Product Review: Bear Hunt Game by Melissa and Doug
Where can I get it: Bear Hunt by Melissa and Doug via Amazon
We just love this high-quality game by Melissa and Doug to build deductive reasoning skills in both English as well as in Mandarin. It is easy to turn games that are traditionally played in English into a fun activity in your target language. We use this Bear Hunt Game with my 8 year old son and my 5 year old daughter to build their vocabulary and deduction skills in Chinese.
How to Play?
Each player gets a game board (there are two in a set) with a variety of bears under each flap. Some bears have hats, others have a mustache, some have flowers in their hair, etc. Players choose a bear on their wheel at the bottom of the board, and the other player asks yes/ no questions to try to guess which bear the other player has chosen. What a wonderful game for teaching process of elimination! It’s very durable, and its clever design has no pieces to lose! It is great for developing deduction skills.
How to play the game in your target language?
We play the game exactly how one would in English, but in Mandarin. Children explore vocabulary such as color, hat shape, hair style, flowers, gender etc. while trying to figure out which bear you have hidden.
What I love about the game:
- Builds logical reasoning skills in an entertaining way
- Highly entertaining — my children will play this game all day!
- Children can win just as easily as an adult (parents don’t have to “try” to lose every once in awhile, you will probably lose a few times even when you try! )
- Game pieces are all attached so you won’t lose any pieces
- Very sturdy (we have had ours for years and it still looks brand-new)
What I am not so crazy about this game:
- As with many of the Melissa and Doug Games (see my review about the Memory Game) the game is a bit heavy for travel. However, if you are just traveling in your car, this game is perfect.
- When a player turns down a window, it can be a bit loud (see the video below) which might wake up a sleeping baby if you are playing it in the car. However, the durability of the game makes it so that it won’t fall apart and so the pieces are on the board tightly, which makes for the loud sound when you close a window.
The following video demonstrates how we play this game as part of our morning routine with our Mandarin-speaking helper:
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