In Set Junior, kids can use the double-sided game board to play two games. Both games require kids to find sets. A set is made of three tiles that are either all the same or all different in each individual feature. On all three tiles, the shape must be all the same or all different, the color must be all the same or all different, and the number must be all the same or all different. So if you have a tile with one green diamond on it, another tile with two green diamonds on it, and a third tile with three green diamonds on it, that's a set. But you can't make a set out of a tile with one red squiggle, a tile with one purple diamond, and a tile with three green diamonds.
In the first game, the object is to collect the most point chips. Each player starts with three tiles and takes turns placing tiles on their matching squares on the game board. If you place three tiles in a row that make a set, you get a point chip. When all 27 squares on the board are covered, players count their chips, and the player with the most chips wins.
In the second game, the object is to collect the most sets. Place a tile face-up on each 10 orange square on the board. Everyone plays at the same time to find a set out of the tiles facing up on the board. When you find out, yell out "set!" and take those three tiles. Replace the tiles with three new tiles. When the deal pile is gone and there are no sets left on the board, everyone counts their sets. One point is given for each set. The person with the most points wins.
Set Junior comes with a two-sided game board, 27 tiles, 24 points chips, and instructions. It is for two to four players.
This is not your standard preschool matching game. Sure, the game involves matching colors, shapes, and numbers, but the criteria of a set makes the game a little more challenging. You might want to play a few practice rounds to make sure kids understand what a set is. The first side of the game board is really designed to help familiarize kids with different types of sets as they match colors, shapes, and numbers. Once they've mastered that, then they can play the second game and try to spot sets on their own.
Set Junior is for ages 3 and up.
The original version of Set is also available for ages 10 and up. It's sold separately.
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