By University Games

Reviewed for Preschool, 2007

A 3D version of the age-old game of Concentration, mixed with the idea of drawing the short or long straw, this game gives kids an introduction to simple strategy. Players roll the die to determine whether they're aiming for a short spine or a long one, then everyone plucks a quill from Polly's back. Whoever has the most notches (or least, depending on the roll) is that round's winner. This game turns the typical memory game on its head (er...back), while giving kids practice with simple counting. The best news? Unlike many games for the preschool set, Polly takes less than five minutes to learn, and the rules are easy. (University Games, 2-4 players, $15.95)