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I feel like I spend 90% of my days at home with Cub trying to find excuses not to play with him. I know this sounds terrible, but I know I’m not alone. Even if you’re not running a business from home during the day, you probably have other things to do besides follow the nonsensical barking orders of a pint-sized dictator. Don’t get me wrong: there are lots of things I love doing with my son. I love reading books, even the same books over and over. I don’t mind doing puzzles. I enjoy doing crafts and baking with him, and I am even patient enough to let him “do the dishes” with me. But when it comes to playing, playing the way he wants to play… not my cup of tea.
Thanks to our new game from Educational Insights, when Cub says, “Mommy, I want to play with you!”, I’m not overcome with dread. I bust out Sophie’s Seashell Scramble! It’s a simple game, but not a mind-numbingly boring game. It doesn’t take an eternity to play a round, and it requires no set up. You could even pack up the pieces in a baggie (leaving the box behind) and take this game to go.
The object of the game is to collect one of each shell from the “ocean” (the game box, or whatever surface you want). You pick up these shells, depending on what you spin, using Sophie the Otter.
The spinner gives just enough variety to keep your preschooler eager to see where the arrow will land next. Land on one of the patterns, and use Sophie to pick up the matching shell from the ocean.
Spin a 1 or a 2 and choose whichever shells you need. Land on Sophie the Otter, and you get to steal from another player. Land on the wave, and everyone loses a shell. Land on the octopus, and you have to gamble with one of your shells. You get one more spin, and if you land on the octopus or on the pattern that matches your shell, you get to keep your shell. Otherwise, back to the ocean it goes!
My preschooler is practicing turn taking, counting, shape recognition and even fine motor skills, but most important for him, his Mom is playing with him! The hardest part for him is when he spins a turn that he doesn’t like. Sometimes he tries to “guide” the arrow where he wants it to go. So, we’ll have to work on the concept of “cheating,” and I hope he can be a better loser than his father! As much as I love board games and card games, I can’t stand playing them with my husband because he’s such a sore loser! Like his Dad, Cub is a very enthusiastic winner.
So I would call Sophie’s Seashell Scramble a total success at our house. We play it almost every day, and it makes both of us happy. Cub has also tried The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game and Shelby’s Snack Shack Game from Educational Insights at his friends’ houses, and these games work on the same premise as Sophie’s Seashell Scramble. He loves them, and as with Sophie, they’re the kind of games that preschoolers can almost referee without adult supervision.
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Aimee Geroux says
Bella and I love playing with her flash cards, her chalkboard and she loves when I take her for a ride on her bike. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
Janet W. says
My favorite way to play with my grandsons is by playing educational board games. I love watching them learn and have fun at the same time!
Anne Perry says
We love to play hide and seek and card games/
My favorite way to play with children are advanced board games like settlers of Catan junior.
Katy Emanuel says
We play candy land or Jenga. Also love to play games out in the yard
We play board games, or outside.
Amber Ludwig says
My son and I love playing games together!! I love to see him learn the rules and follow through with them!! He loves playing with fun pieces and seeing me having fun and engaging with him!
I like playing outside with my nieces. We like to visit playgrounds and parks!
Sharon Schoepe says
We play board games and spend lots of time playing outside
Dotty J Boucher says
I love doing crafts with them or sometimes we just roll around on the floor lol
Amy Lovell says
we do our nails and chat while we do them!
janine a says
we love sensory play and outdoor play! 🙂
Judy Cowan says
I love to play either with games or by doing crafts!
Andrea Amy says
we play board games, and legos
Jolene Johnson says
I’m so glad you said that! I feel so guilty for not wanting to play with my daughter sometimes but man.. I love to read to her and do creative things like painting and drawing. She’s almost four and in her first dance classes and since I was a dancer/taking adult tap and jazz now, it’s fun to get our shoes on and dance together. This game is SO CUTE. Otters are my favorite. 🙂
Jodi Armstrong says
we love to play educational games like memory or puzzles. she also LOVES candy land the board game.
