Thursday, December 11, 2008

Charlie and Lola

I’m a big advocate of family game night and in general of playing board/card games with children. There are so many lessons that come from game play such as handling both success and losing. It is also a great time to teach about rules, taking turns, and other social skills.
It’s important to choose simple games with toddlers, think as simple as you can get. For this reason, I like the Rix and Marina brand board games.

Charlie and Lola is an award winning book series written by Laren Child. The series is about a little girl named Lola and her big brother, Charlie. The books have been adapted for television and air on Playhouse Disney.


The Charlie and Lola Mix and Match is another fun little game by Rix and Marina games. It’s your basic matching game with cute pictures. This is the perfect game for our toddlers. We have been doing matching activities for a long time in our home now and always welcome new and different matching games to build on concentration and memory. Some matching games are too complicated for 2 year olds but this one isn’t and can be easily mastered by your little one. My little girl absolutely loves this game and I think it is because of the super cute pictures such as bunnies, cakes, mermaids, and more! I know there are a lot of matching games to choose from out there but I think this one is super cute.




Lola’s pink milk fun is cute and is appropriate as a first game for little ones. The little sistr on the show adores pink milk. To play the game, you have to collect three pink milk cards and then race to the center of the board, while avoiding tigers who also want the pink milk. The tokens are stand up cardboard of the main characters Charlie, Lola, Lotta, or Marv. I liked the game because it is very, very simple. It is just basically moving your token, getting three cards, and getting to the center. It’s exactly the type of first board game you are looking for your little one. Of course, you’ll have to help your little one move around the board unless they’ve mastered counting. It is for ages 3 and up. The game comes with a game board, die, 4 game pieces with stands, and instructions. It retails for $9.99.



Rix and Marina also offer a Go Fish Game featuring Charlie and Lola. The goal, like all Go Fish games is to get as many pairs as you can. We did not play this game as Go Fish is supposed to be played and found it too advanced for a 2 year old and I believe it is more appropriate for the age 3 and up crowd. What makes this Go Fish game different is how very cute the pictures are! Some of the cute pictures for example are Charlie holding tomatoes, pink milk, and fish sticks! (Sorry no pics of this one). We play this one as a matching game as well rather than as go fish but I like that she can eventually grow into playing it like Go Fish.

Finally, they have a Charlie and Lola Dominoes game. You basically mix all the cards up, place them face down, and play them like Dominoes. I definitely found this one a bit advanced for my little toddler but looks like fun for the preschool age. What I like about this is the two sides to choose from. You can either match Charlie and Lola characters or you can do the colored dots which would help strengthen color and counting skills.

You can't order directly from the Rix and Marina website but these games sell at Target, Barnes and Noble, and several online stores.
Want to win the Domino and Pink Milk Game?
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65 comments:

judybrittle said...

I just love the Dick And Jane Up And Down game. That looks like so much fun! Thank you so much!
judybrittle at aol dot com

Bridget said...

The Charlie and Lola domino game is great. My girl loves these books, maybe she relates to Lola's sassiness. Thanks again for the giveaway!

bridgethlee@gmail.com

malleycc said...

WOW great prizes. My kids love Charlie and Lola. I like the Spot up and down game too.

Estelle said...

I like the Dick and Jane Up and Down Game. I used to love those books when I was a kid.

Stephanie said...

Go fish
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Shannon said...

I like the spots domino game.

Joseph said...

My favorite Marina games product is the Charlie & Lola Go Fish Card Game - Item# 70265.

oona said...

The Dick and Jane Dominoes look like total retro fun for my daughter and I! We love Charlie and Lola too!

Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

mom2anutball said...

Spot's Up and Down Game looks fun!

Sandy said...

charlie and lola domino

Sharon said...

Spot Mix and Match Game for sure. THANKS for entry

agordon10 said...

Charlei and Lola domino game, my kids love dominoes.

Steph said...

My favorite game other than the Charlie & Lola Pink Milk Game is Spot's Up & Down Board Game. Looks like a good one.

mverno said...

dick and jane bring back old memories

samsakara said...

I like the go fish card game.

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Jenn S. said...

Spot's Domino Game looks like a lot of fun.

cathy2406 said...

I think the clothespin game looks like loads of fun for a family fun night.ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

Annie said...

This is so going to date me, but the first book I remember reading in school are Dick and Jane books; so I've chose the Dick and Jane Up and Down game!

