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The concept of this game is a wonderful idea - the rules are really stupid. I bought this for my 9 year old with dyslexia and learning disabilities and my gifted/advanced 5 year old. The game comes with several orange cards each with one consonant on them and a few purple cards with word endings such as "-at" "-it" -"ain" and "-ail." The game is a speed game (NOT a good idea for kids learning to read or kids who take some extra processing time) and the rules tell you to yell out either "snap" or "it" or "up" after you make each word which my kids don't want to and can't remember.
We decided to play the game by dealing each of us 7 or so orange cards (consonants) and the purple deck (the endings of words) being the draw pile. On each person's turn, you turn over a purple card and see if you can make a word. If you can make a word, you discard your orange consonants that you used and if you can't make a word with the purple card you drew then it is the next person's turn. The first person to run out of orange cards in their hand wins!! These rules we made up worked much better for us and saved us all the tears and frustration that a speed game would have caused.
My 6- and 4-year old enjoyed playing the Learning Resources Snap It Up! We played our own variation of the game and it's a great way to incorporate play and reading. It teaches phonics and blending of consonants and blended consonants with word families. I wished it included more letters and word families so that we can extend the play. Still over, a good word game for little readers.
Great game for young kids to work on phonics skills. My kindergartner is struggling to learn virtually so this is a fun family game to help her sound out word endings and put a letter in the front to make a word. My second grader reads at a fifth grade level but he still enjoys this game because he can think outside the box and make longer words.... for example the little one might add s to ash, while he would add c and l to ash. Fun and educational!
I have two sons in 1st grade and they kept telling me about this game they were playing at school and asked me to buy it for them. We play it a lot, it's fun and educational at the same time. I would highly recommend this game for any beginning readers/spellers!