We are a BIG game family, we have LOTS of games and the kids really enjoy games, so we were thrilled to check these two games out!
Wonky is a fun block stacking game with abnormally shaped cubes. The game indicates it is for ages 8+, but even my 4 and 6 year olds enjoyed playing. The directions were easy to follow; the cards have pictures with words (making it easy for non-readers to join along). It is designed for a minimum of 2 players, but can have more than 2 (making it a perfect family game!). The point of the game is to stack all the cubes and not knock the tower over….of course you also can win if you place all your blocks and used all your cards. We had games end both ways. It’s also a bit fun to reverse play when the tower gets tough! Lessons in physics while having fun, who even knew they were learning???
Tapple is also recommended for ages 8+, but even my 9 year old had a bit of difficulty. You have to be quick to think of words that start with the letters that have not been used yet on any given topic, such as vegetables. It has a timer, so that sort of stressed him and the other kids out. This game is for 2-8 players, and each round is timed, so you can play a short game OR play several rounds. It would best be played with older children though, maybe even older than 8, (depending on your child). Accommodations could be made for younger kids (giving a little help or coaxing when needed). The cards are two sided, with an easier side and a harder side for topics. They needn’t know how to spell words, they only need to know the first letter! The 6 most difficult letters (and not used often letters) are not included in the game board. So there are only 20 letters to come up with words for. BUT…you can’t use a letter that has already been used, that’s when it gets more difficult (and when my kids really got stumped and frustrated). It’s a great way to help expand vocabulary, work on beginning letter sounds, and depending on the topic work on other subjects as well!
Games are one of the best ways to learn! Most of the times kids are having to much fun to even recognize it’s educational! Have a family game night, or replace some book work for the day!
USAopoly has many other games and puzzles to choose from! Including themed items such as Zelda, Harry Potter, A Christmas Story, Mario Bros and The Hobbit and more!!! Lots of games and puzzles to choose from for your Christmas List! I found a great Back to the Future edition of Yahtzee that I’m thinking of getting my dad (shhh! don’t tell). Several more spins on classic games are available (Risk, Clue, Candy Land to name a few!).