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I got this for my eldest son when he was 2 years old (now 3) and he really enjoyed it straight away. I remember having something similar to this when I was young and I really enjoyed it at the time so I was hoping it would be good fun for us both to play and I was not disappointed. It's quite a simple game so an easy way to introduce children into sitting and playing this kind of game, or board game. The concept is very simple, just to listen to the sounds and then put your counter onto the picture of whatever sound you heard. I felt for the price this was such a good item, especially as I got it reduced on Amazon for under 5 pounds! Although it is currently not available on Amazon, but the newer version of Animal Soundtracks is out now. This game is something quite different than all the every day toys you come across. It encourages the child to concentrate and listen to the sound, which I think is quite a good skill and important as they get older. It has a nice variety of different sounds included so should be something to appeal to all children, my son was very enthusiastic about the fire engine and helicopter. It also has animals and more difficult to recognise sounds like skipping and bouncing a ball. The game includes 4 sets of differently coloured small counters. So just need to be careful with little ones not to lose them as they only give the right amount you need for each board, without any extras and of course be careful they don't go into young children's mouths as they could be a choking hazard. I think for this reason the game is labelled as 3 years + but my son was fine at 2.5 The only other thing to note is that you will need a cd player available to play this game, or a laptop with a cd drive would do fine. Very pleased with this and would recommend, and would buy others like this such as the animal soundtracks game. I have adapted this from my review on Amazon under the name M. Marikar
This year and onwards I feel is the right time to start introducing my daughter to the concept of learning. She turned 3 one month ago and since then there have been an amazing amount of changes. Not only is she surprising me with the new words and actions she does on a daily basis, she is also learning to speak French and read books at nursery. I have generally been amazed at what standards are expected from today's three year olds as when I was a child I had nothing like that. I was only offered the chance to learn a second language when I reached secondary school. I have been looking for fun and effective learning tools for my daughter not only to keep up with expectations but I do also think that learning from an early age can be very beneficial. Upon looking I came across soundtracks from Amazon. It was something I recognised from when I was a child. Or at least something similar. I remembered it as being a game that I loved and I thought that my daughter could just share that passion for it. The game was only £4 which I thought was an absolute bargain. Sound tracks is an educational game which helps improve children's listening skills and helps them identify phonic sounds in preparation for reading. The recommended age is 3+ but it is a game that I have discovered older children enjoy playing too. My nephews who are 6 and 7 thoroughly enjoy this game despite them not finding it as challenging as my daughter, but they do still enjoy it. In the box you are presented with a CD, 4 picture boards and 40 coloured counters. There are 40 noises on the CD however there are 90 sounds in total. There are repeats of some to make in more difficult. The idea of the game is to have up to 4 players, you can have less, me and my daughter play alone and just have 2 boards each. Play the CD from any point that you want, to make different games every time and find the picture that matches the sound. The first player to have counters on all of the pictures on their board is the winner. It is a very simple game making it easy for younger children to pick up on the rules. The sounds vary in difficulty because some of the sounds are not ones you will hear everyday such as sandcastles. Even I was intrigued to find out what that one would sound like. You then also have your more familiar noises such as a cow, a ringing telephone or a crying baby. These are ones that my daughter never had any difficulty with. The ones that she did perhaps find harder than others were ones like laughter and sneezing as it can be difficult to find that with still pictures. The pictures can be a little bit challenging, the animals and ones similar are ok but when it comes to the telephone and ones like that it can be difficult to figure out what they are because the pictures are so dated. The noises on the CD are very clear and accurate despite my daughter finding some of them hard, she will however learn new sounds as she grows older and will then be able to apply her knowledge to the game. She does thoroughly enjoys playing this game and she also finds it fun which is a bonus for any educational game. I think it is great, it allows her to apply sounds to still pictures and develop her listening and recognition skills. I think this will be one of those games that will never get old as it is fun for such a wide age range. There is a slight niggle with this game and that comes in the form of the counters. My daughter has become fascinated with the bright colours and enjoys very much to play with them. As there are 40 counters and 40 pictures, it is important not to loose any. We haven't so far but they are very small and fiddly so there is a possibility of loosing one some day! The box is small and compact ideal for travel or storage. As my daughter likes to take this game to nanas a lot, it is the perfect size to fit into her little rucksack. I would highly recommend this game. It is fun and educational. There are other games by this brand with different sounds such as animals if your child would benefit more from those.
