This is a game which we have actually borrowed from Whirli. We had not heard of smart games or even this game before we saw it and borrowed it. Playing games is something which we love to do with Jess. It allows us to give her some time where it is just really us and her. Usually we try and do this when Troy is having a nap. So today I am going to share our thoughts about the SmartGames Smart Farmer game.
One thing which I love about the brand SmartGames is that all of the toys and games are logical and also educational. During this lockdown period where Jess is not going to nursery and learning that what this game has been amazing to help her learn. Despite the smart farmer game been for ages 5+ Jess has managed to understand the concept. This could be due to the fact that she does turn 5 in September. This is a super simple game to play anyway so I would think that it would be possible for people who are younger to play as well. This is a great game which we have loved while we have actually had it.
Of course, as the name suggests this is a farm game. There is not too many pieces which is great because this means that it is not too hard to lose pieces because this is not something you want. The pieces are the right size there not too small for Jess to be able to handle however, there not too big that the game looks babyish. The aim of the game is to make sure that you have the animals within their own type. For example the pigs have to be with the pigs and the sheep with the sheep and so on. They have to be in their own pen without other animals. When you get to the master level you also need to include water troughs and make sure animals have access to them.
As you can tell the aim of this game is super simple there is a small book which tells you how to set that game up. There is 60 challenges for child to complete which is going to take them a while. They slowly get harder and hard starting at starter, junior, expert then master.
Including within the box there is :
- Plastic farmer’s field playing board, with moulded spaces for animals, troughs and fence
- 2 Horses
- 2 Pigs
- 3 Water Troughs
- 2 Sheep
- 3 Fence Panels
- Challenge Book/ Instructions
We started Jess with doing some of the easier challenges first and then made it a slowly harder. Jess now has managed to complete all of the challenges which is in the book. I did not think that she would be able to do some of the harder ones. But by this stage she had learn how to play the game and managed to do them super fast sometimes even quicker than I could do them.
At the start of the game you have to make sure that the 2 horses and 2 cows are apart from each other. This gets harder by the end you have 3 or 4 types of animals which you have to keep apart. For sure this does make you think a lot more than at the start of the game. Another thing which I like is that the solutions are at the back of the book if you are not able to do it. I think this is great because sometimes there are different ways of doing the challenge. I think there has been one or two where we have done it differently.
This is a game which educational but is actually still really fun to play. It may say that it is for 5 years plus on the box however, I think easily the older part of 4 could play. Jess never seemed to have a problem with this game. We explained to her the concept of the game and she managed to understand straight away. This could because she has a good understanding of maths so can count the spaces. Separating the animals seem to be something which she fully understood.
Something which I thought was cute was if Jess has not sectioned them off properly. She would get for example a pig and a cow which were not separated and pretend that they were playing with each other. This is something which I thought was cute.
Jess has played this for several hours either playing the challenges or just playing with the animals. I think she wishes that there was some more challenges because she has ended up completing all of them in a short period of time. I think this would have annoyed me because of the I know this game is not cheap at all it is around the £20 mark.
I think that this game is one which I would recommend should you see it. I think it is a great game to get your little one thinking and counting. It is good that the game does not come with a lot of plastic. The farm animals are silicone the only board and fences are plastic. I would recommend this game however, maybe not at full price I would happy to pay up to about £14.99 for this game. For sure it would make a good gift as well for a 4-7 year old.
Have you played the smart games smart farmer game?