As a mother and a teacher I'm always seeking fun, engaging activities for my children that are educational as well. Things that let them unplug themselves from the Ipods and the cell phones and have fun yet strenghten math, logic and problem solving skills at the same time. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to review the MasterMind Board Game and to give one away to one lucky reader too!
MasterMind is a classic game that has been around since the 70's and since then has sold over 55 million copies in over 80 different countries! It's been a great resource for parents and teachers for over 30 years! And MasterMind even won the Dr. Toy Best Classic Toy Award for 2009!
MasterMind Board Game is a game of logic and deduction. The 2 players must use strategy, logic and problem solving skills to outsmart their opponent. One player is the codemaker and sets a code of colored pegs. The other player is the codebreaker and attempts to break the code with help from clues given by the codemaker. The 2 players take turns being codemaker and codebreaker and whoever breaks the code in the least amount of moves wins!
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So...What Did I think About MasterMind?
I started out playing the game with my almost 14 year old son one night and it turned out to be alot of fun! The two of us can get pretty competitive, and this game was right up our alley!
Right away I liked how little room the game takes up and how simple it is to set up and get started. I'm a dedicated directions-reader so my son set it up while I read the instructions. They were clear and easy to understand and we took turns being Codebreaker and Codemaker!
I really enjoyed playing this with my son because it allowed us to forget the rest of the world and just focus together on something which is all too rare around here! We also got to communicate and have conversations which I liked, it's not the kind of game where you just sit there silently and stare at cards or tiles! You provide clues to your opponent as they attempt to break your code!
I will say that I was very impressed with my son and got to see his higher order thinking skills in action which was nice! I'd like to say I won each and every time but ah, seriously, my son kicked my butt at this game!
The game is made for ages 8 and up so my 8 year old son and I also had some fun playing against my oldest son. Obviously, the two of them are not even matched opponents, so I worked with my younger son to play against his big brother. You do need to have two players who are somewhat evenly matched in that aspect or the older sibling will crush the younger sibling.
With my 8 year old son, I was impressed with how much thinking and problem solving he was engaging in! He was strategizing and thinking up a storm! It was refreshing to see him that stimulated and I was thrilled with just how educational MasterMind Board Game truly is. As a teacher, I know very well that kids don't learn just from hearing facts and memorizing them. Kids need to manipulate the information they learn and play with it in many different ways.
When playing the MasterMind game, you develop a code as a codemaker which utilizes your higher order thinking skills in a way that most games don't do! As a codebreaker, you must identify patterns, use deductive reasoning and solve problems by strategizing.
Besides my own kids, I decided to bring the MasterMind game to school one day and try it out with some of the kids in the after school program. (If you don't already know, I teach at a junior high school in my area!) Right away I noticed how appealing the idea of being a codebreaker was the the students! They were ready to challenge each other and my only problem at that time was only having one game! Several students played the game and once again I was impressed with their focus, concentration and thinking! They ignored the computers they were previously clicking away on and played! Since then I've had many requests by students to bring it back so I've promised them I'd bring it back next week! I also found out from several teachers that they have used this game in the classroom for years, especially for Math classes.
I must say that MasterMind Board Game is a definite must have for any home schooling household and classroom alike! It's also a great tool to help you spend some time with your children while helping them to become better thinkers, problem solvers and students!!
MasterMind also comes in several Different Editions including Advanced, For Kids, Travel Size and more!
And thanks to shopatron.com and MasterMind, One lucky Save Your Money Mama reader will win a MasterMind Board Game (Classic Edition) of their very own!
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Rules: This giveaway will end on Friday, February 5th, 2010 at midnight Pacific Time
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Disclaimer: Thanks to Shopatron and PressMan Toy for providing me with One MasterMind Classic Edition Board Game for me to review and for planning to provide One MasterMind Classic Edition Board Game for my winner. I did not receive any further compensation and my review contained only my honest opinion on the game.