Spoons Game Giveaway – Cross Promotion

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Howdy Moms!  I’m promoting my giveaway for the game of Spoons on this site, as well as on my game-themed site.  It struck me that moms might want to participate in this giveaway too, and score a fun game to play with their family.  I love playing this game with a bunch of kids.

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It’s open to U.S. residents and ends on February 28, 2017.  Good luck to you!

Bananagrams

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Look at those beautiful letter tiles from a game that’s a bit like Scrabble, but more akin to a party game!  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy Scrabble, but it can become incredibly tedious when you play it with people who are freakishly bent on getting the most points out of their words.  When you can get up and make yourself a cup of tea in the amount of time it takes your opponent to make their move, you know you’re playing that kind of game.  Can you tell this hits home for me?

Bananagrams is simpler than Scrabble, and I’d say a whole lot more kid-friendly.  Each person starts out with a whole lot of tiles, instead of just a few.  Players work on their own “boards” (really just an open space on the table) simultaneously to make an interconnected set of words, trying to use up all their tiles in the process.  Once a player has used all of his/her tiles, they say, “peel,” and everyone takes another tile from the middle.  The challenge is in constantly getting new letters to add to your board, which means you need to shuffle things around.

If you are not a good speller, or quick-thinking games are not your bag, this would be a very frustrating game.  It is also a challenge for kids to play against adults, but we let our kids bend the rules by not requiring that their words be interconnected.  We will also help them with spelling if they ask.

Basically, if you enjoy Scrabble, try out this game for a raucous good time.

Ages: School-age+

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Authors

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I was introduced to Authors while at a family reunion on my husband’s side.  That was 11 years ago, when my eldest son was one month old.  How time flies.  Tonight my two sons and I played this game, which is like a glorified version of Go Fish.  Instead of collecting pairs of cards, you collect sets of four.  In this game, sets of four books published by a common author.  The authors featured are Louisa May Alcott, James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Henry W. Longfellow, Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Walter Scott, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Mark Twain.  If you’re a fan of classic literature, this is a nice little game to have around.  Bonus–my kids have started asking me about these authors and what their books are about.  Score!  I would love to have them someday read and discuss classic literature with me!

There are other versions of this game as well, with differing themes:

American Authors

American Women Authors

Children’s Authors

Composers

Explorers

Famous Women in American History

Inventors

Presidents

Scientists

*The squiggle on the box is to keep our last name out of the post.  You’ll see it on many of the game photos I post.  Our games like to travel, and we have to make sure they find their way home again.

Sorry

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As part of our impromptu game night, the boys and I played Sorry!  Yes, that classic board game you played as a kid.  The one that prompted whining, pouting, bad sportsmanship, and sometimes all out brawls.  We got ours from my cousin’s thrift sale for $2.  It’s been well-loved, with cards that easily fold in half and a green token which lost its top to a dog’s need to chew.

I always approach this game with trepidation, almost expecting it to go off like a ticking time bomb.  There were too many instances of hurt feelings resulting from this game when I was a kid.  I’ve never really gotten over it.  It surprises me, therefore, that my boys seem to love it.  Say what!  What’s wrong with you kids?  While Sorry! sparks years-long family feuds in most instances, my boys simply laugh about bumping each other off the board.  I do not get it.

My feelings for the game have changed somewhat, due to the relaxed view my kids take of it.  I’ll tell you what, though–if my brother and I sat down to play together, there’d be some fur flying.  Just sayin’.  Be careful who you play this with.

Ages: 5+

Clue

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Long before my boys had the deductive reasoning skills to play Clue, they were fascinated with the small figures and weapons.  There was a period of time when they would sneak down to the basement to find the box, no matter how many times I tried to hide it away.  The pull of playing with those little tokens was just too strong; resistance was futile.  Surprisingly, they only lost one weapon–the wrench.  Now we have a little slip of paper labeled “wrench.”

We played Clue the other night, after the girls were in bed.  My seven-year-old just now understands how to play effectively by himself.  Some kids might not be ready until they’re a bit older.  I know that some people don’t like the idea of promoting a game whose focus is murder, but really my kids don’t think of it that way when we’re playing.  It’s more like they’re trying to figure out a puzzle.

