I am halfway done with my student teaching and one thing that I have learned so far is that it is incredibly important to have quiet activities for students to do when they have finished with an assignment. Oftentimes I assign work or an activity that I expect to take the rest of the period and I quickly realize that for some of my advanced students, it doesn't take all that long.
Teachers often tell a student to read when this happens. Now, I am a firm believer in reading. I believe that it is one of the most important things a parent or teacher can ever teach! However, I know that some kids aren't into reading that much. It can also get a little boring if the student is always the first one finished.
This is where companies like ThinkFun come in handy. I have gotten the opportunity to review a couple of their games previously, Chess Solitaire, and Chocolate Fix. These two games are great thinking games that can be played individually - perfect for indoor recess or as a fast finisher activity!
I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to review another game by ThinkFun called the Shell Game.
This shell game is advertised as a memory game, but it is also a logic game as well! There are 60 challenges in this game. They are leveled as beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert. The game has 6 Sea Shell pieces, 6 hermit crab pieces, 3 ocean stone pieces, and the booklet of challenges.
The challenge explains where to place each item. The top row shows how you should start out and the bottom shows where you should be in the end. There are little paths that you are allowed to move along. The player can only move two shells at a time.
This reminds me of those games with the ball under one cup and the person moves it around and you figure out where it is in the end! The main difference though is that the player is playing alone, and that you have to move the pieces in a very specific way to get it to the correct placement.
It may sound simple- but trust me it isn't! I got confused a few times and may have peeked underneath the shells to make sure I was on the right track!
I tried a couple on the beginner and intermediate level. Personally, my memory isn't the best and logic isn't my strong point so I have yet to try the advanced and expert challenges. I need a little more practice first!
My opinion though- is that this game is great. As a teacher I like to find fun games that require some brain power. I feel that in school the students should be learning almost every single minute. But those minutes should be fun!
I would recommend this game for maybe 3rd grade (8 years old) and up. Even then I wouldn't let any student in third grade play it - just the students who are a little bit ahead! It can be really challenging.
Another thing that I really just love about the ThinkFun games is that they really are for any age! I can think of a few students who could really benefit from playing a game like this but I also know that I could benefit from a game like this! As we get older it is so important for us to exercise our brains and these ThinkFun games are a great way to do so!
As a teacher I think this game is a great addition to any classroom or home! As a learner I think this is a great game for anyone who likes a challenge!
You can check the game out by clicking here! I highly recommend that you do - it would make a great Holiday gift!