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Early Years

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Ages Players
4 - 7 1-12

Designer(s): Jim Deacove

Manufacturer(s): Family Pastimes

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Product Description

Early Years is a collection of four co-operative card games which encourage close observation, communication, imagination, and social and memory skills.

  • Animal Train: Try to connect halves of animals to form a long train pulled by Teddy Bear's engine.
  • Fuzzy Math: Form a long caterpillar of number and math signs.
  • Alphabet Soup: Connect words domino style.
  • Story Time: Become story tellers as you journey past challenges to find a lost treasure.

Product Information


  • 140 cards
  • 4 plastic bags
  • rules

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 2.5 in 1 review

For small kiddies, but even then...
May 09, 2009

The first thing to note about this game is that it was first sold in 1982, and it shows. You get a small box (about 20cm by 15cm) and inside is a photocopy quality half page of instructions and 28, square, screen printed pieces of felt cloth. The cloth is orange and the printing is black - two tone only.

In the end, this is little more than a free form jigsaw -- just as the description says, but a very simple one. You can mix and match to create different looking clowns, and, apparently, you can try to put all 28 squares together to make a single image although I've not spent enough time with it to work it out.

I bought the puzzle thinking it was more like the old felt character games I played when I was a kid -- but they were colorful and you could create lots of different scenes. With Clowns, the number of clown bodies included in the set mean there's only a handful of possibilities. It might keep a 3-4 year old amused for 5-10 minutes OR a real puzzle maniac for about the same time, but the quality of the components is a long way behind what you'd expect to get - frankly, even for the low price. I bought Rivers, Roads & Rails at the same time and for the same toddler, and although the two are a different theme, the quality and interest is incomparable -- Rivers, Roads & Rails, is a beautiful puzzle with really good quality components and much more re-play value.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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