By Karen (NJ) - See all my reviews
A fun way to introduce children to the Saints
I'm teaching a Kindergarten religious education class this fall and I was on a quest to find some games and fun activities for the children that could be used to fill up any spare time we may have. I initially was looking for a Bible themed bingo game for young children, but I wasn't having any success in finding such a game. The versions that I did come across were not appropriate for Kindergarten aged children. In short, I needed something that would not require reading, but would also be relevant to the Catholic faith. After nearly a month of searching in vain, I decided that I was just going to have to make my own game or give up on the idea.
While browsing AquinasandMore.com, I stumbled upon this little game called Saint Search. From the picture in the item description it looked like it was a bingo type of game. I took a closer look and was delighted to see that a faith-based bingo style game for small children did exist. I immediately ordered it and eagerly awaited its arrival.
Once Saint Search arrived on my doorstep, I spent a little time going over the contents of the package. The game consists of 12 Saint Search cards (bingo cards, if you will). There are 16 squares on each card. A player needs to get four in a row to win the game. There are no "free" spaces on the cards. A total of 40 saints are featured in this game. A little booklet gives a very brief description of each saint and the symbol that is used to represent him/her in the Saint Search game. Just like in regular bingo, when your Saint is called, you place a marker over that space. In this game, the clear yellow markers are referred to as halos. The call pieces are essentially poker chips with pictures of the Saint symbols on them.
You have to do some assembly with this game. Two sheets of stickers with the Saint symbols are supposed to be put on the little blue chips. There is a recommendation from the manufacturer that you may want to color in the stickers. I think the game would have been much nicer if the symbols were all done in color instead of black and white. They look a little boring in black and white. At the moment, I'm still deciding whether or not I will color them in. If I color in the stickers, I will also want to color in the symbols on the game cards. I don't know if I'm up for that much coloring.
I find the packaging for the game to be rather cheap and flimsy. The game comes in a cheap plastic box (cardboard would have been better). I do not expect this box to withstand the test of time. I'm already looking for a better container for the game.
In order to get the child's perspective on this game, I had my daughters test it out. The older one is going into third grade and the younger one is preschool aged. They were both able to play the game with ease and thought it was fun. I'm fairly confident that a class of Kindergarten children will like it as well. My older daughter liked reading about the different Saints featured in the game. I like that this game is fun and also has religious education value.