Horse Academy (A Timberdoodle Review)

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Timberdoodle Smart Games are perfect for single player play. One example, Horse Academy is part of the Timberdoodle Third Grade Curriculum Kit, and is perfect for children ages seven through adult. I love having these games stacked up for a time when my kids need some alone time away from their siblings. This game in particular has been a huge hit with my daughter. 

I remember as a kid loving strategy games and would sit in my room for hours with a cat strategy game that I bought from The Village Toy Shoppe (yes, this place was as cool as its name implies)! After wearing it out, I went and bought another one, and then another one. I enjoyed the different options and challenges, it reminded me of a "choose your own adventure" book, another fond childhood memory.

What makes Horse Academy so unique is the creativity it produces. Once your child completes a challenge, she can play with the horse and the course.

Your kids are able to learn, use their minds, and figure out how to problem solve all with one simple activity. Your child does not even need to know that she is learning. I encourage my daughter to begin with the easier levels. As she becomes more comfortable with the concept, she is enticed to try some of the more difficult levels. And they are actually difficult. My daughter admits that some of the challenges do make her stop and think and some she even needs to come back to. That, in my mind, is the definition of a good game. Like any puzzle, you most likely are not going to finish it in one sitting. This game is the same, a child does not complete every challenge in one day (most likely) but there are hours of potential play.

The quality of the pieces do not cause me to worry about it breaking, like my cat cards did after many hours of play. The game is sturdy and is able to be used by multiple children throughout the day.

As a homeschool mom with five kids ranging from Kindergarten to High School, having games like this in the house is a life saver. My kids love board games, we are not into video games all that much. The only problem with having a house full of kids who like board games is not everyone wants to play at the same time. One child might be in the mood for a game while the other is working on school or simply does not want to play at the time. Having these on hand is the perfect remedy!

I highly recommend horse academy if you have a single child or multiple, it allows for hours upon hours of entertainment!

Disclaimer: I received the above product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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