Frida’s Fruit Fiesta Game is a game by Brent Geppert, published by Educational Insights. It is for 2-4 players. In this game, players will be trying to collect enough letter fruit bowls to match four in a row.
To begin, randomly place all the different fruit bowls into the bottom of the rainforest box. Each player will then take a nest card. These kind of resemble a bingo card with large letters in the squares. The first player takes Frida, a large toucan shaped pair of tweezers. Play now begins.
On a player’s turn, they will spin all 3 spinners on the triple letter spinner. They will then look at where each arrow landed and what letters are on their nest card. The player will then decide which of the arrows to use. There are 6 different results that the spinner can land on. There are letters, fruit bowls, double fruit bowls, monkeys, birds and spin again. If the player chooses the letter space, they will search the rainforest box for the corresponding letter fruit bowl. When they find it they will pick it up with the Frida pincher and put in onto their nest card. If they chose the fruit bowl, they can choose any letter fruit bowl that is in the rainforest box as long as it matches a space on their nest card. Once again, using the Frida pincher to remove the letter fruit bowl from the box. If they choose the double fruit bowl, they are able to pick 2 letter fruit bowls from the box, removing them with the Frida pincher. If one of their spinners lands on the monkey, they must place a fruit bowl back into the rainforest box. They are not able to collect any fruit bowls that turn. If they choose to use the bird, they can steal a letter fruit bowl from one of the other player’s nest cards. The last thing is the spin again, which allows the player to spin all 3 spinners again. The first player that is able to collect 4 letter fruit bowls in a row on their nest card wins.
There are several really neat pieces in this game. To start with, the play area is inside the bottom of the box. It has a neat looking rainforest printed on the bottom. I really thought that was a pretty cool idea. The letter fruit bowls have these neat rubber bottoms that are a little heavy to keep them standing up right. There was a bit of a problem getting them removed from the plastic insert that they came in. The cardboard tops that have the letters written on them, while being thick cardboard, sometimes got stuck underneath the plastic that held them in place. Several of my pieces got a bit torn or warped as I tried to remove them. Nothing major, but I do not push them all way back in when I’m storing the game because of this. The triple letter spinner is a really neat idea. It’s very thick cardboard as well. The spinners spin very easily. Usually I find myself hating spinner games because they don’t spin very well. That’s not the case here. The nest card are a bit unusual. They don’t appear to be made from cardboard. They are thick and seem more like some type of rubber material. They all came a bit warped inside the box, however they are usually easy to straighten out with a bit of reshaping and twisting. The last piece is of course, the Frida squeezer. This large plastic/rubber pincher looks like the large Toucan on the outside of the box. My daughter absolutely loves it. She can’t wait till it’s her turn to hold Frida. Pretty nice pieces that are pretty tough and durable.
8 out of 10
The rulebook is very simple to read and understand. It has international rules for play as well as the English ones. It has lots of pictures and explains everything really well. It’s all in color and is very bright and eye appealing. Nothing really more to say than that.
9 out of 10
The game is for ages 4 and up and that seems to be the right age group for it. My 4 year old daughter really enjoys playing it. She especially likes stealing letters from me and her brother. I really feel that the game helps with letter recognition. My daughter has no trouble locating the proper letters. As a matter of fact, she’s usually the one that wins. She really enjoys playing the game and so do I. It’s not a very long game to play, usually lasting about 10 minutes tops. That’s with the full compliment of 4 players. The game is really simple for adults but entertaining as well. I really like playing this one with my daughter.
9 out of 10
Frida’s Fruit Fiesta Game is a very light educational game that teaches letters and the alphabet. It develops fine motor skills by using the Frida pincher to pick up the letter fruit bowls. It develops strategic thinking as your child is trying to figure out which letters they need to get 4 in a row. It also encourages social skills and turn taking, something any good game children’s game should do. My daughter really enjoys playing this game. She loves using the Frida pincher and spinning the spinners. It’s not a game that I find boring, like a lot of children’s games. I actually get a kick out of watching my daughter learn and laugh while playing it. This is definitely a great game for parents of young children. I highly recommend this one. It’s a great learning tool. Don’t be surprised though if your kids beat you. Mine usually does.
9 out of 10
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