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Wild Cards – A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Wild Cards - Baby Animals Around the World photo Birdcage-wildcardsbabyanimals_zps7f8bf6b3.jpgWe love animals in our house! We have two kitty cats, two turtles, an ant farm and are preparing to adopt a puppy in the fall. We were blessed with a set of Wild Cards: Baby Animals Around the World from Birdcage Press for review purposes.

About the Company:

Birdcage Press was founded by Wenda O’Reilly. When her three children were very young, she began creating card games as a way to make learning about art and history fun. She took her kids out of school and traveled around Europe in a van exploring as they went. Later, in the year 2000, she began publishing these games and now her award-winning games are sold in toy stores, fine gift shops, and the world’s finest museums. The games are crafted with museum quality prints and durable construction perfect for little hands. The graphics and topics included in the products are child-tested and approved.

 

About the Product:

Wild Cards: Baby Animals Around the World

$10.95

Ages 6+

Winner of 2010 Parent’s Choice Silver Award

2012 Top Travel Fun Game of the Year

36 playing cards and a 28-page go-along fact booklet

These cards are used to play old favorites from yesteryear like Old Maid, Memory and Go Fish.

Birdcage Press states on their website that the Wild Cards game provides skills in the following areas:

• Memory
• Concentration
• Reading
• Visual processing
• Categorization
• Strategic thinking

 

How We Used the Game in Our Homeschool:

Shortly after these cards arrived in our house, we had a bout with the stomach flu. I thought this would be a perfect chance to get them out and play. We spent the afternoon playing “Old Maid” using the sloth card as the Old Maid. We had a great time and really enjoyed the beautiful pictures of animal mothers and babies on the cards.

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The next opportunity presented itself when my mom was babysitting my nephews and niece. I took the game over to her house and we played a great rousing game of “Go Fish. All the kids really enjoyed themselves and since the rainy weather kept us inside, we had a great educational activity for the kids to engage with. I noticed that the kids were learning about animals as they took time to read about the animals they had never heard of. There were unusual animals such as the squirrel monkey and the capybara. Old favorites such as the elephant, tiger cheetah and wolf were also included.

Playing Go Fish with Wild Cards   cousins playing Go Fish with Wild Cards

The cards are numbered from 1 to 6 and the numbers are color coded to correspond with continent listed under the numbers. This identifies the place where the animal can be found in its native environment. There is also a short paragraph at the bottom of each card giving some interesting facts about the animals.The companion fact booklet includes the same pictures found on the cards but provides more detailed information about the animal. It would be an excellent resource to accompany an animal unit study or a study of mammals.

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I also tried the “Memory” version of the game with my 3 year-old daughter and my 4 year-old nephew. They loved trying to match the cards. I am always amazed at how well young kids do with memory games. They always beat me!
My Opinion of the Game:
Pros – We love games around here and these beautifully illustrated cards were well-received by my kids. I loved the way the animals were categorized by region on the cards. I felt this helped introduce a geography element. I appreciated the fine quality of the case. It includes a magnet so the flap that holds the booklet is secured well to the card box. Here is a photo of the inside of the case. We liked the art work on the cards. The animals were so cute.
Wild Cards inside coverCons – I would keep them away from small children. My smallest nephew who is almost two got his hands on one of the cards and chewed the corner right off. Despite the durability, they are not meant for kids younger than age 6. I would have also liked to see another creative game option rather than just the three old favorites listed in the instructions. I think you could probably make up your own new ways to use these cards, it would just have been nice to have a couple of “new” games to play.
Overall, my kids described the cards as cool, great and fun.

Birdcage Press Logo photo Birdcage-logo_zpsa3a9555b.jpgMy Crewmates reviewed six of Bird Cage Press’ educational games. Click the graphic below to read about them.

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