After home schooling Reese for preschool last year, I can honestly say I’m just as tired of school work as Reese is. However, I really wanted a way to keep the boys thinking, writing, and reading throughout the summer without doing the same thing we have been doing. The summer reading program at our library has really helped with vocabulary and exposure to different books (hello, prize incentives!), but I needed something different to keep them thinking… something easy, portable, and fun for the boys to do. Of course they love games, so something that mixed learning and playing would definitely be a plus too. Then we found the brand new Super Genius games, which fit the bill perfectly!
Super Genius is an education series of games in a flash-card style, without the traditional flash-card feel. Each set has a different focus area and age range, and each has multiple games that can be played with one deck. It includes multiple game rule cards, word, picture, number, or equation cards, and picture translation cards, each in its individual box. Plus, you can chose from themes like First Words, Reading, Addition, and Multiplication, each geared to a specific age group.
We spent quite a bit of time going through the different sets and reading about the different games you can play with each set. We started with the First Words set for ages 5 and up, and played a few different games. Although most of the words were still too a bit advanced for Aiden, we used techniques he learned in school this year to sound them out and then match the words with the pictures. Reese soon caught on, and actually started to learn the concept of sight words along with Aiden. They loved one of the cooperative games where they got to play together to match words with pictures to clear an entire board.
But here’s the really catchy part that I haven’t seen with any other learning games of its kind… no matter what 2 cards you chose out of the deck, there is always one and only one match to any other random card you choose. So if you draw a picture card and a word card, only one word will match a picture on the other card. Trade one of those cards in, and again, you will only have one match. My husband and I were completely blown away with exactly how they did it, but it even makes the games really fun for adults, definitely earning their name of Super Genius!
As we play more and more, I can see the games we are currently playing getting easier, and Aiden wanting to advance to the harder games within each set. Once he gets really familiar with them, I’m excited to try the speed games and challenge him to beat me, hehe! We also tried out the Addition set for ages 7 and up, and Aiden absolutely loved trying to count and add, all while knowing there was only one match on any separate card. I look forward to working through all of the different sets as he starts learning even more this coming school year.
With a price point around $13 and a relatively small size, Super Genius games make perfect gifts, whether it be as a stocking stuffer, birthday gift, back to school gift, or even a pre-k or kindergarten graduation gift. Plus, one of our readers will also win a complete set of their own. Be sure to fill out the info below to enter!