Spelling Beez! is a board game for children ages 4-8 to help with
letter recognition. There are two different score sheets included
in the box: one with pictures depicting the words and one with
blank sheets a child can use to create personal word lists. There
are also two sets of cards and 4 markers with a bee on them. One
deck includes the pollen/nectar cards, which contain facts about
bees and are the rewards for collecting letters. The other cards
are the spelling cards, which direct a child to various letters
and spaces on the board. The object is to collect all the letters
needed to create the target word and collect pollen/nectar cards.
The winner is the one who has the most points awarded by the pollen
nectar cards at the end of the round.
Spelling Beez! is simple enough that younger children can play
with older siblings and still be on equal footing. The older children
will enjoy learning about bees as they play. There is one pollen/nectar
card that has evolutionary content. It says, "Honey bees have been
evolving for over 200 million years." If this is offensive, you
could easily remove the card from the deck without messing up the
My children have enjoyed playing Honey Beez!, although I am not
sure how educational it has been for them. The bee information
was interesting for them to read the first time, but after that
they lost interest. Furthermore, the letters are all presented
in upper case, and children are not required to find the letters
in the correct order in order to facilitate spelling. Instead letters
are collected randomly. I think this would have been better named
Letter Beez! because spelling is not really stressed. While fun
to play a few times, I am not sure it is worth the sticker price
of the game.
My family loves playing games to reinforce learning. In fact, we sometimes
play games in place of regular lessons since games can often get the same results
with much more excitement and much less whining. Spelling Beez! A Honey of
a Game for Early Spellers is fun board game for practicing spelling with emerging
The game is appropriate for ages 4-8. Brand new spellers can play with prepared
word cards, while more experienced spellers make up their own word cards. To
start, all players choose one word consisting of equal letters from their game
card. (For example: If I choose a six-letter word, everyone else must choose
a six-letter word as well.) Upon drawing game cards, players work their way
around the game board trying to land on the letters making up their word. Sometimes
the game cards prompt players to pick up or discard point cards too. The goal
of the game is to collect as many point cards as possible.
As players land on letters in their word, spaces are colored in on the game
card. The first person to color in their word entirely stops the play of the
game. Everyone counts up his point cards, and the person with the most points
wins the game.
Learning how to play is very easy. It isn't necessary that your child be a
great reader in order to play the game. He really must only know the letters
of the alphabet and how to count to two. However, another aspect of the game
is in the fun facts about bees included on the point cards. While it isn't
necessary to read these facts in order to play the game, it does make playing
more fun (and adds a wonderful science-related factor to the game).
So, not only does Spelling Beez! reinforce spelling nicely, it teaches an
abundance of information about bees. Those of you thinking about a study of
bees or insects in general would find this a nice addition to school -- whether
your child needs spelling practice or not.