Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rally Up Game by Blue Orange (Review)

We do not play video games or computer games with our children and neither our 5 1/2 yr old or 2 1/2 year old use a tablet or iPad. I have been quite proud that my daughter is slightly computer illiterate at her young age of 5 1/2 because she actually plays with her toys (non electronic) and uses her imagination and creativity daily. I always cringe a little when I see a young child slumped into their seat with their eyes glued to a computer game. We like dolls, blocks, wooden toys, tea sets, Mega Bloks, Legos, etc. We like activities that are simple yet, fun with a learning / creativity element in them. We like puzzles and board games as well.

I was recently sent a game from Blue Orange.  They are known for their fun, yet educational games for children.  They sent me Rally Up!  Here is some beef info from the company:

"110 illustrated cards are shuffled, distributed, and then rhythmically turned face-up on the table.  Players will find themselves in a hullabaloo and will race to rally up 2 or more images belonging to the same family! Scan swiftly through the craziness to get these thingies back to where they belong!"

The game comes in a metal round tin and is quite small, but the size is really nice as I can see this easily being used on trips when we stay at a hotel or visit family.  The compact size makes it easy to slip into a travel bag and perhaps even play at an airline between flights.  This is designed for ages 6 and up, but my 5 1/2 year old enjoys this a lot.  You only need 2 players (such as parent / child) for a fun game (or as many as 6 can join).

Here is the main objective of the game:

Players look for objects belonging to the same family/category (there are reference cards that show those items in that grouping).  Players continue flipping over cards on a table until someone finds 2 or more cards belonging to the same category.  (Rally Up!)

I like how this is educational and inspires them to think and develop categorization skills.  Other skills learned are Visual Perception, Focus & Attention, and Processing Speed.

Pass all the cards out evenly to each player, put extra card(s) back in tin for next round.  Keep the cards face down and do not show other players your cards. Each player at once turns over their top card to middle of table.  Here is where we use: Visual Perception, Focus & Attention, and Processing Speed

Scan over all the cards that were turned over and see if at least 2 cards or more match within in it's category.  The first person to find matching cards for one category win those cards.  Easy and fun!

We like this game and find that it is fun for us as parents as well.  This was sent to me for review, no compensation other than a sample game was provided.

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