As usual we were overwhelmed at Toy Fair 2013. We saw a ton! We are starting to bring in our favorites already… more to follow as the year rolls out. Here are some games we liked the most:
Ages 3+, 2-4 players
Each player holds a set of dice. Players hold all ten dice in their hands. Someone shouts “go!” and everyone rolls at the same time. Be the first player to get 10 of your dice to show the same number. So simple, so fun! And almost anyone can play and win.
This one is new from one of our favorite companies, Educational Insights:
Raccoon Rumpus, $14.99
Ages 3+, 2-4 players
We welcome new games, especially for this age group. Raccoons have raided your closet and now they’re having a party! Help these masked bandits get dressed; the critter that collects the most costumes wins! A crazy, fun game of memory and matching.
And for those of you who like to bend your brains…
Kyro 5, $14.99
Ages 7+, 2 players
This game was created by games inventor Joe Weatherall. ”Joe infused his love of Egyptian artifacts and ancient civilizations into KYRO5™—he also loves the contrast of its simple set up and the advanced ‘over time’ strategy of the game. One of the industry’s most prolific inventors, Joe has recently logged his 1,000th invention—including toys and games like KYRO5 and Scrabble® Slam.” (from the Educational Insights site).
First choose a color and collect your pyramids. Players then take turns placing one pyramid at a time, each touching another pyramid on at least one side or corner. Once all pyramids are placed, remove and relocate played pyramids, one at a time. The first players to line up five pyramids in a row wins the game! This game would make a great gift for kids studying Egypt!
Trifacta–two new math games:
Trifacta Addition/Subtraction, $16.99
Ages 6+, 2-4 players
Make addition and subtraction fun! This math fact game builds fluency like never before. Pass out the numbered playing cards then take turns filling in the mising spots to complete fact families. Be the first player to play all your cards and call out “tri-Facta!”
Trifacta Multiplication/Division, $19.99
Ages 8+, 2-4 players
A fun way to make multiplication and division make sense. Plays the same way as the addition/subtraction version.