Thanks so much!

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toughturtles said...

Charlie and Lola

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

hminnesota said...

I think my daughters would enjoy up and down board game.thanks for the giveaway!.
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bison61 said...

I'd like the Spot domino game

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justicecw said...

Spot's mix and match looks like fun! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

Scrap said...

I love the pink milk game, my girls have all loved Charlie and Lola and always want pink milk like Lola.

jennem said...

My favorite is Spot's Mix and Match.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Shelley said...

The Dominos game looks like it would be a lot of fun. I am so glad that "Real" games are becoming more popular again.

Thanks for a great giveaway.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Shelly said...

The Dick and Jane Up and Down Game brings back memories!

Kari said...

My son loves "domidoes" so I think the Charlie and Lola domino game looks great!!

Kari said...

Im also a subscriber!!

wwe11 said...

I like the Dick and Jane Up and Down Game. Thanks for the chance to win.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

FaerieDustX said...

My favorite game is Chalie and Lola Pink Milk game. My kids both love the show so much and whenever it comes on, my daughter yells "Mommy, your favorite show is on!" I won't deny it, this is one of my personal favorite cartoons.

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susan said...

Charlie and lola dominos.. My daughter loves Lola!

Sherry R said...

My favorite is the Dick and Jane Up and Down Game!

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Laura said...

Spot's Up and Down Game sounds like fun. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Pasifik said...

Lovely pictures and interesting games!

Happy blogging,

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Becca Ann said...

I like spots up and down game!

sherri419 said...

I think the Dick and Jane Rhyming Word Game Flash Cards would be great fun! Thanks for the chance!

sherri419 at gmail dot com

yellowlabs said...

Spot's Up and Down Game looks really cool!

robt6 said...

My favorite is the Charlei and Lola domino game, enter me please.

Cheryl F said...

My favorite game there is Canasta Hand and Foot. I grew up on those games and would love to teach my neice them.

renee said...

I like the charlie and lola go fish game.

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ReinyDey said...

The Dick and Jane Up and Down game looks like a lot of fun.

Thanks for such a cute giveaway. My niece loves Charlie and Lola.

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Shannon said...

Spot Mix & Match - my little guy loves to find matching things & loves dogs.

Mtlgrl4evr said...

My daughters would like the Charlie & Lola Go Fish Game.

Jen said...

My daughter loves Charlie and Lola. I just bought her a few books for Christmas. My favorite item on the website would be Charlie and Lola’s Pink Milk Game, but since that is your giveaway prize, I will pick another just in case. I think Spot’s Up and Down Game #70072 looks like fun.

footejennifer(At)hotmail.com

Jodi said...

I think that my kids would love the Spot's Up and Down Board game

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souldolphindream said...

Dick and Jane up and down game would be a hit with my kids

souldolphindream@aol.com

thanks for the giveaway

klp1965 said...

i like the spots up and down game :)

cstironkat said...

DAEMON DICE GAME would keep the boys busy for hours.

dbacksfan001 said...

My favorite Marina games product is the Charlie & Lola Go Fish Card Game

chazvgo said...

My son would love the Go Fish Game with Spot or Charlie and Lola.

Lisa said...

Spots Up And Down game

lilyk said...

I love Spot's Up & Down Game!

ms.lilyk@gmail.com

fancyfeet48 said...

The Charlie and Lola domino game is great

liliesrnice said...

I'd also like spot's up and down game. Looks fun!

Kate said...

The Dick and Jane Up and Down Game sounds like fun!! Thanks!

strycker@slu.edu

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I know the kids would love the SPots UP & Down Game.
A fun game & the puppy theme is so cute.
My kids love critters.......Dogs & cats the most!

Jinxy and Me said...

I like the Go Fish Game!

donna444444 said...

I would like the Dick and Jane domino game.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Casey Becher said...

I like Spot's Mix and Match Game

Sarah said...

My son loves Charlie and Lola. I like the Charlie and Lola Mix and Match game and the Dick and Jane Up and Down game.

purango said...

The Up and Down game is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Louise said...

I think I would like the Dick and Jane game. I feel like I grew up with them.

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memetu said...

These games are new to me. My 2 and 4 year old like card games. I had Dick & Jane books as a kid.

Professional Mommy said...

Laura is the winner. Thanks!