Saturday, May 15, 2010

Curious George Discovery Beach

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

Winner:
The winner of this contest has been determined. Congratulations to CJ Sime of Simply Simonsons! I hope that you and your little one enjoy playing the Curious George Discovery Beach game as much as my daughter and I! Remember to check out the other great games from I Can Do That Games!
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Our family enjoys geocaching together. If you aren't sure what geocaching is, I suggest you read my series of posts on Geocaching. My daughter is almost 3 1/2 and we have been caching for about a year. Surprisingly she really enjoys doing it because...when you you find a large cache, that means there is some "prize inside the treasure." So when we go caching, we tell her we are going treasure hunting. She totally understands the treasure hunting concept.

This past Christmas, her uncle, who also geocaches, got her the coolest gift.... a treasure hunting game! The Curious George Discovery Beach game is made by I Can Do That Games, a company that "fosters confidence by giving kids a chance to discover what they can do."

With the Curious George Discovery Beach game, the goal is to discover as many of the hidden objects as possible. The "game board" is a box filled (and sealed) with sand. Many different trinkets are inside the box. There are 5 "stations" - the lighthouse, the dock, the umbrella, the sailboat, and the palm tree - that can be uncovered to search for buried treasure.

Each player takes a turn flipping a card. The card will show you what to search for. You then spin the spinner, which tells you which station you can look in. The first person to find 6 of the hidden items is the winner.

There is also a wave square on the spinner. This is my daughter's favorite one to land on because it means.... yep, you guessed it.... you get to shake up the box, which in turn moves all the hidden items around.

The game is recommend for ages 3-8. Our three year old loves it, but a few other kids her age that she has played with get bored with it. I think it all depends on the attention span of the child. We like the game because there is no mess- the treasures and sand are sealed in the box. This game also teaches memory skills, matching skills and deductive reasoning.

I would highly recommend this game to anyone, especially those of you with children interested in pirates, geocaching or matching games.

Curious George Discovery Beach has won the Parents’ Choice Gold award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold award, the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and the iParenting Media Award.

Curious George Discovery Beach can be purchased at Target stores, on target.com ($16.99) and at specialty retail stores. Even better, you can win one here!

That's right, my friends at I Can Do That Games have agreed to give one lucky Bloggymom Reviews reader their own Curious George Discovery Beach game!

To enter, head over to the PARENTS page on the I Can Do That Games website. Then come back here and leave me a comment with one NEW thing you learned about playing games with young children.

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Posted by The Spears Family at 4:09 PM

45 comments:

Laura G said...

games have a world to offer: they can teach how to be cooperative, strategic, competitive, confident, bold, risky, respectful, and a thousand other critical life lessons.

Jenna Wood on 16.5.10 said...

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Jenna Wood on 16.5.10 said...

I learned playing games with your children can help foster self confidence.



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Sarah Simplifies on 17.5.10 said...

Playing games fosters social skills and self esteem

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Scarlet of Moms Wear Your Tees. com on 17.5.10 said...

I Can Do That! Games™ foster self-confidence by giving kids a chance to discover what they can do.

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Donna on 17.5.10 said...

I learn when preschoolers play a game, they are in top form. Games ask us to focus attention, absorb lots of new information, make decisions, and perform a multitude of actions in sequential order. In addition to putting all the mind muscles to work, games also get us to exercise our social sensibilities: patience, empathy, and compassion are all part of the skill-set that kids use when playing games.

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Danielle Christiansen on 17.5.10 said...

the thing I learned was this parageraph here. Getting kids to clean up games or anything else takes patience and consistency. When you play games with your child, put the game away together. If your child doesn't want to put it away, let him know your expectation that the players should always put the game away together. because I can never get my kids to clean up games.
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Emily on 18.5.10 said...

repeat play is critical
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daunfamily on 18.5.10 said...

I learned that playing games with them can help teach them patience.
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Michelle on 18.5.10 said...

I am your twitter follower. michelleb2097

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Michelle on 18.5.10 said...

I am a blog follower.
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Michelle on 18.5.10 said...

They help kids discover what the can do as well as provide fun games for family time.

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CJ Sime on 18.5.10 said...

I'm following you on twitter!

CJ Sime on 18.5.10 said...

I thought the pros/cons of how to read the instructions was helpful. on one hand if you read before you can get playing started more smoothly and faster, but reading together helps model for your child how to learn new things.

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CJ Sime on 18.5.10 said...

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CJ Sime on 18.5.10 said...

I commented on your geocaching post.

Shannon said...

I learned that...

Most kids younger than 4 don't yet have the ability to sit and wait (essentially doing nothing) while another player takes a turn.

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Giveaway Lover on 18.5.10 said...

I learend the playing games with kids can foster self confidence, now how cool is that?! shadygrove79 at aol dot com

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Anonymous said...

I learned that the unstructured playing that young children do with games is actually an important part of development.

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Elsie said...

Losing sometimes is an important life lessons we practice as we play games...very worthwhile for toddlers to see how others react correctly!

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Marci J on 19.5.10 said...

I learned it helps with their self-esteem
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Annalissa said...

I learned the importance of knowing what kind of rule-reader one is and that reading rules aloud enhances a child's auditory comprehension.

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Amanda on 19.5.10 said...

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Amanda on 19.5.10 said...

I learned that it's okay to let littler kids win and fix the outcomes so that they win/succeed! It's most important that they learn to like playing games and the time will come later to teach them that they don't always win.
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Anonymous said...

I learned playing collaboratively sometimes helps children who don't like to lose.

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Rachel C said...

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Rachel C said...

I learned that it's normal for younger kids to "repurpose" a game - playing with the pieces and making up their own little game :)
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AStarrA on 26.5.10 said...

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AStarrA on 26.5.10 said...

Learned that you should limit yourself to only giving one or two strategy tips per game

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sarinalv on 30.5.10 said...

i learned that generally kids can start to play structured games between 3.5 and 5 yrs. of age
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DEBIJOT on 31.5.10 said...

Repeat play is key to the learning experience.

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