Personally, I have a soft spot in my heart for this game.  It seems like only yesterday my cousins and I were gathered around Grandma’s table after we had stuffed ourselves on the Christmas meal and the presents had been opened.  We loved playing games when we got together, and this one usually ended up being pretty hardcore.

Ages: 7+

Uno

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Last night I taught the boys how to play Uno.  It’s good Spanish review, right?  Oh man, be glad you’re not around me all the time.  I’m the queen of bad jokes.  The game was a hit with the boys and they asked to play it again tonight.  Unfortunately, only one of them actually got to play because a certain someone was sent to bed early for poor behavior.  Sometimes I just have to shake my head at what boys deem appropriate.

Uno always provides me with a blast from the past, in memories.  My cousins and I commonly played cards when we’d go camping.  After curfew, when we had to be back at the campsite, it was the perfect opportunity to play cards, drink pop, and munch on snacks.  We’d either snag a free camper, or set up at a picnic table.  I’m so nostalgic.

I also remember a time when my brother and I played possibly the longest game of Uno ever–3 hours!  After three hours, neither of us had won, so we decided to call it a draw.  What are the odds of a game lasting that long?

Ages: 5+

There’s a Moose in the House

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Also last night, the boys convinced me to play There’s A Moose In The House from Gamewright.  The goal of this card game is to be the person with the fewest moose at the end.  You can add rooms to other players’ houses and put moose in their empty rooms.  We have lots of fun talking about how our opponents’ rooms really need a moose, how they’ll have to go potty outside because there’s a moose in their bathroom, etc.  To defend yourself, you can slam the door shut on an empty room, or use a moose trap to catch a stray moose who wanders in.

We enjoy this lighthearted card game.  It’s quite simple to learn, and even young kids can understand it.  My kids would give it two big thumbs up!

Ages: 4+

Enchanted Forest

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The kids received Enchanted Forest as a gift.  When I first saw the box, I wasn’t overly impressed.  The artwork looked slightly kiddish, and it appeared as though it were just a simple game that only the girls would enjoy.  Happily, that wasn’t true.  The boys love it just as much as the girls do.

Players must travel around the board, looking under the trees to locate key items that have gone missing from common fairy tales.  During each round, all players are searching for the same missing item and must rush to the castle once they’ve found it.  Play is made more complicated by bumping other players off the board by landing on them, and changing the item being searched for when a double is rolled.

The kids and I all enjoy this game.  It’s accessible to the younger kids, but still fun for the older fossils.  Be forewarned though, your kids will want to play with the trees.  They are so cute that they’re impossible to resist.

Ages: 4+

Blokus

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I’m not sure why I held off so long on purchasing Blokus.  I guess the picture on the box made me think of Tetris, which I’m sorry to say, is not one of my favorite games.  I get very panicked when those pieces come down like rain and I can’t make them fit nicely.  Settle down heart, no need to race.

Ahem, Blokus is a fun family game that is not fast-paced.  I really had no reason to start hyperventilating.  Each player gets 21 pieces that they must attempt to fit on the board, while the other players are doing the same, at times trying to block or cut off their opponents.  The catch in placing your pieces is that your own pieces can only touch on the corners.  2-4 people can play.

We’ve found success letting our 4-year-old play.  Maybe she’s the exception to the rule; I dunno!  My kids love Blokus, and I think your family will enjoy it, too.

Ages: 5+

Sequence

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The boys and I really, really enjoy Sequence.  It’s a fun game that is complicated enough to keep adults interested, but simple enough that kids can also play.  There aren’t too many games like that.  Our set came with a deluxe rubberized mat.

Players place their chips on the spaces on the board by playing a matching card from their hand.  Jacks are wild–either regular wild, or anti-wild, which removes a card.  The goal is to get five of your chips in a row, and then they are flipped with the white side facing up so that they cannot be tampered with.  Depending on the rules you choose to follow, you can play for more than one five-chip sequence.  If we’re playing a serious game, we play until one player has gotten two sequences.

Ages: Elementary +