on a number, the players does not get any points. The person with the highest amount of points with all three rounds combined wins! Bouncing Bots is designed for 1 to 4 players ages 7 and up.
- 8 Bot characters
- 2 platforms
- Simple instructions
This game is perfect for those kiddos that are always fidgeting since it keeps their hands busy. This game is also highly entertaining if you are uncoordinated like me and can’t seem to get the Bot to land on the platform. I know my boys had a good laugh or two at my expense. The best part? The kids are having fun and they don’t even realize they are learning essential skills! You can find Bouncing Bots on Amazon. You can watch the YouTube video to learn how to play.