Rating: 5/5 stars (or in this case, decadent pink cupcakes)
Let me tell you about the Pinkalicious Cupcake Game. Now, if you’ve been tunneling through this labyrinth of a product review site, you’ll know my daughter loved and still loves Pinkalicious. Well, if your child adores Pinkalicious, he/she will love this game too. Not only that, family members (ie, you the parent) will also love this game because there is a lot to do and a lot to learn in this one children’s game.
Now, I know the photo doesn’t do it justice. We’ve had the game for over a year and we still play with it often. When you first open the box, you discover that it is definitely worth your money. For starters, you get 6 stickers to create your own dice so you and your child can decide which side of the dice should be one of the following characters: Pinkalicious herself, Peter, Goldilicious, a paint palette, a butterfly, and a cupcake. I loved this idea of making your own dice. Of all the children’s games we have at home, this was the first one we came across that let you build your own dice. Talk about involving the child in the game play!
There are four stacks of cards, 4 cupcake trays, 24 cupcakes, and a pad of pink paper with the Pinkalicious logo on top. The object of the game is to throw the dice, pick the corresponding card depending on the picture that lands face up on the dice, do the required instructions, and earn yourself a cupcake. Get all 6 cupcakes to win!
I absolutely LOVE how entertaining this game is because it’s like 4 games in one. Roll the butterfly and you’ll have to do some charades so players can guess what you’re acting out. Roll the paint palette and you’ll have to draw what the card says. Roll Goldilicious and you’ll be doing a lot of moving around (sometimes, you even have to make up a dance to teach others!). Roll the cupcake and you’ll need to do some rhyming and chiming to earn your cupcake. Rolling Pinkalicious earns you a free cupcake (obviously!), but watch out for Peter because he’ll swipe one of your hard earned cupcakes.
As a parent, I watched my kid express herself through charades to make sure I figured out that she was planting a flower and I had to look REALLY carefully at her drawings to figure out that she had drawn a tea party (the school bus was a lot easier to decipher!). But, boy oh boy, was I in for a workout when my kid discovered her favourite stack of cards was Goldilicious. Each time she rolled Goldilicious, she would make the most elaborate dances and moves that left me huffing and puffing by the end of the game.
Not only did my kid get to move around and be active, she also got to practice her literacy skills, reading the cards to figure out what they said. She also had to think critically about how to draw what the cards said. I had no idea how hard it would be draw a tea party until I had to do it myself! She also had to learn that it was okay to not win because Peter took her cupcake. That is some serious self-regulation skills that she learned in this one game alone.
I also like how open-ended this Pinkalicious Cupcake Game can be. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to play to earn the cupcakes. There are some days, for instance, that my kid wants to do the entire stack of Goldilicious cards. Do you KNOW how tired I was at the end of that game?! Who needs to go to the gym, after that?! Other days, she’ll use the cupcake game pieces in pretend play, making cupcakes for everyone under the sun.
The first time you play, it’s challenging as a parent to guess what your child is acting out or drawing but with repeated games, you’ll find it gets a lot easier since the cards start to repeat. I also really liked that my child learned to cope with Peter stealing the cupcakes, be it mine or hers. Now, we just laugh about it because it means we get to play longer but in the beginning, there was a lot of ‘why is Peter taking my cupcake’ that led to some serious problem solving.
After reading all of this, is it any wonder that I gave the Pinkalicious Cupcake Game a 5/5? Honestly, even if a child doesn’t like or know about Pinkalicious, this would be a great gift paired with the original Pinkalicious book. For my daughter, this game has extended the shelf life of the original story and has helped her develop her brain and her muscle strength. How perfectly pinkatastic is that?!