This is a fantastic game - my children were given this game when they were young - it came with a tape then! and I have subsequently bought many copies for party presents and friends children. The idea is really simple you listen to the sound work out what it is and then cover up that picture if you have it on your card. The winner is the person who covers up all the pictures on their card.It really is 'sounds' bingo. It really is a great idea for children who cannot yet read but can recognise sounds. It is also a game that can be played by children and adults on an even basis so it means everyone has an equal chance of winning - and you don't have to let people win. Now that it comes on CD it is much better for giving random result than it ever was with a tape so it has even more play value now than it had before. There are some really easy sound on there like cars, and tractors but then there are some more unusual sounds like someone sucking through a straw or blowing a balloon up. This game is great for making children concentrate and for a little bit of peace and quiet because you have to be quiet to listen to the sounds. My children always had great fun playing this game and it really does make them more aware of their surroundings. If you ever see this at a car boot sale pick a copy up you won't be disappointed or treat yourself and but a copy it can usually be picked up for just over £5.
My children love games and we have lots of different ones, I though that the Living & Learning Soundtracks game was something they would enjoy. The game consists of four cards each featuring nine different photographs. There are forty plastic counters in four different colours and a CD containing various short everyday sounds. To play the game you will need a CD player but other than that there is no setting up or putting together involved. The game is aimed at children aged 3 years and over and you can have between 2 and 4 players. The game is similar to other lotto type games but with sounds. Once you have your CD player and each player has chosen a picture card you are ready to play. You are advised to pick a number and start the CD at this random number but I usually just press play on track 1. When a sound is heard the players must check their card to see if there is a picture on their card that corresponds with the sound being heard. If they have the corresponding picture they place a coloured plastic counter on the picture. The winner is the first player to place a counter on all nine of their pictures. The sounds that can be heard on the Soundtracks game include a car, fireworks, a toilet flushing, a telephone ringing, a baby crying, a bicycle, someone snoring, someone skipping, a fire engine and many more. When my four year old Daughter started school there was a parents evening where we went along to find out how our children would be taught and how the way of teaching English may have changed since we attended school. While at the meeting the teacher discussed many ways in which we as parents could encourage our children to learn letters, sounds and various other things. The teacher explained that children aren't very good at listening and that to play games or find ways to encourage your child to listen was a good way to help them and is obviously beneficial to their tuition. One of the ways to encourage listening that the teacher suggested was this Living & Learning Soundtracks game. They have these in my daughters class and they are used as a teaching tool in the class room. At home my older children aged four and three both love this game and it has hardly been back in the box since we opened it at Christmas. They recognise the sounds very easily as the sounds are clear and are played for long enough for you to have a good listen. I think they also like the game because you don't have to mess about getting it ready to play. As long as you have access to a CD player you can play the game anywhere. I imagine the CD could be good to listen to in the car on a long journey. Obviously you wouldn't have the cards and counters but the children could shout out the sounds they recognised and you could make a game of it that way. There are other Soundtracks games available including, Nursery Rhymes, animals, Alphabet and Times Tables. The games are currently (Jan 2008) available from www.amazon.co.uk for about £6.83 although there is postage payable on some varieties depending on the Amazon Marketplace supplier. I would recommend this game to anyone with young children of pre-school age. It is quick and simple and holds their attention. I haven't noticed any vast improvement on their listening skills but we only really bought it for it's entertainment value.
An exciting listening game matching everyday objects to a colourful lotto board. Game contains CD, Game boards and counters.