Sunday, June 23, 2019

Pressman Brings Entertaining Board Games to Families

As Scarlett ages, I try to clear out the toys that she isn't playing with as much and replace them with more age appropriate options.  Some of her puzzles and toys are hand me downs from friends and the occasional yard sale buy too.  She's currently into play-doh, magnatiles, dollhouses, and of course board games.  We have a town recycling center that has a swap shop where you can leave something you don't need to take an item that you do want for free.  I've gotten a lot of perfect condition toys and games from there and it's a wonderful resource.  I like toys that are educational as well as fun!

Since 1922, Pressman has been entertaining families for generations starting with Chinese Checkers which was wildly popular to timeless classics like Rummikub, Tri-Ominos, and Mastermind.  The brand's iconic red boxes have introduced millions of Americans to the joys of Chess, Checkers, Backgamon, Bingo, Dominoes, and so many other beloved favorites.  Pressman has introduced its younger crowd to toddler classics such as Let's Go Fishin', Mr. Bucket and Lucky Ducks.  Scarlett has Mr. Bucket and it's definitely a favorite of hers.  She loves when the balls go flying everywhere and thinks it's hysterical.

I can guarantee that you've had a Pressman game in your child's toybox at one point or another! The games bring families together and would be perfect for a family fun night complete with drinks and snacks.  Keep the brand in mind for game gift ideas of any occasion for children.

Lucky Ducks and Let's Go Fishin' are two ideal choices for preschoolers.  Scarlett has played Let's Go Fishin' at her friend's house previously, so she has experience with the game.  She doesn't know Lucky Ducks, so I was thrilled for her to receive both.  I knew she'd enjoy adding the titles to her toy-box.

If you're looking for a game to help with memory and matching, Lucky Ducks is it.  This wacky, quacky matching game combines developmental skills for young children with the fun of a "my first game." Lucky Ducks offers all the benefits of memory and matching games in a format that's easier for little fingers than cards.  As a bonus, it teaches shape recognition and colors.  The object of the game is to have players take turns picking up a duck and looking at the color and shape; if it matches their color and shape, they get to keep the duck.  If it's not a match, they put it back.

The ducks continue to swim in the pond as children play, so it's more challenging than a traditional memory game but easy enough for even the youngest children to play.  The age range is 3+ and for 2-4 players.

Let's Go Fishin' is a toddler classic.  I remember having this game decades ago and it seems like it's been around for a long time! The game teaches hand-eye coordination as players use their mini fishing poles to try to catch the most fish.  You'll notice the challenging aspect of the game is that the board game spins while the fish open and close their mouths.  With 21 fish and 4 fishing rods there's plenty of fishing fun in this fast-paced competition.  These fish are very hungry! The game is for ages 4 and up and 1-4 players.

When the games arrived, Scarlett was at school.  I was excited for her to come home to the new games and have an exciting afternoon activity to do.  Let's Go Fishin' was the one that my tiny tot requested to play first.  She was very enthusiastic about playing especially since she has enjoyed it many times before.  I was instructed to try to catch the green fish, while Scarlett would go for the red.  Once the game starts spinning, you have to be quick when attempting to catch a fish, it honestly can be difficult! Scarlett told me the fish were hungry and needed cookies.  I'm not sure they would be interested in that!

The fishing rods are easy to hold for hands both small and large.  Since the fish have magnets in their mouth and on the rods as well, they easily secure to the fishing rods once you get one.  Scarlett enjoyed all of the fish spinning around at once and tried her best to catch as many as possible. 

As a parent, I love the board games bring families together.  There's nothing like bonding with my daughter over a fun game.

I remember Lucky Ducks as a child but did not own it.  Scarlett loves animals and was very happy to have a board game revolving around ducks.  This game is wonderful for teaching shapes and colors, if your child needs practice with that.  Luckily, we're past that stage and Scarlett is a pro at knowing both.

Brain development is crucial in the first years of a child's life.  It's mandatory to have their little noggins soak up everything they can to learn about shapes, colors, numbers, letters, animals, and more.  The best kind of learning happens through play when learning is disguised through fun.

Just like in Let's Go Fishin' the Lucky Ducks game spins.  Once you unbox it, you do have to put certain stickers on the game and the ducks to make it complete.  If you have a very young child, you may want to put the stickers on there before showing the game.  If you have a child like mine, they're going to be more interested in putting the stickers everywhere except the game.

Once that process is done, you can put the ducks in the pond and get the game going.  The bright yellow ducks are cute and certainly grab the attention of little ones.  Once each player decides what shape they want to be, they have to get 3 of the same shape on the bottom of the duck to win.  The ducks move fast and it's exciting and suspenseful seeing what shape you'll get each time and if you'll be the lucky winner!

Scarlett very much enjoyed playing and we played a few rounds in a row.  She genuinely seemed to understand and was eager to have her turn each time.  I know she'll want to play with her dad, as well as when friends come over.

These games are wonderful for indoor fun as the weather starts cooling down over the next few weeks.  Scarlett put the games in her toy-box in her playroom and will certainly want to play them again very soon.

If you're looking for quality board games to provide your child not only fun but learning as well, Pressman games are a wonderful choice.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Pressman for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

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