Tuesday, February 16, 2016

ThinkFun has Yoga games!!! (And I have a giveaway!)

Not sure about where you live, but here in Charlotte this winter has been pretty much insane.  Freezing cold one day, 60 the next.  Mother Nature is seriously confused.  We get "snow days" for school called and then get nothing but cold.  No snow.  Nothing.  Yesterday they were originally calling for 5" of snow.  THEN it got downgraded to freezing rain around 10am, but they still cancelled school the night before.  We. Got. NOTHING.  Well, eventually it drizzled.

Days like yesterday call for indoor activities.  Can't go play in the snow because we don't have any.  Too cold for my southern kiddos to run around outside though.  I swear ThinkFun knew this was coming because just last week they sent me two AWESOME yoga games to try out.  Yoga Spinner and Yoga Cards the Game. (Please excuse my beat up coffee table...kids)



 First up we tried the Yoga Spinner.  This game is for ages 5 and up.  The premise is there are 4 types of cards. You have to spin the spinner and pick a card that corresponds to the color you landed on. Once you have the card, do the pose and hold for 10 seconds. First person to collect all 4 cards wins.

The poses aren't too hard at all and are a great introduction to yoga. Most of the kids have never done any before.  V took right to it.  I did let the kids slide a bit on some of the moves.

Probably my absolute favorite of the game is the White Cards. These are the cards where you must perform with a partner. Here you can see Nate pretending to be disgusted with V's stinky toes.

Overall this was a fun game.  We had to change the rules a bit. Nate is rather sensitive and did NOT enjoy losing cards. Yeah yeah. I know. Nate is 8,he should be able to handle it.  I might have let him respin a couple of times. I like how the cards all fit nicely into the box and it is a game that can easily be packed up and taken with you! Retails for $14.99 Not too bad at all for a game that gets kids moving!

 Speaking of easy to travel with, Yoga Cards is all tucked away into a card box.  EASY PEASY AND it is a steal at $4.99
 
This game is geared for kids 6 and up.  This takes some reading, so I needed to help V out.  There are 6 mission cards, a "help card" and then 48 poses.  A lot of the poses are the same from the other game.

You pick a mission card then have to complete 5 poses on goal #1 and 2 from goal #2.  The help card tells you what cards correspond to your goals. 

This game was a bit trickier in the actual game play.  You start with 7 cards and you have the option to do the pose on the card or trade it in if none of yours correspond.  That part got a bit tricky.  I ended up "helping" out with the trading of the card.  Nate was able to understand if the card was one that would work with his mission, but V couldn't.  Yoga poses themselves weren't that much harder than the other game. 

I can picture this game getting more hands on than the other simply because of how portable it is.  This would be great to throw in your purse to take to the park even if you don't play the actual game. Just to have the cards for the poses.  I can picture us making up our own way to play. Oooh.  Or on vacation when you are stuck in a hotel.  We are planning an awesome trip this summer.  This is definitely getting thrown in the suitcase.

The cards are fantastically made in both sets.  They are a thick plasticy material.  Like normal playing cards sort of,but more durable. Nate got mad and tried to bend one. What would have creased a normal card, just made it a bit wrinkly. (he didn't fold totally in half, he was on his way to though!)

I mentioned a giveaway in the title of this post.  YOU have a chance to win a copy of each of these games from ThinkFun!  One lucky reader will win.  Enter below and good luck!  US readers only!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

  The House of Boys...& a Girl is not responsible for the delivery of the prize item.  ThinkFun will be shipping it out.  I was given a copy of each game to try out in order to facilitate my review.  All images, opinions, and fun times had are all my own...and my kids.

8 comments:

  1. This looks like an awesome game to get kids moving! Thanks for your review!

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  2. I would share this with both kids. It's a great way to introduce them to yoga.

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  3. My 3 yr old needs to start! My daughter loved doing kid yoga at his age

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  4. I've read yoga can help with SPD, so definitely my 5 year old, but they would probably all do it together. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  5. I'm always looking for games to keep Ben active when we can't get outside - exercise is great for SPD and ADHD. And Claire loves anything that is movement related!

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  6. This actually looks super fun! My kids like to do my ancient Tae Bo dvds with me...this would be so much more fun for them!!

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  7. Giddy loves yoga! What a creative way to learn more about it

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  8. My daughters would love to receive these yoga games! We have not done much with yoga but this would certainly encourage us to start getting serious about it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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