Game On, with Funnybone Toys Review
by Misty Stevens
I love when my children think outside the box. FunnyBone Toys created games designed to challenge the way we think, and that focus on independent thinking. These games are fun and novel. We really enjoy playing them on our family game night.
Arrazzles is a Winner! National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and TWO awards from Creative Child Magazine: 2016 Toy of the Year and 2016 Creative Play of the Year!
For the family with younger children who might not be up to innovating just yet, Try the Melvin + Simon Collage Memory Game. This is classic memory with 24 beautifully created collage scenes with Melvin the cat and Simon the dog. You will see scenes of them cooking, being pirates, gardening, and more. This game was on large cardboard squares. The pictures were so cool to look at, and the colors were vivid and fun. My whole family was gathered around playing memory. It was surprisingly fun for all ages. I liked the pictures and we already started nicknaming the cards.
Academics Choice: "The kids say that it was very funny when they had to compare words. I like that they had to really think to find words that matched the adjectives provided." "The game teaches creative thinking, attention and rapid answering, and provides practice with Venn diagrams." "Game play is quite short and doesn't require a lot of set-up or a large time commitment."
Disruptus was a really cool game. You roll the dice to see which type of game play to follow. Then the players have to look at objects and ideas in the pictures, and use different approaches to innovate. You might have to combine two items to make a new item, or to find a new use for an everyday item. This game comes from the real world practice of "disruptive thinking." This practice helps to innovate in the world and is responsible for ideas like digital music and camera phones. How it works is by taking an object and coming up with a very different way to achieve the same goal.
This company loves the element of color, so it is showcased on all their products. The art in their games is meant to be seen and appreciated, instead of just hidden in the background. Since its creation in 2011, FunnyBone Toys has strived to create products that combine form, function, and beautiful design. Funnybone Toys are not just visual works of art, they are also fun and thought-provoking.
Funnybone toys have really great games that allow you to think, while you have fun. I like all their games, but Disruptus was my favorite. The kids liked Arazzles Under the Sea, and Melvin + Simon the best. My husband liked Anaxi, which is a game where you have to find relationships between randomly chosen words. There is certainly a game for everyone with Funnybone Toys.
National Parenting Center: "The under the sea was enchanting to our young testers. Parents enjoyed watching the open ended creative play their children demonstrated while playing with Arrazzles." "Replay scores were quite high since your child can enjoy these cards over and over making different creations every time they play with these cards."
Arrazzles Under the Sea was very neat. It is a building toy modeled after Arazzles, which won multiple awards and was launched in 2013. This building set has 45 cards with 5 different slot patterns. This allows you to create great 3D arrangements. The cards are so pretty too, they have pictures of beautiful sea creatures, and even some scuba divers. You can create an ocean reef, or whatever you feel like creating. I loved the sea theme because that is what the kids are studying in science this year, so the cool marine creatures were familiar to them, and helped to solidify their knowledge. You can see the great artistic scenes on the cards above.
Funnybone Toys: Only out 1 month, and already 9 awards and great reviews from parents, teachers...and KIDS!
Anaxi is a Winner! Academics Choice Brain Toy Award and 2016 Game of the Year from Creative Child Magazine