Ah game night.
If you're like us, Summer means the kids want different games to play, and you actually want games that will make the kids THINK, to help make up Summer brain drain!
I have 2 new games that are perfect for taking along when traveling, or for use at game night at home!
First up we have Personalogy!
Personalogy comes in two editions. One is for adults and is a more provocative situational card game for breakign the ice and getting to know one another. The other is the Family Fun Edition; which we were able to sample, a laugh-out-loud, fun, discovery game for the whole family!
Each of the games consists of over 100 topical and intriguing questions, each with multiple-choice answers.Players are challenged to guess what answer their opponent will most likely select and why. Questions cover everything from lifestyle, pop culture, school activities, animals and professions (there are cards for kids and adults).The goal is to get people talking TO each other and learning more about each other.
The game has it's origins in the business world! Michelle Burke was a corporate trainer, working with Microsoft employees from all over the world and needed a breakthrough way to get them fully engaged and in the same comversation. She discovered that asking critical work life questions liek "If your boss is continually taking credit for your work, what would you do and why?", challenged people to come up with solutions,and everyone got in on sharing their ideas.
Michelle met Lilamani de Silva, a former UK assistant television producer, and they realized that no matter the continent, they saw the same phenomeno: in restaurants, bars, and other gathering places, people had their eyes and their attention buried in their phones, iPads, and other electronic devices. They were not engaging with those around them. An idea emergeed and Personalogy: The Original Party Edition became and immediate hit.
Miss Grace and I had a lot of fun with the game, laughing over our choices and reasoning for our answers.I loved how you had options on how to play the game, so you could play it depending on the amount of players and who all was playing. It is suitable for ages 7 on up, and retails for $20 on Amazon.
The second game is one of a set of different games from our favorite game company, Blue Orange Games, that are both fun AND educational!.
Time to blast Summer brain drain and make basic flash cards a learning tool of the past.
Super Genius is a new educational collection that brings the power of play to the learning process of reading and math. Designed for kids ages 5 and up, Super Genius is a matching game that was developed hand-in-hand with learning professionals.
Match words to their images, addition equations to their sums, and multiplication equations to their products. There is always 1 and only 1 match between any two cards (just like in one of our favrote games, Spot It). The challenge of discovering this first keeps kids engaged and having fun while they inadvertently practice problem-solving and linguistic skills.
Multiplication was not one of Miss Grace's high points at the end of 2nd grade this past year. They no longer teach memorization of the table like we learned, and it has been hard getting her to get them memorized. It is a work in progress and something we have been working on this Summer in earnest.
As you can see, Miss Grace and I had a blast playing the game. By trying to beat me, she focused on memorizing answers and equeations- SCORE! By the 3rd round, she had memorized quite a few! And she delighted in 'beating' me (you know you have to let them win in the beginning to gain confidence, LOL).
I wish we had had the set of Super Genius games when she was younger, as I think it would have made math a WHOLE lot easier! But I'm glad we have it now! You can find a local Blue Orange Games store near you by checking out their store locator, or you can order the games online! Once youe kids try them, they'll be hooked too!