As you may recall from last week’s post, we are taking part in this month’s CSMA #NewThings challenge to try lots of new things. Our first challenge last week was to visit a new place and this week it’s all about playing a new game.
Now, one thing that I am totally guilty of is getting new things and then putting them in a cupboard and not really using them until we have a clear-out. So this was a welcome challenge for us when I realised that there was a game in our cupboard that had been there for just over a year!
Blurt is a great word game that I got for Ross last year and one that we could use either at home or on the move (as it doubles up as a travel game). There are magnetic counters which fix to a scoreboard that cleverly doubles up as the lid to the tin which holds the game. The object of the game is to guess the word from the description given and Grace is just at the age where she is starting to be able to play things like this without looking confused! There are is a difficult side and an easy side and you can tell the two apart not only by the words, but by the fact that the easy ones are starred. It is even easy to use the card drawer as it tells you which side to draw from and which side to discard once you have played the card.
Grace and I took it in turns and, to be fair, I took the hard side and she took the easy and all words are scored by 1, 2 or 3 points depending on the word you are describing.
As the game progressed, I was getting more and more concerned that I was rather behind…until I suddenly realised that Grace had 3 points to go for the win and her next question was a three pointer….and….she got it right! I was really pleased that she had won whilst feeling slightly gutted that I had lost to a 7 year old! 😉
I have to say that I think that this game is both fun and educational and Grace really enjoyed it. I can see this one being a regular as she gets older.
If you need any inspiration then why not look in your cupboard?! Failing that, CSMA Club has plenty of ideas for free attractions and places to visit around the country on the Time Out section of its Smart Spending hub (there are also some ideas in their Ten Cheap Things To Do with The Kids article).
Disclaimer: This is our entry for week two into the CSMA Club #NewThings Challenge