Wanna win some Awesome?
It’s time once again for iHomeschoolNetwork’s Annual Back to School Basket Giveaway. 52 of iHomeschoolNetwork’s bloggers have put together an AMAZING offering of 52 baskets for you to have a chance to win. You can enter to win as many of them as you’re interested in, so go check out the big bad list of what’s up for winning. So many baskets, you guys! Oh. Em. Gee!
My basket this year is all about fast and fun, because—let’s be honest—the homeschooling life is B-U-S-Y! If you’re a long time follower of this blog, you know that I’m all about the card games. We’re not talking long drawn out Monopoly here, folks. (But don’t get me wrong! There is a time and place for Monopoly, especially Nintendo Monopoly, Fallout Monopoly, or Nightmare Before Christmas Monopoly.) With my basket of goodies, we’re talking get in, have fun, get out, get on with your day. These games present a fast and fun way to connect in the middle of chaos…or the perfect opportunity to spice up the boredom when waiting for an appointment or picking up a sibling!
If you want a detailed description of some of these games and our thoughts about why they are awesome, you can read my Five Favorite Card Games post. But here’s the short and sweet version of each of the 8 offerings my boys and I decided to include in this basket. (And if you’re ready to enter and want to skip the descriptions, just scroll down near the bottom of this post for the entry form!)
Game #1: Man Bites Dog
In this super fast and super hilarious game, you’re dealt a hand of Headline Cards with words on them, each with a point value. When it’s your turn, you have to make a headline that is worth the most points AND makes sense! For 2-6 players, ages 8+. Each round takes just a couple minutes.
Game #2: Timeline (American History)
Timeline is a fast and fun game to brush up on your history skills. Each card has a picture showing an event on it – but the date is not shown. Your task is to place the cards you’re dealt into the correct spot on a timeline. As more players place cards on the timeline, the harder it is to figure out where yours go! The first person to get rid of all their cards is the winner. For 2-8 players, ages 8+. And entire game can usually be played in 5-15 minutes. (The great thing about Timeline is there are many different sets—not just American History—that can be added together, making a really challenging and diverse game!)
Game #3: Sushi GO!
This is a great game that teaches strategy and probability. Sushi Go revolves around creating the best combinations of sushi dishes as cards are passed around and passed around and passed around again! For 2-5 players, ages 8+. Game play usually takes 15 minutes.
Game #4: Anomia
Sure, you can think of lots of dog breeds, ice cream flavors, or types of hats…but can you do it before your opponent? Anomia is a fast and fun game that tests just how quickly you can blurt out random information while under pressure. The other catch is you’re trying to come up with an answer in a category at the same time your opponent is trying to beat you with an answer in a completely different category. For 3-6 players, age 10+. One round takes 15-30 minutes. Mensa Select Game.
Game #5: Slamwich
You know this is a fast and fun game, because the sandwich shaped tin it comes in says, “The Fast Flipping Card Game”. And that’s exactly what this game is about. You’re flipping cards, matching cards, trying to build slamwiches and double deckers. This game is loud and fun—the person who has the sharpest eye and the quickest hand will come out the victor. My guys have loved this game since they were really little. For 2-6 players, ages 6+. Game play takes 10-20 minutes.
Game #6: Rolling America
Rolling America is described as a sort of multiplayer solitaire. There are colored dice and corresponding colored areas on an abstract map of the United States. You roll the dice and enter your number in a state that matches the color area from the dice. You’re trying to fill in as many states as you can, but you can’t put certain number values next to each other. Great strategy game. For 1+ players (yes, you can play this alone), ages 8+. Game play takes approximately 15 minutes.
Game #7: Spot It
What’s amazing to me about Spot It is that for any of the 55 cards in the deck, there is one and only one matching symbol between any two cards. How do they do that? It makes my brain hurt! Spot It is a quick matching game that seems like it would be easy (find the one matching symbol on the cards? Come on!) but it’s not as easy as it seems. Fun and fast game that’s super portable and can be played five different ways. For 2-8 players, ages 7+.
Game #8: Mad Libs Deluxe Notepads
We all love Mad Libs. It’s that sneaky way to help your kids learn parts of speech, and in the process, ends up creating a hilarious story. We used to play Mad Libs a lot in the car or when waiting for our food in a restaurant. In this basket we have included two giant Mad Libs Deluxe Pads (125+ pages each, 7.5″ x 10.5″): Mad About Mad Libs and Best of Mad Libs.
So, there you have it! Interested in winning my Fast and Fun Favorite Games basket? Go for it! Winner randomly drawn on August 22nd. Oh! And don’t forget to check out the other 51 baskets that are part of iHomeschool Network’s Back to School Basket Giveaway. Good luck!!