ThinkFun Balance Beans Review
I really love the holiday season, with the snow and all the time of being with family together. Wrapping up beautiful packages to put under the tree and enjoy watching your loved ones unwrap on Christmas morning. Taking the time to find thoughtful gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. My list is always growing with new addition and I am constantly on the lookout for the perfect gift for everyone. One of my favorite brand of games to shop for is ThinkFun, and this year I will be giving out Balance Beans to a few of my nieces and nephews!
This game is different, because it is a solitary game. I have played this with my kids and we end up doing it together or taking turns. It is a really neat seesaw logic game that incorporates elementary algebra in play. It is not necessary to do any math equations, but some kids may welcome the challenge. It helps kids learn physics as well. I am a big fan of learning while playing. If it is fun, kids are more likely to learn doing it. As a home schooling mom, I welcome all concepts such as these.
My oldest really enjoyed playing Balance Beans. I think mostly because she really enjoys math, which to me is weird. I was never very good at math, but she just thrives on it. She loves seeing how to place the beans on the seesaw and then trying to make sure that the rest she adds, keeps it level. She enjoys doing it while I am cleaning the kitchen or while her sister is napping. Sometimes she needs help and other times, she just loves showing me how she pulled it off. When I try to play some of them, she giggles and then insists on helping me. Those are moments I will always cherish with Bean.
Balance Beans comes with: Game tray and base, 3 single beans, 3 double beans, 3 triple beans, 40 challenge and solution cards, instructions, and a game go bag. You put the game tray and base together, to make the seesaw. You pick one of the cards and it shows you how to set up the beans on the seesaw and then it shows you what beans to add. The trick is to get those beans on there and making the seesaw balance. It is really fun and challenging!
So I recommend adding this to your list for anyone over the age of 5, it brings learning into a physical and fun form for kids! Plus, I have fun with it too!
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