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new for us friday: ‘take the cake’ game (and giveaway!)

Nov 12, 2010 // 63 comments // Categories: colors, new for us friday.

I wanted to jump for joy when my friends at Gamewright sent us Take The Cake, a perfect game for younger ones.   We’ve been playing it for three weeks straight now, and I have to admit, it’s right up my sweet-tooth alley!

Usually Owen’s my ‘game guy‘ but this time, it’s my little Cora who has fallen hard for this great game that teaches colors and shapes, all in the name of one of our favorite sweet snacks–cupcakes!

This New For Us Friday, I’m sharing Take The Cake–and giving one game away to a teach mama reader–just in time for the holidays!

  • Take The Cake: The premise of this game is simple–players shake the sprinkle shaker, and out come tons of tiny, different-colored shapes.  Players match the shapes that poured out to the shapes on the cupcake cards, and when they complete a card, that cupcake is theirs to keep!

The first time we played, we weren’t sure how to shake the sprinkle container properly, but we soon mastered it, and now Maddy, Owen, and Cora are expert cake-decorators and shape-matchers.

Cora prepares to shake the sprinkles!

What I really love is that Cora’s firming up her knowledge of shapes and colors, and working her fine motor skills along the way.  And Maddy and Owen are interested in playing, too, which is fab because they can work on their game-playing etiquette and fine-motor skills as well.

Yes, this is a simple game, but the basic concept along with the hands-on matching of colors and shapes to everyone’s favorite snack is an overall great combo in my book. It’s a super game for any little guy 3 years on up  (and even the big brothers and sisters–okay, and parents–enjoy playing!)

Owen’s trying to match his sprinkles to a cupcake.

GIVEAWAY: One Take the Cake Game (woo-hoo!)

Do you want to win your own Take the Cake game, (just in time for the holidays)?

  • Leave a comment here (along with your email address) simply sharing your favorite Gamewright game.  (Check out the Gamewright site if you need some ideas!)
  • For extra entries,  you can share this post with a friend (just tell me who you shared it with!) OR Tweet this: Win @Gamewright game Take the Cake on @teachmama http://teachmama.com/?p=547 #ece

This contest ends on Friday, November 18, 2010 at midnight ET and is open to US residents only.

A little New For Us Friday fyi:

For long time now, I’ve tried to introduce my family to something ‘new’ every week.  That something new could be an activity, a game, a toy, a peta food, an experience–anything.

I’m grateful for the many businesses that have caught on and have generously sent me items to try out or use for our New For Us Friday, so for the next few weeks–until the holidays hit–I’ll try to share some of the things that we really have enjoyed and would recommend to others.

Please consider checking back to previous New For Us Fridays or even the posts I’ve tagged ‘we love’ in case you are looking for gifts for those little guys in your life.  Next year, when I’m a little more organized, my goal is to work out a more formal Gift Guide for my friends to use.  (Someone remind me in July…)


fyi: Many thanks to Gamewright for sending our family a Take the Cake game and several other super-awesome ones that I hope to share in the next few weeks.  Gamewright also generously provided one Take the Cake game for one teach mama reader.  This is an unsponsored post, which means I wasn’t paid to write it; I just love these games so much, I chose to do it for nothin’.  Need some game ideas for the bigger guys? Gamewright has tons on their site, or take a look at the most unique puzzle ever!

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  1. Adorable…I’ve been looking at the sight just drooling over the games my kids would LOVE to play!

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    Brandy
    13/11/2010
  2. that was…SITE. Zzzzz…

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    Brandy
    13/11/2010
  3. I haven’t tried any of these games, but the one that looks the most interesting to me is the Can You See What I See? game. and I can imagine my kiddos would love the cupcake game.

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  4. I don’t have any of these games myself, but have enjoyed playing a few of them with others. I have to say my favorite is Can You See What I See? I love looking at photo collages and finding all the objects. It teaches students to look carefully at all the details.
    My wish game is probably Step To It. What a fun way to practice estimation, prediction, counting, and spatial relations–and a motivating way to encourage students to try and try again!

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  5. Hula Hippos looks like a fun game my whole family can play! My kids are 6, 4, 3 & 7 mos. Nice to meet you, by the way. You have ALOT of great ideas here I am enthusiastic about trying in the near future.

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    erika
    13/11/2010
  6. just tweeted it!

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    erika
    13/11/2010
  7. What a neat game! My kids love cupcakes so now you can “trick” them in to learning with a cupcake game. We also love the Can You See What I See: Finders Keepers game. ajlim01@gmail.com

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    Janelle
    13/11/2010
  8. The “Can you see what I see” game looked very fun as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. Cute, educational and fun! My girls and I would love to play this game together. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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    Kelly
    13/11/2010
  10. My kiddos and I love games and Duck-Duck-Bruce is one of our favorite card games.

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    Holly A.
    13/11/2010
  11. I like the Go Away Monster Game.

    Take the Cake looks so fun! Thanks for the Giveaway!

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  12. I’ve only played 2 but they were fun – In a Pickle and Loot :)

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    Rebecca Bishop
    13/11/2010
  13. The Hula Hippos™ game sounds fun and we’ve played the Feed the Kitty game with our preschoolers. They enjoyed that one. Thanks for the opportunity to win the cupcakes game.

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  14. Space Race looks like fun. We are big space fanatics. Good selection of games.

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    LZajac
    13/11/2010
  15. Go away monster looks like a fun game. Take the cake is on our Christmas wish list

    Thanks for the giveaway

    Caterina

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    Caterina
    13/11/2010
  16. Our family loves Duck Duck Bruce. I would love to win this new adorable game!

