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Using Hedbanz to Build Language Skills

Who’s the best detective in your family? Let Hedbanz help you find out!

Hilarious Question-and-Answer Fun!

Get ready for laughs as each player tries to figure out what’s on the card in his or her headband.

With three categories (food, animal, or thing), it’s easy to start narrowing down the possibilities—but it’s the nitty-gritty details that will have you racing against the timer! You have to be clever with your questions and quick with your clues to win!

Six adjustable headbands and over 60 cards are included, so there’s plenty of fun for everyone! Hedbanz is recommended for ages 7 and up. A Hedbanz Junior version is also available for even younger children.

Let’s Play Hedbanz!

Give everyone a headband and three blue chips.

Now, let’s get started! Put on your headband, choose a card, and put it in the holder on your headband … but don’t peek! The other players can see what your card says, but for now, it’s a mystery to you!

headband and card from Hedbanz game

You’ll discover clues to your identity by asking questions. The Sample Questions card might give you some good ideas of questions to ask. But you can only ask questions that can be answered with a yes or a no.

Questions like What color am I? or What country am I from? aren’t allowed! Hedbanz game sample question cards

Now flip over the timer. You get to go first! A great way to start is to try to figure out which category your card falls into. Try starting with a question like Am I an animal?

The other players look at your card and say Yes!

So now you know you’re an animal. Time to narrow things down a bit. Try asking a more specific question like Am I bigger than a refrigerator?

refrigerator graphic

Well, I guess you can rule out elephants and rhinos! But there are LOTS of animals smaller than a refrigerator. Keep asking questions.

Do I have fur?

fur graphic

Okay…that means you’re definitely not a bird, a reptile, or a fish!

Keep asking questions until the timer runs out. If time runs out before you’ve figured out what your card is, move on to the next player. But don’t worry…you can ask more questions about your own card on your next turn.

After a few more clues, you’re finally ready to guess.

Am I a mouse?

head band and card from Hedbanz game

Now that you’ve figured out what you are, remove one of your chips from your pile. If you run out of chips first, you win!

3 Ways to Build Language Skills with Hedbanz

  1. Encourage creative thinking. The cards included in the game are deceptively simple—it’s actually harder to pin down what your card is than you might think! Players have to be creative with their questions; for example, asking Am I smaller than a toaster? will give you a better idea of what your card could be than just asking Am I small?
  2. Build expressive vocabulary. The 60+ cards depict many common animals, foods, and household items, and interacting with other players provides a great opportunity for your child to add to his or her expressive vocabulary.
  3. Develop your child’s working memory and listening comprehension. It may take many questions before you can figure out what your card is. Kids will have to remember all the answers they’ve been given and be able to use those clues to find the answer—and develop valuable memory and comprehension skills at the same time!

download the Hedbanz game sheet

Notes from Our Game Testers

  • You may need to help younger players place the card into the slot on their headband, especially if they are tempted to peek at the card.
  • If a child has sensory issues and dislikes the feel of the headband on his head, simply prop up the card on the table in front of him.
  • The game is designed for ages 7+, but you can include younger kids by allowing hints from older players.
  • When playing with children who are developing their language or critical thinking skills, allow more time per turn (or ignore the timer completely).

Does your family have a favorite board game that is a fun and “sneaky” way to build language skills? Please share in the comments below!

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Kim

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My students love playing this game. I have often felt that I was allowing too much “free time” when I allow them to play but now I can use this list to justify why it is not only fun but meaningful time!

Robin E.

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Kim,
Yes! There is a lot of learning happening when kids play games. 😊

Claire

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This looks like fun! Thanks for the suggestion.

Tacy

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I enjoy using Headbanz. My son is having fun describing the pictures , which expands his vocabulary.

Priscilla Vilchez

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My kids love guessing games . Defenitly be trying this one.

Tegan Brady

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We love headbanz jr in our house. Great for my kid with language disorder.

Jillian

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This is one of my kids favirite games!

Megan

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This looks so fun!

Chelsea

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I love this! Thanks for the creative ideas!

Monica Erwin

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This game is such a great idea!!! Thank you for all the tips!

Emily

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I love the idea of using family time to intentionally build language skills!!! This looks like a game we need to add to our family collection.

Jennifer

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I think I know what game we’ll be getting next. : )
Thanks!

Andrea

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This looks like such a fun way to learn!

This seems like a fun way to help to teach kids to describe things and to be observant! I can see us laughing a lot with this game!

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What a creative idea

Erica

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This looks like so much fun.

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Looks like a fun resource 😊 can’t wait to try it out

Jo Anna

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This looks like an amazing resource! Thanks for sharing!

Melanie

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I’ve looked at this game so many times. Now I think I have an Easter gift idea!! Thanks for the reminder.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Melanie! Games are a great Easter gift idea and this one is a great one.

Shanna

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Love this game!

Maria Sellars

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My girls have LOVED playing this game! It’s interactive and so much fun when they really start to grasp the concept! :)

Robin E.

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Maria,
Isn’t it great when you get to witness your child grasping a concept? Such a great moment!

