A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Balance Beans game review and #giveaway

Our family recently got a real treat in the mail from ThinkFun.  They sent us the game Balance Beans to review.

Jack has experience with several other ThinkFun games, so he was super excited to get into this one.

One of the features I like about ThinkFun games is that they come with a bag for the pieces.  Boxes are bulky and they tend to get destroyed around here, so it's nice when I can fit several games into a basket because they're all in drawstring bags.  This also makes them easy to tuck into a purse, diaper bag, or carry on for fun on the go.

Setting up Balance Beans was super simple.

The bean pieces are adorable!  I love the different little expressions they have.

The game comes with 9 bean pieces (singles, doubles and triples), the teeter totter style balance, and a deck of challenge cards.

The challenge cards start out easy.  You place the pieces shown on the board, and are allowed to add the pieces below the image of the game board in any position to make the scale balance.

"I did it!"

The challenge cards get increasingly more difficult as you proceed through the deck.

Jack really enjoyed playing with Balance Beans, and spent several days going through all the cards before he was willing to allow his younger sisters to have a turn.

Balance Beans is intended for players ages 5 and up, which made Katie happy, since she is six.

Although Balance Beans is designed to be a single player game, something I really appreciate for quiet time play, my girls developed a way to play together.  They were taking turns putting pieces on their sides of the board to try and keep things balanced.

They liked the faces on the beans, and were soon developing stories and having all sorts of fun with them.  Balance Beans has been a hit in my house, and I'm guessing it would go over well in your house, too.  ThinkFun is generously offering one of my readers their own Balance Beans game!

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  1. This game hhas been on my radar for a few months now! Thanks for the review, now I feel confident it'll be a great fit for my kids!