The Geeklings have an alphabet party with Frida’s Fruit Fiesta!

Recommended Age:4+
Players:2-4
Our Recommended Age:2+ (With supervision)
Play Time:Varies depending on child
Company Site:www.educationalinsights.com
Contents:Rainforest game board 26 fruit bowls 1 Frida squeezer 4 Nest cards 1 Triple letter spinner Instructions
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Educational Insights makes a lot of amazing games that are all (as far as I can tell) educational. I LOVE that feature in a game. Frida’s Fruit Fiesta is a fun game that not only helps kids learn their alphabet but also helps with fine motor skills. Kids can learn strategy as well as turn taking and the best part is they will have fun WHILE learning!

Frida’s Fruit Fiesta is made for ages 4+ but I feel like with supervision a child as young as 2 could play. At least they could spin the spinner and grab the letters with either Frida or their fingers if they can’t quite use Frida yet. Older kids can play and still enjoy it as well. We sometimes time each kid separately to see how fast they can use Frida to fill their game board…it’s hilarious and fun.

eifridafruitreview (2)Sometimes we use Frida to spell words too which is also fun. My kids are 5 and 7 so sometimes they play normally and sometimes we change it up a bit. This game is perfect for 4 year olds or any kid learning their alphabet (or sounds as you can make them say the sounds instead of the letters) and/or fine motor skills.

The box is a fun curvy shape and is pretty sturdy. It is made out of that nice thicker box material and slides right off from the top. I don’t tear it and it doesn’t frustrate me to now end to get off…so there is there. The spinner, game boards and alphabet letter parts are all chipboard (I am pretty sure anyway) which is the good quality material.

Frida (and the spinner part) are plastic but the alphabet bottoms are rubber..and sort of make the letters wobble around…which cracks me up. That is part of the point though. The letters are moving around so they are harder to grab. Well…not really moving so much as wobbling. Have you ever tried to balance on one of those half an exercise balls? It’s like that…sort of.eifridafruitreview (1)

My point is all the pieces are of very good quality and the artwork is adorable and a perfect match to the theme of the game. Frida is large enough for small hands but challenging enough for larger hands as well. Not adult hands but larger kid hands…I’m over explaining again…moving on to the how to play part now…

Objective:

Be the first player to get four in a row (or you can play til someone fills their whole board like we do).

Setup:

First empty the bottom part of the game box except for all of the alphabet letters. Those stay in the game box until someone grabs one. Each player chooses a Nest or game board and the youngest player goes first. Easy!

Play:

On your turn spin the spinners…all of them. Now you only get to choose ONE letter but it could land on one of a number of other things so I’ll start there. If it lands on the Monkey you have to put one fruit back and that is the end of your turn. The swirl means you have to spin all three spinners again…now for the fruits.

If you land on One Fruit Bowl you can choose ANY fruit bowl (or letter) you want…just make sure it is one you need. If you land on a Two Fruit Bowl spot you can choose TWO of ANY fruits…again check what you need first. Now the Fruit Bowl On Frida means you can steal one fruit bowl that you need for your Nest card from any other player! You can leave that feature out if you want for younger players until they get used to the the game.eifridafruitreview (4)

Now again you can only choose ONE of the spinners for your turn so you don’t have to do any of those other things if you spin a letter you need. If you spin all letters you just choose one, if you spin a Fruit Bowl, a Letter and a Monkey then the Monkey is your choice…you don’t get to choose on that one.

However, if it was a Fruit Bowl, a Letter and Frida you could choose which of those three you wanted to do…but only one of them! This is where strategy comes in though and my son is very very good at that part now…he doesn’t play this game much except for when we have challenge mode which I also play…it’s fun.

Winning:

The first player to get four fruit bowls in a row wins…or fill the board or fill two boards. However you want to adjust it works too.

eifridafruitreview (3)I really wish I would have found this game when my oldest was 2. I was looking for a game to teach him alphabet and work on fine motor skills and this one does BOTH at the same time. We discovered it after both my kids knew their letters but my Diva didn’t know sounds as well. We were working on those and so we did sounds instead of letters.

It worked beautifully! Every time they spun letters and chose one they had to say its sound and eventually they had to say a word that started with that letter or had that letter clearly sounded out in it. She reads now and starts Kindergarten later this year…I do love these types of games.

Frida’s Fruit Fiesta is perfect for preschoolers or really any kid learning their alphabet or sounds and wanting to work on or practice fine motor skills. It isn’t small and easily taken with you but it does clean up easy and is a great game for kids to get out and play on their…and put away on their own too.

Show us your Fruit Fiesta with Frida! @MyGeeklings @ed_insights

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“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
~ O. Fred Donaldson

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