Alfie and I like to read a lot. Sometimes when we're feeling particularly witty and verbose, we like to impress and outdo each other with our extensive vocabularies. We especially love catching each other using malapropisms. So when I received an offer to try out Apples to Apples, The Game of Hilarious Comparisons, courtesy of family entertainment site http://www.timetoplaymag.com/ , it seemed right up our alley.
In Apples to Apples, players get dealt red cards with nouns on them. A communal green adjective card is dealt, and players have to submit one of their red cards that they feel best matches the green card. A judge chooses the best red card, and the round goes to the player who submitted that card. There's a wide variety of nouns, including proper nouns like "Albert Einstein" or "UVB Rays", and you never know which nouns you're going to draw, so the comparisons can be quite hilarious (Which would be more "Harmful" -- "Count Dracula" or "High School Bathroom"?). The game has won multiple awards, and it appears on toy expert Jim Silver's list of top games for Family Game Night. So even without playing it, I suspected it would be a really fun game.
The only problem with Apples 2 Apples, for now at least, is that we need to wait for such long stretches of time before we can gather enough adults to play the game (I received the game almost 3 months ago and we're so pathetic, it took me all that time to get 2 other grownups together!). Because the age range is 8 and up, my 5 year old twins are too young to fully enjoy it.
Or so we thought, until about a week ago. The Pea has been playing Apples 2 Apples JR at her friends' house and raving about how much fun the game is. She asked me if we could play Apples to Apples, so we devised a modified game. Jammy teamed up with Alfie, 3Po teamed up with me, and we explained all the terms as best as we could. The Pea played on her own, and we let her switch cards if she didn't know the word. We ended up having a great time! As an added bonus, by playing the grownup version, they're developing their vocabulary and thinking skills. So is now Apples to Apples is officially a Choice for our Family Game Nights!
Would you like to win Apples to Apples for your own family? We're giving one away to a lucky Bonggamom Finds reader! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Family Game Night board game (this entry must be completed for any extra entries to count).
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:
1) Read Jim Silver's list of Top Summer and Outdoor Toys, then come back here and leave a comment telling me which of the toys your child would most like to play with.
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3) Follow Finding Bonggamom on Blogger (leave a comment with your Blogger profile name).
4) Follow TimeToPlay on Twitter AND tweet about this giveaway (leave a commment with a link to your tweet). Here's a tweet you can copy and paste:
Apples 2 Apples giveaway from @bonggafinds http://tw5.us/g6
Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry (don't list down all your extra entries in 1 comment!) . This giveaway ends at midnight PST on May 21, 2009.; I will draw a winner at random on May 22 and post their names on the same day. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!