Sequence for Kids – the board game for younger kids – has been a favorite game for grandparents and grandchildren in our family for the last year or so. It's fun, it's easy, and it does teach some critical thinking skills. Up to four can play which means this Sandwich Generation granny nanny and my three grandsons can all play together. It's geared for ages 4-7 but even my 9 year old grandson still enjoys it.
We have such fun with it and I've carried it back and forth so much that the box and the cards are showing the love a bit too much so I was toying with getting a new box to help replace some missing pieces. When researching on Amazon, I was reminded they have several other intriguing Sequence board games for kids – which also makes them good homeschooling games, including three that I ordered:
- Sequence Letters – 2-4 players – ages 4-7
- Sequence Numbers – 4-6 players – 7-Adult,
- Sequence States and Capitals – 2 to 6 Players – 5 years and up
I was quite excited when the games arrived, but then realized some patience on my part would be required, as they are all definitely more difficult than Sequence for Kids. My grandkids and I decided to give Sequence Letters a try and put the other two away for next year.
I definitely like the educational quality of the game. They have to match the letter with the picture that starts with that particular letter. For each letter, there are two pictures. For the vowels, one picture is usually the short vowel and the second is the long vowel. Over all I did like it, and so did they. But there are a couple of distinct challenges to this game.
- The box says 2-4 can play, but it turns out that really only three can play UNLESS you play teams. While teams can be fun at times, playing with grandkids and individuals isn't my favorite. So that means either one of us doesn't play and they help one of the others. But that's not quite as much fun as all four getting to play.
- It specifies ages 4-7 but many in that age range are not yet readers. For non-readers, it can definitely make for fun and educational activities as you enjoy teaching and learning the letter sounds. At the same time, though, it really does makes the game more difficult. Also, if you have children with learning disabilities, or those who are on the autism spectrum (even the high end), it can be a bit more frustrating and challenging. In those cases, I would recommend playing this game one-on-one or saving it for older children than what the box suggests.
As I said, I do like it in general. I will probably save it for those rare one-on-one occasions though, plus use its chips to help when we are playing Sequence for Kids. And for now, Sequence for Kids continues to reign as the supreme board game of all the Sequence games. And we're so glad we can enjoy it together. It really works well for game activities for grandparents and grandchildren in my Sandwich Generation family.
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