Shelby's Snack Shack Game®
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Shelby's Snack Shack Game®

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Ages 4+
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The Big Idea

It’s a number and counting bone-anza! This preschool counting bone-anza is a summer day trip to a dog beach! Shelby buried bones in the sand and needs your help collecting them. Help her dig up the most bones and you win! Kids take turns using the adorable Shelby Squeezer to fill their dog bowl with bones. Sounds simple, but be careful—spin a sneaky seagull, and you’ll lose some bones or get sidetracked chewing a flip flop and miss your turn!

Shh…They’re Learning!
  • Visual lesson in number recognition, counting, and beginning adding and subtracting
  • Exercise fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
Cut to the Chase
  • Board game designed to teach young children counting and simple math skills
  • Simple to play and understand
  • Quick, fun game that can be played continuously in a short time
  • Easy setup and cleanup
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  • 2014 Toy of the Year Award Finalist
  • A 2013 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner
  • Good Housekeeping-Best Family Board Games
  • Today’s Parents Magazine-The Ultimate Toy Guide (2013)
  • Canadian Toy Testing Council-Best Bet Seal
    1. Spin the first spinner to determine your play. Look out for sneaky seagulls!
    2. Spin the second spinner to find out how many bones you win or lose.
    3. Use the Shelby Squeezer to pick up the bones and put them in your bowl.
    4. Collect the most bones in your bowl and you win!

       

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      Shelby’s Snack Shack™

    Colorful game board, 1 Shelby Squeezer, 40 bones, 4 bowls, 1 double game spinner, and game guide.
  • Game board measures 11"L x 12.5"W x 1.875"H.
  • Shelby Squeezer measures 4.5"L x 1"W x 3.25"H.
  • Bones measure 1"W x .5"H.
  • Bowls measure 3.5" diameter x 1"H.
  • Double spinner measures 9.75"W x 5" each diameter.
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    Product Instructions

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    Shelby's Snack Shack Game™

    Former preschool teacher and current Senior Product Manager Marcia longed for a dog as a child, but this apartment-dwelling Brooklyn native had to settle for a turtle instead. Fast forward a few years and Marcia's still got a sweet spot for dogs—she even wanted a dog to star in her game of numbers and counting, but who? Cue Shelby! Shelby, a rescue pup, was recently transplanted from chilly Chicago to sunny So Cal. She loves all things beach—basking in the summer sun, rolling in the sand, and frolicking in the salty surf—the perfect pooch for Marcia's playful preschool game!

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    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Educational InsightsShelby's Snack Shack Game®
     
    4.9

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Educational (40)
    • Interactive (39)
    • Engaging (37)
    • Lots of fun (35)
    • Durable (30)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Young children (35)
    • Indoor (30)
    • Entertainment (27)
    • Special needs (8)
    • Older children (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent of two or more children (23), Education oriented (19), Stay at home parent (16), Working parent (12), First time parent (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes (22), No (18)

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    5.0

    Fun game with many benifits

    By Busy Mom

    from Waverly, Iowa

    About Me First Time Parent, Working Parent

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Educational
    • Engaging
    • Interactive
    • Lots of Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoor
      • Young Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

      We love Shelby! Our 4 year old enjoys playing this game. He doesn't even realize he is using math skills, plus he is learning social skills of taking turns, playing fair and being a happy winner or loser. We love the the basic math that is used to play. Using the Shelby tongs to pick up the bones helps improve his "pincher" grip which his preschool teacher says is great for learning to hold a pencil correctly. With easy rules and the fun twist of being able to spin a chance to steel bones it's an easy game to play that holds his attention. We also find the bones work well for other counting activities. - I think this would be a great game in classrooms as well.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Best math game for younger children!

      By mopsiecalopsie

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Educational
      • Engaging
      • Interactive
      • Lots of Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Entertainment
        • Indoor
        • Older Children
        • Special Needs
        • Young Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

        This is one of the most durable games I've seen. The box doubles up as the seaside where one has to "dig" out Shelby's bones.
        This is a game where one spins the spinner to see how many bones one can get into ones bowl, the winner having the most bones.
        This game is super for beginner math skills. How many bones did you get last time, how many this time, how many altogether. You can bring in the math lingo, add, subtract, take away, how many together, etc. You know there are 40 bones in all, each one knows how many they have, how many in total do the others have etc. So many different wasy of utilizing counting with these bones, within the game it is fantastic.
        There is also the ey-hand coordination fo picking up the bones using the Shelby plastic tweezer-like squeezer, hoding on to the bone till you get to your bowl and dropping it in. Good fine motor skills and getting ready to write skills, holding the squeezer in a pen/pencil grasp etc.
        A definitely well rounded game for younger children.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Love this game!

        By Donna

        from New York, NY

        About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Educational
        • Engaging
        • Interactive
        • Lots of Fun

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment
          • Older Children
          • Young Children

          Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

          Absolutely love this game!! It is very cutely designed so the kids could not wait to play it. Using Shelby the dog as a tool to pick up the bones is genius. It works on the kids fine motor without them realizing it. Likewise, the counting is great number practice. I thought that the 2 step spinner took some time for the children to get a grasp of so I had to direct them at the beginning but it certainly made them more attentive to each players turn.Great fun for pre-k aged children!