My grandsons love to play board games or cards
Jan Lee says
My great niece likes to play with dolls and make up stories to act out 🙂
we love playing together with toys and/or outside!
Colleen Maurina says
My favorite way to play with my four grandchildren is building things with them, playing games and reading to them.
Caroline M. says
we love to play the memory game
Angelica Dimeo says
I love playing board games with my kids its a fun way to interact
My youngest son is just getting into puzzles and card games, and my two oldest love to play card games. I’ve always looked forward to this – playing games as a family.
Stephanie McGowan says
We love to play the board game “where is sock monkey”! And of course playing outside when the weather is nice!!
Kristin Faircloth says
Our favorite play happens outdoors- hiking, playgrounds, etc. We love playing games inside when the weather’s too bad.
Caleb VanderWal says
We love to play outside on a blanket in the yard!
Emma Ishmael says
My almost 2-year old LOVES playing cards with me. He will can even get them into a neat-edged pile. I have been looking for age-appropriate board games so we can play more!
Lana Bradstream says
I like to play with crafts.
Peekaboo is definitely my LO’s speed nowadays, but I’m looking orward to imaginative play
Jessica K. says
My favorite way to play with my daughter is playing outside. It’s nice to get outdoors and let loose some energy! I also like reading books and playing board games with her.
Our grandson is just 7 weeks old, so anything shiny & in motion is extremely entertaining at the moment. Starting to show him picture books as well.
Pamela James says
My grandson was born this last feb so we rock & talk 🙂
Jamie S says
My favorite way to play is just to provide her with a variety of toys, let her pick and then describe actions, hide the toys and seek, and also to get dirty outside!
Cheryl Chervitz says
I don’t get to see my grandbabies very often, so when I do see them we like to read books, go fishing, play outside, barbies are a must!
Deborah W. says
We love to play games like Cootie, Candyland or Chutes and Ladders.
Jeanna Massman says
I spend a lot of time playing cars and trains with my grandson.
Julie L says
I love crafting with my little ones. They are so creative!
Ashley Chassereau Parks says
I love running and chasing my little ones outside and playing with puzzles inside!
Kinetic sand! I think I love it even more than my kids do 🙂
Dominique Cloutier says
I’ma huge board game fan! It s a family tradition from when I was a kid that I LOVE passing down to my own littles now!
Debbie Sherrer says
I love playing cards, painting, playing with balls, and games with my grandkids.
Jennifer Ann Wilson says
We love playing board games on rainy or cold days and anything outside on nice days.
Love the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
Lindsey Beaulieu says
We love reading
I love to sing songs that have motions with my son
Marlene Koza says
We love playing outdoors at the park.
LeAnn Harbert says
We read books about nature and then go exploring
I love to play blocks with my youngest.
Hannah Avery says
I like playing blocks with my littlest, and pushing my daughter on the swing.
heidi c. says
I love getting down on the floor and playing LEGO or cars or whatever my little guys choose.
kathy downey says
We love creative play by game playing or crafts
Laurie P says
I love toy/games that DO NOT require batteries…..
Christy Maurer says
I like to play games and watch movies with them.
My kids’ favorite activity is singing and dancing together, while I play piano!
Debbie Clauer says
I love to do art & crafts with my granddaughter.
Brandon Sparks says
I love playing video games with my kids.
Caryn Coates says
We always play with educational games. I have 2 children with speech delay so always finding new games to help them improve speech.
Emily Bavaro says
bath time is such fun! moving water and floating toys really entertain!
My favorite way to play with my son is hide and seek. It’s so fun watching him try to find new ways to hide 🙂 (and more often than not just copying my hiding places 😉
Viv Sluys says
I love playing games like Uno Moo, Candyland, Chinese Checkers, and Rummy-O with my kids. I like playing imagination games with them too but it’s not as fun as board type games.