Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2011 Games
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Price: $19.99

If you're ready for a break from Chutes and Ladder and Candyland but still want to challenge your child with a board game, Colorama might be just what you seek. This simple game, designed to improve hand-eye coordination, is aimed at children age 3 and up and accommodates up to six players. Its rules are simple: position all shapes in their spots on the board, roll the dice, pick out the piece shown on the dice, and put your piece in your pile. The player who collects the most pieces by the end of the game wins.

What I really like about Colorama is that it is truly suitable for three year olds (the actual rules of Chutes and Ladders and Candyland are still a bit over some toddlers' heads). Players can help set up the board and actually participate with very few reminders from about how to play. 5- and 7-year-old testers were happy to join in, as well.

Melissa Barbagallo Davis   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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