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Review: Around the World Games

Eva Playing Around the World Games

We were sent a copy of The “Around the World” Game to play and review. Opinions of the game are 100% our own.

Despite the game being for ages 8 and up we played the game with Eva, she’s 5. She is a very intelligent and well spoken 5 and so we figured that even if she can’t get any questions correct she can at least learn something from the process. What I learned was to never underestimate the sponge-like brains of pre-schoolers. She retains everything that she has seen or heard even in passing so there might have been an answer to a question on a TV show she saw or a book she read. It doesn’t hurt that when she goes to bed at night she listens to stories from all over the world through the Barefoot Books Podcast.

Game play is pretty simple and fun. Players roll a die and move around the game board. There are four types of question cards: People & Places, Language, Culture & Customs and Geography. There is a nice range of difficulty levels on the cards, too. Allison shuffled through and found easier questions for Eva so that she was able to get ones that she could answer. It is no fun playing with a kid who can’t answer a single question. Continue reading Review: Around the World Games

Review: Little Pim Portuguese Digital Download

Eva and I have reviewed a number of products from Little Pim. We’ve checked out DVDs, apps and now we’ve taken a look at a digital download. Specifically, a digital download of Little Pim Brazilian Portuguese. What I liked about this was that I could download the content and then add it to iTunes so that Eva and I could work with it on the iPad. We’ve got a ton of DVDs around the house but having the video right on the iPad was so much more convenient and takes up no space on the shelf. Here is a preview video below.

The video is 35 minutes long and there are a variety of episodes to choose from. We choose the eating and drinking episode because, to me that seemed like the most useful episode for us to work on. I don’t think I would have gone with Portuguese though if given the choice again because Eva is learning Spanish in school and while Portuguese is similar to Spanish, it is really not. Eva is learning Spanish in school and she really enjoys it. I know a little bit of Spanish from when I was in school and can talk to her a bit in that language. I could see her getting a bit confused as we watched the Portuguese video together.

Don’t get me wrong, the video was done very well like all of the Little Pim products that we have tried. Very high quality and the reinforcement of ideas and concepts with images and repetition was excellent. I just think that our brains were trying to fit Spanish into the Portuguese that we were hearing. I’d certainly recommend the Little Pim products like the apps and DVDs and digital downloads to introduce your children to a new language.

Disclosure: We received a digital download of Little Pim Brazilian Portuguese to watch and review. Opinions are 100% my own.