Here are a few of the games we have been playing lately…
“Batik” is a fast , easy, 2-player game. You take turns putting wooden pieces into a frame and try not to let them stick out at the top. If one does, you lose that piece, dump out the rest of the pieces and play another round without it. When one player runs out of pieces to play during a round, the other person wins.
“Pokemon Yahtzee Jr.” Another fast game, this is a simplified version of Yahtzee using picture dice. Each turn, you get three rolls to collect as many of the same type of Pokemon as you can (“Ditto” is wild and counts toward any group). Then you mark your score on the board. You play until you have collected each type and add up your scores 🙂
“No Peeking” is a great game I managed to find twice at the thrift store when the kids were really little. I used to keep the game pieces in a bag in my backpack when we travelled. The game is basically a bunch of really sturdy cutout picture cards. When you play it according to the rules, you blindfold one player and hand them a piece. They need to feel it with their fingers and figure out what it is. That in itself is pretty challenging. We also have grouped the pieces together by attributes, told stories using them, used them for matching pairs, and made up other games with the bits.
“Pegleg” is a quick, rummy type game that relies mostly on the luck of the draw with a tiny amount of game skill involved. There are 8 “treasure cards” which players choose from at the beginning of the game without showing the other players. The card you draw tells you what things you need to collect in your hand to win the game. The game plays like rummy with players taking turns drawing and discarding until someone gets all 5 cards they need.
“Secret Door” is a cooperative memory game where players work together to figure out what valuables have been “stolen by thieves” by seeking pairs and using the process of elimination to figure out what cards are missing. The clock cards are mixed in with the treasures and when you have drawn all 12 clocks the game ends. You do your best to figure out which ones have been taken and then congratulate yourselves on how many treasures you stopped the thieves from getting away with.
This is actually my least favorite game from this company, my favorites so far being “Max“, “Round Up“, and “The Adventures of Harley” which all require more thinking and planning, but the kids seem to like this one.