This post is inspired by a personal conversation I had on IG with a friend. It’s been rainy and cold and gross out. She posted a picture of Candy Land…I had to admit I have never played this game (according to my memory) and neither had my children. She was shocked! I guess it’s required before the age of 7 here. Ooops!
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Our Favorite Rainy Day Games:
We discussed what games we have played on rainy days.
As she guessed, as a child, rainy days meant fireside reading for me 🙂 However, my all time favorite games were Uno, Sorry!, Backgammon and a game my grandfather designed, marbles and cards together. We called it “The Marble Game”, inventive huh?
With the children, we love to play Uno, Crazy 8’s, and Jenga.
As an adult, I am not crazy over all games. I am actually quite picky but love to try any game out. We signed up for reviewing games or curriculum, having no idea what we would get or if we would get picked at all! So much to my surprise and delight, we got chosen to review an awesome game.
This week we’ve had some awesome sunny and warm days, which we have been able to really enjoy outside. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know this already. However the week before, we had some rainy and chilly days! EW! Anyone know what happens when you keep outside children cooped up inside??
Our New Favorite Game:
To cure this, we played this crazy fun game and I can’t wait to share it with you. If you like fast paced, fast thinking and some sneaky mathematics thrown in this is THE game for you! The game is called: Even Steven’s Odd!The wicked fast dice-rolling #math game! #review #family fun #ihsnet Click To Tweet
It’s for 2-4 people, and ages 8+, it’s a super fast dice game, with cards. Each person gets 6 dice, 3 white, 3 colored. You also get this thing to hold the dice, I don’t know what to call it, haha!
Here is how you play:
Step one: Everyone gets to choose a bag of colored dice and white dice, and you choose the matching dice holder.
Step two: You flip a card and read the challenge.
This is where the Mathematics sneaks in. It might read for example, “4 fours and 2 twos”, this means all of you race by rolling your dice to see who completes the challenge the fastest.
Step 3: Roll and when you complete the challenge by setting your dice in the holder…
Step 4: Quickly grab Steven! Whoot! You win the challenge card! Get 10 to win the game! (we shortened it up to 5 for quicker games on some days)
My kids loved it! They love games. Even the adults in the house who are very choosy loved it. Time really flies!
As a homeschooler, I love that math is involved in a fun way. When you are playing, especially at the end of the day, it is funny how your brain can not seem to compute how to do a challenge. When the kids are faster than mom and dad at math, then they get so excited! Kids excited about math! Check!
If you love rules, like C. does, you will love that they are inside the box cover. You will not lose them unless the dog eats the box or something.
And the best part? If someone is struggling with the harder questions, some cards have a red star on them, this means they are easier to complete. You can take the rest out.
I should mention, my charming husband figured out how to cheat right away, so keep an eye on the sneaky ones.=) It’s an “all play” game so everyone rolls at the same time. Hubby mentioned that you could easily just turn them over to what they needed to be. (sigh!) No worries, my rule loving children set him straight quickly. Hehe!
I filed this under homeschooling because anything that gets my children excited about Math or learning, even if they don’t know it-ROCKS! According to Scholastic Playing board games with your children also provides many practical benefits, such as learning about fair play and social skills.
Do you use games to encourage learning after “school”? What games (card/board/dice) do you play with your family? Let me know in the comments below! I can not wait to hear from you 🙂