I really love the game reviews that are featured at Callapidder Days a few Saturdays a month. Katrina shares games that she and Camden (9) enjoy playing as well as games that are good for she and her husband to play in lieu of watching TV, or a great game that she enjoys to play with a crowd. Well, I'm no Katrina, but she has inspired me. She reminds me that game time is family time. If I consent to playing a game with the kids, I'm proving to them that I'm willing to participate in their interests. So lately Kyle and I play a lot of All Aboard Thomas as a matching game or the Go Fish option (or "No Gold-fish" as he calls it). Hi-Ho Cherrio has made a comeback, and isn't mind-numbingly tortuous for me and is great for his counting skills and fine motor skills.
Amanda's fun now, because she's firmly in that 8 to adult camp, opening up many new doors of gameplaying. When we were at Target recently, I picked up Cinqo (inspired by Katrina's cool description of another take-along kind of game). I like this game. It is indeed portable (and the hard case and dice entertain Kyle when the need arises as well). On each turn, a player is trying to get the most points by either rolling the lowest possible or the highest possible (you add your dice and use that blue scorecard). On each roll, you must save one die. You can also bank other dice which you can save on the next turn if you have no dice worth saving. One tricky element is that there's a die that has an up arrow, meaning you are rolling for a high score, and a down arrow meaning that you are rolling for low score. It also has options of 1, 2, or 3, which also correlates to the amount of points you will earn (that number multiplied by the score on the card). So, if I roll a couple of sixes on the first roll, I'm going to try to go for the high score. However, if the die is a 1 up, I might decide to risk it, to get a 2 or a 3 up. But occasionally that greed leads you to only down arrows as an option, at which point, you have no hope, because once a die is saved or banked, you cannot remove it. For people like me who do not always have other willing game players handy, you can also play solitaire by seeing how many turns it takes you to get to 100.
Do you have fun game time memories or are you making your own? The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is sponsoring an exciting “Play Is Forever” Sweepstakes that combines several of my favorite things--amazon.com, gift certificates, and games.
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