Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shelby's Snack Shack Game by Educational Insights Review


Shelby Snack Shack is a board game manufactured by Educational Insights which is based in Southern California. Educational Insights manufactures products that are playful with serious educational value. Products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that foremost learning should be fun for children. The safety of children is a top priority at Educational Insights. Every product is safety tested by independent laboratories to ensure they comply with applicable safety standards and laws, which also include lead and heavy metal testing.

Where did Shelby Snack Shack get it's name, you ask? Shelby, is a rescue dog who is so cute she inspired the new pre-school game by Educational Insights. Shelby’s Snack Shack Game! Shelby is the office dog at Educational Insights, she even has her own facebook page Shelby's Facebook Page

Shelby Snack Shack is a board game designed to teach preschoolers numbers and counting. The game includes a colorful box which serves as the game board also, one Shelby squeezer (which is a big dog shaped pair of sqeezers - easy for little hands), forty small plastic bones, four bowls, one double game spinner, and an instructional game guide. The suggested age for this game is four and up, perhaps because the bones are small. Although, Leah will soon be 3 and we adapted the game just a bit for her to enjoy playing also.

The game can be played between two and four players. Spinning the first spinner determines players actions which could be collecting the bones, losing bones to the seagull, losing a turn, or stealing bones from a friend. Spinning the second spinner determines the number of bones the player wins or loses. Player to collect most amount of bones wins! The game takes about 15 minutes, which is quite appropriate with the attention span of a preschooler. The game teaches children number recognition, and counting. They get practice taking turns and being good sports when losing bones. Their fine motor skills are tested using the Shelby squeezer. A great thing about Shelby's Snack Shack is the children are having fun and have no clue that they are learning.

As some of you know, my mother passed in June. I was grieving terribly and the only thing that helped was having one or more of my three grandchildren over. We used sleeping bags to sleep together, we ate together and of course played together. Hearing them laugh and watching them have fun was my only escape. I am so very thankful for many of Educational Insights learning toys. They kept us busy and laughing for weeks at the worst of times. My granddaughter Kayla breezes through and enjoys other players getting their bones taken away, she is the competitive one! Dylan liked picking up and counting the bones and taking away the bones (subtracting them.) He also counted each bone after (during clean up time) to make sure each piece was returned to the box. It was wonderful practice and reinforcement for him. Leah took a bit more time counting her bones but she had a great time and added to how high she could count. Having to be patient was her biggest challenge. Learning to take turns is a gradual learning experience for her. I would suggest Shelby's Snack Shack Game to anyone that spends time with children as it is very educational and entertaining.

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  1. My five year old son suffered a severe burn injury in a campfire accident and played a similar game in rehab. He LOVED it and it was so helpful in recovering his mobility in his arm. We have been searching for a game that used the large tweezers for dexterity and this looks perfect!

  2. This looks like a lot of fun and I hope that my grandson will find it fun as I am thinking about getting him one after reading about it here. Thanks!

  3. This sounds like an awesome game to play! I love that they based it on a rescue dog! This would really help my daughter with counting & math! She starts kindergarten this year!

  4. This is so cute! I bet my littles would love it!

  5. ilike the way thsi game is and reminds me of the
    game we have in the old day

  6. I love cooperative games for my preschool classroom. This looks so cute!

  7. What a cute game I love games that incorporate learning.

  8. This would be so much fun to have for my nieces when they visit. They love stuff like this.