~I received products from Super Duper Inc. for the purpose of review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Previously I had shared with you the MagneTalk Match-up Adventures Kit from Super Duper Inc., which is a language based magnetic barrier game. The MagneTalk’s key skill targets are reasoning, direction, auditory memory and basic concepts. Now I want to show you the second game from Super Duper Inc. that I had chosen to review that targets comprehension, specifically in the area of “Wh” questions (Who, What, When, Where and Why), as well as verbal expression – Ask & Answer “Wh” Bingo!
Before I get into how the game is played, I want to tell you why this specific game is important to our family and how it can be a great tool for those like ours. Most of you know that my son has delays which mainly revolve around his language/cognition development. With a lot of help from his Early Education classes, his Parents as Teachers home helper and of course Mom & Dad, the last year and a half has seen incredible progress. My youngest had went from a sort of uniquely crafted parroting speech to being able to use his own words. However, the one thing that has always eluded us was the question, “Why?” As in:
Why are you sad?
Why are you hurt?
Why are you angry?
I’m sure you can understand how hard it would be for parents to never understand the “Why” of anything with their child and how frustrating it must be for a child to not understand “Why” you aren’t “getting it”.
So I chose this game to target that question, but to also strengthen the understanding of the others in the “Wh” family.
To start the game you can choose from any of the 6 Question Bingo Board categories, this includes: Who, What, When, Why, Where and a Combo. They are beautifully colored, laminated boards, with double sides; giving 36 playing surfaces in all! To compliment each type of board are cards, 144 in total. These are also separated into the 6 categories. Also included are 200 Bingo Chips of colors matching the boards.
Playing is similar to regular Bingo except you ask a question rather than call out a number. The child (or children) answer the question and then find the space on their Bingo board. The first person to have 5 in a row and yell BINGO wins!
There are other variations to the game to help change it up as well.
- The Caller can also state the answer rather than the question and have the kids figure out what the question is, like Jeopardy.
- You can lay out all the boards and have children toss the token on the boards, where their token lands they have to ask the question to the answer on the board.
We have a lot of fun with Ask & Answer “Wh” Bingo and our little one. He gets so excited answering the questions that half the time he runs out of the room to locate the very things in the house that are on his board. For him it is a big game and for us it is an amazing learning tool. So far he is doing a great job doing his best in answering the questions. We have a little trouble because he has a extremely good memory and will just run the answer from auditory memory rather than thinking about the question, so when using the Combo Boards that he is used to, we’ll switch it up with questions from the other cards that he hasn’t had yet.
Just a note in case you have a very smart little one that memorizes cards!
Ask & Answer “Wh” Bingo has been wonderful at home, but I decided to try something new and asked his Speech/Language Therapist if she would like to borrow it for school. This way not only will other children benefit from it, but also he will be asked the questions (same or not) from other adults and children. He needs to get used to being asked (and answering) questions from other adults and peers around him as it is an important social interaction.
I thought it was really cute when I told him (so he wouldn’t get upset if he saw it there) that he had stated, “And THEN it is coming home!” Because even though it is a great lesson, deep down it is also an incredibly fun game to play with the people that you love.
You can check out all of Super Duper Inc.’s educational materials, games and tools on their website. Make sure to enter the giveaway to win the $50 GC to Super Duper Inc. on the MagneTalk Match-up Adventures Kit review!
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