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I SPY….A Game The Whole Family Can Enjoy!

Until second grade, I lived in a historic house with horrible TV reception. The only channel that was fuzz-free was PBS. But we were never bored. Instead of watching TV after dinner, we would spend time together as a family playing games. I loved those family game nights, and I think they are one of the reasons why my memories of those years are incredibly happy.  

Game Nights are a fun and low-cost way to spend some quality time with your kids. So turn off the TV, put down the Blackberry, and let your cellphone go to voicemail….it’s time to make some happy memories!

I recently had the chance to review “I Spy Private Eye” ($24.99 at or $22 at Amazon). Many children’s games are incredibly boring to adults, but I Spy Private Eye is actually challenging. And that’s what makes it fun!

To play, you place nine picture blocks into the Jumbler, shake up the blocks and open the lid. You only have 30 seconds to memorize the I SPY pictures on the blocks before they are hidden from view. Then you pick an I SPY picture card and score points by finding the images that match the blocks. 

Playing this game is like a workout for your brain. If you don’t want to be completely trounced by your kids, you’ll actually need to concentrate. But you don’t have to take my word for it. I Spy Private Eye won the Fall 2008 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.

Here is what The National Parenting Center has to say about I Spy Private Eye:

“A nearly perfect marriage of mental challenge and fun, the I Spy series continues to rack up Seal after Seal. This game enhances memorization skills, something we could all use no matter what the age. Private Eye manages to keep the mental gears spinning while providing a great sense of accomplishment for tackling the challenges of each round. The skill of visual memorization are a muscle that needs exercise and, trust us, this one is a workout, and a heck of a lot of fun.”

Briarpatch Games is giving one lucky Mamanista reader a chance to win this fabulous family game. For a chance to win I SPY Private Eye, check out the other I SPY Games available at Briarpatch, and leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm on September 25, 2008 letting us know which other I SPY Game you’d be interested in trying.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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163 Responses to "I SPY….A Game The Whole Family Can Enjoy!"

  1. Denise says:

    My kids would love I Spy Spooky Night.

  2. Leo T says:

    This looks great,I would love to bring the rest of the family into my game obsession !

    Thanks !

  3. Megan says:

    The A Little Golden Book Go Fish Card Game looks fun.

  4. CAndie L says:

    I would love the preschool version

  5. Danica Watson says:

    Would love to have this game for our weekly family game night.

  6. Lily Kwan says:

    I would love to try the I Spy Travel Game!

  7. Donna Kozar says:

    The I Spy Travel Game would be great for vacation.

  8. Deb Wallin says:

    My kids could use this on long car drives.

  9. Jill Lund says:

    I Spy Memory Game for the Grandparents. I spy Private Eye looks good for the kids.

  10. Lonnie says:

    I would heart the preschool version.

  11. Marina R says:

    My son loves I spy I hope we win

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