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Skillmatics Boredom Buster Junior Review


Reviewed by Jenny Bray

I was sent this product to help with current homeschooling and entertaining my children during the lockdown. I have 3 children, each on a different curriculum. Thankfully, my youngest is 5 and has only just started school so he has much more flexibility with his learning. It still incorporates a lot of fun and we are able to utilise less learning that the school provide and more activities such as these ones. I love being able to provide alternative ways for them to learn in a less formal way.

The item arrived well packed in plastic. Inside was the product in a colourful cardboard box displaying the contents in a fun way. The item consists of 6 double sided wipe clean cards, a black pen that wipes clean which they call ‘Skilly Billy’, a cloth to wipe the pen off the cards and a certificate of achievement. My son was keen to start using the item straight away and insisted on opening it and trying every single side immediately. He really enjoyed doing them and has enjoyed being able to wipe them clean and start again too. This included working out that there was more than one way for the bee to reach the honey in the maze.

The cards are double sided, with a different activity on each side. There are a couple of spot the differences, a maze puzzle, a match the shadow to the animal, a word search, a suduko, a dot to dot, a counting exercise and some arty sides (design your ideal plate of food, draw the matching half of the bear, add designs to the snails and to other animals). The activities are designed to cover the following skills; logical reasoning, creative thinking, focus and observation, problem solving and social and communication. They are planned to improve number skills, drawing, short words, animal and food identification.

The fact that it is a wipe clean and washable pen is great so it easily cleans off the other surfaces that the pen inevitably ends up on while doing these, including the table and his own arm!

As this product is designed for 3 to 6 year olds the cards would be better a bit thicker so that they’re a bit more robust in smaller hands. My 5 year old was fine with them but I should imagine that a 3 year old may be more haphazard when handling them. Also, as they’re designed for a younger audience, they may be better held together, maybe ring bound, to save them being scattered or lost.

The idea and concept is great. I can see how the product would keep the younger end of the spectrum entertained for a long time but I would have liked to have seen at least double the number of activities for it to be a longer lasting time filler for my 5 year old. He enjoyed it but it didn’t hold his attention for as long as I would have liked it to.

They have a whole website of educational games, some along the same concept. The more family orientated games with problem solving for a range of different ages look great.

At the RRP of £9.99 I would say that this is average value for money. I would recommend it as a short time filler for younger children.

Rating: 4/5

RRP: £9.99

This product can be purchased from the Smart Toys and Games website here.

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