When I was a kid and imagined motherhood, I was always the type of mom that would sit down and play endless rounds of Candyland and Hi Ho Cherry-O with her kids. I already knew about preschoolers’ superpowers by having my hiney kicked at Memory by my three-year-old niece. When Adalia was a baby, I couldn’t wait until she was old enough to play board games with…and I’m pretty sure that the first time I sat down to play a game with her I knew, however much I dreamed of it, I was not that mom.
So, while I was willing to read endless piles of books, build towers out of blocks, and make pillow forts, board games were not happening…As my kids have gotten older board games have become more and more a part of our lives. And with the Postman Observation Game, I have actually found a game I can play with a preschooler and enjoy. At the same time.
What is Postman Observation Game?
“Imported from Spain, Postman Observation Game will test your child’s visual acuity as well as his visual memory and ability to respond quickly. To begin, your child assembles the city however he wishes. Then as each card is turned over, he rushes to locate the correct matching building among the nearly 90 that are shown. The first one to find the right structure places his letter on it. The first one to deliver all his letters wins.”
Easy to learn, challenging to play, and never, ever, mind-numbing.
One of the things that I love about this game, is the board is kind of giant puzzle. There is an endless variety of ways you can connect the pieces, meaning each time you play the game will be new and fresh.
What’s In the Postman Observation Game Box?
The game includes 8 large puzzle pieces that go together to create the game board (much like Settlers of Catan), a deck of 80 cards with pictures on them, and 40 adorably tiny cardboard letters in a cotton drawstring bag for easy storage and clean up.
One unique thing about the Postman Observation Game is that every game is different depending on how you arrange the pieces. That means you can’t just memorize where the “yellow house with three windows” is because it will most likely be in a completely different spot next time you play.
Three Levels of Play to Challenge You and Your Kids
Once the gameboard is set up it is time to play.
You divide the letters/postcards equally between all players and place the cards face down. The players take turns drawing a card and turning it upright… Once the card is turned over all of the players look at it and try be the first to find the matching building. Once you have spotted the building, you place one of your letters on that building.
The object of the game is to be the first to deliver all of your letters.
The Postman Observation Game has four different levels of difficulty. If playing with preschoolers, I recommend using green cards only. This level of play means you need to find the house or building that matches the picture on the card exactly. In the two examples above you can see the house on the green card (identified by the green frame around the picture) matches the house on the game board.
In the examples above, you can see the pink cards give you a visual clue but not an exact picture. The blue cards tell you the shape of the building, the color and shape of the door or doors, and the number and shape of the windows. The player has to figure out exactly which building is being described and find it on the board.
Having all of the cards shuffled together means this will be challenging for everyone playing.
The yellow cards have characters on them and you have to find the appropriate building. You can see this above with the fireman and the fire station.
Here are a few more of the cute characters on the game cards.
What I love About the Postman Observation Game
Okay, I love, love, love the muted colors, matte finish, and whimsical buildings in this board game. Every piece is made with care to detail and the colors make it calming to look at.
Your child is sure to be delighted by the tiny letters and postcards (that come in a cotton drawstring bag) that need to be delivered to the appropriate building.
The game is made of thick cardboard that is quite durable. Yes, I am sure you sweet little angel could chew up and destroy these pieces, but they will not be bent or torn in normal use (or even the heavy-duty use this gets in our house).
Another great aspect of this game is there is no lag or wating time. Every turn every player is searching for the right building to deliver their letter to.
The Postman Observation Game is guaranteed to sharpen observation and visual skills. This game will help you increase your short-term memory as you race to deliver your letter before your opponents. And besides all of that? It is genuinely fun.
For more of our favorite board games check out my post The Best Family Games for Moms Who Hate Board Games.
Okay, now spill the beans…do you like to play board games with preschoolers? If so, what are your favorites?