Thursday, May 29, 2014

Learning to Tell Time with Zingo!® Time-telling Game by ThinkFun (for Grades K-3) Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
We received a free game in exchange for our honest opinion about it.
Daniella is finishing up homeschooling for her Pre-K year. We began including some Kindergarten level work over the last couple of months as well, including her newest interest of learning to tell time. It was excellent timing for us to receive the Zingo!® Time-telling game to review.
Let me tell you a little bit about the game first -
Zingo!® Time-telling (Ages 5 and up, Grades K – 3rd, two or more players, MSRP: $19.99)

Learn to tell time with Zingo!
Zingo! Time-telling is a fun way to learn to read a clock. Slide the Zinger to reveal hours and minutes like a digital clock, then look for matches on your cards that show an analog clock with hour and minute hands. As players match tiles and cards, their understanding of telling time in both analog and digital formats is strengthened. Two levels of play grow with your child – a Beginner level helps young players get familiar with the concept of time, and an Advanced level introduces older players to more complex challenges.

The instructions to play are very simple. I love that the instructions are in a pictorial format so that players don't have to know how to read to be able to play! 
This is the Zinger. The timepieces are inside. You slide it to see the current pieces to play. I really like how the pieces are color coordinated. All of the hours pieces are blue and all of the minutes pieces are an orange-y yellow.
If you look closely at the game boards, you can see that it is a one-to-one matching format similar to Bingo! If you have the matching piece, you place it on your game board where the corresponding number is.
Daniella really enjoyed playing the game with her cousin! They have played it many times during the last week. Daniella has also played it several times with Brandon. Brandon used the Advanced level whenever they played. Daniella isn't ready for the Advanced level yet.
Matching the timepieces were easy! The girls picked up on the game very easily and had so much fun playing it together.
I have noticed that Daniella has been pointing out the numbers on digital clocks more often since we received the game. She has primarily focused on the hour numbers for now, but I have no doubt that she will catch on quickly as she plays the game more often.
 I highly recommend this game for homeschooling families as well as for teachers of grades K-3 or multi-grade special needs classrooms.
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