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    normi
    13/11/2010
  17. Slapwich looks like fun.

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  18. Sounds like tons of fun! I saw it on Amazon for $11.99. We have a few birthdays coming up maybe I’ll order a couple and one for my little ones and get free shipping : ) Thanks for the recommendation!

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    BruinMom
    13/11/2010
  19. My boys and I LOVE the Rat-a-Tat Cat and Slamwich games and would love to try several of their new ones!! My girls would love the “Take-the-Cake” game!

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    Becky
    13/11/2010
  20. Love your site, and all the ideas! I wonder where you come up with them all. Love Duck, Duck bruce and would lOVE the cup cake game!

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    kenzie
    13/11/2010
  21. Loved The Scrambled States of America when I was teaching upper elementary school! Can’t wait to check out some of the games for my preschooler!

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    Maureen
    13/11/2010
  22. Oh wow. My kiddos are just now really getting into the game kick. I love it. Slamwich or Finders Keepers, or this take the cake game would be very fun to try!

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  23. I’ve never heard of this game site or the games. But by looking at it, I’d say, I am in love with “Take the Cake” game and I am sure our family will have loads of fun playing it.

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    Sonia
    13/11/2010
  24. Step to It™ looks fun!

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  25. I’ve never actually played any Gamewright games, but The Can You See What I See game looks like fun. Thanks for introducing this site right before the holidays. I needed some gift ideas :-)

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    Hollie
    13/11/2010
  26. Order Up has a bell to ding… my kids love to ding bells. It is now on the Christmas list, and I’d love to add Take the Cake. :)

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    Gabe
    13/11/2010
  27. Order’s Up looks good for my boy (6) and my girl (11)… and not too many cards to entice my boy into ripping them up as he tends to do with most…

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    Thalia in Jamaica
    13/11/2010
  28. We have Dog Dice and it has be a great game to travel with. Love to Take The Cake home.

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    Denise
    13/11/2010
  29. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway! My kids love to play The Scrambled States.

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  30. Castle Keep looks interesting. My daughter would love Take the Cake. She adores cupcakes!

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  31. I have never even heard about Gamewright games before this, but when I went to the site, oh my…there is so much there! I think we would enjoy trying out the Check Out game.

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    Brandy
    14/11/2010
  32. I have loved The Scrambled States of America book and puzzle but now there are so many new games on my wishlist! Thanks for sharing the site. I shared it with friends on facebook and with my kindergarten parents. Great for Christmas Shopping!

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    Stephanie
    14/11/2010
  33. Loot looks like a game my older boys would love.

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  34. Oh, I bet my girls would love that game! And my baby would lobe to try to eat the pieces :)

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  35. We love HISS, King Toad, and Slamwhich and are really looking forward to trying the Take the Cake game!

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    Leslie
    15/11/2010
  36. I looked at many gamewright games as gifts and wasn’t sure how oldetr preschoolers would respond to “Take the Cake”–thanks for the review.

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    Anissa Ferringer
    15/11/2010
  37. My kids would love take the cake!

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    Therese Green
    15/11/2010
  38. My kids love Sleeping Queens and Slamwich. Hoping Santa brings some more Gamewright games this Christmas :) This one looks fun too!
    donner1099@hotmail.com

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    Lisa Donner
    15/11/2010
  39. Great contest! Thanks for hosting.

    My favorite Gamewright games (so far) are Forbidden Island and Tiki Topple.

    If you like, please share my article I wrote on the many awards Gamewright has won this year for their fantastic games!

    http://fathergeek.com/geek-411/award-winning-games-for-your-family/

    Much thanks!

    Cyrus Kirby
    fathergeek.com

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  40. I love that game- if I don’t win I want to buy it. Also the site is great for b-day gifts. I like the Go Away Monster game.

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    Jeannie
    15/11/2010
  41. We love Feed the Kitty and Slamwich! My girls (8 and 4 yo) especially love when their “slamwichs” have an odd combo of ingredients. Love your site. I’ve been a stalker for a while!

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    Donna
    15/11/2010
  42. This game couldn’t be more perfect for my daughter! She is obsessed with playing birthday party, and pretending to decorate birthday cakes, and is just getting into games! Thanks for the giveaway.
    We love their Scrambled States of America series!

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  43. We like the games Hiss and Toss Your Cookies. We love Gamewright.
    Thanks

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    Holly
    16/11/2010
  44. We love Chomp! They have such a great selection on their site!

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  45. All of the games look super fun but I love Hula Hipps. Thanks!

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    Courtney
    16/11/2010
  46. Take the Cake looks fun! Sugar always motivates kids, and its great when you can use that motivation without them actually eating it :)

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  47. I tweeted the give-away too :)

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  48. This is the first time I’ve seen Gamewright. I’m excited to try so many!

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    Katherine
    17/11/2010
  49. We’re just getting into games here on The Avenue so I haven’t heard of any of them, but Dog Dice looks like it would be fun!

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  50. Would love to win this game! I don’t know that I’ve played any of the Gamewright games before as we’re just starting to get into the game stage around here, but now that I’ve been introduced to the site, I can’t wait to try them out! May have to do some Christmas shopping there!

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    Erin
    18/11/2010
  51. Thank you, friends! random.org chose Stacy from CA as our winner of the Gamewright game, Take the Cake! Keep an eye out for more Gamewright giveaways to come, and many thanks for reading!

    cheers!

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