We were due for a Family Game Night when our box of games arrived from Educational Insights. A great variety for us to test out!
We put our thinking brains on and got started.
We began with Grandma’s Trunk. (grade K+)
This game comes in the cutest ‘trunk’ or suitcase decorated with bright fun colors and icons. The cards inside are the same way.
With 5 ways to play, kids will practice letter names and sounds, build memory skills, create stories, and even play fun riddle games!
My kids are ‘officially’ to old or to young to play, at first glance. We actually made up our own rules though it does come with lots of ideas! P’Diddy is learning to say words and recognize objects. A for apple and G for guitar cards we used just to see if he knew and could say what the pictures showed. Then when he knew apple, we’d say ‘it’s a green apple’.
The older boys liked the riddle cards – You take me to the beach. (as they start shouting out answers). You can find me in the bathroom. (hopefully they can narrow it down). You use me to dry off after your bath. Towel.
Blurt was next. (ages 7+)
This was a game the whole family jumped right in with! We took teams, two on two, to test it out.
One of our best selling board games! Players take turns reading clues aloud, competing to blurt out the correct answer first and move ahead on the board.
The other team gave us a clue ~ ‘A sea animal that has a soft, elongated body and ten arms.’ The object is to yell out as fast as you can the right answer. C’Man, my partner, blurts out Octopus! Wrong! Ten legs the clue said. Squid!
We loved this game! I liked it because there were questions my 7yr old could answer, but at the same time there was also harder ones that made Hubby and I think.
Nowhere To Go (grades 3+)
I have lots of good things to say about this game! The rules are simple, it doesn’t take very long to play, it makes you think, and most importantly it is fun!
Trap your opponent in this step-by-step strategy game for two.
The description of the game says Addictive. You’ll want to play again and again. They are right! We have played this game, multiple times, every single day since it was opened. C’Man loooooves beating me 2 out of 3 and usually does!
O’Bear is in 2nd grade and while he isn’t as quick to strategize, he understands the concept and plays against us too.
We ended our night with TriTective. (grades 5+)
Do your kids like playing spies and detective? Then they will like this one!
The 3-letter mystery game! Race to crack the case using only 3-letter words.
O’Bear was best at being the spy, as that was the easier part. The rest of us, detectives, had to guess what word O’Bear held in his hand by the process of elimination. We took notes, used our clues, made some bad guesses, and solved the mystery!
There were three levels of play so as the boys get older they can move on up, though I think even level 1 was enough of a challenge for me! I loved how it made us all think as we raced to be the winner.
Thank you Educational Insights for a great Family Game Night!
Grandma’s Trunk ($14.99)
Nowhere To Go ($19.99)
Which one(s) will your family love?
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