Postman Observation Game Review

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Multi-player games can be great educational tools for learning cooperation, good sportsmanship, visual accuracy, memory, and more.

A special thanks to Timberdoodle Co. for providing us with a copy of Postman Observation Game at a discount in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own!

The Postman Observation Game is a unique board game designed for two to six players from ages 4 and up. It’s included in the First Grade Curriculum kit, or available individually. Each game takes around 15 minutes which makes it a quick game to fit into the school day.

This incredibly beautiful, high-quality game is imported from Spain and features simple instructions with a variety of setups so the game doesn’t get predictable even with repeat plays! Every parent (or grandparent) will be relieved for that!

First, the 8 board pieces are assembled to create a town, in whatever random order you desire. Each player gets an equal number of letter pieces. Then each player takes turns drawing a card from the card deck. When a card is turned over, every player tries to find the house pictured on the card.

The first person to spot the matching house gets to deliver a letter to that house. The winner of the game is the person who delivers all their mail first.

Children will get to practice important skills like memory recall, visual discrimination, concentration, and quick reflexes in Postman Observation.

There are 5 different color-coded sets of cards with varying degrees of difficulty. A large stack of green cards show one house that you are seeking to find on the board. A large stack of blue cards show a variety of specific requirements (like colors, numbers, etc.) that you are looking for in a house. You could use either of those stacks alone, or mixed together.

Then there are three more colors of cards that only have a handful of each and can be mixed in for difficulty. Yellow cards ask to find a specific building that matches a character or place (hospital, school, etc.). Brown cards give specific requirements to find houses and also offer multiple solutions so that more than one letter can be delivered. Red cards ask you to find a house that is indicated close by a certain house.

My 2nd grade daughter and I played this game together and both of us thought it was fun to compete and see who could find the house first. We used the easiest version of cards, the green ones only. Because it was so simple, I had to take it easy on her because I was able to spot the houses quite quickly.

I look forward to adding in the more challenging cards and playing again and again. I really like that the game goes fairly quickly and makes a nice break in the school day when we need a break from bookwork.

If you’re looking for a high-quality, engaging game for the whole family to work on memory and thinking skills, check out Postman Observation. It’s bound to be a delight!


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