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Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
Ok for a little practice but not that useful. Not really worth $25.

The game has ONLY 24 WORD tiles. I read in the description that it had 72 tiles, but didn’t realize there are 3 of each (which I understand for the game purpose if you’re playing with multiple people but they need to provide more tiles with more words).

My child just completed Kindergarten and they were expected to read a list of 100 words. He needs more practice on some so a classmate’s parent recommended this game. But these tiles only represent 1/4 of the words he needs to know to start first grade (and we haven’t played yet for me to see if they are the words he knows already or not...)

Also, the cards have TOO MANY PICTURE CLUES. This makes it easier for the child to use the picture as a reminder/prompt versus truly recall/read the word, which is the point of sight words. There should be another version on the back of the cards with words only. This would help because when assessed in Kindergarten they have 3 seconds to read the word to prove they know it (no picture clue or time to sound it out).

Another idea would be to sell a “refill kit” if you already have the original Zingo (which we really liked so this is sad!). I keep the tiles in a snack-size zippered plastic bag to prevent them from getting lost, so I could just use the same red dispenser if the refill kit came with tiles and cards only. This would make the product cheaper and easier to package/ship. And if they couldn’t add more than 72 tiles in one set, they could offer different refill sets with more words.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not that useful - Only 24 words & cards have picture clues
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
Ok for a little practice but not that useful. Not really worth $25.

The game has ONLY 24 WORD tiles. I read in the description that it had 72 tiles, but didn’t realize there are 3 of each (which I understand for the game purpose if you’re playing with multiple people but they need to provide more tiles with more words).

My child just completed Kindergarten and they were expected to read a list of 100 words. He needs more practice on some so a classmate’s parent recommended this game. But these tiles only represent 1/4 of the words he needs to know to start first grade (and we haven’t played yet for me to see if they are the words he knows already or not...)

Also, the cards have TOO MANY PICTURE CLUES. This makes it easier for the child to use the picture as a reminder/prompt versus truly recall/read the word, which is the point of sight words. There should be another version on the back of the cards with words only. This would help because when assessed in Kindergarten they have 3 seconds to read the word to prove they know it (no picture clue or time to sound it out).

Another idea would be to sell a “refill kit” if you already have the original Zingo (which we really liked so this is sad!). I keep the tiles in a snack-size zippered plastic bag to prevent them from getting lost, so I could just use the same red dispenser if the refill kit came with tiles and cards only. This would make the product cheaper and easier to package/ship. And if they couldn’t add more than 72 tiles in one set, they could offer different refill sets with more words.
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