What is it about the post holiday winter season. I mean, the beginning of winter, though cold, snowy and sometimes grey, starts off with a bang with the holidays and all the associated merriment. Then somewhere around the second week of January it usually hits me -- while the holidays are over, the winter is most certainly not. Indoor activities are needed to pass the time and luckily Maddie usually gets a few as gifts. This year she received some real winners...
Pictureka Is a picture finding game recommended for kids 6 and up. There are 9 square, 2 sided cards with all kinds of wacky pictures all over them and you need to find either a specific object or a certain number of objects depending on the card you get. We've already played it quite a few times and it's great for the adults as well as my 8 year old.
SORRY! Sliders is better than I expected. I'm an old school kind of girl, so I thought this would be a newfangled game with the Sorry name slapped on. And while it is quite a bit different from the original, it's still fun. You get a scoring card and scoring tokens as well as sliding tokens which have a ball bearing in the bottom. A track for each player (up to 4) attaches to a central game board. There are 2 different 2 sided cards for the center board and we determined that the green one is definitely best and results in the longest game. There is both skill and strategy involved but while the game is recommended for kids aged 10 and up, my 8 year old had no problem playing it. I will say that it was more fun with 3 players than 2 as there are more tokens in play and more chances of knocking your opponents into the "Sorry" spaces.
LOOT by Gamewright, who also makes Wig Out! and Scrambled States, is a wonderful pirate themed card game that is a twist on the classic card game war. Once again, this is recommended for ages 10 and up, but my daughter didn't have any trouble playing it and was quite good at it. I think they make that recommendation because there is some addition involved -- but nothing too advanced.
Rush Hour is a one player game, but you can make it into a group activity by passing it around as we have done. In fact, every day in school Maddie and I do a card. But first let me explain... This is a variation on the classic slide puzzle where you set up pieces on a board according to diagrams on cards and then you shift the pieces around until your piece (your car, in this case) can get free of the board. It's recommended for ages 8 and up and that seems about right to me. In fact, don't be surprised if your child is better at it than you! The game is very compact -- the deck of cards stores in a drawer in the base and the base and pieces all are stored in a drawstring bag. And if you find yourself wanting more, there are add-on packs to keep you going.
So, what games does your family play on these grey, cold days? We're always looking for new ones to try, so let me know!