One of my favorite new games just out for fun and building language skills is “Buzz Blast” by Discovery Bay Games. With four different games within a game, kids of different skill levels can compete and anyone can be successful. You can simplify the challenges for younger children and make it harder for the older ones. Here is my review of the latest PAL Award winner:
I knew “Buzz Blast” was a favorite when kids begged to go first to share their answers as soon as a new challenge card was presented. Kids delighted in the timed task of coming up with original answers to four challenges: describing the differences between two pictures in “Check and Double Check,” filling in the blanks on “Silly Sentences,” answering abstract questions in “Brain Play” or blurting out their “Tongue Twisters.” Kids fed on each other’s creativity as they gave an answer, passed the Buzz Blast timer to the next player, and continued generating original answers until the buzzer went off—oops, you have to talk fast so you’re not left holding that buzzing buzzer! “My perfect picnic would include____ but no____, called up favorite foods, games and people, and even “making a new friend” to be perfect. Kids need to think in categories, describe, “How is a window different than a mirror?” use abstract reasoning, “Name a way you are like a pencil” and compare. Fun for the whole family, Buzz Blast gets the conversation moving while building critical language skills.
Recommended age: 7 and up
The opinions above are solely those of the author. “Buzz Blast” was provided for review by Discovery Bay Games