We had a whole lot of fun learning... letters! (oooh.. exciting eh? :) ) It is when you have a challenge.. can you find more first letters to words than your mom can? Can you beat your mother? (not so easy) Can you beat your dad? (easy) Can you beat your international "brother"? (very easy) My very competitive son enjoyed learning his letters and proving that he knew them through cooperative play as well as independent play.
I have to admit, we played around with the rules for the game of Tapple quite a bit. In fact, for the most part we totally ignored them as we made up our own variations of play. This skill building is what brought this game to life for my son and I. Can we form teams and think of words on one subject? Can one 10 year old English speaker team up with one 17 year old Portuguese speaker and figure out more heroes then mom and dad can? (in case you wondered.. YES they can!!!!) Can a 10 year old think of more words on a given subject than his mom can? Sometimes yes, sometimes.. lamentably.. no. :)
Just tapping letters and passing the wheel.
Some letters aren't included: q,u,v,x,y,or z. This means you have just 20 letters of the alphabet to use without having to worry about the really hard to do letters.
Tapple stands for: Touch Activated Press & Play Letter Eliminator . What it is in real life is fast word fun for everyone.
This is a card game meant for the whole family.
How do you choose your topics? Cards are provided with a variety of topics. These cards are two-sided. the blue/white being easier topics, the red/yellow being harder topics. For our use we generally used the blue/white cards. If you don't like what the cards say... Make your own. :)
Rules of the game are fairly simple.
- Use the yellow slide to put all the tabs in the up position.
- Pick a card.
- Each player has 10 seconds to name something in the category and to push down the tab and hit the red button in the middle of the ring.
- Rounds continue until players drop out due to not being able to name something.
- Play is quick.
- Person who wins three rounds in all is the winner of that "set".
We modified the game for two reasons.
1. usually it's just the lad and I playing so adding challenges makes the game go faster.
2. modifying games is fun.
Do you see the smiling face on our international student? He's a serious minded lad and doesn't smile easily. Playing this game is generally a guarantee to get a grin. :) Such a pleasure to find an easy way to get a grin. :)
So how do you play Wonky: the Crazy Cubes Card Game?
- Shake out your nine blocks. Three different sizes, three different colours.
- Deal out your playing cards - seven each unless playing with a large crowd.
- NOTE: the blocks are wonky... not flat on all sides, have a bit of a curve to them.
- Use the cards to determine which card to play and how to possibly stymie your opponents (our student excelled at this stymieing)
- Play until all the cards in your hand are done - first one out wins (or by stacking all nine blocks to a count of three).
- Mind that a 10 year old doesn't find ways to exploit opportunities... ie wind blowing, tables shaking, hey look what's that, etc.??? as you place the blocks down. :)
This strategy helps players build skills as they play. You could just see my son thinking his way through it. How can he mess up the next player. Could he set it up in such a way that the next player.. or two down the line will be forced into a "you'll make it fall" scenario.
Winning is accomplished by using all your cards in hand first OR stacking all nine blocks.
It's a challenging game but one in which you will laugh a lot as you try setting up another to take a fall and then get caught in your trap due to skillfully played cards by your opponents. Luck plays a role, but mostly skill and strategy. Steady hands are much THOUGH shaky hands gramma was able to play rounds with lad as well. :)
Received: Two Games Wonky and Tapple
Prices: Each game is priced at $19.95
Age Range: 8+
Players: For Wonky 2 or more, for Tapple 2-8 players
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