I recently discovered my nearly 5yo daughter has a minor muscle tone issue and therefore requires some extra ‘fine motor skill’ activities. I spoke to Jane from Amazen and was recommended this game called ChickyBoom by Blue Orange (as well as loads of other great suggestions).
We have since played it many times and each time I notice her skills are improving :).
The rules are easy, the pieces are all wooden and painted in lovely bright coulors – this helps to keep my daughter focused. It’s also not a long game which suits my 4 year olds attention span.
Just stack the cute wooden hens, wagon wheels, and hay bales on the wobbly perch, and take turns removing piece by piece while still keeping the roost in balance. Each piece has a point value too but which is brilliant for helping with math and reading skills too!
Miss M loves the suspense – she holds her tongue out while she carefully selects her piece, her eyes widen while we watch the ‘roost’ rock and when it eventually crashes she always starts laughing.
It teaches simple balancing physics both while setting it up and while playing. It also helps children practice slow, controlled hand movements (and patience) and helps with simple addition practice. I love that she is practicing important fine motor and balancing skills while having a ton of fun at the same time.
This game is very well crafted entirely from wood, you can tell it’s made to last a lifetime…I can see my kids playing this game with their kids in the future :).
There are two ways to play the game – one for children who can add (or are learning to) and one for very young children so it’s great with different aged siblings – our neighbours came and played it (8yo & 11yo) and loved it too. My husband and I have also been known to get a bit competitive after Miss M has finished -we have a ‘best of three’ match lol.
This will be on the top of my Gift List for Christmas and Birthdays too…It’s lovely to give a gift that encourages FUN within the family WITHOUT the use of an iPad or TV ;).
You can order this online through Amazen by following this link – http://www.amazen.com.au/prod_details.php?id=1415
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