Lumps & Exact Change Review

by SharonW on December 1, 2011 · 15 comments

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Looking for a new game idea for your family time this holiday season? This morning I received 2 brand new games to check out with my kids from Continuum Games.

 

Lumps of Coal

 


Getting coal in your stocking is now the best gift of the holidays!

The Lumps Legend: Children around the world have been so good over the past few years; lumps of coal have built up at the North Pole. Puzzled by what to do with the excess coal; Santa’s elves decided to create an exciting new game that uses lumps of coal of all shapes and sizes. The game is so much fun, good little boys and girls, for the first time ever, are excited to get lumps of coal in their stocking!

Lumps, the Elf Coal Game is the most addictive family dice game you’ll ever play! The goal is to score the most points in three rolls by rolling pairs of the same number. Roll a pair of 3s, score 3 points…a pair of 10s scores 10 points. What makes the game unique is that it has four different types of dice and there are few high numbers. On each turn you have to make decisions on which dice to keep and re-roll. Do you play it safe and hold a pair of 4s, or chance it and try for a high pair? The endless possibilities make Lumps exciting and addictive. Great stocking stuffer!

My Opinion: We often tease about getting lumps of coal in your stocking, so this is a funny game for my kids. The stocking is small enough to toss in the van or my purse and take on the go. My kids enjoyed playing the game and liked the unique shapes of the lumps/dice. This is a great way to help them practice adding quickly. Like Yahtzee, you get 3 tries to find your best matches. Because you have to add your score on each turn, this is a great math review.

 

Exact Change

 



Teach children to count money with a fun game the entire family can enjoy!

Exact Change combines an excellent teaching lesson with fun, fast paced action that the entire family will love. The goal is to play all of your cards first. You can discard cards by matching the color of the last card played, by matching the currency value (play a penny on a penny), or by making EXACT CHANGE. Making exact change allows you to discard multiple cards that add up to the value of the last card played. If the last card played shows a quarter, you can make exact change by playing two dimes and a nickel- allowing you to discard three cards in one play!

If you’re looking for games about money! Look no further! Exact Change is the best game on the market that teaches children to count money! Exact Change is a favorite of teachers!

My Opinion:
Being able to count money is a valuable skill that often gets lost with the common use of credit cards. This is a fun way to teach the value of coins. I love the way this game lets the kids get rid of more cards on each turn if they can equal the larger amount on other cards. Even my 4 year old who is learning the basic coin names can play this game with help. The kids were having a ball adding up pennies, nickels and dimes trying to get enough to equal the amount on the discard pile.

We will be playing Exact Change often to help my 3 kids know the value of each coin and dollar. Great idea!

***I was given each of these games for the purpose of this review!

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angie December 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

the game stone soup looks like fun
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Grace Hodgin December 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

I think that lump of coal game looks like the one to have at the moment. So cute.

Chris B. December 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

Possibly Patchwork or Rollick

Chris B. December 2, 2011 at 7:57 am

Chris
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I want to win these games to play with my family, we are looking for a new family game to play.

MeganL December 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

the lump of coal game I would like to win for my family… looks like lots of fun

MeganL December 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Megan mlyons2279@yahoo.com. I want to win these games to play with my family.

Trish Hundley December 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I would love these games for my kids stockings ;)

Trish Hundley December 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

i liked quite a few of them but love the exact change game soooo practial and fun way of learning

Camiele December 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

My favorite is Row Boat!

Tracey Burkett December 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I LOVE the family games! Thanks for a GREAT Giveaway!

Machell Duke December 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I like Stone Soup

MomofTwo December 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Would love to try Barnyard Stampede

Emily Chipps December 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Either Stone Soup or Barnyard Stampede would be awesome

Kim Tindell December 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Family talk looks awesome!

michelle r December 4, 2011 at 1:35 am

coin hopping game looks fun

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