> Bless Their Hearts Mom: Bring out YOUR Child's Inner Inventor for #NYGIC and They Could Win BIG! (product review and giveaway)
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bring out YOUR Child's Inner Inventor for #NYGIC and They Could Win BIG! (product review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Southard Communications, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, or the NYGIC ontest.

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Does your family greatly enjoy Family Game night?

Do you have a young inventor in the house?

If you answered yes to both, I have a brilliant contest for them to enter, and a giveaway of a game made by a previous winner for everybody!

 The 22nd NYGIC (National Young Game Inventors Contest #NYGIC ) is now under weigh! Your child (ages 5-12 yrs of age) can enter their very own invented board game, for a chance to win exciting prizes, including the opportunity to have their game manufactured by University Games!  Prizes included are:

Grand Prize
$10,000 college savings bond, the chance to have their game manufactured and included in the University Games 2015 lineup, plus a family vacation to San Francisco, CA, and a $50 card to Toy R Us.
Four Runners Up
A complete library of some of today’s hottest board games from University Games and a $50 card to Toy R Us.

It is easy to enter- just start by downloading an entry form from the website! Be sure to follow the conetst on Twitter (@NYGIC2014) for updates too! Contest ends October 15th, with the winner being selected in November!

But make sure to keep in mind the five principles, that University Games follows, to make great games: 
  1. People want to play right away. Our games are easy to learn,and you can start playing in about five minutes!
  2. People hate to wait. Our games keep all players involved, even when it's not their turn.
  3. People love a challenge. Our games are different every time you play, scratch the boredom factor! 
  4. People want to win. Our games combine luck and skill, so every player, no matter their age,  has a chance to win.
  5. Parents want educational activities for their kids. Our games make learning fun.
We were able to check out one of University Games that definitely meets all 5 of those criteria:

Sort it Out Junior!

Specially designed for kids,  this game will keep kids guessing on every turn as they compete to put different lists of items in the correct order. Kids will find out what's the shortest, tallest,longest, heaviest, biggest, smallest everything! This is the Junior version of the popular award-winning family/adult party game and includes physical challenges to keep kids active!

Aimed at ages 8 and up, for 2-6 players, the game comes wit250 topic cards, 24 plastic smile dots, 6 plastic dot holders, game board, 6 player tokens and instructions. We were up and playing in about 4 minutes! And play we did- Miss Grace ended up being the winner of the night with 6 games to my 4!

The games take about 15-20 minutes with the 2 of us playing, and we only got through one stack of cards! Side note-Minor pet peeve- games no longer come with holders for the small pieces, so make sure you have a zip type baggie hand to put all the smiley faces and tokens in when it's time to put the game up. I also used rubber bands for the cards.

The game is VERY educational- did you know you had 30,000 taste buds on your tongue, which is more than the 206 bones you have? Or that moose antlers weigh more than a human head? Yup- this game is like scientific pursuit for the kids! You may find yourself stymied at the questions, and the kids getting them all right (especially when it comes to Disney cartoons!). I love that there are MATH questions in there too! We did have to skip about 15 cards, that dealt with movies and books that Miss Grace has NOT watched/read, so she had no frame of reference for them. Those would be the cards for teens/adult play. But there are so many cards, it was easy to skip the, We LOVE this game and can't wait to share it on our next play date get together! It would be a great addition to your family's next game night!

Let's check out last year's winning game: Conveyor Belt by 7 yr old Franklin Wright of Frisco, TX. “The judges really had fun playing this game. Conveyor Belt introduces a new mix of luck and strategy to board games., said Bob Moog, Chairman, and Co-Founder of  of University Games.

Conveyor Belt is a game of strategy and luck for 2 to 4 players. The game consists of the Conveyor Belt game board, 13 Belt cards, four tokens, and one die. The game board looks like a checkerboard with arrows on each square. The arrows indicate the direction the player can move. Each square has one to four arrows on it. The START is in the upper left corner and the FINISH is in the lower right corner.
At the beginning of the game all of the players draw three Belt cards. The Belt cards are the same size as the squares on the board. Some of the Belt cards have arrows and others have text, such as “Lose Next Turn.” There is even one that says, “FINISH.” Players can play one Belt card at the end of each turn, until they run out of them. The first person to land on a FINISH square, by exact count, wins.
Sound like fun doesn't it?
Want to win a copy?

 One winner wins their own copy of the 2103 NYGIC winning game: Conveyor Belt

Thanks for reading this post and entering the giveaway!


  1. Angry Birds. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. University Games Catches Angry Bird Fever

  3. My kids would like the World War Z: The Game.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

  4. I like the Brain Quest Smart Game. I love that it has levels for grades 1 - 6!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  5. I want to play the very busy spider game!

  6. I would also love to have the Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Game.

  7. Brain Quest Smart Game would be fun for our family


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