Hot Holiday Toy: Rubik’s Race Game

As a child of the 80s I still remember the Rubik’s Cube craze! Of course I had to have one and so did all of my friends.

Today there’s a new fun, fast-paced game for two players called Rubik’s Race which is a fun twist on an old classic. Shake the scrambler and go head to head with your opponent to shift and slide the tiles to be the first to  match the pattern. I love games that both my girls can play together and I also am a wee bit competitive and enjoy a little friendly competition with my hubby! This is a fun, quick thinking game that is entertaining for all ages.
Rubiks Race Hot Holiday Toy: Rubiks Race Game

Fun for ages 6 and up and perfect for family game night, this is a great new game to check out!

Rubik’s Race retails for $19.99 and there’s even an accompanying iPhone app.

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Blurt! Word Race Game Giveaway

Alexis who commented on July 26, “I love playing picture picture with the family,” is the random winner of the Blurt! board game. Thanks to everyone who entered this giveaway!

I’m really glad my 7-year-old is graduating to more challenging board games. You can only play Hi Ho Cherry-O so many times before threatening to flush those God-forsaken plastic cherries down the toilet. Family game night is a fun way to spend time with your kids and unplug from the TV or computer. Blurt! is a fun educational game I was sent to try out in honor of its 15th anniversary this year. It’s great for families and an excellent language-skill builder.

Blurt! is a fast-paced game for three to 12 players, although my 7-year-old and I have played it together, that requires no batteries (yea) and is very easy to learn. It includes 300 color coded two-sided cards with a total of 1,800 clues. One side is “easier” and one side is for older players. We’ve been playing the modified junior version for ages 7 to 9 and my 7-year-old loves it. I thought it might be a little too old for her, but I’ve been amazed at how well she is reading and also what a great way it is to help build her vocabulary. We’ve even been playing with our 4-year-old, although we have to give her extra clues.

Tim Walsh was inspired to invent Blurt! in 1990 after he came up with the concept in his wife’s 3rd grade classroom (actually they were just dating at the time and perhaps he wanted to impress her with his ability to entertain her students). The game has sold more than 1 million copies.

Blurt Blurt! Word Race Game Giveaway

Want to win your own copy of the Blurt! board game? Simply leave a comment here telling me your favorite board game. You can earn additional entries by either Tweeting about this giveaway or following me on Twitter (@blondemomblog), but do leave an additional comment on this post telling me you’ve done so. A random winner will be chosen from all eligible entries (U.S. addresses only) left by midnight Sunday, July 26.

Blurt! is available on Amazon.com for $29.99 and would make a great addition to any family board game collection.

ZenBenders Game Review and Giveaway

Marcy Strahan, who commented, “I love Easy Come easy Go! Sounds like a great game,” is the winner! Thanks to everyone who entered and be sure to stop by for the latest giveaway.

Some of my favorite childhood play time memories involve sitting down and getting super competitive over a board game with my older brother (RISK, Monopoly, Clue, and Scrabble), so I love adding to our library of games for the girls.

At the BlissDom blog conference in Nashville back in February I learned about a game company I wasn’t familiar with: Out of the Box Games.

They sent us their ZenBenders sliding puzzle game to try out. I love this game because it is very small and self-contained, making it perfect for travel. I keep a busy bag/rainy day backpack at our house filled with portable activities and the ZenBenders game is perfect to toss in for a road trip or for a rainy day. ZenBenders has also been recognized by Dr. Toy with a Winner 100 Best Children’s Products award and a Major FUN Family Award from Deepfun.com. I love that their games are not affiliated with any popular cartoon characters or TV shows, meaning the marketing is just plain and simple fun.

oob100 1 ZenBenders Game Review and Giveaway

With three different levels of difficulty and 36 different patterns, ZenBenders provides a fun challenge for players ages 8 to adult, although my girls age 6 ½ and 4 had fun recreating the patterns. (You can find rules for younger players ages 5-8 on the Out of the Box Games website.) Fair warning, though, this game does contain small pieces that could pose a choking hazard to young children so this is not appropriate for children under age 3.

Would you like to win a ZenBenders pocket game from Out of the Box Games? Simply visit their website and take a look at all of their fun games. Come back to this post and mention your favorite game. For an extra entry, either Tweet about this giveaway or link to it from your own blog (and leave an extra comment here telling me you’ve done so.) A random winner will be chosen from all eligible comments left by midnight Saturday, April 4.