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Oct 5, 2011

Rating: 5/5 (or 5 successful operations)
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Once upon a time when I was a wee child, I remember having the Operation game in my possession. I remember trying so desperately to remove all of the plastic pieces without setting off the alarm because golly gee, that alarm was loud! So, you can imagine how excited I was when my child received this as a gift. This Operation game would become a new activity for us to do together as a family but it also meant another new product to review for our site at The question then becomes, does this new Operation game play as well as the old version that I had once upon a time?

Product review: What’s so special about the new Operation game?

Well, first off, I have to be honest and say, I don’t recall much about the old Operation game except that the buzzer was really loud and that to remove all the plastic pieces without making the buzzer go off, I had to avoid all those silver lined edges. If you’ve never played Operation, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about but that’s okay. Here at, I am quite good at clarifying (when I’ve had a cup of coffee or two!) 😉
When we open up this new Operation game, the first thing I notice is how much it reminds me of my old Operation game but of course, with a few new twists. For one, it’s now got these squishy green pieces to fish out as well as the traditional plastic white ones. More importantly, this new Operation game has more ways to play and it MAKES MORE NOISES!
You now have the option to listen to the sound of the ‘illness’ and then remove the appropriate piece (fart bubbles, anyone?) or you can play on the silent mode version. Of course, saying fart bubbles now makes me realize that this Operation game might just go quite nicely with the “Everyone Poops” book by Tara Gomi which I reviewed. My daughter and I played both versions and she prefers the silent mode so she can pick whichever pieces she wants to pull out. As for me, mom at, I’m okay with both versions of the game because I believe they both target different skills.
When a child has to listen to the auditory cues to determine which pieces need to be pulled out, they’re strengthening vital finger muscles and fine motor coordination while combining that hard work with what their ears are telling them. Talk about multi-modal learning! Of course, in the silent mode, children also get to practice their decision making skills (which one should I get first??).

Even if this wasn’t a childhood favourite game of mine, I’d still highly recommend this Operation game. Children get to practice so many different skills as they listen for the auditory cues, use the little pair of tweezers to remove the illnesses from the patient’s body. Talk your child through the game and the Operation game could also be a great platform to strengthen their empathy skills. So, get this Operation game either for your child if you haven’t yet or get it as a gift for someone else. I certainly had fun!
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