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A New Twist on Old Family Games

Cara Martens
Cara Martens Friday December 17, 2010
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Yesterday’s podcast featuring Jeff Hinebaugh talks about the importance of family time, even playing games together. It made me think of when I was out shopping for my kid’s Christmas gifts recently. I noticed that some of my favorite games that I played with my family growing up had been updated. Toymakers had added a new twist or two to some of the classics. Here are some of the ones I have my eye on to try out with my family this holiday season…

TWISTER… Hoppla! Check out all of those colorful connecting hoops.

MONOPOLY… U-Build Monopoly (your own board so it can take as much time as you have) and Monopoly- Electronic Banking (with debit cards instead of cash)

SORRY… we’ve been playing Sorry Sliders for awhile, but now they have Sorry SPIN and even a Sorry Pocket version.

UNO… makes a strong showing with Uno Moo Farm Animal Matching game to include the preschooler set, Uno ATTACK (huge hit at our house for awhile now), Uno Tippo and an UNO H2O card deck tough enough to go anywhere!

SCRABBLE… Scrabble SLAM via a deck of cards and brand new- computerized Scrabble FLASH that you can play alone or with others and it keeps score for you!

Have you noticed some other versions not listed here on our Friday Favs list? Add them in the comments.

And if you’re wanting a little more of a challenge headed into the weekend, look at each of these new versions- the changes that were made- and ask yourself what that says about how culture has changed around us? For example, why have several of these added an electronic component? Anything you can lift as an idea to update something in your own ministry?

Cara Martens can’t help but read, write and dream, so becoming the 252 Basics Creative Director and main researcher for all things Orange is a perfect fit. She taught for a decade in schools and led teams in creating experiences for the church. Cara and her husband, Kevin, are schooled daily by her five- and eight-year-olds on how kids learn best.