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Make Family Game Night a Holiday Tradition

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Family Game Night

You know that space between “I can’t eat another cookies” and “my fingers are numb from wrapping”? Indulge in a break from it all and try a Holiday Game Night. Maybe expand it to include some friends, neighbors, coworkers… or maybe just keep simple with your immediate clan. Either way, this season brings some fantastic (and fantastically easy) games for such an occasion. Let’s take a look:

 

Crozzit, for example, is a piece of cake to set up, explain and dive in. No stress. This is a 2 player game that plays pretty fast (15 mins) and perfect for “in-between” moments. Object: Each player races to build a path to the opposite side of the board, which crisscross each other. Simple. Fun. Done.

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Turnspell is another quick game (20-25 mins) geared for ages 10+ with elements of Scrabble and elements of Boggle. A turnstile board center piece is placed in the middle with four alphabet tiles facing each player (2 to 4 players). Each participant selects a tile from the four directly in front of him/her to place on their individual tile grid platforms. The turnstile spins, participants select another tile in an attempt to spell four four-letter words on their grid.

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Mousetrap, an oldie but goodie because it is so hands-on. If I’m being honest… I’ve passed on this game because of my PERCEIVED setup requirements, however… you build the trap as part of the game. I dislike games with complicated setups and assumed the mousetrap needed to be assembled in advance of game play. WRONG. So… this game is suddenly more appealing and perhaps other parents had the same misconception that I had. Mousetrap is a Mensa Award winning game… and now I better understand why, as children are assembling the contraption that is supposed to capture opponents mice. Colorful, active, and hands-on… Mousetrap is highly recommended.

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Exit Game is a “one & done” game, meaning that you play it once, use the pieces, puzzles, materials and then discard. The Exit Game is an escape-the-room type of game with clues and a variety puzzles, a decipher wheel and solution cards. It includes riddle cards for puzzles & activities, help cards, 2nd help cards and solutions for each puzzle or activity in case you get stuck. This is a group game, best with four or more players. It is a cooperative game, whereby everyone is working together to solve the puzzle. There are three distinct variations including The Secret Lab, The Abandoned Cabin, and Pharaoh’s Tomb.

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Not Parent Approved is a fast pace, kid-friendly card game sure to get the giggles going. This card game was inspired by Cards Against Humanity, which is strictly adult oriented. Not Parent Approved has kid-appropriate content without stripping all the hilarity away. The game consists of blue question cards and red answer cards. Taking turns, a question card is drawn and read allowed. Each participant holds 3 answer cards and must choose one to best answer the question posed each turn. The person reading the question is the judge of the best answer offered and that person gets points. It play fast, it plays fun… and it packs up easy for on-the-go fun.

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Let’s talk about Blurble. First off, it’s a fun title for a game, silly in and of itself. Blurble is another party game, whereby each participant has a small stack of cards and go against each other player individually by flipping the top card and quickly shouting out another word that starts with the same letter. Sounds simple enough… but offers enough tongue twisting challenge to be entertaining. There are additional educational games and activities suggestions provided as well.

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Lastly, we want to bring to you Who’s The Dude. This is a family charades game… with one additional family member: The Dude. We’ve adopted our blow up friend and named him Stan. Stan hangs out more than just playing Who’s The Dude (he’s watched movies with us, crafted with us… we just have fun with him where we can). However, the game is surely entertaining enough because it comes with plenty of objects and activities that players act out with the dude for the other team to guess. Victoria got a huge kick out of using Stan as a fly swatter during one of her rounds. Silliness and laughs… isn’t that what it’s all about in the end. A great family game and perfect for any kid-friendly New Year’s party too.

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A Fall Family Favorite Game: Hit The Habitat Trail

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Animal and environmental trivia game for the whole family. Test your knowledge of the eight habitats and ecosystems.

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Hit The Habitat Trail is a family board game that brings you a bit closer to nature. Designed for 2 to 6 players, the game is played similar to many trivia board games by answering questions and moving around the board.  Players compete by correctly answering game trivia cards in an attempted to collect 2 cards from each of the eight habitats. The habitats are Ocean, Jungle, Forest, Wetlands, Mountains, Dessert, Grassland and Arctic.

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Players who incorrectly answer the game questions, must roll the die and move backwards that number of spaces. Trivia questions range from animal behavior to habitat info to ecosystems and more. They offers a variety of information and trivial facts.

If a player is lucky, he or she will draw a “Wisdom” card, which can be traded for a habitat card for the habitat that player is current in or used to trade among players. These wisdom cards can be held for later use, as a strategic advantage. While the wisdom cards aren’t necessarily designed to offer advice, some of the cards have wording that might be helpful, insightful or inspiring. One example is “You use leftover water from any water bottle to water a plant”.

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We like this game because of the different trivia questions and the fact that they are things learned in Science class or the Discovery Channel. There aren’t many points to the game, which make it easy to set up and get into. One thing we’d like to see improved would be the use of the habitats… perhaps questions specific to a habitat and its ecosystem of plants and animals… maybe offering a slightly more challenging concept. Otherwise, it is what you would expect from a trivia game and for that we appreciate Hit The Habitat Trail from Jax.

