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Quick and Fun, Ratuki!

Heather —  February 1, 2011

With my crew, I am always on the lookout for games that might be fun and also don’t make the kids fight. When my family humors me and plays a game or two, we have a great time.

And Ratuki is fun! The game play is fast and simple, a good game to pull out in a small group and just play a few rounds. No big board to pull out and serious game to interrupt…The kids enjoyed it, and even put up with their baby sister who obviously got it that when you win, you shout RATUKI!

The game includes 170 cards, 5 reminder cards and instructions.

Ages 8 and up, for 2 to 5 players. Game retails at approximately $9.99

To buy, or find out more, visit Ratuki on You can also find Ratuki and other family games on the Family Game Night Facebook Page

I received the Ratuki game from Hasbro for my review. I have given my honest opinion.

Knot So Fast!!

Heather —  November 2, 2010

73626_165003200191559_100000456390392_412649_48801_nI admit it. I’m a homeschool mom. I think like a homeschool mom. When I look at things, I think…what will we learn from this? What’s the educational angle?

Which, occasionally is a little over the top. On the other hand, why not learn a new skill? What’s wrong with a challenge…where you use your brains?


Anyway, that’s what I was thinking when I asked to review one of Timberdoodle’s educational games.

When we received Knot So Fast….I got a bit more than I bargained for! I thought the game was seriously hard. My boys didn’t have as tough a time with it, but they agreed that some of the cards were challenging.


Personally, I think this is a great game to play with family. The cards do vary in difficulty, so little ones can enjoy as well. In all, there are 40 challenges, with levels from Beginner to Expert. Although we only played two at a time, you can play with up to four people.

The Game Includes a:

  • Tug-o-war Scorekeeper
  • 4 Ropes
  • 4 Rings
  • 30-second Timer
  • 40 Challenge Cards
  • Instruction Manual

To Play:

  • Select a Challenge Card from the deck.
  • Race to tie the knot.
  • The first to tie the knot scores a point.
  • Track points on the Tug-o-war Scorekeeper.
  • Pull the rope to your side to win!

My boys had a good time with it—of course, they had to go right to…expert level…


Now, just be sure that you don’t have one child who “maybe” studies all the knot cards and then asks his siblings to play…

The game does foster manual dexterity and spatial awareness…and, sometimes knots DO come in handy. And, then, they totally have it. How cool is that? I know who I want to move or go sailing with!!

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I received a free copy of Knot So Fast as a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team. I have given my honest opinion

Settlers of America Meets the Kids

Heather —  September 8, 2010

Some days, I am an amazing, inspired mom. And the kids all get along and play intense strategy games with educational value while working together around the beautiful coffee table I gave them for games and eating brownies…

Ok, So there were no brownies, only pretzels. And, ever since I put an adorable coffee table downstairs for them, they want to play on the floor.

But, still, the kids all got together to play the Settlers of America Trails to Rails, from the Catan history series.

I asked them to help me review the game…but I did have a secret plan…a plan to find a game that was difficult enough to hold their attention, yet fun…and one where they would not fight…you know, the trifecta.

I definitely hit the mark on finding a game that would challenge the kids. And the X Box stayed silent. I think kids really like board games deep down, sometimes where they don’t even know it.

This game has…game. Seriously. To begin, just take a look at the pieces:

  • 120 railroad tracks (in 4 colors)
  • 48 cities (in 4 colors)
  • 8 train engines (in 4 colors)
  • 8 settlers wagon (in 4 colors)
  • 1 outlaw
  • 40 goods cubes (in 4 colors)
  • 40+ die-cut gold coins (in 1 and 5 denominations)
  • 4 building cost overview charts
  • 1 map board
  • 2 dice
  • 12 die-cut number tokens
  • 95 resource cards
  • 24 development cards
  • 1 rulebook

And you will need the rulebook for the first games. I liked the quality and artwork of the board and cards and the wooden pieces. Our little one liked them, too. I liked that she was able to get some ideas about the settling of America while just hanging out with her brothers.

So, we began by getting all the pieces together and checking out all the resource cards. The game action is set in the 19th century and the players are in on the quest for westward expansion. This educational game is the latest in the Catan History Series, and just one of the many educational games Timberdoodle carries.

As play progresses, players collect and trade resources in order to build settlements, acquire locomotives and railroad routes, then race with other players to deliver the most goods.

I did especially like that the players have to work together during each turn. While ultimately there is one winner, the game had a feel that everyone was working towards a common goal. (I love that!) There was a lot of trading and building going on.

You know, I did not get this game specifically to “go” with a homeschool curriculum. I was looking for a game that had a good storyline…a theme…and wasn’t too easy.

The fact that the game could also be used to reinforce or to introduce American History and the concept of westward expansion, well that is just icing on the cake.

Overall, I think this is a good game. It is difficult, I believe. The game lasts about 2 hours and requires 3-4 players. It is marked for ages 12+ and I agree with that…although we did have one 5 year old playing.

She enjoyed all the playing pieces and really got into the resource cards. I think she learned a bit. I have no idea why her hair looked like she was from the Netherlands somewhere back in time.

I think the kids will be playing again soon…we even added a player towards the end…

The list price is $54.95, but it is on sale right now at $44.95. Also, I have not played any Catan games before and this one has me curious to go look at the others. For families, this would be one to play with your kids. Like I mentioned, it is not easy the first time, but is fun and worth learning how to play.

Check out Timberdoodle’s homeschool vodcast for all kinds of educational ideas for your kids. I really like their games and other homeschool curriculum and homeschool supplies.

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Settlers of America in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.