LP and Little Man are at the age now where they love to play games – ones that come in a box and with different pieces. They love setting games up and then playing them by themselves or together and so when SmartGames sent us some of their games to try LP and Little Man were quite excited.
We were sent Little Red Riding Hood Deluxe and Dinosaurs Mystic Island. Both of the games have a similar concept – you’re given a book with challenges in and once you set up the game board you have to place tiles in the right places to solve that challenge. They’re games based on lateral thinking and logic – things that the children haven’t really experienced before so I was interested to see how they would do.
LP loved the Little Red Riding Hood Deluxe game. She easily set the board up for each challenge – placing trees, the wolf, Little Red Riding Hood and the cottage all in the right places before working out where the paths went to make the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood each reach the cottage.
LP has never been interested in jigsaws or anything that required thinking about. She’s much more creative and artistic but she loved this game, trying different paths until she found the right one and you could almost see her mind working as she went through the motions of finding the right combination.
Little Man on the other hand loved the Dinosaur Mystic Island set. Although the game is aimed at age six and over he helped to set the game up – putting the vegetarian and meat eating dinosaurs in their correct places.
We then worked together to put the island tiles down, trying to keep the red and green dinosaurs on their own islands. This is where LP really enjoyed the game. Dinosaur Mystic Island is a step up from Little Red Riding Hood in the age range and difficulty and so it really got her thinking.
It was nice to see Little Man and LP working both independently and together and games like these are ones they can happily take turns at. I love that SmartGames have given them something new to play with and have an interest in that is not only fun and different but educational too. They’re the sort of games that would even get my brain working so it’s great to see LP and Little Man enjoying them so much too.
Disclosure: We were sent the above games for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.