Mandy Waid

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This is a great game!

Pam Clouse

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This is such a fun game ! I really like incorporating games into our homeschool time, learning IS fun !

Robin E.

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Yes! Games make mastering skills seem like play. It’s a great way to learn. 😊

Shannon Johnson

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We are a homeschool family of 7 and our whole family loves Hedbanz!

Laura Tindall

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This is a great idea! We love this game

Danielle

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This looks like an easy to implement idea!

Amber

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We have this game, but I never thought to use it in this way. Thanks for the suggestions.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Amber. I hope you have a lot of fun with it.

Jennifer Lodge

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What a great idea! I’m gonna have to go buy this game now!! ;)

Megan

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Never thought of this! What a great idea. Thank you!

Beth

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We love playing games as a family, and I love all of the ways this can be used to build language skills. Thanks for the ideas!

shana

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cute game

Beth

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This seems like a fun a game to play with my kids!

LAWREN PHILLIPS

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I love this game for all ages and abilities!

Lynn D

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Bingo is a go to for us. We will have to try Headbandz. It looks like fun.

Emily

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I’m a speech pathologist and this game is great for therapy!

Robin E.

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Great to hear we aren’t the only ones that think it’s a great game to encourage language, Emily!

lilian aleman

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Thank you!!! my kids loved this game.

Jessica black

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These games are awesome for kids of all ages

Tara S Bailey

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this looks so fun!

Amanda

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My daughter loved this game!

Robyn M

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This is such a brilliant idea! my daughter loves that game!!

Heather

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I like the idea of this! :) Thank you.

Sally Chancellor

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This looks fun :)

Matilda

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I think this game looks really fun!

Barbara

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Well done, that is a great idea.

Aja

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Such a good idea!

Amanda

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This would make lots of laughs in our home!

Cheri

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What an awesome way to learn – AND have fun!

Candy Flannery

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Looks fun!

Alison

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Looks like a fun game!

Erin

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We love this game! Lots of fun!

Katheryne

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Sounds like fun for kids that might not be interested in reading!

Katheryne

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I have several boys who struggle with reading. This sounds like something fun and interesting to try!

Sharla

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I’ve been considering purchasing this game – I think after this review it will be the next game we get. Thank you!

Katey Humrighouse

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This game is so fun and engaging!

Fallon Achas

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Thank you for such a wonderful program and bonus material!! I am looking forward to starting my second child on the AAR and AAS journey!

Kathie

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What a great game! It will be great to help my students with content, thinking skills, and verbal language.

Robin E.

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Yes, Kathie! This is a great game for working on these skills.

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Sounds like a fun game. All about learning has great products.

Allison Humphrey

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We have this but I never thought of it as educational. Thank you.

Mary Schuh

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My kids will love this! Thank you for the idea!

Terry

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My kids would love this!

Gale

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This looks really fun! I can see where this would really motivate kids.

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My kids would love this! So fun!

Jess Tomlin

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Ooh we have this game! So fun.

Erin

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We will have to try this, thanks!

kateri

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Sounds like great fun…thanks!

Stephanie

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Our family LOVES Gameschooling! We gameschool on Fridays mostly unless we have a minimum viable day planned and don’t want to do a “full day.”
I’ll go with the game called “That’s It!” It literally takes 15 minutes or less to play and builds all that you mentioned above and more!

Robin E.

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Stephanie,
My kids have really enjoyed “That’s It!” It’s a great game to play on road trips too. Thanks for mentioning it!

Tootsie Jablonski

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My kiddos loved this! I even made my own cards based on what they are currently interested in!

Robin E.

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Oh, what a great idea, Tootsie! I’m sure that would make it extra special.

Aysha

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Looks Fun!

Seth finch

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Great idea!

Megan

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We love this game! We will use these ideas. We also use your ideas for Boggle!

Leilani Naude

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Wow! What a fun way to develop language skills. Thanks for sharing.

Alison O

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I’ll have to get ours out! My son used to tell everyone what card they had before anyone had a chance to ask questions. It was very frustrating. Hopefully he is old enough now to understand!

Robin E.

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Oh, that’s sweet Alison. It sounds like he was so excited he just couldn’t keep it in!

Sara

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What a fun idea!

Wendy C

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Looks like lots of fun!

Jamie Griffith

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what a great idea!

Brenda

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We have this game- kids love it!

Jill

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We love playing this game. Things get silly in a hurry.

Emily W.

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My five year old loves this game, but he has such a hard time answering with only a yes or no. “Am I a food?” Yes, and you sure taste good with pepperoni on top!” 🤣

Robin E.

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Awww! She wants to give more information. Sounds like she is a helpful little one, Emily!

Lori olsen

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Looks like fun!

Summer Taylor

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Looks fun!

Amy

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Love the notes from the testers!

Katy

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Great idea! I’d love to win level 4!

Nichole Cline

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Thanks for the suggestions!

Desiree Rice

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I love all the suggestions and free resources. Thank you so much!

Carrie Wright

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We already have this game so thanks for the suggestions!

This is such a great idea! I’ll have to give it a try with my girls.

