“Mama, please play a game with me!” This is something the parents of young children hear a lot, and it can be tricky to find a game that’s on their level but not yawn-inducing for everyone else who’s playing along. I just found a really cute little game that fills the bill and it’s called Animal Bingo.
Packaged in a sturdy box with a carry handle, Animal Bingo is made for children ages 2 and up and is both quick to learn and enjoyable to play. It just came into stock at Timberdoodle, the sponsor of today’s post.
The game includes 6 durable habitat boards and 6 sets of round animal cards. Each player picks a habitat to play with, just as you would choose a bingo board, and the object of the game is to collect the 4 creatures that live in your habitat. We like to stack up the pile of animal cards in the middle of the table, letting everyone take a turn picking one off the top. The card is placed on the matching habitat, and whoever fills his habitat first wins. Play time runs about 10-15 minutes.
There are other ways to play, limited only by your creativity! Here are some of our ideas:
- If you’ve got several children playing, hold up an animal card and see who can shout out the correct habitat first.
- Turn it into a memory game by asking which 4 animals match up with the habitat board you are holding up.
- Use as a teaching tool, and explain why different animals belong in different habitats, and how God designed them to survive there.
- Hold up a habitat card and ask your child if they can name other animals, besides those on the round cards, that live in that habitat.
I’ve played many games over the years that were designed for children and they often suffer from fatal flaws like being too complex, or too boring, or sometimes just plain weird. Bad artwork is often a thing, too.
Animal Bingo has none of the pitfalls of so many early learning games. The game pieces are vibrantly colored and oversized for little hands. The artwork is undeniably adorable. And you won’t spend a lot of time explaining rules to someone with a very short attention span. I actually found it a pleasure to play this game with my children, and that really says a lot! Their older siblings are eager to join in, too. Just last night we had players ranging from ages 3 to 10 and everyone had a grand old time.
And here’s some good news, busy parents! This is a game your little ones can play alone, too. The first day that Animal Bingo arrived in the mail from Timberdoodle, Mary Kate (three years old) sat at the table for a solid hour placing and re-placing the animals on their habitats. She loves to show me her favorite creatures and holds them up to identify them one by one. Even a child as young as 2 can have fun looking at and placing the colorful animal cards, and trying to say their names.
Everything from the box to the boards is very well made, so this is an investment you’ll get a lot of mileage out of. Use it to teach early biology concepts to preschoolers or to take a 10 minute break from your work and actually enjoy some toddler time!
Animal Bingo is part of the PreK Curriculum kit but can also be purchased separately for $16.99 right now at Timberdoodle. They have lots of other educational toddler and preschool games that reinforce educational concepts like:
- Mobi Kids math tile game
- Three Little Piggies Smart Game
- Big Letter Bananagrams
- Chicken Shuffle, Jr.
- and more!
Tomorrow is a big day at Timberdoodle because the 2020 curriculum will be launched. This year you’ll find some brand new STEM additions, art kits, and more. By popular demand, many grades will also include science lab kits. Follow Timberdoodle on social media for the releases and some GIVEAWAYS. It starts April 15th and runs from 10 am to 12 pm central time. See you there!
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Special offer ends April 30, 2020 at midnight PDT.