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# Probability & Statistics, Toy Reviews by Age

Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game

Disney Enchanted Cupcake Party

Let me introduce you to the Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game  (Sheesh, that’s a long name! We just call it the cupcake game.) My favorite part is the cupcakes that are designed to match the Disney princesses. Here is Jules displaying the Belle cupcake.

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Something about taking the essential design elements and colors of each princess and turning it into a cupcake that you would recognize as belonging to that princess really satisfies my brain. It gives a little sigh of happiness like all is right with the world. Maybe that’s just me.

The game also includes other cards that mix two or four princesses to make unique cupcakes. Using this idea of creating different combinations is so sciency in such a girly, princessy game. They can easily recognize that there are a lot of combinations that they can create (10,000 to be exact).

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How we play it:*

We play this game by the real rules (see below) whenever the kids are not feeling too stressed. The grown ups really like the real rules. Some of our kids don’t really like competition or the pressure of building the cupcakes against the clock. Frequently we play without the sand timer.

We spread out the tiles face down, then take turns flipping one over. As a team, we try to get the Mix, Bake, Decorate tiles (in any order)  before we get all four Clock tiles. Whoever chooses the third of the Mix, Bake Decorate tiles, gets to choose a recipe card and build the cupcake of their choice. If we get all four Clock tiles, we say “oh, bummer” and flip all the tiles face down, and try again to get the Mix, Bake, Decorate tiles.

Of course, sometimes they just want to have a tea party. They love to choose their favorite cupcakes or make one they think Daddy will like. It’s fun to see their personalities or current moods come out in the choices they make.

 How you’re supposed to play it:

Make a big pile of cupcake parts. Turn all the tiles face down, and choose pink, blue, or purple recipe cards to use. Take turns turning over a tile. If you get all three Mix, Bake and Decorate tiles, start the sand timer, and work together to build as many cupcakes (using one recipe card at a time) as you can before the timer runs out. When the timer runs out, flip all the face down again, and repeat. In any round, if you get all four Clock tiles before you get all three Mix, Bake, Decorate tiles, the game is over. Try to see how many cupcakes you can make in one game.

 

* We love to modify the rules of every game. There’s value in making a game work well for your family, and I love giving a few ideas of alternative play. And sometimes we just dial the competitiveness down a notch to avoid kid fights.

 

How about you? Does your family play Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game? Do you have any fun rule modifications?

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# 0-3 Years, 4-7 Years, Counting, Math, Toy Reviews by Age, Toy Reviews by Topic

Fish-A-Ree – Toy Review

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Fish-A-Ree is sort of Memory meets Let’s Go Fishin’, without the hassle of trying to get the fish to actually bite the little magnet. It has been a really fun game for my 3 year old, and even though it is a simple game, the slightly older kids (mine are 5 and 7) have enjoyed sitting and playing with him.

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How we play it:*

Fish-A-Ree is kind of a new game for us. So far the kids have been having a ton of fun with the little measuring tape it comes with. They measure the fish, they measure each other, they measure the baby and she gets mad that they are pinning her down for measurement. That type of thing.

Leto (age 3) has also enjoyed just setting up the game. He likes to put all the fish in the holes, take them out and line them up in order by length, decide on which fish is his favorite, match the fish (there are 2 of each length), and pretend to eat them.

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How you’re supposed to play it:

The slightly older kids (age 5 and 7) like to play the right way. You stick a bunch of the fish into their slots, so just the bobber sticks up. Then you draw a card that tells you how many units long of a fish you need, try to draw the fish that is that long, and put it back if you’re wrong or keep it if you’re right.

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Malena and Jules playing Fish-A-Ree:

* We love to modify the rules of every game. There’s value in making a game work well for your family, and I love giving a few ideas of alternative play. And sometimes we just dial the competitiveness down a notch to avoid kid fights.

How about you? Does your family play Fish-A-Ree? Do you have any fun rule modifications? Has your baby gotten pinned to the floor so the bigger kids can measure her?