Monday, December 3, 2012

Review with Giveaway for Nutcracker the Music Game! (Ends 12/17/12)

This Nutcracker the Music Game is an incredible game for kids to learn more about music. There are so many fun things to do. First of all, let me tell you what the company's product description is:

This computer game gives children an outlet for exploring their own appreciation of music, while sharpening their listening and problem-solving skills and improving understanding of the basic concepts of music. The Nutcracker Music Game is a magical adventure that celebrates music by challenging kids through interactive participation and exciting game play.
The premise of the program is to save the Nutcracker by earning nine golden keys through a series of musical games and activities that teach students about differences between sounds, exercises their memory skills, and increases their music vocabulary.
The Nutcracker Music Game offers exceptional teaching tools, such as the ability to demonstrate, in the classroom, every instrument of the orchestra and its interaction with other musical instruments. But above all it teaches children to love and appreciate music.
The program features a multitude of innovative musical games, puzzles and riddles, as well as an animated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments, an extensive Listening Room, Tchaikovsky's biography, the Nutcracker story, the History of the Nutcracker ballet, music trivia and more

Plus, this game has received some glowing reviews - check these out -

 "What is so impressive about this CD-ROM is how much fun kids had while really putting their musical ears to the test." - The National Parenting Center  
"A decidedly unique software game with enormous educational value…Kids will enjoy playing again and again." - Discovery School
 "The best software I've seen to date or stimulating the musical imagination… Sophisticated in its design and content, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker offers exciting adventures in musical listening and problem solving that are both irresistible and educational." - Dr. Larry Scripp, Ed.D, Chair of Music-in-Education and the Research Center for Learning through Music, New England Conservatory
"It's a splendid blend of fun and learning, sensory stimulation and rational thinking, Old World atmosphere and new technology marvels." - Houston Chronicle 

Now let me share with you mine and my son Brandon's (age 10)  thoughts.
There are several games to play within this game. Games include the Nuthouse, MusiCards, Create the Orchestra, the Nutcracker and more!

Create the Orchestra had one level and the game would play an instrument's sound and you would have to match it to the instrument that makes that sound.

Nuthouse - the instructions were a bit hard for my son to understand them (and I personally found the sounds effects a bit annoying) but he thinks the gist of this game was to match various musical sounds.

On the Nutcracker game, he had to listen to a song and distinguish which instruments were being played in that song.

MusiCards was like a matching Memory game where he had to match the picture of an instrument to the card that played it's sound.

Initially, Brandon thought the game was too easy for him, but the more he has played it, the more challenging features he has found!
Overall, I was really pleased with this game and how much my son has learned from it. Just yesterday while at church, he told me all about every instrument that was playing - the cello, the bass, the viola, the violin, the flute, the piccolo and the timpani!

He really enjoyed playing the game and has asked several times to play it beyond that 3 times I asked him to for him to get a good feel for the game and how it worked. I would easily say that it is his new favorite! Plus, he has now been asking us about taking violin lessons!

Normally, this game retails for $29.95 - but you, my special readers, can buy it for 40% off! What a great stocking stuffer this would make!
Buy the Nutcracker's Music Game for children for 40% off here!

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