George Carlin clinched it for me. I’m a Thomas the Tank Engine fan. But train tracks are expensive . . . and they always end up underfoot. Then there’s that lead scare.
So I’ve spent some time looking other Thomas options to keep my daughter from developing a serious case of train envy this holiday. I should have known I’d fall back on Briarpatch. The game company that put up a Fancy Nancy game for an Inside Out giveaway a few weeks ago has taken character play in an intelligent direction.
With a wide variety for a wide age range and sturdy construction, the games have won their place in my daughter’s closet without much competition on the horizon. I named a few of my family game night favorites over at PeekabooPicks in October, but now we’ve got Thomas on the brain.
The Thomas Great Race Game chugged to the front of the pack with tracks that make it seem like you’ve got a railway station set up in the living room and a number theme that makes learning a second thought. Shoving it down their throats doesn’t work, but the game makes them have to focus on what numbers are on the cards and blocks. It adds to the fun instead of subtracting (yeah, yeah, it’s punny).
Of course, if you ask, you receive . . . so I’ve secured an extra Thomas Great Race Game for one Inside Out reader! The rules are the same as always – leave a comment to enter (tell me what you like on the Briarpatch page), and earn extra entries by grabbing my badge and/or blogging about the contest. Leave that link in comments.
AND! Because I don’t like having to chase people down, I’m throwing in an extra entry. For the rest of November, new subscribers will be eligible for the Build-A-Bear Workshop game for Nintendo Wii or DS. So subscribe at left to be notified of new giveaways, who wins and all the rest of the Inside Out reviews!
The Thomas contest will close November 12, 2008, and it’s open to US and Canadian residents. Thanks for reading!