          Great Gift!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect game for preschoolers

          By Poko920

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Stay At Home Parent

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Educational
          • Engaging
          • Interactive
          • Lots of Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment
            • Indoor
            • Young Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

            This is a very well made game with durable pieces and a cleverly designed box. My 3.5yo twins love it! I think they're finally at the age where they can follow directions and play a game correctly. They love using the Shelby Squeezer to pick up the little bones to put into the bowls. The game is an excellent way to practice their fine motor and counting skills. I 100% recommend this game and would love to try the other games by Educational Insights!

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Fantastic game!!!!

            By Olivemom

            from Arlington Heights, IL

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

            Pros

            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment
            • Young Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

            Shelby's Snack Shack game was a breath of fresh air as far as games for young children go!!
            My 3 year old absolutely loved it!! I loved that it was a unique and updated version of your typical counting game!!!

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Who doesn't love a pug?

            By Michelle

            from Saint Cloud, FL

            About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent, Working Parent

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoor
              • Special Needs
              • Young Children

              Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

              I received this game from Educational Insights in exchange for an honest review. My three year old daughter loves this game! The targeted age is a little older, however she loved "The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game" and she loves dogs so I thought we would give it a try. The spinner is a little hard for her to comprehend since it is not just one spinner but there are two spinners side by side that you do need to spin in order to know what you need to do. She is getting the hang of it though. She has had a difficult time taking turns but the more and more we play she tells me whose turn it is. She even hands out all the puppy dishes to everyone in the family to get them to play too! I love how durable the bones are as well. I'm sure she will be bringing it to me this morning to play again!

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              • No

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              5.0

              A favorite game for the last 10 months

              By Quinn's Mom

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent, Working Parent

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Educational
              • Engaging
              • Interactive
              • Lots of Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoor
                • Young Children

                Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

                My 6.5-year​ daughter loves this game. She got it for Christmas last year and still requests to play it often. I love that the game helps strengthen her "pincher" muscles. Instead of needing to pull out a playing board, the box is used as the board. Great game!

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                great game for therapy

                By dnlljns, BCBA, SLP

                from St. Louis MO

                About Me Education Oriented

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Educational
                • Engaging
                • Interactive
                • Lots of Fun

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Special Needs
                  • Young Children

                  Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

                  I recently received a complimentary Shelby's Snack Shake Game from Educational Insights. Thank you for the opportunity to use this game in my therapy sessions!

                  This is another easy game – a great beginner game for teaching children basic rules of game play. I've already used this is in therapy and it's a hit!

                  Visually, this game is awesome! I love the picture scene inside the box – the box serves as part of the game! That's one of my favorite aspects of these games! The box is usable and it stores everything, remains closed, and makes for easy storage. The materials are sturdy which is important with my young clients and makes for easy transport across therapy sites.

                  The object of this game is to collect the most bones in your bowl. After all the bones are gone, players count the bones in their bowl. The player with the most bones wins! It comes with: the spinner (a double spinner!), the dog squeezer, 40 bones, and 4 bowls. Instructions are included and very simple. Instructions will be easy to refer to by the young children.

                  Several of the features of this game are similar to my other post which include:

                  • Social skills – turn taking, good sportsmanship
                  • Fine motor skills/pre-handwriting – grasping bones (picking up bones with the dog, maintaining grasp until dropping bone into the bowl)
                  • Math – counting, simple addition/subtraction, quantity concepts (give me 3, give me 5, take 4)
                  • Game strategy – choosing color to steal or take as bones when player lands on the steal picture (hungry pug), choosing from whom to take bones (foresight, prediction – looking at all bones in bowls at that moment in the turn)
                  • Requesting- player has to request a turn, dog or spinner. For children who are nonverbal and using PECS, I have an icon made for each of the items needed so that they can use PECS (or iPad/Proloquo2Go) to request the items needed.
                  • Learning coping – "no big deal" when you lose a bone or turn (seagull, hungry pug, busy pug). Parents and therapists can model the "no big deal, it's just a game" in addition to talking about the feelings.

                  However, this game incorporates basic counting and quantity concepts, which makes it a great tool for one of my current clients who is working on knowing what "take 3 bones means" or "give me 2 bones."

                  Expanded of the game to be used as part of learning a bigger thematic unit:

                  • Dogs (types, what do they eat? Play with stuffed dog and act out taking care of pet)
                  • Stealing – use the concept from this fun "squirrel" way to discuss realistic scenarios
                  • Emotions – sad (squirrel), feeling when someone takes your acorn or you take theirs, feeling when you lose a turn – match these feelings to emotion words (frustrated, sad, guilty, etc.)

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic game

                  By Jen

                  from Western Springs, IL

                  About Me mom of 3 boys, Preschool Teacher

                  Pros

                  • Educational
                  • Fine Motor Practice
                  • Fun
                  • Reinforces Counting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practice Counting
                    • Practice Fine Motor

                    Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

                    My two year old and six year olds all love to play Shelby's Snack Shack! As a preschool teacher and parent of little ones I love that it reinforces fine motor skills along with counting. It is cute, well made and lots of fun!

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    simple counting fun

                    By mommy of two

                    from Torrance, CA

                    About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Educational
                    • Interactive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Entertainment
                      • Indoor

                      Comments about Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game®:

                      Be careful with small children because the small bones look like something edible. Easy to make more or less challenging for two kids of different ages to play.

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                      • No

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