Tuesday, 17 September 2019

OKIDO Which Way? Game - Review

(AD/Gifted - We received this item for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

My eldest child C is on the autism spectrum and, as a result, is a very logical thinker. He has a keen interest in maths and science, always telling me that he wants to build things or be an engineer when he's a grown up.


OKIDO Which Way? is a fantastic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) game which teaches the fundamental principles of programming to children aged 4-8. C is almost 7 and E is 5 so they were excited to be able to play it together. They are familiar with the CBeebies show, Messy Goes to OKIDO so instantly recognised the characters.




Inside the box you get:
  • Magnetic gameboard
  • 16 magnetic tiles
  • Magic car
  • Mission wheel
  • Screwdriver
  • 4 x batteries
  • Instruction manual with a sheet for keeping score
The object of the game is to spin the wheel to get a mission. Each mission will be classed as 'Easy', 'Medium' or 'Hard', depending on how many stops it has and how far away they are from the start. 



On your magnetic gameboard you will see START next to an image of Messy. The magnetic tiles work as a road and you will see other characters such as Geoffrey and Mayor Oki. Your mission will be to get Messy to visit some of these other characters. You need to use the magnetic road tiles to get Messy to their friends using the shortest route possible - you don't want to run out of tiles!



Once you've finished, switch your magic car on and place it at the start. If your route is correct, it should follow the road tiles along to its destinations.




We had so much fun playing this game - me included! - and it is honestly a lot better than I'd assumed it would be. The scoreboard on the back is a nice touch and not only did it get us all to think about what we were doing, it is a game where the children weren't competitive. They liked brainstorming ideas together to work out what to do next.



It is one of our favourite games to play now and we will definitely keep bringing it out on family game night. I love that it's not only fun but educational too, encouraging cognitive thinking and problem solving.

You can purchase your own OKIDO Which Way? Game from the OKIDO shop for £30.00.

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