Since we have 2 toddlers and a preteen, my oldest son, Kyle, tends to feel left out sometimes. After all, a 1 and a half and a 2 and a half year old take a lot of our time and attention. They require constant care and supervision, and are not overly independent just yet.
Plus, many of our family activities aren't as intellectually stimulating to my 12 year old as they could be. We often do things that the toddlers can enjoy as well. This greatly limits the fun for Kyle. Sure, CandyLand is fun, but let's face it: That, like many other games, are more geared towards preschool aged kids. Kyle prefers games with a bit more of a challenge involved. I can't say I blame him!
That's why when the babies are napping or otherwise occupied, we try and have regular game time with Kyle. He loves this, and it gives us some one on one time with him. Sure, he can wipe his own butt and prepare some of his own food, but he still craves attention and interaction with us. We have several, but after awhile, they get repetitive in nature. I can only play certain games so many times before they completely lose their appeal. Especially trivia games! I have a photographic memory, so I tend to remember all of the answers, giving me an unfair advantage most of the time. This drives my family crazy, since they literally have no chance of winning.
That's why I was so excited to learn about Kerflip! from the folks at Creative Foundry. You see, this may look like an ordinary word game, but there are special twists to the game-play that keep it new and fresh. Kerflip! is easy to learn and requires fast thinking. Everyone takes some tiles and drops them onto the game board. Once all of the tiles are white side up, it's a battle to see who can find the best words while beating the clock! The first person to call a word has an advantage. Depending on their selected word, they have the chance to gain the most points value. After time runs out and the first score is recorded, you form the word on the board and turn the tiles over, leaving them on the red side. If a letter is red, it reduces the points value of that particular tile. If another player has used that letter in their word, they're stuck with lower points overall for the word. So quick thinking is a must in this game!
Sound confusing? It really isn't. My 12 year old got the hang of it immediately. Take a look at this brief tutorial video to see Kerflip! in action:
See? Easy, peasy! I love the fast-paced feel of this game, and I also love that it's ever changing. There are so many words in the English language, so the possibilities are endless as far as game play. There are always different words appearing, so it's not at all repetitive. Kerflip! is wonderful for beginning readers and college graduates alike, since the game can be enjoyed by people of all reading levels. It promotes critical thinking, problem solving, and can help keep the mind sharp. (Even after a long day spent chasing toddlers around!)
While the game is intended for people ages 8+, I think it's also suitable for kids as young as 4 or 5. Sure, they may not fare as well as older players, but they can easily form words like "Mom" or "Cat", and this can increase their reading confidence and make them more eager to learn. Even young children enjoy a challenge, and Kerflip! is the perfect way to encourage early reading and vocabulary skills.
Overall, I think Kerflip! is a real winner and a must have for any family. It's so unique, and it is loads of fun for everyone. Also, clean up is a breeze, and you'll never have to worry about missing tiles. So whether you're 5 or 95, Kerflip! can provide hours of fun. I would definitely recommend Kerflip! It's the perfect addition to family game night! Sorry, but pizza delivery is not included with the game. Laughter, however, is!
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***Disclosure:I received a complimentary products and information to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided.As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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