Giveaway open to US and Canada.

I can’t think of a better way to bring the family together than to sit around the table with a great game. (In truth, my favourite activity is sitting around the TV, but that makes me sound a little lazy and antisocial. Therefore I’m going with my second best.)

Today I’m recommending a terrific new family game called “Bubble Words”. This one is for ages 8 and up (the post-Candyland crowd) and refreshingly involves no dice or markers. Instead, the materials are simply a stack of 150 photos, and  300 caption cards, with speech bubble sayings such as “Maybe I should get my eyes checked”, “I hope I’m not overdressed”, and “This is soooo gonna leave a mark.”

Bubble Talk
Each player is dealt 7 speech bubble cards, and has to choose which one is the funniest match for the hilarious photo card which is turned up in each round. A judge decides on the winner, who is awarded the photo. The object of the game is to collect as many photos as you can.

You may be wondering how I tried this game out, when my daughters are too young to play. Fortunately, I have daily access to a room full of game-loving eight year olds…and man, do they LOVE Bubble Talk! It’s a fantastic little supplement to my language program (with reading, oral communication and media literacy components) and let’s face it, kids are funny.

Some of the sayings are mature (“Come here often?”) and there is occasional bathroom humour (e.g. a man holding his nose outside a port-a-potty) but everything is age-appropriate.

My students still ask every day if we can play, and I am certain is will be a well-used rainy-day recess option.

The  second game I tried out is the new Rubik’s Slide – an electronic game with over 10,000 puzzles, reminiscent of the original Rubik’s Cube. The goal is to slide and twist the game until the squares light up in the required pattern. This is definitely not my idea of fun, so I again called on my students to try it out at recesstime (a great motivator, let me tell you!) As someone with experience in Gifted Education and Multiple Intelligences, I also think it’s important to encourage and develop both the visual/spatial and kinesthetic aspects which are incorporated in this game. The manufacturer is promoting it as a perfect game for the hard-to-buy-for 8 and up crowd, and I would definitely consider it if you have a child in that age group on your list.

Rubiks Slide 2
You can win both of these games (total retail value almost $50!), simply by leaving a comment below and asking to be entered. For additional entries, leave a separate comment letting me know that:
The contest is open until Friday, December 3rd at 11:59 p.m., after which time a winner will be chosen through random number generation. Good luck!

119 comments on “Fun Games For Kids and Families: Review and Giveaway”

  1. On New Years Eve my pals and I turn kids games into drinking games and have an adult sleepover, staying up late playing. These would be fun additions. =) (We'll let the kids have them back when we're done.)

  2. I am a huge fan of games and I think it is a great way to bring families together! I play with my 6 and 4 year old girls all the time! I haven't seen these games yet but please enter me in the contest!
    Krista S.

  3. I would love to win this wonderful set of games… My family are avid enthusiasts of "Family Game Night" and these would be a wonderful addition to our collection. Thank you!

    Aliya D.

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