I’ve been visiting my grandchildren this week and several of them are learning to read. It is like magic to watch them suddenly be able to read simple books and sound out words, feeling so proud of their new skill. In spite of their success, they don’t always want to “practice” or do their required several minutes of reading each day. The uKloo family of games and app are a terrific way to build reading skills and have a load of fun in the process. After I introduced uKloo Riddle Edition, I asked my little friends is they would like to play another round and they said, “I’d like to do 150 rounds!” That little guy greets me each morning saying, “Lets make up riddles.” This is a game that extends way beyond what is in the box. It’s a great game for summer to keep up reading skills. Here is my full review:
The uKloo family is growing and they’ve done it again– introduced us to yet another fabulously fun treasure hunt game that promotes reading, thinking and now problem solving! Parents choose 4 or more riddle cards from the pack of 75, color coded for three levels of achievement, so siblings can join in. Hide the cards with a “Surprise” card at the end. My little friends alternated between level 1 and 3 cards as kids of different ages solved the puzzles. “If there is rain or snow or sleet, put these on to protect your feet,” sent them off to peek inside the boots sitting at the front door, while “I have a face with no eyes or nose. My hands move but never close.” stumped our friends. Luckily, uKloo Riddle Edition comes with Hints for each riddle card so “Tick, tock, time to wake up” sent the kids right to the clock. Learning extends beyond the game as our friends started making up their own riddles. We composed riddles outside on the picnic table, at breakfast and in the car as kids learned to hone their clues to give just enough information but not too much! I had to put on my kid thinking cap to figure out some of their riddles. They stumped me on “I’m white and sharp and help you eat things.” (teeth) as well as “I’m part of a tree. I’m brown. Sometimes you pick me.” (bark!). The Riddle Writing Tips encourage brainstorming, describing using adjectives, homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms and using figurative language. Who had a clue that stumping your friends could be such “smart” fun!