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Monday, August 11, 2014

Squashed by PlaSmart {Review & Giveaway}

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Squashed
I really want my kids reading a lot of books, playing outside year round, and playing when they're inside. They have lots of books and we are slowly getting more puzzles and games for them to play. At their age, the games need to be pretty simple. Complex rules and strategy are beyond them at 3 and 4, though Little J is starting to understand logic and reasoning, and he definitely wants to win!

PlaSmart is the genius company behind the PlasmaCars that we know and love. They are a Canadian company based in Ottawa and they make a variety of toys that are both smart and simple. If you've ever really looked at a PlasmaCar you'd know what I mean when I say that it's a simple design without a lot of pieces or parts, but it is so much fun!

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Squash by PlaSmart
PlaSmart sent me one of their games to try out. Squashed is a 3D board game. It's rated for ages 6 and up so it's no wonder my kids, at 2 and 3, didn't get it at first. But now, at 3 and 4, they understand the goal. They aren't great at sorting through the logic and strategy of squashing your opponents versus yourself, but with some gentle coaching they're competitive.

The point of the game is to squash all of your opponents pieces into the cube. Because it's a cube there are 6 sides in play and that makes keeping track of your own pieces not so simple. At first the kids just squashed the pieces into the cube. Slowly we taught them the rules - about rolling the dice and taking turns - and the objective. And slowly they are starting to understand and will even choose to squash other people's pieces instead of their own!
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The game.
I really like that the Squashed game and all of the pieces - including a felt mat for playing on hardwood - fit inside the cube. Convenient. It teaches things like taking turns, counting, and strategy. I know it says 6+ but as long as you watch your kids so they don't put the pieces in their mouth it's fine for younger kids too.

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At 2, Little K was just squashing pieces.
This is a game that will grow with my kids and I'm happy that it's part of our growing collection. Want it as part of yours? You can win your very own Squashed! The lovely people at PlaSmart are giving one away to a lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favourite game is - board game or otherwise - and fill out the form below. Easy right? The giveaway will be open for one week and the winner must be willing to share their contact info with me so PlaSmart can send them their game. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends August 18th at midnight and is open to Canadian residents.

Disclaimer: I was sent the game Squashed to facilitate this review and PlaSmart is sponsoring this giveaway.

14 comments:

  1. Cool giveaway! My favourite game is the Game of Life - but the older version :)

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  2. Our kids are older, so our favourites are Dominion, 7 Wonders, and this new game we just got called Munchkin. But when they were younger their ultimate favourite was Sorry - it was a bit of a learning experience because the "sorry" card can feel kind of personal and feelings got hurt, but the bonus was making up your four person "team" of Lego men/action figures to use instead of the markers that come with it. It was more than half the fun!

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    1. I would have NEVER thought to use anything other than the game pieces - genius!!

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  3. My favourite game is Scrabble.

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  4. That looks amazing! My favourite game is Mousetrap!

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    1. and chasing the little silver ball across the floor.

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  5. My favorite is still Scrabble

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  6. Wow, tough question as I have so many I love.
    My childhood favorite was Mousetrap.
    My adult favorite is Scrabble (put on the tea mom).
    With my kids - Moose in the House!
    Honorable mention going to Hide and Seek.

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  7. My favourite board game is the game of life.

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  8. My favourite board game was monopoly and rummy-o, but my kids love Candyland.

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  9. Fave board game is monopoly. Fave video game is super mario bros.

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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