Thursday, July 26, 2012

Melissa & Doug Suspend Game

My son is 6 years old. He loves games. In the last few years we've had fun finding good games that we can play together and both enjoy. Games that are funny, games that challenge, games with a little competition...they're all good. And there are many good learning opportunities when children are playing games.

The product: A few months ago I saw the neatest looking game in an online newsletter from Melissa & Doug. We love their playthings. We really love their puzzles in this house. And now we're in love with their new game - Suspend.

This game reminds me a little of Jenga (you know the one with the wooden blocks you remove), but instead it uses various sizes of metal rods with grooves. The point is to add a piece one by one until they come tumbling down. You start with a certain number of pieces and play until someone runs outs (they are the winner). 

It's harder than it looks. The little grooves are just enough to hook to other pieces, but sometimes not. It's tricky trying to get certain pieces to stay. And you never know where the other players are going to put their pieces which changes the whole balance of the structure.

What we thought: The first thing I noticed is that Suspend is recommended for ages 8+. My son is 6. At first I could see why this might be a little more difficult for him. The pieces are hard to manipulate and it's a little tougher for him with the hand/eye coordination to get them to go where he wants. But after we played a few times he got a better feel for it, and it was a lot of fun. We really enjoy this new game. It's easy for just two of us to play together. We take turns and try to get all of our pieces to "suspend".

I think this game is great for the whole family. I probably wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 5, but older kids will love this one. And it's pretty fun for parents too. It's fast paced, so you can play over and over or just a quick game when there isn't a lot of time to play. Suspend is one of our new favorites that will stick around for a long time at our house!

Where to buy: You can get Suspend straight from Melissa & Doug's site. It is also available in lots of stores and online many places.

How to connect: Learn more about the game on their website- And be sure to check out the other great Melissa & Doug toys and games while you're there. You can also find M&D on Twitter and Facebook.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.*