Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thomas... slow down already.

The Thomas The Tank Engine games over at Briarpatch got us excited. Connor is slowly becoming a huge Thomas fan and I am a huge board game fan so between the two of us I knew we had to add one to our collection. So when Thomas Great Race Game arrived from Briarpatch I was pretty excited. Connor is still a bit too young to play but thankfully I have an endless supply of willing board game players here and I have to say of all the board games we have tried out this year this particular game looked a bit boring from the outside to me, and I have to tell you it totally surprised me as being my favorite game of the year from an educational value and just plain good fun all in one.

Thomas Great Race comes with two plastic board pieces that snaps together in the middle forming a hill that the tanks must race up. The board will allow anywhere from two to four players and the engines are color coded. Once you have decided how many are playing you just slide the tanks into the track before you put the two pieces of the board together and your ready to rock. The players are given cards which have questions on one side and the answers on the other, no peeking! The cards show a picture on one side with a simple question such as "How many yellow tracks are there?" The card will have a picture of four tracks and in this case there are two yellow tracks, the player then names how many yellow tracks there are before turning the card over to see if they are correct. If the number the player says matches the number on the back of the card (Its always anywhere from one to three so the number skills are pretty basic.) then the player then is allowed to insert "coal" a tile with the same number as the answer into the board under their train. These tiles then are what moves the train to the finish line. That alone was one of the coolest features of the game if you ask me as I can't tell you how many times we have had arguments here over who accidentally moved who's piece where or if the players moved the correct number of spaces. Pretty much other than answering the questions and inserting the correct tile the trains on Thomas Great Race move themselves.

I love the fact that the game makes the players use basic counting, colors, and number skills to play but its not so hard that a preschooler can't handle it if they have at least minimal reading skills or have a parent to read them the questions. Connor is getting pretty good with his colors so hopefully by this time next year we will be playing together. Actually the only unfair part about the game is that if a parent is playing a child obviously the parent has an unfair advantage by being able to answer all the card correctly, but with that said depending on the luck of the draw of cards anyone can win as one person could draw all three cards and the other could draw all one cards and if the player with the larger cards answers correctly they will move faster than the other. So even unevenly matched players in skill still end up battling it out with the luck of the draw as much as they do having to worry about correct answers.

Briarpatch
is one of our favorite game makers and I highly recommend you go over and check out their entire collection of games including Thomas Great Race.

Briarpatch has been cool enough to give us one copy of Thomas Great Race to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Briarpatch's selection of games and tell me what is your favorite board game or card game they offer.
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    • This contest will end Jan 15th at midnight!

152 Comments:

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Jenna said...

My niece would like to I Spy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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The Beddy-Bye Baby game looks like ti would be a lot of fun!

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I like the I Spy Preschool Game!

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The Eye Spy pre school game. or the good night moon game. I love the Eye Spy series fun for kids and parents or grandparents


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Jesica said...

oh - my son would LOVE this game!

For a favorite - it's so hard to choose - I'm gonna go with I Spy Private Eye.

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souldolphindream said...

THe goodnight moon game is my favorite

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thanks for the giveaway

Miss Heidi said...

For a glam gal, I gotta pick the Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game as my fave. Thanks.
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Danielle said...

I love this game and my son LOVES Thomas!
I would also like to try the *Clothespins* game...looks like fun!
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The Jacobsen Family! said...

The Dinosaurs, Extinct? game looks like fun!!

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AmandaK said...

My little niece would love the Beddy Bye Baby Game. It just looks like fun and like she would enjoy it!

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beddy bye baby game
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VickeC said...

I have 2 little grandsons that are nuts about Thomas,wow,great prize,from the site we would choose;A Little Golden Book Circle of Friends Game ,thanks for the chance

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stampedwithgrace said...

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stampedwithgrace said...

my little man loves Thomas!!
A Day Out With Thomas looks fun :)

Kelly said...

goodnight moon

1agordon said...

Fancy Nancy bedroom game

mverno said...

i spy sounds cool

patty said...

Beddy Bye Baby Game

valerie2350 said...

I spy spooky night :)

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judybrittle said...

I would really like the A Little Golden Book Circle of Friends Game.
That really looks like it would be fun to play. Thank you!

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I'm a subscriber.

Stephen said...

I like spooky night! merry xmas.

thompmalice said...

I like the I Spy Bingo Game.

littlelatina said...

I spy is our fave

kdkdkd said...

Animal Soup

Sharon said...

Good Night Moon Game...thanks

Sharon said...

am subscribed. thanks again

windycindy said...

"I Spy Memory Game" would be fun!
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windycindy said...

I am subscribed. Thanks, Cindi
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cmgnbox01 said...

My favorite is the Fancy Nancy Card Game. Thanks for the giveaway!

cmgnbox01 said...

I subscribed.

tatertot374 said...

I also like the Clothespins! Game. Thank you!
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davidgsiegfried said...

My 4 year old already has the Thomas' Station Stop Matching Game which is sold on Briarpatch. He would really enjoy the Thomas Great Race game.

Thank You for the Giveaway Opportunity!

Becca said...

I thinks my daughter would have fun with the Clothespins! game. beccachristensen at hotmail dot com

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Julie D said...

