|ToysBulletin.com reviews a Hide & Seek Learning Game from ThinkFun.Last year, Bill Ritchie, the CEO of ThinkFun created an instant hit for children 18 months old and up called “Roll & Play.” This simple game had children roll a large plush 6-sided die, with colors on each side rather than numbers. Then a card was drawn that matches the color from the die, which gave a simple instruction for the youngsters to follow.
Now, in 2013, Mr. Ritchie and ThinkFun have done it again with another game for little kids. This time it is called “Hello Sunshine!” Instead of the large die, it has been replaced by a large plush yellow ball of Sunshine, complete with an appropriate happy face. There are also 18 round double-sided cards, each describing a different hiding place (36 in all).
|The object of the basic game is for an adult to choose a card and hide Sunshine at the hiding place described on the card. For example, one of the locations is “On Top of a table,” and another is “Behind a chair.” Then the child begins the search for “Sunshine” based on the location on the card. Once found, everyone cheers and we try it again.There are many ways to play the game depending on the age of the child. For the very young children, the adult and the child may actually want to hide “Sunshine” together, and then comment on the different locations where “Sunshine” loves to hide. The youngsters learn from the repetition and begin to learn positional words like “under, next to, behind, on top of and in front of.”
The game also includes several cards where only the position is given, allowing the parent to choose a location that may be more familiar, or even more challenging. The cards include colorful illustrations for each of the locations, and there is even a Velcro storage area for all of the cards on the backside of “Sunshine.”
There is also a very informative set of instructions and a parent’s guide that not only explains the basic game, but also provides helpful hints regarding some of the variations that can be used to make “Hello Sunshine!” even more enjoyable.
The retail price of “Hello Sunshine!” is $19.99. Check it out at Amazon.com.