I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I did receive the Balance Beans game to facilitate my review but this did not influence my opinions or my review.
We are huge fans of game play in this house. My children learn better by getting hands on with a concept than any other way. When Think Fun reached out to me to let me know about their new game, Balance Beans, I was more than excited to give it a try. I have worked with Think Fun in the past and have always enjoyed the games they put out so I was sure this would be a hit. Let me tell you a bit about the game and why it should be on your Christmas or homeschool wish list this year.
Balance Beans Game Review
What is Balance Beans?
Balance Beans is a logic and Math game all in one. Use the challenge card to arrange the red beans. After you have the red beans in place, place the yellow, blue, or orange beans on the seesaw to get it to balance. The card will tell you which pieces you are allowed to use for each challenge. When you balance the seesaw, you are actually balancing an equation! This bean-filled logic game is a fun way to introduce young learners to elementary algebra. Balance Beans was recently named a winner in American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA) 2016 Best Toys for Kids List. (Ages 5+)
What comes in the game?
Each box contains balance board, balance piece, 3 red pieces, 2 blue pieces, 2 yellow pieces, 1 orange piece, a deck of challenge cards, and a bag to store the game in.
What about the actual game play and what did the kids think?
The kids and I had fun putting together our first YouTube video for you highlighting how this game is actually played. You can also hear directly from them about what they thought of the game. Check it out.
The goal of Balance Beans is to make the seesaw balance using only the pieces that are assigned to you. I understand that the ones pictured above are two different game boards but the concept is still shown.
The red pieces are placed and are not to be moved. The player can position the rest of the pieces anywhere on the seesaw as long as they do not move the red beans or go off the balance beam.
As I watched the kids process this out they seemed to get frustrated initially but quickly picked up on the concept and started to have a lot of fun with it.
What did I think of Balance Beans?
Balance Beans is a really great game and I loved that it was a single player game. My youngest often needs things to do when his older sister wants time to herself. This will give him a great option that he can really enjoy. I watched as he took the pile of cards and sat and tried to work through many of the puzzles. My older daughter also seemed to enjoy these puzzles and laughed whenever one seemed too easy for her.
As you can see in the video, I did have to remind C frequently not to move his red beans or touch the seesaw portion of the game as he wanted to make it easier on himself. If you have a younger child or a child who is easily frustrated you may have to do the same. Other than that, this game is truly a great game and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
One of my favorite things that Think Fun does with their games is to include bags like the one pictured above to store pieces. This can save a lot of space in the game cabinet because everything doesn’t need to stay in a large box.
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