English was always my favorite subject in grade school and therefore I was excited to play the new educational board game, Synonyms. Created for children ages 10 and up, Synonyms can be used as a learning tool that is not only fun but educational too. It helps to improve “word recognition, increase vocabulary, enhance reading skills, build verbal skills to help decision making and reasoning, enable critical thinking skills and promote positive communication skills through interactive play.” Did I mention that it is also fun and addictive too!
Synonyms is a fast paced game so it keeps the attention of the target audience, younger children. It also promises that it is the “word game that gets your mind racing” and I have to agree with this statement. I had so much fun brushing up on my verbal skills and love the educational spin. You can play with 2-8 players and I found that an average game took us about 30-45 minutes to play. The board, game pieces and +400 color coded cards are of a very nice quality and have their own storage compartment to keep everything neat in between play (I am a bit odd about things like that).
The goal of the game is to be the first player to earn letters to spell the word synonym. To do this you pick a card, roll the dice and then name the many synonyms for the word on the selected card. While this may sound easy, I assure you that it is harder than you might think and the fun part was watching my husband and I struggle while my five year old son was answering correctly. There are various challenges and ways to adapt the game play from easier to harder skill levels which I also appreciate.
I recommend this game for anyone with children ages 10 and up not just for the educational aspect but also because it is a game that an adult can play too and have just as much fun. You can purchase Synonyms for only $29.99 on Amazon.com.
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions based only on my experiences wtih the product.*