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United States Bingo Review by Jennifer Harrison

eeBoo Corporation
2015 Van Buren Avenue
Indian Trail, NC 28079

Everyone knows about Idaho potatoes, Wisconsin cheese, and California Redwoods; but do you know that Michigan and Missouri are noted for their auto industries? Learning that New York boasts dairy and Arkansas produces rice is just the beginning of what kids will learn while playing eeBoo's United States Bingo game.

The beauty of this game is in its simplicity. Without trying, children are memorizing states and landmarks and even the location of the states relative to one another. The tiny, easy-to-confuse New England states are no longer confusing when they are grouped into small chunks of 2-3 states per bingo card. All intimidation is removed, and learning is wrapped up in fun.

To start, each player is given a thick, glossy bingo card. Twelve cards are included in the game, so you can play with anywhere from two to twelve players; older players can enjoy a higher level of difficulty by playing with multiple boards at the same time. Each card colorfully displays a small handful of states and their region. Each state is labeled with its name, capital, and major resources and landmarks. A cotton drawstring bag holds the game pieces, each of which displays a state and a resource or landmark of that state. A player or Bingo caller pulls out a tile and announces the state and resource listed. The player whose card contains that state gets the tile to place on his Bingo card. The game ends when one player's entire card is filled.

This is a wonderful game for a wide range of ages to enjoy together. Younger players might not be able to read the names of their states, but with so few states on each card, they can quickly recognize learn to recognize them. They might not be able to read the word "manufacturing," but they can identify the picture of a factory on their card. My 5-year-old has no problems keeping up with her 13-year-old brother, relying on pictures and the shapes of her states instead of reading her card.

The back of each Bingo card lists the states featured on the front and tells the capital, state flower, state bird, state nickname, and state motto for each one. The cards are simply beautiful. The illustrations are sweet and even a bit nostalgic, created by well-loved children's book illustrator Dan Yaccarino. The cards are sturdy, vibrant, and durable. My family has enjoyed eeBoo products for over a year now, and every time I see them, I am blown away by the quality. Everything we've used has been impressive. Much care and thought are put into eeBoo products, and it shows. You and your children will be equally delighted.

Product review by Jennifer Harrison, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November 2010