The family that games together, stays together! That’s how Brent and I feel about it. We love to play all kinds of games and have loved playing games with the kids. We are also excited that they are moving out of the Candyland phase. But for kids still at the Candyland age, Simply Fun has some educational and fun alternatives.
I received a fun box from Simply Fun containing the game kilter, a pair of bunny slippers and a bag of popcorn. Boy do they know how we like to game around here. I’ve had a hard time keeping those bunny slippers to myself.
Simply Fun sells games the way Usborne sells books and Pampered Chef sells kitchen supplies: direct sales through product consultants. At Simply Fun, product consultants are called Playologists, isn’t that darling? There are two levels. One is a way to receive a discount on your own purchases and is great if you don’t want to focus on building your own business. The second level focuses on building your own business through selling Simply Fun games and includes a greater discount on your own purchases.
I had the chance to chat with Shelley, their Vice President of Sales, to learn a little more about what Simply Fun is all about. The company’s mission statement says, “Simply Fun believes in building smarter kids and stronger families through play.” To that end, they have developed an amazing collection of educational, unique and engaging games that meet the needs of toddlers through adolescents and are fun for the whole family.
We received the game Kilter to try out. Kilter was recently awarded an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2013. Brent my mom and I played this game first one evening when the kids were in bed. We had so much fun figuring out the best strategy for placing our cubes on the four-armed see-saw. We played it three times in about 35 minutes. The goal of Simply Fun is to have games that can be played in 30 minutes or less so it’s easy to fit into your busy family schedule. Once I was familiar with the game, Sammi and I played together. She had so much fun and it was still a challenge to me. We were both giggling, problem solving and talking as we played the game. The game is for ages 8+ but Sammi was able to teach Elli how to play and they had fun playing together, too.
Simply Fun and Tibbar, their friendly rabbit mascot, just introduced a brand new way to connect Playologists with consumers eager to find exactly the right game for their family, friends, or classrooms. Called Virtual Laugh & Learns, Playologists and their guests can now have the interactive experience of an in-person board game party, online from the comfort of home. No need to get all dressed up, clean the house, or hit the road for a Simply Fun party (unless you want to!), just slip on those bunny slippers, pop some popcorn and hippity-hop online!
To learn more about Simply Fun you can like them on Facebook, subscribe to their YouTube channel, follow them on Twitter and check out their boards on Pinterest. Or you can try out one of their virtual laugh and learns.
Shelley and I are teaming up to bring a laugh and learn to you! This Thursday at 9 pm EST Shelley will walk us through the top games Simply Fun offers and help us pick the best fit for our families. If you are interested in joining, even just to learn more about the games or other opportunities with Simply Fun, please leave a comment below. I will get an email invite to you which will explain more about how the virtual laugh and learn works. I hope to see you there!