Learn along with Thomas’ Great Race!

143 Comments 07 November 2008

I loved to play games as a child, but as a parent, I prefer games that are going to provide a sort of education for my child and not just “occupy” their time. Briarpatch has a great game, Thomas’ Great Race, that does just that. In order to play, kids learn their numbers to earn coal to power their engines (Thomas, James, Percy or Molly) over the hill to win. The game encourages the development of sorting, counting and color matching skills. The pieces are nice and chunky, this is obviously a fun game that was made with toddlers and preschoolers in mind, and I love that it was well thought out.

The game works like this: “Each engine drops into a slot on the Great Race track, with the back of each slot open to receive “coal blocks.” For the youngest children, a parent or older sibling is designated as a helper to join in the fun and aid emerging readers. Players take turns selecting a card and answering a simple counting question based upon what they see on the card –for example, how many blue engines do you see?” The answer – ranging from one to three, depending on the card selected — appears on the back of each card in the form of a graphic that matches one of the blocks of coal. A correct answer is rewarded when a player picks up the matching block of coal and inserts it into the open slot behind his engine, powering it up the hill. Coal blocks are also different sizes and colors, adding to the drama and excitement of the race. Once the engines crest the hill, they roll across the finish line.”

This is a great game made for children ages 3 and up, and for 2 to 4 players. It is a very reasonable price ($24.99), and I think you will enjoy the educational aspect of it as much as we do. Plus, it really is a game that you can play WITH your child, and I love it when mommy can play too! You can purchase Thomas’ Great Race from the Briarpatch Website.
Win it! Briarpatch has graciously offered to giveaway Thomas’ Great Race to one very lucky CSC reader. To enter, just follow the easy-peasy rules below!

  • Head over to Briarpatch and pick out your other favorite game. Then come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me about it.
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    • Get a gravatar! It looks so much nicer than a blank space, and I’d love to see your lovely face. It’s universally recognized, so you can use it more than just here on my site. Oh, and let me know about it. Kthxbai.

That’s it! Good luck! Oh, and the official rules and legal jargon are below.

US entries only, winner will be chosen via at the end of the contest. Winners are posted here and on Prizey Fetch, please leave a valid email address or blog address if you’d like to be contacted should you win. Winner has 72 hours to claim their prize. This contests ends at 11:59 pm CST on November 15th, 2008.

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143 Comments so far

  1. Lily Kwan says:

    I got a gravatar. I agree that they’re nice to look at too. =)

  2. Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed to your RSS feed via email.

  3. Lily Kwan says:

    I love the Animal Soup There’s Always One Game!

  4. Caryn B says:

    I’d love to get the Thomas ABC Game for my son

  5. Marilyn says:

    Faved on Technorati. User name – corjong

  6. Marilyn says:

    I got a Gravatar.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Stumbled your main page. User name – corjong

  8. Marilyn says:

    Subscriber in google reader.

  9. Marilyn says:

    Thomas’ Station Stop Matching Game. My grand children love Thomas.

  10. I’d pick either fancy nancy or the animal soup game.

    Thank you!
    onenightoff (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Robby says:

    Faved on Technorati. My user name is winrobg

  12. Robby says:


  13. Robby says:

    Thomas’ Tracks ‘n Trestles Game

  14. Brooke says:

    The Goodnight Moon Game

  15. Jennifer S. says:

    The Animal Soup Card Game looks so fun. Both of my sond love Thomas so much. Thank you so much for the great contest.

  16. My 4 year old would love the Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game.


  17. Gloria Dornin says:

    Dinosaurs Extinct sounds neat

  18. kathy pease says:

    the fancy nancy game looks fun :)

  19. lorene says:

    The sea monsters game looks cute

  20. bridget says:

    My daughter and husband love to read the I Spy books so I think they would enjoy the I Spy Spooky Night game.

  21. sito says:

    Animal Soup There’s Always One looks like something the little ones would enjoy and would be fun for me, too.

  22. susan p says:

    please enter me thank you

  23. Terry C says:

    The I Spy Preschool Game looks fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

  24. Dddiva says:

    You are on my blog roll.

  25. Dddiva says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  26. Dddiva says:

    Thomas Mix ‘n Match Bingo Game

  27. Trina says:

    How cool is this contest?! way cool! We love the Little Golden Book Circle of Friends game! Thank you for the chance to win.

