I am a recommender by nature, so I will use this space to share some of my favorites with you. It may be a nail polish color, a recipe, a book or anything else under the sun. I would love to hear your recommendations, too!
One of the things our family loves to do together is play Apples to Apples Junior, and I know we’ll be playing a lot this summer when temps get too high to play outside. My mother-in-law introduced our kids (ages 10, 8 and 6) to Apples to Apples Junior and it was an instant hit.
The game is not complicated, which is a win for me. I don’t like to get tangled up in lengthy directions and steps with new games. None of that here. It’s simple:
1. You’ll need at least three people – two players and a judge (the position of judge rotates, so each person gets to be both a player and a judge). But you can play with a larger group, too.
2. Each player is dealt five red cards, each containing a noun.
3. The judge pulls one green card containing an adjective.
4. Players look at their red cards and decide which noun in their hand would provide the best comparison to the adjective that was drawn.
5. Each player must defend their comparison by making the best case before the judge.
6. After each player makes their case, the judge decides who wins the round.
Hands down, my favorite thing about Apples to Apples Junior is watching my kids laugh (and I mean belly laugh) while we play. But a close second is hearing my kids use logical thought and choose their words to convince the judge they have made the best case.
And because each player must make their case to the judge, the game also sharpens presentation/public speaking skills. I love hearing my kids express themselves and explain their choices.
Apples to Apples Junior encourages my kids to think on their feet because just like in any other card game (and life) you aren’t always dealt the best hand. Sometimes the last card to play isn’t a good match for the card that’s drawn. Players have to get really creative, stretch their imaginations and rise to the challenge to make their case.
It’s a game we can play together as a family, or our three kids often play with each other and/or friends. It’s fun for all ages – grandparents and kids enjoy this game. We’ve had three generations playing at once and everyone had a ball. The box says for ages 9 and older, but our youngest is 6 and absolutely loves it (but needs some help).
Since the game has no board or game pieces, we’ll be taking it along on our family road trip this summer.
Creativity, presentation skills, a healthy debate and a lot of laughs. Definitely one of my favorites!
You may purchase Apples to Apples Junior at www.amazon.com, Target and many other retailers. The average price is $20.
What are your favorite family games?