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Review: ThinkFun’s Zingo! Sight Words


There was a time in my childhood when board games were a fixture. Electronic gizmos didn’t come into the forefront for years to come and quite frankly, it didn’t matter. Whether playing a board game with my family or my friends, it was always an engaging social experience. The emotions expressed during gameplay ran the gamut ranging from focused intensity to side splitting belly laughs. Flash forward to the present, my life has come full circle as a parent. Despite the pervasiveness of the digital era, it’s still board games that bring families together. The latest example, ThinkFun’s Zingo! Sight Words.

How do you play the game?

What’s the game play experience like?

Educational and fun. Zingo! Sight Words takes the game premise of Bingo, replaces the numbers, and incorporates sight words which are words most frequently used in the English language. Mastering sight words creates fluent readers.

Based on my own official game testers aka my children, Zingo! Sight Words offers up challenging yet accessible game play that encourages older kids to help their younger siblings learn to read. My 1st grader, to my surprise, often helped his kid sister navigate through each of her turns. Especially if he was given the responsibility of being the dealer. Dare I say that Zingo! Sight Words may well be a means to a temporary ceasefire in the sibling rivalry wars. Peace and cooperation through board games. Who knew?

Zingo! Sight Words is recommended for Pre-K to 1st graders.

And Now The Giveaway

Thinkfun has graciously provided an opportunity for one lucky CuteMonster.com reader to win a Zingo! Sight Words game of their own. A retail value of $19.99.

How to Enter

Simply enter a brief comment below telling us what was your favorite family game as a kid. That’s it. A winner will be drawn at random on November 19, 2012.

For extra entries do the following:

* Follow Thinkfun on Facebook
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* On Twitter tweet I want to win a @ThinkFun Zingo! Sight Words game from @CuteMonsterDad bit.ly/ZkSdeR

Important Dates and Details to remember

Contest open to U.S. residents. The contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Monday November 19, 2012. The winner will be notified via email or twitter by Tuesday November 20, 2012. The winner has 24 hours to respond after notification. If no response is made another winner will be randomly drawn.

Good luck!

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Janet Jenkins. Thanks to everyone who entered. And a big thank you to ThinkFun for providing the prize.

  • Life was the family favorite

    • cutemonster

      Classic game and a perfect conduit for real life discussions.

  • YvonneJ

    Aggravation was my family’s favorite board game.

    • cutemonster

      Nice. 🙂

  • Jan

    We played Uno alot or Scrabble.

    • cutemonster

      Uno can be fast paced fun. Scrabble’s always a winner.

  • Azcinda

    We played and still play Sorry

    • cutemonster

      Always a fun choice.

  • Just recently introduced the kids to Clue, one of my all-time favorites. They love it.

    • cutemonster

      One of our “new” favorites as well.