  28. Rhonda Dennis says:

    i’m subscribed

  29. Rhonda Dennis says:

    my kids love Newton’s apples.

  30. philip halter says:

    great prize

  31. Steph says:

    I like all the I Spy! games, especially the preschool game and the Holiday wishes.

  32. Dan says:

    I like the Thomas Count Your Cars Game

  33. Rebecca Peters says:

    I subscribed by email!

  34. Rebecca Peters says:

    I like the beddy bye baby game!

  35. sandra kao says:

    my favorite is the I Spy Memory Game 15th Anniversary Edition

  36. veronica says:

    DaVinci’s Challenge game

  37. Cassandra says:

    my son love thomas the train everything

  38. Sylvia Belle says:

    Fancy Nancy for the granddaughter

  39. Jennifer hedden says:

    Thomas and Friends Domino Game

  40. Lila Lyons-Werner says:

    I think my nephew would love the Thomas ABC Game.

  41. Sandra S. says:

    I am a subscriber.

  42. Sandra S. says:

    My daughter would like the Fancy Nancy Posh bedroom game. My son is a big Thomas the train fan! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Cherie J says:

    I love the I Spy Private Eye Game for my kids. Thanks for the contest!

  44. Rosanne M says:

    Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game

  45. Rosanne M says:

    I’m already subscribed

  46. Carol says:

    My son would love for me to win this. I like the I Spy Games, especially the preschool one. We love the books so I’m sure the games would be a hit. I didn’t know they had games, another xmas idea! Thanks for a chance to win the Thomas game!

  47. Teresa Hoyt says:

    Davinci’s Challenge looks like a great strategy game! This would be so much fun to play with my older kids! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  48. Kerry says:

    The Dinosaurs, Extinct game would be perfect for my son!

  49. Heather B says:

    we would love fancy nancy and any of the thomas

  50. lace says:

    Newtons Apples or Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom sound like fun games.

  51. Casey says:

    I like the Thomas and Friends Domino Game.

  52. Sara Grotz says:

    I love the Thomas Count Your Cars Game. My son is part of the Thomas cult, and we are both big board game fans. It’s nice to do something together that also helps him learn. Thanks for the chance to win.

    skylergrotz at hotmail dot com

  53. Terra Heck says:

    My son would enjoy this game. I really like the Nerdy Wordy Crossword game.

  54. Judy Y says:

    animal soup game looks fun.

  55. Marcy says:

    I want to check out the DaVinci game!

  56. Albert says:

    The clothespin game sounds cute

  57. Toby says:

    Animal Soup!

  58. Audrey says:

    I would like to try out the Clothespins! Game.

  59. Shelly says:

    I think I figured out how to get a gravatar…

  60. Monique Rizzo says:

    Animal Soup Sounds great!

  61. Shelly says:

    I love the Clothespins game

  62. Shelly says:

    I subscribe to your feed

  63. LisaW says:

    I think the DaVinci’s Challenge game sounds like fun. Thanks!

  64. Meghann says:

    I think since my son’s other favorite thing besides Thomas and all the trains is “Goodnight Moon,” that is probably a goame we would buy for hmi. I actually might get it for Christmas.


  65. Patti says:

    The Goodnight Moon puzzle looks like fun! We love that book!

  66. Cortney says:

    The Animal Soup Game looks really cute too. My nephew is in LOVE with Thomas and would love to win this giveaway! Thanks!

  67. Jen says:

    I love that I Spy game!!! That looks like something my boys would love :)

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  68. Bettina says:

    I love the Goodnight Moon!

  69. jenni says:

    I would love the Goodnight Moon game! My son LOVES that book. Thanks.

  70. amandasue says:

    I love Brairpatch, they have really cute games, there usually simple but educational which I love! I think the “Goodnight Moon Game” looks cute! My niece loves the book.

  71. Missy says:

    Anything Thomas is a hit at our house, so the prize game would be wonderful!

  72. Karen says:

    I subscribe through email.

  73. Karen says:

    I like the I Spy game and Animal soup game. Thx for the giveaway!

  74. TRACY HEYER says:

    I like I spy eagle eye game! The kids would like it!

  75. Veronica L. says:

    I love the Little Golden Book Circle of Friends game. my son is fanatic of playing games and a huge fan of Thomas so I know he would absolutely love this giveaway. Thanks so much!

  76. Reyn says:

    Little Golden Book Circle of Friends

  77. Kirsten says:

    I like several but probably Animal Soup.

