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Our family was so blessed this Christmas to have all of us together for a little over a week. Lindsey and her family and my son Tyler and his family hosted everyone. It was chaotic, but wonderful.
One of the things we love to do as a family when we get together is play games! Every year, there are new games given as gifts and then we have a ton of fun trying them all out. Here is a list of our favorites this year:
*Azul: This was a gift from Alicia and her husband, who are really good at choosing good games, to my husband and I. Azul is a beautiful game with pieces based on Portuguese tiles. It requires strategy to win and seems a little complicated at first, but once you catch on, you will love it!
*Blokus: Blokus is another addictive strategy game that even the youngest players can catch on to. My 4 year old granddaughter did great at it. (Of course, she is unusually intelligent, if I do say so myself!) Young ones may need a little guidance towards the end of the round when the board becomes more crowded. Unlike Azul, this game seems at first to be quite simple, but you soon find out that you must be strategic about placing those blocks on the board!
*Blockbuster: At first glance, this game looks kind of lame with its plastic VHS case and old Blockbuster Video Store logo. But, we hade more fun with this game as we tested how many movies we could name in certain genres or categories, such as "Movies With Snakes." There are opportunities to give clues to your team using just one word, a catch phrase from the movie or to act it out. Blockbuster is a great party game for a large group of all ages. This game was a gift to Alicia's family from some friends and I am going to miss it until I see them again! Maybe I will have to get my own!
*Chameleon: Another great group game! It is no wonder that this is an award winning game because it is really a lot of fun! In this game, one person is the chameleon who has to pretend to know the secret word in order not to be found out by the rest of the players. If he can really guess the secret word in the end, he can save himself. The trick to being successful in this game is to give good clues that are just vague enough to keep the Chameleon from figuring out the word but not so vague that you sound suspicious. And, if you are the Chameleon, you have to be able to fake out your opponents by blending in.
If you have a party coming up or any kind of gathering where games are in order, these games are for you!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!