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Induction Certificate Number:   74020110520-493
Induction Date:   May 20, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Wizarday! When Our Stuff Went Away
MSRP:   $37.50
Company URL:  http://www.toysntayls.com
Rating: 

Wizarday! When Our Stuff Went Away

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  05/20/2011

Wizarday is an hilarious game and book combination; a tale filled with fun characters, silly names and games and charts. The story, with its engaging, free family of characters, provides a fun platform from which to teach children the importance and benefits of routine.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Books - Word / Picture / Story 2010 Consumer/Education 8 years + Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Creative Agenda Creative funQuotient™ Narrative Progression Response Level Skill Improvement Overall Visual Appeal
5 5 4.5 5 4.5 4.5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                           





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ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



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Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
893307002026 W2010:01Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaWARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of the Toys n' Tayls Wizarday Game Wizarday! When Our Stuff Went Away, (hereafter referred to as Wizarday), is so much more than just three board / card games and a book.  Wizarday is an experience in learning for children while having fun doing it.  It is a lively educational story designed for children eight years of age and up.

Kids of course love fun and Wizarday provides it with an hilarious tale filled with fun characters, silly names, games and charts. The storyline, with its engaging family of characters, provides a creative, fun environment. You are now enabled to teach children the importance and benefits of routine.

There are plenty of board games of all shapes sizes, and colors yet all of those factors combined do not define a good game.  This is where Wizarday steps out from the fray and makes its own unique mark that matters.

Although Wizarday is multiple games combined with a book as well, there is no dilution of value or learning from the buyer's or educator's perspective.

Wizarday hosts a combination of content in multiple formats which results in true multi-sensory experience in creative, fun, learning.
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

Wizarday Game Box There are plenty of board games of all shapes sizes, and colors yet all of those factors combined do not define a good game.  This is where Wizarday steps out from the fray and makes its own unique mark that matters.

Although Wizarday is multiple games combined with a book as well, there is no dilution of value or learning from the buyer's or educator's perspective.

Wizarday hosts a combination of content in multiple formats which results in true multi-sensory experience in creative, fun, learning.

In our analysis of Wizardy with teachers at multiple schools and with an educational forum group at Education for Young Children seminar in California, it was a smashing success in popularity.  To the teachers, functionality is the name of the game in their eyes as one of the most important elements they judge by. Wizarday measured up well in that feature, well beyond their expectations. 

With the forum group, one of the teachers was so excited with her opinion of Wizarday.  "This is the kind of educational Play material we need more of. It is a break from the general line of educational materials we have available to select from, having so many well formed activities for a price that is more than reasonable!."

While the brief info about our experience with the teachers and the seminar forum group, there's still more! In the section to follow, discover what our independent evaluators had to say about how Wizarday measured up in their analysis.
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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


Image of Christina Pop-In-Kins
PRODUCT | ONLINE SERVICE
Name: Wizarday! When Our Stuff Went Away
Target Age Group: 8 years and up
Contribution: Progressive Critical Skill Development
Rating: 5 Star Rating Image





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Professor of Psychology B.A., M.A., & Ph.D.
Educational Theory Specialist

"Widarday eliminates the necessity for long-term progressive strategy development with the direct approach to recognizing, establishing, and understanding the importance of a routine. It has a repetitive based creative agenda with a foundation base of long-term benefit from routine. This encourages a player to develop a narrative progression structured to complete the task of winning the game by learning a routine."

"One of the most significant contributions from the game is the inevitable development of psycho-social interaction. Regardless of if a player tends to be more reserved in their game interest and communication with others, the game play still makes a direct connection and influence of the behavioral traits of all players."

"Just as a game I reviewed quite some time ago from you, Widarday crosses multiple boundaries in the personal augmentation to skill development for the target age range specified on the box. The diversity of options of game play and capability for adaptation for use in the educational environment is an invaluable trait of the game."


"Widarday makes it more than a high probability for an individual to adopt the lessons learned form the game play...to develop a 'routine' while improving response mechanisms in their playing experience. A meaningful psycho-social improvement is created from the game play along with an abundance of influence to overall skill development and/or improvement."

Doctor of Education, Ph.D., M.S., ED.S.
Curriculum Content / Character Education Specialist

"In my review of Wizarday, I substantiated my supposition of the game being a suitable contribution to educational Play. All of the elemental components which comprise the basic structure of a well designed board game can be found in Wizarday. The player's role in the games and options of play are clear and easily assimilated."

"The game board or shall I say boards are both strikingly unique, colorful, and is visibly appealing. The layout structure of each is simple and allows for a shorter learning curve than might be expected, considering the substantial amount of content in the game. It is simple to grasp for virtually anyone within the target age group the game was developed for. This assists in avoiding disparagement and loss of motivation to play being caused for any players."

