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One of the things I've really started to enjoy as my kids have grown out of the toddler stage and in to early childhood is playing games with them. Don't get me wrong, I love Candy Land, but there is only so much a mother can take. I'm really looking forward to the day we can all play Mexican Train Dominoes together!
I recently joined This Old Schoolhouse's Review Crew and one of the first items I was sent to review was a game! We spent Father's Day weekend playing Super Duper Publication's Jeeper Peepers. After lunch we all gathered round, ranging in age from 3 to 74, to play.
The gist of the game is to guess what is on the card on your glasses. Players must use yes or no questions to guess. There are other variations on the game including how to use it in a large group setting, where players can earn tokens by guessing correctly. The kids were quite taken with the tokens and the electronic spinner, but we didn't use them. We just stuck to the glasses and cards.
At first glance, I was wondering what in the world this game was going to teach my kids. Don't get me wrong — they LOVE playing it and have played it almost every day since we got it. Then I realized that they were actually learning quite a bit. They have to ask questions about their card — the size, shape, category, color, texture, etc. They're learning how to think to ask those questions and they have to remember the answers so they can guess. The younger kids really struggle with this. The game is for 5 and over so we let the 3 year old ask what he wanted, but he eventually figured out to ask the color and size. My five year old cheated and kept looking at her card. The 12 year old was the best at the game (even better than the adults) and she was quick to guess. The three adults never once figured out our cards!
The one change I would make to this game is to sort the cards by level. For instance, one card was money, which can be difficult for a young child to figure out, but a tree they understand. I ended up going through and sorting for easy ones for the little kids are harder cards for the adults.
Overall, I really like this game. I'm interested to see how my kids develop their deduction skills as we play it more often. The kids have pulled out Jeepers Peepers at least once a week since it arrived and we just end up giggling so hard — it's just a whole lot of fun for the entire family!
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