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Friday, April 23, 2010

Review: Super Star Games

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Homeschooling Mama Deborah Lott has put together a series of games to supplement your studies and maybe brighten things on a rainy day. They are available at Currclick for $3.50 each (bundles also available):

  • Silly Snail Parts of Speech Game
  • Planets, Moon, and Stars
  • Colony Quest
  • Road to Revolution: An American History Game
  • Explorers of the World
  • The Inventors Game
  • Covering the Continents
  • Exploring Egypt
  • Climb the Vine: All About Plants
  • The Insect Game
  • All About Animals

Skill level varies from game to game, though most are K-5 or 3-8 and many can be adapted up or down.

Some games could be used as “file folder” games, but all require printing on cardstock and a few require quite a lot of printing. Game play is varied (this is not a case of playing the same game over and over again with just a new name and different questions), I like that!

A few of the games require some “full-color” printing (“Planets, Moon, and Stars” has some pretty color-intensive planet cards to print out, as does “All About Animals”), and many of the cards and boards are in color. On the one hand, that can be a blessing (black and white gets quite dull after a while), but it can also be quite expensive (my b&w laser printer is considerably less expensive to operate than my color inkjet). While you can print in grayscale, it would be nice to have 2 sets of each game, one in color and one in black and white (with the option of printing on color cardstock).

We found a few factual errors in “Covering the Continents” (Antarctica is not the only continent in both the western and eastern hemispheres), and a couple of questionable facts in the same game (I was not able to verify, for instance, that Mexico City is the largest city in the world). It was easy enough to remove those cards, however, it did lead me to question whether there were any mistakes in the other games that I simply wasn’t savvy enough to catch. It would be nice to have references given for the information used so I can be assured of its accuracy.

Overall, a fun collection that we’ll enjoy using to supplement our studies.

Disclosure: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received complementary copies of all the games mentioned in this review. I received no compensation. This review reflects my honest opinion and personal experiences.

2 comments:

  1. Hello~I am so late to the Tues Toolbox, but here's my post:
    http://sistertipster.blogspot.com/2010/04/tues-toolbox-few-behindmeasuring.html

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  2. Thanks for the review...and for catching the errors, which will soon be corrected!

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