"Wizarday is well structured in each of the games, comfortably-paced, and sustains a strong contribution to progressive skill development for all players. The creative agenda draws the players to not only complete each game but to play repetitively. The game box content is easily accessed, the playing cards have good visual appeal, with easy access and stowage of the cards and playing pieces each time the game box is opened."

"In looking at the price point of the game, the influence for a strong narrative development to occur, and all other details outlined earlier in my report, Wizarday has passed my review for approval."
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* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member, division of, or Epiphany Communications itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

Image of the rear of the Wizarday game box with one of the game boards behind it.
Wizarday created an entirely different response with consumers in all of our consumer hands-on evaluation events.  Unlike most board games, Wizarday has a double sided game board to enable two separate games right there alone. Then you have the card games, the book, and so on.

To my own personal surprise, Wizarday drew a significant number of kids and adults to either play one or more of the games, or spend an extended period of time reading the instructions and going through all of the game components.

Wizarday delivers a refreshing experience in learning for kids.  Many of the parents we spoke with shared how they like the idea of teaching a child how to develop and routine to follow.  Wizarday was seen by many of the consumers as an asset to help them create a greater level of interaction with their kids. 

There was so much more that would be great to share from our evaluation but the best way to discover more is to buy the game. Following careful study of feedback forms, video tapes, and our own report data, it was confirmed that Wizarday passed this evaluation category without hindrance.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings". To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

Creative Agenda: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Creative Agenda is undoubtedly a vital factor in the evaluation of a good quality board game When it comes to Wizarday, the scoring in this category was exceptional. Having the solid creative agenda that Wizarday can boast of, it inspires a person to create a narrative to win based upon desire, not skill comparison.

To understand the full value of the Creative Agenda, the following information is a brief definition of what the Creative Agenda is. "The Creative Agenda of a player represents what the player hopes to achieve by way of exploration in their game experience"; in this case being applicable to Wizdarday game.

With Wizarday, the player's main enjoyment comes from it having multiple games, each providing a different perspective of Play. This is invaluable in developing strong retention of what has been learned and applying it in real life.

Throughout all phases of our evaluation in this category, Wizarday was undoubtedly on top of things. Wizarday pulled a perfect score of [5] Five Stars] in this category for Creative Agenda.

Creative playQuotient™: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In reviewing all of our video tapes of game play with Wizarday during all phases of its evaluation, the level of Creative playQuotient™ was in a near perfect balance with learning content with each player. Every player demonstrated a significant level of excitement from playing the game.  At the same time, when they filled out their feedback forms later, they all showed that they had retained the information learned from the game and had a full understanding of it as well.

The design of Wizarday games and book allows for learning and Creative playQuotient™ to co-exist in a balance that caused one to compliment the other mutually. This was an important factor in the final evaluation of the game. Wizarday came through with a perfect score of [5] Stars] in this category for Creative playQuotient™.

Narrative Progression: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

For the Wizarday games, Narrative Progression and development was quite strong. Narrative progression is a vital part of the games which serves to handle the challenge of retaining the attention of the player throughout all of the games. A player will desire to come back for more upon completion of any of the games whether they win or lose.

Wizarday made it through our evaluation in this evaluation category with minimal concerns. Wizarday emerged from the challenge presented in this category with a high score of [4.5] Five Stars].

Response Level: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In reviewing all segments of our evaluation process on videotapes and all evaluation report results, Wizarday grabbed the brass ring in this evaluation category in reference to response level from the players. The games pull a player completely into the game play and influences development of stronger social interaction with the players. The players see Wizarday as a collection of games which have enough excitement and challenge to draw them back for more while retaining a greater level of knowledge with each time they play.

With each game play of Wizarday games, in our video tapes we found that every player was quite active with an abundant measure of response levels during each game. There was no hesitation by anyone with a significant growth in the level of response with each player each time they played.

The strong response level of Wizarday also changes and creates an entirely new experience for a player to enjoy and gain even further cognitive and critical skill development/improvement. Wizarday passes this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for Response Level.


Skill Improvement: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

The level of skill improvement for a player with Wizarday is well above average. When you factor in the entire content of this product evaluation summary, it is so simple to see why the level of skill improvement for Wizarday is so strong. Wizarday can play a vital part in a child's' skill development which is unquestionably well above average.

Skill improvement is vital and Wizarday provides a substantial contribution to a furtherance of each player's cognitive, physical, and social skills yet just not enough of a measurable level to meet our tough standards for a perfect score in this category. Wizarday comes in falling short of a perfect score by a single digit with a score of [4] Stars in this category for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.  Christina Marie Pop-In-Kins successfully pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for Marketability.

Overall Visual Appeal: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Overall Visual Appeal for Wizarday was somewhat captivating; definitely not  dull or average.  A very nice combination of colors and design.  This was consistent with every element of Wizarday. The packaging alone was magnificent in its level of visual appeal. Wizarday met the challenge to meet our tough standards and passed with a high score of [4.5] Stars in this evaluation category for Overall Visual Appeal.


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