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Click below to see video explanations of the rules, featuring Tiny Polka Dot creators Katherine Cook and Dan Finkel, and their nieces, Vivian and Dalia.
Even though Dan keeps this puzzle fun with young kids, despite its difficulty, we recommend you try this with children only after they reach age 7.
Tiny Polka Dot is absolutely fantastic. It gives J a structure that he enjoys exploring, and when he tires of the Match 7 game, we will move on to Match 8, Match 9, or any of the dozens of games and iterations we can create from these cards.
These cards are going to be part of our playtime for years to come.
I love that the game plays well with even the youngest of children, but some of the included game types scale up to match skills available to slightly older players. I also love that the game includes a brief guide for grownups on how to help kids enjoy and learn as they play. Tiny Polka Dot makes this list for its fun factor, not [just] because of its educational elements.
Then, in a moment out of a sitcom, [my daughter] cheered and cried, “Yay! I can do tough things!” Then gave me a hug.
This… doesn’t happen often in my math classroom..