I can remember the first time my grandmother beat me at Go Fish. I was eight years old and we were on a road trip in her RV. I also remember knowing that she had been letting me win up until then. I liked winning. I think I even asked her why she didn't let me win.
It took me a while to get over not always winning, but eventually I did. And I still love games.
I am not as nice as my grandmother. We play games all of the time and I rarely, if ever, let my kids win. Instead of teaching them that winning is fun, I try to teach them that playing is fun and winning is just the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae.
There are so many games we love to play, mostly classics that have been around longer than I have been alive, but every once in a while we find a new game that we really love. When my oldest son was learning his letters he received the Cranium game Cariboo for his birthday. It was with Cariboo that my love of Cranium games began. We have quite a few, so when I was asked by Hasbro and My Blog Spark to review their newest game, Scribblish, I jumped at the chance.
So what is Scribblish? Have you ever played The Telephone Game (the game where you sit in a circle and whisper a message to the person beside you until it makes its way around the circle and emerges as something completely ridiculous). Well, imagine playing without using any words, but drawing pictures (scribbling) instead. That is Scribblish.
You start with a prompt and you have a short amount of time to draw it out. You then pass the picture to another player and they have to guess the prompt by looking only at the picture. The picture is then hidden (using the handy scrolls that come with the game) and the next person has to draw a picture from the newly created prompt. It sounds a little confusing, but it took my kids, 6 and 9, about two minutes to catch on. You can even see an online demo HERE.
When all is said and done, you get a token for being able to recognize your original prompt and are awarded tokens from other players when they think one of your pictures or prompts is funny. It is a great game that is more about enjoying playing than actually coming out the victor.
The recommended age is 8, but you really can adapt the game to any age as long as they can read and spell. We played without the timer to give my daughter a little more time and she did really well.
If Scribblish sounds like a game your family or friends would enjoy, leave a comment on this post. Let me know who you love playing board games with an you will be entered to win a Scribblish game of your own.
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