Showing posts with label board games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label board games. Show all posts

January 22, 2012

uKloo a treasure hunt game for early readers

uKloo is a game that every parent will want for their children. This game is created by Doreen Dotto, a mom who was motivated because of her own children. She wanted to teach her sons to read in a creative approach.

With this game, children will get active running around the house to find the clues. Even my three year old wanted to help his sister look for the cards. The children learn to work together. If they are just starting to read and can't read words yet, they will be able to refer to the colourful picture poster and match the words to figure it out.

uKloo targets 3 levels of reading, each level has 14 cards in different colours. There are 12 blank surprise cards for the parents to write a surprise that will fit their child's interest. Doreen has suggested surprises that work in the box. There is also instructions on different ways to play the game, so children will be excited each time they play.

Before starting, I made sure to tell the children that I will not be hiding the cards beside the stove, in pots or kitchen cupboards; just for safety. So make sure to set some ground rules.

As a parent, with a child in French immersion I try to teach English every chance I get. Games like uKloo makes it more easier to approach reading at an early age than making the child sit for a lesson :) I also think it is a fun way to introduce reading to children. While the children are busy looking for the cards, I can do my thing ;)

Children will actively learn, become confident, try hard to read on their own and feel a sense of achievement when they find their surprise. They will not want to stop playing this game. It is a worthy purchase.

This award winning game is available in many stores within Canada and online. In the USA, it is available at Timeless toys. If you are in the USA and would like to purchase it from your local toy or educational game store please request for this game to become available. There is also uKloo2 coming soon with riddles, thinking and problem solving. Do follow uKloo on Facebook and twitter.

Happy reading and hunting!

This was one of the surprises the children had.

Maple puffed rice snack
3 tbsp peanut butter *
3/4 cup maple syrup
4 cups puffed rice

* Can substitute with almond butter or another type of flavoured butter.

Heat peanut butter and maple syrup in a pan, when it comes to a boil turn off the cooker and stir in the puffed rice.
Put it into a plate and let it cool, then make into balls. The hands may need to be greased to make balls.

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January 17, 2012

Rice flour Æbleskiver sweet and Mancala board game

rice flour snack
Rice flour Æbleskiver sweet (also known as nei paniyaram)

1 cup rice flour *
3/4 cup jaggery
3/4 cup water *
1/4 tsp cardamom ground
1/8 tsp salt optional
1 ripe banana mashed
1 to 2 tbsp ghee to grease the pan *

Melt the jaggery in the water and mix the rice flour or ground rice and banana. Make a smooth thick paste. Heat up an abelskiver pan in medium heat, put about 1/4 tsp of ghee to each hole and put about 1/2 to 3/4 full batter. Flip the snack with a skewer once it is easy to turn it and cook the other side. Enjoy warm.

* For this nei paniyaram (ghee fried snack) I used store bought roasted rice flour, can also used unroasted rice flour or soak the raw rice for about 3 hours then grind it.
* May need to add more or less water depends on if you are using the flour or grinding the rice.
* Can also grease the pan with oil or butter as well.

While enjoying these snacks we played with Mancala.

I bought this Mancala game by Schylling from Amazon. A very ancient game that is addictive and lots of fun. I played this with my grandma and aunts as a child, and buying one brought back lots of wonderful memories of late afternoon fun. This is a solid wooden board with glass beads. The glass beads can be replaced (from any craft or dollar store) if you misplace.
mancala board game
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