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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.”
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.