Since we love Thomas, the Station Stop Matching Game would be great!

Julie D said...

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DOODLEGIRL said...

Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game

Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

My kids would love the ISpy Bingo game.

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3boyzmom said...

I like the Eye Spy game!!!!

Shari & Andrew said...

I like the looks of Animal Soup There's Always One Game

Shari & Andrew said...

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Teresa said...

My kids love Thomas! I think the I Spy games look fun too.
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Kari said...

the i spy bingo game looks like something my kids would really enjoy!

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Im also a subscriber!!

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RE said...

My kids would love this game! We also would like the eye spy games!

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Jennifer said...

The I Spy SNAP Card Game sounds pretty nifty!

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cstironkat said...

The boys would like I spy spooky night.

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Dave said...

My little nephew loves Thomas the Tank. I think he would enjoy the Thomas' Tracks 'n Trestles Game. Thank you for the great giveaway. Happy holidays.

Princess Golden Hair said...

The Beddy-Bye Baby game looks like a great board game

Karen said...

Anything with Thomas the Tank my son would love.

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rosannepm said...

Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom game is my favorite
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JenReg said...

I like the Clothespin Game...cute! I agree, Briarpatch has wonderful toys and games for kids. I like how they are so unique.

janetfaye said...

I like A Little Golden Book Circle of Friends Game.

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Ginny said...

Fancy Nancy Bedroom Game

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drming said...

My favorite is DaVinci's Challenge

nancy said...

The Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game also looks fun

Becky said...

I really want to get the grandkids the I Spy Memory Game. We love playing games together and they all love Thomas.

Thanks so much!

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Cindy said...

Sea Monsters looks fun and is perfect for the ages of the grandsons.

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Sarah said...

I think my son would enjoy the Thomas Count Your Cars Game.

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Misty said...

we like the fancy nancy game
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Tammy Marshall said...

My boys and I like the Thomas Count Your Cars Game. Happy new Year.

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betty R.~Simply Southern said...

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SeahorseLady said...

My Godson likes "I Spy" and my nieces enjoy "Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game."
Thanks for another great giveaway.

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The Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game looks like fun!

Heather said...

I blogged about the giveaway here:

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tsslug said...

My niece would love this

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The Animal Soup game looks like a lot of fun!

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JamericanSpice said...

I would love the I Spy Memory Game 15th Anniversary Edition

Melissa said...

Dinosaurs, Extinct?

Tammy said...

The I Spy Eagle Eye Game

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christin said...

the clothespins game looks like fun!! my little guy loves thomas:) thanks!
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Amanda said...

The goodnight moon one looks great, but I'm sure my son would prefer anything Thomas, of course.

justicecw said...

Animal Soup looks like fun! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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Steph said...

The Goodnight Moon game looks cute.

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robt6 said...

My favorite is the clothespin game, enter me please.

Sherry R said...

My favorite is the Animal Soup game!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Nerdy Wordy Crossword Game.
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deedleweedle said...

Good Night Moon

bison61 said...

I Spy Spooky Night sounds fun

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Pretty Momma said...

The I Spy Memory game is cute, but I think my kids would love the Thomas game. He is very popular over here!

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Veronica said...

My son who is a Thomas fanatic would go crazy over this game! Thanks for a great giveaway :)

klp1965 said...

i love I Spy Spooky Night

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im a subscriber :)

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Beddy Bye Baby looks like a great addition to a bedtime routine!

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Heather said...

I spy, my kids have about 5 of them.

Ardy22 said...

Davincis Challenge looks like a good board game


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dbacksfan001 said...

My grandkids would love I Spy Private Eye.

Molly K said...

Any of the I Spy games.

Carolyn said...

The Eye Spy games looks wonderful. My son loves Eye SPy!

Stephanie Bruce said...

my boys love thomas, but we enjoy a I spy in the car alot

Think about it said...

my kiddos and nieces would like "I Spy Memory Game"

ky2here said...

Let's go with Beddy-Bye Baby game .

mommync3 said...

I would have to say the new Day Out with Thomas game. Thanks for the chance to win.

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Jinxy and Me said...

I like the Goodnight Moon game!

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jennifer57 said...

Goodnight Moon game :)

mom2anutball said...

The I Spy Preschool Game would be perfect for my daughter!

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angieplays said...

We have always loved the I Spy games, however we just noticed the Frog and Toad game..we would LOVE to get that as Frog and Toad are favorites in our house.

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dvice said...

My favorite is I Spy Eagle Eye, Jr. Game

Maja said...

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My granddaughter likes Fancy Nancy Bedroom. AztecFeller@aol.com

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Goodnight Moon is my favorite game. garrettsambo@aol.com

Leah said...

I love, love, love the Frog and Toad Adventure Game!!! : ))) Soooo cute and perfect for my ds! : )))

Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

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I also subscribe! : )))

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ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I Spy Bingo Game!

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Susanne said...

I Spy "Word Scramble" Game

artmarcia said...

I love DaVinci's Challenge. My nephew would love Thomas Great Race and I would love to win it for him.

rhonjerm said...

we like the "A Day Out With Thomas" game--thanks!

lilyk said...

I love the Animal Soup There's Always One Game!

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