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Yoga Intro to Children Through Fun Family Game: Yoga Spinner

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We are thankful to ThinkFun for providing us a review sample of Yoga Spinners in exchange for our honest opinion and feedback. The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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Yoga Spinner by ThinkFun is the perfect introduction to Yoga for young family members. This game is multi-player and super simple to set up. With little time needed for directions or set up, your family can get right to playing without delay.

Check out our quick Youtube review/demo below:

Game is played by participant’s spinning the spinner on his/her turn and depending where the arrow lands, you select a matching card and do the pose… holding it for 10 seconds. Some cards require two people for the post. Winner must successfully complete one mission from each of the Yoga challenge cards.

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Deducktion: Logic Puzzle Game For On-the-Go Fun

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This is post was #sponsored by SmartGamesUSA by which we were provided a complimentary copy of Deducktion in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed herein strictly my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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Quite simply, Deducktion is a logic puzzle game similar to other SmartGamesUSA reviews we’ve done like Little Red Riding Hood last week. Deducktion comes with cards to present 48 increasingly difficult challenges.

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The one major thing that differentiates this puzzle game from others that we’ve enjoyed is the magnetic component that makes Deducktion the perfect travel game. The cards are contained in a spiral bound binding and the game includes a flat, sturdy, magnetic boardgame as the back cover. The game is compact and held closed with a snap. It is very well designed for travel and the magnets are strong enough to keep pieces in place… this isn’t a given as I’ve seen poorly crafted travel games with weak magnets, but that’s not the case with Deducktion.

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Geometric Puzzle Fun With ShapeOmetry Game

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This #sponsored post is brought to us by Think Fun. The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Math isn’t the easiest thing… and certainly not trendy either. So no wonder it can be difficult sometime to get our children engaged in activities that are math-focused. ShapeOmetry is a family game, building on logic skills along with abstract and spacial reasoning, and mathematical strategies.

The game is placed solo or with a partner and the object is to solve the puzzle challenge cards as they increase in difficulty level. Each card shows you the exact blue and green game pieces to use to build identical shapes in blue and green. Trust us… it’s trickier than it sounds. Don’t be fooled with the simplicity of design or the preschool colors… this game packs some challenge.

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Speaking of packing… the mesh bag is quite convenient for storage and travel. And as Greg mentions in the below video, it makes for easy beach clean up should you choose to pack it in your late summer beach travels (it’s not too late). Either at home or on the go… ShapeOmetry offers a puzzling good time.

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Back to School Focus on Math & Measurement Skills

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Every now and then you come across something that surprises you. That’s how I feel about the game How Tall Am I? by Jax.¬† It’s simple… maybe too simple and perhaps that one of the main things that attracts me to this game. This game is perfect for back to school season in that it offers great value hidden behind the fun of building silly characters.

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With heads and hats and shoes and mid-sections, participants are basically constructing a person based on their roll of the die. Then they guess how tall they think their character is. That’s it. They measure each piece earned and add or estimate the total height. This game is adored by Victoria and let’s be honest… how often are we coming across ways to teach or reinforce measurement? It’s so nice to be able to visually explain an inch and half inch. Fractions are tricky and How Tall Am I? gives a realistic use of fractions in such a way that our children not only get it but have fun learning about them. Win/Win.

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This is a terrific game for older and younger siblings to play together. It is an easy “off-the-shelf” game where you open the box and start playing. Minimum set up. Minimum clean up. You can pick up a copy for as little as $13 on Amazon. Here’s my affiliate link to How Tall Am I? on Amazon.

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A Simple Game for Siblings: Moose Caboose

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This is a #sponsored post whereby we were given a sample copy for review. Working with companies like Winning Moves, affords us the opportunity to bring these insights to our readers. As always, the opinions herein are strictly my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

Moose Caboose

Moose Caboose is a card game for 2-4 players about building trains. The object of the game is to earn as many train carriages as possible. You link carriages together by matching the colors on the cards in your hand with the cards in play. Trains continue to grow in length until a player plays a moose caboose card. When a player plays a moose caboose card they collect all the carriages on the train. At the end of the game, whoever has the most cards is the winner.

Moose Caboose is a fun and quick game to pick up and play, taking approx 15 mins. We are fans of card games that are easily packed into our grab bag for on-the-go fun and those games that are fast to play. Moose Caboose is a great game to bring with on trips to beach or wherever the family might go. Moose Caboose is designed for a younger audience and while the packaging recommends 6+ we seem to think 4 and older will do fine with supervision. And because of that we feel this is a great preschool game.

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Tally Ho Makes Great Addition to Family Game Night Lineup

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We greatly look forward to family game night, especially when partnered with brands such as Thames & Kosmos. We were offered a sample copy of this game for review purposes. The opinions expressed herein are strictly mine as an honest review of the game. #Sponsored  This post may contain affiliate links.

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Tally Ho, a game of hunting one another by out witting the other. Tally Ho is a two player game where one player plays as lumberjacks and hunters, while the other player plays bears and foxes. Tally Ho has elements of chess, but you must flip over the pieces in order to find your own pieces on the board. Bears hunt the hunters and lumberjacks, foxes hunt the other woodland animals, while the hunter hunts all the animals and the lumberjacks cut down trees.

 

Tally Ho is a unique tile game, geared for family members 8 years old and older. Similar to Chess and Stratego mixed, it requires planned moves and strategic thinking to out-move your opponent. We recommend this game as a new addition to your family game nights.

 

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