I am always looking for fun activities and games to play with my son. He will be 3 in a few days and I think it is important to keep him active, thinking, and provide a fun learning environment that will carry him on through to school. I was recently given the opportunity to review a fun game for him and was rather excited!
We received Pancake Pile-Up. This is technically a relay race style game for multiple players ages 4 and up. Of course he is a bit younger than that and doesn’t quite have the fine motor skills needed to play the actual game. But I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to start working on the skills needed ad before long, he will be able to play the actual game with no problem! Pancake Pile-Up comes with everything needed to create a fun game for toddlers. There are pancakes with different fruit toppings shown, 2 spatulas, 2 plates, 2 slabs of butter, and a stack of cards that show pancakes in particular orders to place.
For the game, you would have the plates set out. Each child would grab a spatula and a card. They would have to look at the order on the card, grab a pancake as shown, and race back to the table to place it on their plate. They would race back and forth carrying the pancakes on the spatula and stacking them in the proper order as shown on the card. This is great for teaching them order ( perfect math skill) as well as balance and coordination. And since they are playing a game, they won’t even realize they are learning!
Since my child is younger, we created our own game. As we sit together, we have the opportunity to talk about plate colors, learn what a spatula is and how it is used, and even get to discuss names of fruits as they are shown on the cards and pancakes. We work together to stack the pancakes and learn how to follow the directions of order on the cards. He is able to practice his balance and coordination while stacking the pancakes and even though we may not do the relay race portion of the game, he thoroughly enjoys our time together playing Pancake Pile-Up!
This game states that it is for ages 3 and up, but I really think it is perfect for 2 and up if you use it as a learning tool with your child. You can purchase the game online at Educational Insights or in specialty stores. One lucky reader will have the chance to win Pancake Pile-Up for themselves! Enter below for your chance to win!
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