  78. Betty N says:

    My grandson loves all things Thomas! In addition to the game you are giving away I think he would like the Thomas Count Your Cars game.

  79. Theo says:

    The Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game is just too darling! My nieces would love it!

  80. Tamara B. says:

    I am a subscriber.

  81. Tamara B. says:

    My grandson would love to play with this. I like the Thomas ABC Game also. Thank-you.

  82. Lisa Fosses says:

    Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game

  83. tim brown says:

    thank you

  84. Deanne says:

    I’d like to try clothepins!

  85. Linda says:

    Animal Soup looks fun!

  86. valerie says:

    the Thomas tic tac toe looks fun :)

  87. nancy says:

    The Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game looks fun as well

  88. Brianne says:

    Faved on Technorati. User name: bricoble

  89. Brianne says:

    Stumbled. User name: bricoble

  90. Brianne says:

    I got a Gravatar

  91. Brianne says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  92. Brianne says:

    My boys love Thomas. They would really like the Thomas Count Your Cars Game too.

  93. Cindi says:

    I am a subscriber! Cindi

  94. Cindi says:

    Briarpatch is such a fun site. Another game that sounds fun is the “I Spy Private Eye” Game. Please enter me in your “Thomas’ Great Race” Game drawing. I really appreciate it. My nephew would enjoy receiving the game as a Christmas gift. Thanks, Cindi

  95. Alison D. says:

    A lot of the Briarpatch games look great, but I think my other favorite would be the I Spy Bingo. My kids love I Spy books, and bingo is always fun and that game didn’t require reading, but could teach letters. And of course many of the Thomas games would go over well with my little Thomas fan!

  96. Kristie says:

    I think my daughter would love the Beddy Bye Baby game.

  97. Janet F says:

    You are on my blogroll:

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  98. Janet F says:

    I am subscribed.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  99. Janet F says:

    I like I Spy Eagle Eye Game.

    Thank you!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  100. Green Yak says:

    The “Newton’s Apples Gravity Strategy Game” looks really interesting. What a cool idea for a kids’ game!

  101. Jill W says:

    I blogged about it on my giveaways blog, thanks!

  102. Jill W says:

    You are on my blogroll, thanks!

  103. Jill W says:

    I’m a subscriber, thanks!

  104. Jill W says:

    I would love to have the Goodnight Moon Game for my daughter-looks adorable, thanks!

  105. Shilo Beedy says:

    I love the clothespins game! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  106. Casey H says:

    I blogged you but it wont let me post the link!?!?

  107. Casey H says:

    I also like the goodnight moon puzzle assortment!!

  108. Karen B says:

    My little greatgrands would love Animal Soup.

  109. David Bertolo says:

    My Grand Daughter would love the Da Vinci’s Challenge

  110. rebecca snodgrass says:

    The Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game looks great.

  111. Cindy Thurman says:

    I know a “special” little boy I would give this to :) Great Prize!

  112. CHARLINE S says:


  113. ky2here says:

    Let’s do the I spy eagle eye game.

  114. Roblyn Honeysucker says:

    I like the Animal Soup card game for my 5 yr old.

  115. Kathy Scott says:

    There are some great activities for kids. We want to try animal soup.

  116. Karen Gonyea says:

    Dinosaurs, Extinct !!

  117. Sharon Jones says:

    am subscribed. Thanks again

  118. Sharon Jones says:

    Animal Soup Card Game for sure…perfect to play with little boy that I nanny for. THANKS for entry

  119. Cynthia C says:

    I Spy Private Eye looks like lots of fun. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

  120. Patty says:

    I would like the Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game!!!

  121. adrienne gordon says:

    we like clothespins

  122. susan varney says:

    i like Dinosaurs, Extinct?

  123. s says:

    davincinis challenge looks different and interesting.

  124. Kristi C says:

    I liked the Little Golden Book Circle of Friends game.

  125. roberta says:

    I subscribe to you via email, thanks.

  126. roberta says:

    We like the look of the Ispy and the animal soup card game. thanks.

  127. Lisa says:

    OH, Hello, My 6 y/o would love Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom Game!!! great site they have there.

  128. rebecca says:

    I subscribe via email, thanks again.

  129. rebecca says:

    Loving the look of the new Sea Monsters game – I’ve never seen it before. thanks for the giveaway.

  130. Norris Family says:

    We liked the DaVinci’s Challenge game, I know its for older kids. We love briarpatch.

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