Suitable for children ages four years and up, this game has varying levels for children to play. Younger ones will focus on the lower levels of the game showing just pictures rather than words, gaining confidence with the game to move onto pictures and words together, before playing with just the words and no pictures. That’s where the spellings testing comes into play.
Inside the box, the whole game is contained in one sturdy plastic unit. The game boards are double sides in different colours according to the level of the game. Blue shows pictures only, and is for beginners, Green boards have the letters, but with clever picture clues positioned at the start of the word. Finally the red boards have letters only with no picture clues.
The board places together nicely with your chosen disc being placed into the casing. There are a variety of different subjects to choose from including holidays, faces, animals etc.
On top of that is the clear disc that has grooves to place the counters in to stop them falling off the board. A blue outer rim is placed on top to secure everything in place. This all sits well on top of each other with pegs to secure it all together.
Each player (up to four), chooses a colour counter to play with, and the board is set with the dial being turned to show the colour block in the space.
To play, the youngest person turns the disc in a clockwise position until the first word or series of pictures is shown. All players must search the board until they find the matching word or pictures. Once they have spotted it, they must place their counters onto the word / pictures on the board.
We decided to shout “found it” alert the other players. Gameplay continues with the dial being rotated until you reach the colour block again. By this time the board will be almost full of counters and no more sequences or words should be able to be found.
The winner is the player with the most counters on the board.
When we first played this 6yo decided she wasn’t going to be very good at playing on the red level, but she actually surprised herself and we found it great for using skills such as quick thinking, spellings, concentration and also patience when a word was escaping everyone on the board.
Despite the picture boards (blue level) being designed for the youngest age group, we realised this was good for sequence matching which really focuses your concentration when there are plenty of similar images on a board.
Wordsearch Junior is priced at £18.99 from Drumond Park. We give this game a big thumbs up.
Disclosure – we received the game free of charge but all opinions are our own
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