Kids will have a blast learning and playing the Think & Learn Balance Blast-Off! game from Fisher-Price. There are two levels of play to help preschoolers with color matching and basic math skills. But in both versions of the game, players try to tip the rocket ship to their side, and if they win, they get to press the blast-off button and watch all the aliens on the ship fly off into space.
The first way to play involves colors. Take turns spinning the spinner. Whatever color the spinner lands on, that's the color alien you must find and place on the rocket ship. It will either be green, blue, or purple. If you land on a plus sign, you can add any alien to your side of the ship. A minus side means you must remove an alien from your side. A white alien means you remove an alien from your opponent's side and add it to your side. When the ship's tail points to one of the tip marks, either sun or moon, the losing player gets one more turn to even the balance. If the tail doesn't move, the player who tipped the ship wins and presses the blast-off button.
The second level of play involves math. Take turns spinning the spinner. Then, find an alien that matches the number spun or aliens whose numbers added together make up the number spun. You place the aliens on your side of the ship, and the game plays in the same way as the first level, complete with subtracting an alien from your side or removing an alien from your opponent's side and adding it to your own. Tip the ship all the way to press the blast-off button and win.
We like that this game has two levels of play to grow with kids from pre-k to Kindergarten. There's some learning play involved, but really this is just a fun stack 'em up and watch 'em fall type of game.
Balance Blast-Off! is for two players ages 3 to 6.
The game comes with 24 aliens, a rocket ship, and a spinner. You can take apart the rocket ship to make storage back in the box easier.
When you press the blast-off button, not all of the aliens fall off the rocket ship. It's really not as dramatic as the pictures on the box make it seem.
Because there is only one spinner for two levels of play, it might be confusing for younger children to understand which end of the arrow they're supposed to look at after spinning.
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