uKloo was created by a mom that wanted to encourage her seven-year old to be more confident in his reading. I was excited to road test uKloo because I noticed that when we did a cooking class with Hungry Education and the group was asked to read the directions, Henry’s female classmates were not only quick to read out loud but confident (go girls!). Henry was neither of those things. At home Henry asks me to help him read his homework and would get frustrated when I asked him to do it on his own first. After a long day this would lead to tears and a tough night for everyone
uKloo is a series of scavenger hunt inspired cards that are grouped into three different reading levels. I sent the boys outside while I hid the cards around the house. The first card led them to the next clue: Look In Your Sock. Then the card in the sock led them to the next clue: Look in Your Hat, and so on. Ollie and Henry worked together to find all the cards, which led to a candy prize at the end. Henry had to read each of the clues on his own to complete the game. (That is the nice version of what happened. In reality the boys were so excited and gitty by the game that they bumped into each other and raced around the house looking for the clue cards. I think they would have been happy to play for hours.)
What was the result? Henry’s reading is much better then I thought and he advanced through all three levels with his brother at his side without any issues. He stumbled on words like sink and cereal but he had to sound them out to figure out the clue. He was excited by the game so there were no tears he just kept working at it. I do think that this game is great for kids at all different reading levels. The boys loved the game and we played three times in a row with them begging to play again and again.
- uKloo comes with three different levels. The directions get harder and more specific as the levels increase. Instead of Look In Your Sock, the directions are, Look In Your Sock Under The Bed, and so on.
- The game also comes with blank cards that you can write on with a dry erase marker to make your own clues.
- Could you make this on your own? Yes. But for a $15.00 price point and how well this game is put together there is no reason to. The next level up is the uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game and I would be more than happy to get that for my boys based on my experience with uKloo.
Both sets would make a great gift and an even better game to bring along on a family trip or to entertain a bunch of kids during the holiday.