We are so grateful that TOMY has provided us with these four awesome board games for this Easter weekend to keep us entertained! As most places have closed due to the lockdown, leading toy manufacturer, TOMY has shared some of its top games with us to keep the fun going whilst staying indoors!
First, we have the Articulate board game to play and this is one of my favourite games of all. In fact, we reviewed the Articulate for Kids version a couple of years ago, which is suitable for younger children, and my children still love this. You might like this version if you have younger children to encourage them to use more creative words and practise quick thinking.
This Articulate game can be played by a group of aged 12 and upwards and is suitable for 4 to 20 players. This is a fast-talking describing board game that is perfect for a family night in and parties. Split into teams and players will have to describe as many card entries as possible to their teammates in 30 seconds without saying “rhymes with” or “sounds like”.
There are six categories: Person, World, Object, Action, Nature and Random. If you land on a spade space, it can be any of these six categories. The first team to go around the board and successfully answers a spade category (chosen from any of the above) wins the game. It is very simple to play, exciting and fun!
Our second game is Articulate! Phrases, which is almost the same as in the original Articulate. It is also suitable for ages 12 and upwards and for 4 to 20 or more players. The difference with this game is that you are not just guessing a single word but a number of phrases or proverbs from cards drawn within 30 seconds. The phrases or proverbs features 1500+ different British sayings like ‘whale of a time’, ‘rise and shine’, ‘once bitten twice shy’, ‘shaken not stirred’, or ‘light as a feather’ etc. My daughter and I did struggle a lot with this game as we are not very good at these types of phrases.
In this game, there are four subjects and they are Everyday, Pot Luck, Sayings, Leisure and a Free-For-All space. The first team that goes around the board and successfully answers the Free-For-All question wins the game. This game is great to increase your general knowledge on the use of phrases or proverbs!
Our third game is Rapidough which we had reviewed in 2015! It is the original game of modelling charades that has been thoroughly refreshed to provide many hours of fun with family and friends! This fast and furious game is immensely funny to see everyone’s creations. It is suitable for ages eight and upwards and for four or more players. The more the merrier. This is great to play during an adult party too!
Each player takes a turn to be the teams’ sculptors by creating the item written on their card. It gets quite difficult at the end of each round when the losing team loses one plug of the dough. The dough gets smaller and smaller each time! The winning team do not get to use the losing dough as it has to placed back into the container. This is an ideal, competitive game to keep children entertained during the holidays.
One thing to note is that the dough can dry out over time if not properly sealed but it can easily be replaced! Have fun!
Lastly, we have Greedy Granny, which is for younger children aged five onwards. It is for two to four players. Granny loves her biscuits so much that she is fallen asleep with a whole tray of them on her lap because she doesn’t like to share her biscuits – what a Greedy Granny!
Players have to spin the wheel and take a biscuit of each type from Granny’s tray as carefully and quietly as possible. One wrong move could wake her and send her teeth flying! The player who wakes her must place all of their treats back on her tray. Once the player’s treats have been returned, reset Granny, and the game continues. The first player to collect one of each treat without waking Granny wins! It is a very simple, fun and challenging game!
All these games are available to buy from good shops, online and Amazon. Here are the links from Amazon:
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