out of the box games. we received "pirate vs. pirate" last year and this has become a favorite game of the entire family (well, maybe not lilianna yet, but definitely for the rest of us!). while strategy is definitely involved, i feel like this game offers a good way to learn strategy in a fun and engaging way (can you tell i'm not a big fan of checker and chess myself?). if you want to develop strategy skills in your kids, i think this game is a great learning tool for that.
tessa got the game "7 ate 9" last year for christmas. this has been a great way to practice her addition and subtraction skills. she is a little slow at doing this in her head so i think this game is good for getting those basic math skills cemented in her brain. it is a very quick game that can be played anywhere.
this is all the experience i have had with games from out of the box. i do feel confident about buying any of the games from this company because of their commitment to making quality, entertaining and prize-winning games (many of their games have won parent's choice and other prestigious awards). here is a what they want from their games (from their website):
i would say that this has definitely been the case with all of the games that we have tried from out of the box.
i received free copies of "pirate vs. pirate" and "7 ate 9" last year from out of the box games when we received free passes to the chicago toy and game fair. these are the games we enjoyed this year when we again received free passes to the chicago toy and game fair. regardless, all the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own. i received no compensation for writing this post.