Swish Junior Card Game Giveaway and Review
We recently took a 12 hour drive for a South Dakota vacation with four kids and I needed something small and portable to keep them occupied. Since we were “getting away from it all”, including technology, I wanted something besides their iPods and other devices. I picked up this really cool Swish Junior Card Game and threw it in the bag. One morning while two of the kids and my husband were still snoozing off the long drive and adventures of the previous day, I broke out the game since I thought it would be quiet enough not to disturb the sleeping people in the next room.
It comes with a travel bag, making the Swish Junior Card Game ultra-portable. The rules are easy and the kids loved that the transparent cards. I loved that, even on vacation, I was able to find something to entertain the kids while still engaging their minds. Swish Junior helps kids aged 5-15 years old develop spatial and pattern recognition. Our kids were 12-15 years-old, so at the ideal age.
Swish Jr comes with 42 transparent cards. Each card bears the image of two shapes. Some shapes are hollow and some are filled. The goal is to match the cards so that each hollow shape matches a solid shape on the card.
The rules are really easy. Shuffle the cards and deal them out in 3 rows of four columns each. Be the first player to see a Swish (matching card set). The player with the most number of Swishes wins.
This video does a better job explaining how to play Swish, Jr.
My kids really got competitive with it and declared a new rule – you must match THREE shapes to declare a swish. Next, she and I tried to see who could make the largest Swish. She’s a pretty smart cookie. In fact, my daughter beat me with an incredible 7 card Swish! Check it out!
Well, Swish Junior did not stay as quiet as I thought it would. One of the other kids overheard the ruckus from our “Swish” yelling and wanted to play as well. More than two people can play, but I needed to start breakfast for all the kids, so I gave up my spot and let my daughter and her friend play, as long as they promised to stay quieter than we had been before.
I almost brought Math Dice Powers along for the trip since I was looking for something to stimulate their brains. It also comes with a Game-Go storage bag and teaches mental math skills. You roll the dice and try to come up with a math equation from the rolled combo. It’s new from ThinkFun and helps kids learn powers and exponents. It’s great for ages 10 to adult and any number of people can play it. Kids may be on summer vacation, but when they go three months without using what they learned in school, they tend to forget their lessons. I like ThinkFun because they have a complete line of games that keeps kids’ sharp while the kids still have fun!
If you are a teacher, be sure to check out Math Dice Tournament Kit. It’s big enough for the entire classroom to play at one time!
My kids enjoyed Swish, Jr so much that I want to give away a game here. I believe kids should play games that stimulate thinking skills and spatial awareness, but still have fun in the process. Do you agree? Enter below!
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I did receive a free sample of the game for the purposes of review, but all opinions are my own.