So right away, this Plinko game is bringing back fond memories! When I chose to review it, I looked at it from the point of view of a mother and then a teacher - it's perfect for my youngest right now - to help combat the summer slide and reinforce ending sounds in particular. It also looked like a fun game to play in class. I figured, if I can interest my 4 children in it, it would probably work in the classroom too!
It was surprisingly simple to set up - which would be a plus in a classroom setting - you don't want to have a lot of set up time involved when there are 20 children
Lakeshore products, they tend to be high quality and lasting!
Here are a few pictures of the game play:
Even from the beginning, my youngest was fascinated with the game.
His sister took a few turns too - although the skills were too low for her obviously, she did like the game play! And yes, she is wearing one glove in the picture - it's apparently a steam punk thing, not a Michael Jackson thing.
He had a little trouble laying the chips flat against the board but once I demonstrated he was fine!
This time it landed in the ending sounds box which pleased him!
My little Red liked it too - long after the older two were done my youngest two kept playing. They didn't stop until they had finished the whole bag!
I think this is a great review tool for my youngest! It's so much fun that he doesn't feel like he's doing "work"! I'm also eager to try it out in class - I know my students will be just as thrilled with it! It will easily hold a student's attention, even when it's not their turn, simply because of the Plinko board - there's just something about not knowing where the chip will go that is fascinating lol. I think it would be perfect in a pre-k or K setting, or even at the beginning of 1st grade for review. I know it will help my ELL students to review their rhyming throughout the year, since that is a really tough skill for them. With both beginning and ending sounds, I can see myself using this game from 1st quarter all the way through 4th quarter, so I'll get a lot of use out of it!
Alright, I'm off to an Army Marriage Retreat for the weekend! 2 nights in a fabulous hotel, with a water park! I am bringing my laptop, but I can't promise to turn it on ; P I will try to respond to any messages or questions on Sunday when we get back! Oh, by the way, for those of you who asked for different placemat styles, I now have Bumblebee, Monkey and Monster up in my TPT store! And if you happened to miss that post, just click here to see how I use these placemats in my classroom!
Disclaimer: I was given a free Plinko game in return for my honest review - I love it!