Greetings from the arctic tundra!

It sure does feel like that doesn’t it?  I’ve been mostly home with my children and husband for the last 6 days.  This sounds like a welcome break from work, but actually it’s been not so much fun.  I threw my back out and Lovey got bronchitis.  Not to mention all the many snow days we had. So all those great family activities we had planned, out the window.  Kitten has been asking to play a game every day so I decided to take a look in our game closet and see what we had.  To my surprise we have a ton of good games.  I wanted to highlight a few here that you might not have heard of in case you’d like to add to your stash for the next snowy day.  Each of these games was given to us as a gift, which is great because I probably wouldn’t have know about any of them otherwise.  It also reminds me that board games, especially the lesser known ones, are always a good bet when hunting for a birthday party gift.  All of these were under $20 and can probably be found at an independent toy store like The Wooden Toy in Wethersfield, or Over the Rainbow in Glastonbury.

1.  Cupcake Race

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We’ve played this a bunch of times and it’s a lot of fun.  Kitten can play it easily too which is always a bonus.  We tried to play yesterday but I discovered that the bottom of the spinner is missing.  I contacted the company through their Facebook page to see if they can replace it.  Within 24 hours they responded with a number to call to get a new one.

From the website:  There’s a party tonight, and you (and your opponents) have been asked to bring the cupcakes. The Race is on! Be the first player to MIX, BAKE, FROST, and TOP your cupcake by visiting all 4 corners, and collect sprinkles along the way. The first player to reach the party with a completed cupcake and a sprinkle of each color wins the cherry to put on the top!

2.  Rush Hour, Jr

Kitten wanted to be my hand model.

Kitten wanted to be my hand model.

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Lovey got this as a gift recently from our niece and nephew who have it as well.  This is a great game for older kids to play independently or in a small group.  Lovey enjoyed playing this with grandma (especially because grandma could help her solve the harder puzzles!).  This is a game that requires critical thinking skills so the school psychologist in me loves it.  It’d be a great game for my office too.  The object is to get the ice cream truck out of the traffic jam by moving the other cars.  This would be a great game to take when you needed to wait somewhere, like the dentist or a restaurant.

From the website:  Just like the classic Rush Hour® game, you shift blocking cars and trucks out of your way to clear a path to the exit. The 40 leveled brainteaser challenges are a fun way to build problem-solving skills. Rush Hour Jr. is ideal for younger ages but still plenty of fun for an adult brain!

3. S’Match

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This game is another one that the younger crowd can enjoy.  We haven’t played this one in a while but when I brought it out for the post both girls asked if we could play it right then and there.  So I guess it’s still a hit.  Honestly, I think it’s all about the spinner.

From the website: A new take on the classic memory game, S’Match! challenges young players to find matching pairs based on different attributes: color, number, or shape. Each player’s turn begins with a spin of the S’Match! Spinner, and the attribute on which it lands determines the type of match you search for. Pictures and words help pre-readers and early readers play together for hours of memory-building fun!

4. Chuck-it Chicken

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We’ve had this game forever.  At first I thought it was a kind of dumb game.  Your chicken has to run the gauntlet up a course to get to the top while your opponent tries to knock your chicken down by throwing an “egg”.  It’s easy for the kids to learn and they seem to really like it.  Kitten is a bit too young for it, but she can play on a “team” with me or Honey.  The grandparents seem to like this game too and have been known to play far past when mom and dad would have called it quits.  This game seems to no longer be available through the Ravensburger website, but the link above will take you to a website that still has it.

5. Cards Against Humanity*

There is nothing about this game that is for kids.  At all.  This is an adults only affair.  But, I included it here because after a rough week at home with the kids there is nothing better than hanging out with some friends with some beers and snacks for some good clean raunchy fun.  We learned about this game while we were on vacation last summer and since then have started a monthly game with friends rotating around to different houses.  Never in my life have I laughed as much as I have while playing this game.  I usually leave the night with a headache from laughing (or is it from the alcohol consumption, who can tell?).  If Apples to Apples had a terribly bad-mouthed older brother, this would be him.

From the website:  Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.  The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

 

There you have it, my list of games to get you through the last few weeks of winter.  Do you have any of the ones I mentioned?  Do you have any other unknown board games that you’d like to share with us?  We’re always looking for more titles to add to the game closet.

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