Monday, November 19, 2018

Color Fold Logic Puzzle

COLOR FOLD


Color Fold Logic Puzzle by Thinkfun is crazy fun single player game. Challenge your mind as you fold and flip your way to conquer each of the 40 challenging patterns. The goal of the game is the fold the 16-piece colored block cloth until only the colored squares shown on the Challenge Card can be seen. The Color Fold Game which retails for $9.50 is part of the 


There are four levels of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. As a player you are able to fold the cloth along the horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines as seen above. 


It is very important to read the instructions carefully and thoroughly!😜As we painstakingly folded, we thought that we had to make sure that the cloth had to match identically to the pattern card. Come to find out the instructions say, "The position and orientation of the colored squares on your folded cloth DO NOT need to match the Challenge Card. As long as only the specific squares shown on the Challenge Card are visible and no others, the solution is correct." 


In deep thought...


My 10-year-old most definitely has a knack for working these puzzles. The first time
she worked a puzzle she completed it in lightning speed. Everyone was shocked. Whenever 
any of us were working through a puzzle and got stumped we would call Phoebe over and
ask her for help and she would help us fix our problem. Most of the time she would have to 
undo our work, lol. 


"SUCCESS!"


All challenges can be solved in a series of 3-6 overfolds and/or underfolds. 


All challenges can be solved without having to unfold any part of the cloth 
after it has been folded.


My 12-year-old was a WHIZ at solving these patterns. She definitely had an eye for figuring out how to get the cloth to fold right the first time! 


Recently one of my daughter's was in the hospital and this was the perfect 
games to take because it was compact and quiet. 


It took my daughter a bit longer to figure out how to get the hang of the folding. 


My 16-year-old daughter said that Color Fold is like a flat version of a Rubik's Cube.
She said the best part is, "If you get frustrated and cannot figure out how to solve the
puzzle you simply turn the card over and the step-by-step instructions are on the
back of the card. Score! The fun part is that if you do get frustrated you can 
take our aggravation out on the cloth by wadding it up and throwing it and you
don't have to worry about ruining it, lol"  


I DID IT! 


Adults will love Color Fold Logic Puzzle too. This game definitely gives your 
brain a work-out. We all know how important it is to keep our physical body in shape. Well,
our brain needs to be worked out too. Color Fold without a doubt requires you to 
logically and systematically think through how each flip and fold will ultimately get you
to the final matching pattern.  

Color Fold is most definitely a game that I would highly recommend adding
to your game cabinet! It is both fun and challenging.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rival 5



I recently reviewed Rival 5 and cannot wait to share with you my thoughts on the game. 
Hopefully in the next week or two I will be able to post a full review. For now 
here are some pictures of this FUN game!




I will say that this game would be a great game to add to your holiday list
for the kiddo that loves math or many need a bit of help learning their
math facts. Or maybe, like me you dread getting back into math after the holiday break
because your kiddo has forgotten their math facts!! Well, this is the perfect way for them
to keep up on practicing their math facts over the holidays without the fuss. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Starry Night ~ A Review


My 12-year-old daughter had so much fun recreating Vincent Van Gogh's, Starry Night, using Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidsaw.com. The Master Kitz can also be purchased directly from Kidsaw.com, http://www.kidzaw.com/the-starry-night/


Van Gogh painted his famous Starry Night in 1889. Van Gogh wrote this about his masterpiece, "Why, I say to myself, should the spots of light in the firmament be less accessible to us than the black spots on the map of France?... Just as we take the train to go to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to go to a star." The picture was painted from his asylum room overlooking Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Van Gogh regarded Starry Night as a complete failure. 




Neatly packaged!


Everything is neatly rolled up into the sturdy box that has magnetic closures 
built into the box. 


Starry Night Master Kitz includes:
  • A sturdy, re-usable box
  • 3 Custom Acrylic Paints
  • 5 Custom Oil Pastels
  • 1 van Gogh roller specially designed to replicate van Gogh’s active stroke
  • 1 re-usable Starry Night Cyprus stencil
  • 1 paint roller
  • 2 pieces deluxe art paper
  • 1 low tack “Mesmerizing Stars” sticker sheet
  • Fun, easy-to-understand van Gogh learning materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

The instruction are written out in words as well as in pictures. My daughter was easily able to follow the directions without a problem. She used a paper plate as a paint palette. To keep
the art paper in place during the painting process I tacked the paper down with
blue painters tape along the edges. 


My daughter was so excited to get started on this art project. I have three daughter that really wanted to do this project and it was really hard deciding who was going to get to do it. I finally had to resort to drawing straws and whoever got the longest one won! 

Placing the first coat of paint.


Rolling on the second coat of paint. The whole paper was painted blue so once the
stencil was placed over the paper and the black paint is applied it becomes the
outline of the town. 


Using tape to hold the stencil in place is very helpful. The stencil is very durable.
The paint goes on very smooth and is easy to get full coverage. 


The stars are created by using the stickers provided. The stickers are put on the
paper during the first part of the project before you paint the blue background. 
They act as a temporary mask. After painting the sky you simple peel the stickers away
and see that they blocked the paint and created the stars. 

As Van Gogh would say, "A star spangled sky...that's a thing I would like to try to do."


The project took less than an hour in total to complete. Drying time was minimal. The paint comes off of surfaces easily. I kept on forgetting to clean the purple table that my daughter was working at. When I finally got to cleaning it up several weeks later the paint easily came off with normal kitchen cleaner and a wet rag. 

 THE FINAL PICTURE OF STARRY NIGHT .

“At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me
 that night is still more richly colored than the day; having hues of the most 
intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see 
that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and
 forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme 
it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not 
enough to paint a starry sky.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh ~


Kizsaw.com has many other Vincent Van Gogh Master Kitz available in their shop. I cannot wait to purchase some more of these for my kiddos for Christmas. I would definitely recommend these Master Kitz to others. This is a great, fun way to learn about and recreate Van Gogh's paintings. These kits make the process fun, easy, and a positive experience for your child. 

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