Our daughter loves to play games at school so we always get a few when we order our curriculum from Timberdoodle. We’ve been play GridBlock quite a lot because it really is that much fun. The pieces are very well made which is great because then they stand up to the wear and tear of a 5 year old. I think the board isn’t as well made as the pieces which is a shame but doesn’t inhibit the game play in anyway. We did lose of the pieces recently though. So I contacted Fat Brain Toy Co and they are sending us a replacement piece free of charge which is very nice of them. The game can be played with 2 to 4 players. The object of the game is to get all your pieces on the board before the other people. The first one to not be able to place their piece loses. The rules are very simple. 1: pieces much touch a piece of the same color. 2: pieces of same shape can not touch.
What is very nice about this game is that all the pieces fit nicely inside the board so if you’d like to toss the box then feel free. This is one of our daughter’s favorite games at the moment so we do play it weekly if not daily. What I like is that this is another of those great games that helps kids with those critical thinking skills without the child actually knowing that they are learning anything at all. What our daughter likes is that the game is fun. I do have to remind her of the no same shapes touching rule but that’s about it.
This would be a great game to take to a homeschool meetup or play date. I may end up buying a couple more just for meetups and such. I have noticed with every time we play our daughter gets more and more strategic with how she places her pieces which shows me that she is definitely developing those critical thinking skills more. I love that! Critical thinking skills are so important to learn early on and your child will use them for so many things as they get older.
So in conclusion, I would recommend this game. It is well made, fun, for 2 to 4 players and helps with the ever so important critical thinking skills. It’s easy to travel with which is nice. Our daughter really enjoys it so that is a plus from a kid’s point of view. This will definitely be a game that we play for a long time. We actually keep it in the bedroom right now so we can play before bed. Let us see if you can guess what our next review of our second grade curriculum will be! Here are your clues:
1. Cartoon themed fun for the whole family
2. Introduction to four science concepts in a really fun way
3. Fun stories with nostalgic characters