Toy Review – Brain Quest Flash Cards – Ages 3 & 4

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Brain Quest

Last year we were becoming worried about the Princess’ speech development.   We could understand her but many people outside of family and friends would looks to us to translate toddler.  My in-laws said they thought her speech was fine but there was this nagging feeling inside me that she wasn’t where she should be.  I asked her daycare teachers and again they said she was fine but if I was concerned, maybe I should invest in some learning tools.  There is a Chapter’s on the concourse level in the building where I work and on my lunch I went to look for speech developing books.  I found Brain Quest cards children aged 3 & 4.  They come in a box, with 2 decks and questions on both sides of each card.

The questions range from differentiating sizes and shapes, finding similarities and differences, letters, numbers, objects, mazes and much more.  They have the questions printed on the card, but parents are encouraged to make up their own as well.  If they ask for example “Which baby is sleeping?” after the Princess answers, I ask her to count how many babies are in the picture.  The cards allow the children to pick their own pace, develop language skills and have fun at the same time.  The creators also provide helpful suggestions on how to get the most out of these cards.

  1. Introduce Molly the Mouse.  She is the main character of the cards and appears in many of the questions.
  2. Help your child enjoy the Game.   Feel free to reword the questions or make up your own.  Help by giving clues and constant praise.
  3. Let your child’s responses guide the game.  If for example your child chooses the ‘bird’ as the answer, when it’s really ‘stork’ then allow that to be the answer.
  4. Relate the game to your child’s everyday life.  Pretty self-explanatory.
  5. Broaden your child’s interests.  If there is something in the cards your child isn’t familiar with, introduce it to their life such as a story, tale or nursery rhyme.

These cards we very inexpensive and do not require any batteries, special attachments or game pieces.  They aren’t a choking hazard and they are small enough that they can be carried in your purse on long trips or to dinners when you need them to be quiet.  The Princess’ speech has improved greatly and we are no longer concerned.  She loves these cards and asks us to play each night.  We only some a night so she doesn’t get bored of them too quickly.  She likes them and so do we.  Only downside is that with frequent use, the cardboard covers begins to wear where it is fastened to the rest of the deck.  4 out of 5 stars!

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