We have been having fun with another Drumond Park game here. This time, it’s Wordsearch Junior, and I think I love it as much as Boo does…
For children who are learning their letters – Wordsearch Junior is a brilliant introduction to spotting patterns of pictures and simple words.
Wordsearch Junior leads children from searching out rows of animals or fruits in a grid of pictures to looking for short words linked to pictures like CAT, DOG or BED. It gets younger children used to the whole idea of searching for rows in a grid, and gives new readers valuable practice at recognising words.
The player with the most coloured markers on the board when all the words have been found is the winner.
Contents: 1 Wordsearch board, 9 double-sided game discs (18 games), 4 x 35 marking pieces (red, yellow, green, blue), instructions.
So to kick off, you have three different types of game boards to play with..
We play with all three. Boo’s favourite level is the middle one, the red game boards. It’s a good one, as it has the images of the word that you’re trying to find at the start, followed by spelling it out, which she enjoys doing. I personally, find the images, the blue boards, fun to play with, as I like spotting the little patterns as fast as I can as it makes Boo mad at me!
Once you’ve selected which game board you’re going to play, you pop it on the turntable and cover it with the plastic grid. You’re all set to go then, so just choose your disc colour and get playing!
There’s a gap in the blue of the turntable that shows you what you need to be searching for..
And once found, be it pattern or word, you cover it with your discs..
It’s a race to find each sequence, and then you place your discs over the word. The winner is the person with most words found at the end of the board cycle, or the one to run out of discs – whichever comes first.
This is a fabulous game on so many levels. Boo likes spotting patterns and it helps her to concentrate on doing so. She recognises her letters now, and this builds on that and encourages her to read and spell, which she has been enjoying working on recently anyway. We have discussed each letter as we play, talk through spelling and word pronunciations. She really focuses on this game, and I enjoy watching her do so.
It’s nice to have a game that we can play quietly and calmly while Little Man is asleep (note – if you do have younger children, you will want them asleep, as those counters can get everywhere pretty quickly, a lesson I learned early on with this one!). It’s turning into our little bit of one on one time every few days, and I think we both love it equally. At 4, Boo is the perfect age to start enjoying this game, and I can see it being a favourite for a fair few years to come yet, and then she’ll be ready to move on to Wordsearch, which I’m keen to play, too, as I spent many happy childhood hours immersed in wordsearches!
I’ve struggled to find anything that I don’t like about this game, so this is definitely a game I’d recommend for young children. It is fun, educational, easy to play and understand, well-made, and with several discs to use, all double-sided, it has many hours of potential to sit, ponder, giggle when you’re beaten, and learn. We give it a big thumbs-up here.
The lovely people at Drumond Park have offered me 1 copy of the game to give away, too, so to be in with a chance, use the rafflecopter below. Give-away ends 30th June 2014, open to UK residents only.
Disclosure: I was given the product FOC for the purposes of writing this review, but all words and opinions remain my own.