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Sushi Go: Review

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Sushi Go is a super popular card game by Gamewright. This game can be found at basically any store that sells board games. Not only is this game incredibly excellent for kids, its fun for adults too! This is one my husband and I are excited to play over and over again.

It basically works like this. There are several types of cards, maki, pudding, wasabi, nigiri, ect. Ech one is worth a certain point value and combination of cards can multiple points or increase incrementally.

This is a game of strategy, not only that, my 5 year old has to add up points, and shes seeing how multiplication works.

This game is rated 8+, and although my 5 year old picked it up easily after one game (3 rounds to a game) I wouldn’t recommend it for new gamers. We watched a quick youtube video before playing and it helped immensely as well.

Games for Beginner and Young Gamers

I really believe that playing games can teach kids an enormous amount of information without the whining of ‘Do I have to do that’

But to get to the point where you can play more complicated games, you have to start somewhere. I think everyone knows where I am headed with this, the classic. Candyland.
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Now, I will be the first to admit, this game can be well….painful. We unfortunately are not out of our Candy land phase as my 3 year old favors it. It does teach the sequence of gaming, spinning, taking turns. As my three year old is learning, how to be a graceful looser. (A skill she is struggling with)

Beginner card game I always recommend include go fish. I picked mine up at the dollar store, I also picked up a jumbo paper clip for their little hands to hold the cards. There are card holders but this works so well for us and cost $1.25 so we haven’t tried them. We have two ‘go fish’ specific decks. One is actually an Easter ‘go chick’ the other is fish. One deck has numbers and we use that more frequently to practice number recognition. We also play ‘war’ for greater and less than learning. Memory is another game we play with our go fish deck. This is one myself, 5, and 3 year old can all be included. I keep the second deck in my purse for restaurants, waiting rooms, coffee shops,ect.

Another games we all love, and is even enjoyable for adults is Habas’s Animal upon Animals.

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This is a great beginner game, but I also know it will last us a long time. It is beautiful wooden pieces, and is amazing in its simplicity. It helps with fine motor skills, turn taking, and learning how to be a good looser/winner. We have played this game a lot. Its one we always pull out when non-gamer friends come over. It doesn’t require undivided attention so its great for the fidgety child as well. My three year old rolls the dice, plays her pieces and we call her back for her next turn if she wanders off.

The last one I love to recommend is spot it
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This is another one I pull over for new gamer friends, my three year old, five year old and adults can all play. I have the original but have the letter and Spanish version on my wish list.

Do you use games in your homeschool? Which are your favorites?

-Lauren

Building  a Board Game Collection in Canada

Please ignore the fluff on the floor, my dogs clearly destroyed a toy. I would say I am at a ratio of 70% new games and 30% used. A lot of our card games are from the dollar store. There are certain brands of games I was just too excited to attempt and wait for used. Plus, having owned them, can see the staying power. Thinkfun has an excellent selection. Right now, we love Math Dice, and Rush hour. We have turned a lot of non-gamers on with their games. My second brand we love is Gamewright. I have not owned a game of theirs I don’t love. Again, these are games with longevity so I don’t mind purchasing at full price. 
I love Value Village, Talize, but especially love Salvation Army and Bible Missions for used games. I have heard yard sales are a great place to check. We just don’t have them were we live. 
Winner’s also occasionally has great games and puzzles, and so does Chapters if you catch a great sale. Toys r us is expanding their board games, but tend to cost more than Amazon. We have some pretty nice hobby and game shops in the city near us, so I also check those out. 
Feel free to message me, or follow me on Instagram to see what were gaming. 
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