Alina

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We’ll have to try this!
Looks super fun
 My daughter love playing board games :)

Homeschooler

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Looks fun

Staci Moses

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I am actually planning to get this game for my younger learners for homeschooling. I originally thought it was a silly game until I started thinking through the different things you can teach via this thoughtful game. I’m also planning to use other cards that match up with lesson units or topics we will be studying to make the game spread farther for learning opportunities.

Robin E.

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Staci,
I think using cards that pertain to what you are studying in other subjects is such a great idea for this game!

Karroll

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Thanks so much for this idea we have this game and have hardly used it. It’s coming out of the game closet today!

Dawn

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Great ideas! My daughter loves games. We play guess the animal game when I need her to sit still for a hairdo or in the car. She thinks of an animal & describes it, then I have to guess what her animal is. This will be fun, thank-you!

Robin E.

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Dawn,
The Hedbanz game reminds me of 20 Questions I used to play with my mother on road trips. That sounds similar to the animal game you play with your daughter.

Tonia

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I love AAR and so does my son.

Vanessa Wise

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Looks like fun. I think both of my kids would enjoy trying this game. We like to build puzzles and play games at home.

Julie

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We love this game!

Anneta

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Sounds like a fun game!

Marissa

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We love this game. It is also great to use with biligual studies!

Anneta

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This sounds like an great game!

Tyler Lynch

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Awesome game and great for rainy or cold inside days.

Julia Helkenn

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My kids love this game!

Michelle

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I saw this at our local thrift store—wish I had picked it up!

Diane Henry

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My grandchildren love playing board games during family night. One game they enjoy is the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. It teaches counting and colors in a delightful way, The Hedbanz games looks fun, it will be a great game for them! Thanks for posting!

Robin E.

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Diane,
That’s Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game looks so cute!

Katie

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My 5 year old loves playing our “guessing” game, which is basically 20 questions without the limit to questions. It’s developed from me asking questions to him giving me clues until I can guess it. Headbandz would be a fun way to change it up.

Jenny Acosta

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My boys would love that! We’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

Katherine

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EVERY board game in our games closet is a great way to encourage language, patience, good sportmanship, more patience, joy to be playing, turn taking, and more. (Except perhaps for Chutes & Ladders… am now too OLD of a mama to have patience for those squirrelly chutes that bring you down after playing for two hours!). I will look at Headbanz in a refreshed light, as it is a gleeful game among my different aged kids. Our littles have also always enjoyed Zingo Bingo, calling out the object matched. And any of the Spot It brand games. Headbanz is definitely more interactive language-wise, than the other two.

Another game that has proven to be a wonderful bridge to connect younger ages with other Big People game play — is called “No Stress Chess.” It equalizes the chess board by using a shoe and cards that you draw that tell you which piece you can move. Teaches how the pieces move. Kids can strategize as they learn. And are eager to play without the shoe once they really have the game down. We never had chess clubs or coaching, but my boys now beat their Dad and other teens and adults!

Robin E.

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Katherine,
I love the sound of that “No Stress Chess” game! Maybe I could learn to play better with it, as my kids have been beating me at chess for a long time now. Sigh.

Katherine

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We really enjoy this game! We give it as a gift and let other families know about it all the time. (Ambassadors for “No Stress”!) We frequently take it with us to mixed age play dates. Is great because it will also “grow with you”. You can play the game with the shoe and the helpful diagram side of the chessboard – or flip it over and it is just a plain chessgrid for a regular game of chess. Enjoy the fun!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Katherine! This is going into my Amazon cart. :D

Edelweiss

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Sounds really fun!

Kathyjo

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I started teaching my two granddaughters after teaching 19 years for my kids AAR was new to me and I was shocked at how fast they started learning and they love all the games.

Carolyn

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Will have to pick this game up for my little guys!

Abbey F

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Our youngest is already looking forward to starting AAS next year, and he will be even more excited when we play this game with his big brother. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

Dawn Lundell

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I Love this game! We play this with our family and it’s the best because everyone can join in the fun. It often has us all laughing!

We’ve been using AAR and AAS with our homeschooling family and I recommend it wholeheartedly!

Alayna

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Fantastic idea! We are going to implement in our homeschool classroom :)

Tammy

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This is such a fun idea!!

Melissa Orruego

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We play without timer!

DNado

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Great ideas!

Robin

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This looks like fun

Cherry madrilejo

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This would be great for parties too!

Candace

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We’ll have to try this!

Kristen Inch

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That’s great!

Bethany Koefoed

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Looks like fun!

Lisa

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We have the Disney version as well and it’s SO fun!

Nichole Tranguch

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We have the Disney version. What a neat game!

Melissa

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Such a great idea for vocabulary building and memory skills! We love gameschooling!

Melissa

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Such a great idea for vocabulary building and memory skills!

Kathleen

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This would really help my adopted sons from China with their language building. Thanks for the recommendation!!

Ingrid Goyette

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Looks super fun. A good warm up activityfor small groups

Christine

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Love this idea for my kiddos!

Anna Pry

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we have this game and its fun to play so they are also learning too

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