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Educational Insights: Grandma's Trunk & Giveaway!

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My cousin's daughter, Ashlynn, reviewed the Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game from Educational Insights and here are her thoughts:
 
 
 
  
I was very happy to receive Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game.  This game comes in a very charming box.  It was created by a preschool teacher and it has several different variations of how it can be played.  It is designed for ages 5+.  My daughter is 4.5 and she absolutely loves Grandma's Trunk. 



To be honest, the contents of the 'trunk' is actually just two decks of cards; there is nothing else in the box.  So really it's not a board game, but rather different activities /different ways of using the cards.  The cards themselves are adorable.  The first deck is the alphabet cards.  There is one card for each letter of the alphabet and they have a cute, colorful drawing on them of an item that begins with the letter on the card, for example I for iguana.  Most of the games in Grandma's Trunk are designed for a classroom setting, with one adult and several children participating, but they can also be easily adapted to play one on one with my daughter at home.





One way of playing the game is to deal the cards out and then read a Riddle card (the second deck of cards included in the game is the riddles) and it will ask a question such as 'I am a food.  I am sweet.  I'm a birthday treat. What am I?' and we have to look for the letter C card with the picture of the cake on it.  Or you can also use the cards as a memory game.  You only need the first deck of cards for this activity.  You deal out the cards to all the children and then they take turns putting a card in the box.  Each child has to remember to say the item that each child before them put in the trunk, repeating the items in order. 



My favorite variation of this game is called 'Grandma's Adventures.'  You only need the first deck of cards for this activity.  You place all the letter cards in the box and pull them out one by one and tell a story involving the pictures on the cards.  For example, if you pulled out the guitar, sunglasses, and a hat, you make up a story about a guy playing his guitar who needed some sunglasses and then his hat blew away in the wind.... My daughter picked this up so fast.  I only showed her with the first few cards, and she was able to continue the story on her own, drawing another card from the box one by one continuing the story until the entire deck was finished!  I love that she is completely using her own imagination for this activity.  And she can do it again and make up new stories each time she uses the cards.  It is refreshing to take a break from the standard roll the dice or spin the spinner wheel games.  As a preschool teacher and former elementary school teacher myself, I can recommend this game to any preschool or early elementary teacher because there are so many variations of these activities outlined in the guide.  You can also use a partial deck for some activities when playing with younger children.  I am a huge fan of games that make learning fun, where kids are actually practicing the alphabet, but they think they are playing a game.
 
 
 
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The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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