This is a "brain teaser" game...not a board game, so I'm surprised to see reviews complaining about its size. The size is actually perfect (about the size of an adult's hand) so you can bring it with you for kids to play almost anywhere. I bought it for myself but also for my 6-year old daughter since I believe it's a good visual/spatial exercise game for her. The game has 10 levels and a kindergartener can easily do Level 1 or even Level 2 (for L1, you follow the instructions to fill in the spaces with the color pieces but left out 1 piece for the player to put in, perfect visual/spatial training for kindergartener). My daughter really enjoys the game and her face glows when she figures out the "puzzle". I'm not sure the game will make her more intelligent but definitely will improve her spatial skills. I see this game as a great alternative to all video games/ipad.
I originally went to the Learning Resources website to look at the cash register for my 3 year old granddaugter and saw the Math Mat Challenge Game. After reading the reviews, I ended up buying not only the cash register but 2 of the Math Mats for grandsons. One grandson is 6 and in Kindergarten and the other is 4 1/2 and in preschool. The boys are cousins and opened the gifts at different Christmas gatherings, but their reactions were similar. Once they were told what kind of game it was and what was involved, they wanted to play it immediately. Both love games, math and jumping, so it was a natural! Even with the difference in ages, the Math Mat was fun for each of them due to the different games and levels of play. Each grandson was able to play it by himself but it was also fun for older siblings and adults to play with them if they needed help. I like that they are learning and improving their math skills but having fun and being active at the same time.
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