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posted October 16th 2018
With the weather changing we’ll be spending more and more time indoors so what better way to enjoy time with our grandchildren then playing games. It’s great to spend the one-on-one time with the grandchildren around the table and seeing their concentration as they try and follow the rules, and there’s nothing better than seeing their faces when they win! It’s also a great opportunity to get them away from screens and talking.
We asked our friends at Gibsons to recommend some new games for us to complement all of the good old traditional games that we all know and love. Here’s what they suggested:
Pixit – for grandchildren age 6 and over
Create order out of chaos! Pixit is a game that can be played alone, in pairs or in groups, we love playing it in pairs.
For two players, the Head-to-Head Mode urges players to pile up their Pixit cubes, pick a card, and then twist, turn and tip their 16 cubes into place to be the first to recreate the pixelated image shown on the card. If us grandparents are winning in the Head-to-Head game, and our grandchild is getting a bit despondent, then a variant can be introduced to give your grandchild a chance. If your grandchild loses the first round they are allowed to place 1 cube before building begins in the second round. If they lose again they get to place 2 cubes the next round, and so on. If they win, they then place 1 less cube on the next round.
Alternatively, the Memory Mode is for 2–6 players, in which one player is the builder and must recreate the image as the other players guess what is being formed. Each player has only one chance to guess what is being built, and if a player guesses incorrectly, they are out for that round. The faster you guess, the more points you win!
Whether Pixit is played in teams, in pairs or as a solo activity, each mode is exceedingly addictive and gets tremendously tense as the Pixit cubes twist and turn. With each game taking between 15 and 30 minutes to play, it’s the perfect entertainment for a long journey or a cosy afternoon.
Pass the Bomb Game for grandchildren aged 9 and over
Pass the Bomb is the explosive word game that will blow your mind!
For about thirty nail biting minutes, players nerves are tested to the limit by the threat of the ticking bomb. In turn players must shout out a word that contains the letters on the card and pass the bomb before it ‘explodes’.
The game starts when one of the cards is turned over and reveals between two and four letters. The die is rolled to determine whether the letters that are on the card has to be at the beginning or end of the word, or no restriction (meaning they can appear anywhere in the word).
Even those who boast the largest vocabularies suddenly find their minds go completely blank as the bomb ticks away. For example, if the letters on the card are KE then the word might be keep or spike. Once the player has stated a word, they pass the bomb to the left to the next player. The timer on the bomb is variable and will ‘explode’ somewhere over ten seconds but less than 60 seconds. The player holding the bomb when it explodes has to keep the card for that round, and the player with the least amount of cards at the end of the 13th round wins the game.
Crystal Hall for grandchildren aged 10 and over
Crystal Hall is the magical strategy game that encourages players to lead their wizard-shaped counters around the hall in a quest to uncover the four magical crystals that are hidden among the 36 face-down tiles. The first player to visit each of these tiles and extract the crystals is the winner.
However, there’s a twist, as there are more than just crystals under the tiles…cauldrons, potions, curses, even enchanted swamps await each player. And the other twist is that as witches and wizards, each player has lots of disruptive spells up their sleeves that can be used to ensure that they are first to get their hands on the mystical crystals of power…do you have what it takes to be the most powerful wizard in the Crystal Hall?
Have you tried any of these games? What games do you and your grandchildren like?
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