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About the product/service: As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a free Wits and Wagers Family game from North Star Games so I could let my kids play it and let you know what they think!
The concept is simple. A question is read off a card and everyone tries to come up with an answer that is closest to the actual answer, but without going over. (All answers are numerical. But you already figured that out, didn't you?) The questions can be about just about anything from how tall the Disney castle is to what the record is for a dog holding tennis balls in its mouth. Anyway, if you are closest, you get the points. There's a bit more to it, but it's too hard (for me that is) to explain here. No sense in getting into all the detailed instructions before you buy the game. :) (But seriously, it's quite easy!)
There are also other North Star games that you might be interested in. Click here to check out Say Anything, or here to check out Cluzzle. The original Wits and Wagers can be found here.
What are the pros of this product? I like that everyone can play. (Well, technically it's for 8 and up.) Because it's a guessing game, and most of the questions are unique enough that most people don't know the exact answer, everybody has a pretty good chance of winning.
Another thing I like is that it doesn't take forever to play. Kids with a short attention span (or adults with short attention spans, for that matter) will appreciate that the game moves along quickly. The average game takes only about 20 minutes to play, and the rules can be taught in just minutes(as long as it's not me trying to explain them!) Want more? Just play again!
And here's one for fellow Crazy Moms who have kids like mine that tend to lose game pieces. Most of the game pieces are replaceable. I mean, you can use any dry erase marker, or you could use a game piece from another game if one is lost. And if you lose a question card or two, it won't affect the game. We are just awful about keeping games together so this is actually a huge plus for me.
It's fun and you might even learn something!
What's not to like? Well, call me weird, but the only think I don't like is that the game comes with dry erase markers. I hate dry erase markers because they stain. I am glad to report, however, that we have had no incidents here. Just don't let the kids play in their Sunday best! :)
Oh, and I have to add, SMALL PARTS!!! CHOCKING HAZARD FOR KIDS UNDER 3!!!
The Crazy Mom take: Well, I haven to admit, I have not played the game. My kids, however, have played it a ton! They really seem to like it. It's so nice to see them all sitting around playing a game together. It's great because it is set up so that the younger kids have pretty much the same chance of winning as the older kids. Well, my seven year old makes some crazy guesses, but he still has fun, so I am not complaining! I think it's worth checking into for your family!
What's the bottom line? List price $19.99
I am going to give Wits and Wagers 4 out of 5 smileys!!!
Check it out! http://www.cluzzle.com/games/wits_and_wagers_family/
See what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say @
*The Smiley System:
I can't really recommend this product.
This is a good product, but isn't right for everyone.
Most homeschool moms will find this useful.
This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!
Disclaimer!!! I reviewed this product because I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I was given the product by the vendor to use and evaluate in my home so that I might share my insights with others. Other than receiving the product, which I kinda have to to be able to assess the product, I am not compensated for my reviews in any way. I am in no way obligated to give a positive review. I do try to point out negatives when I see them, though I am admittedly a pretty easy going gal! What you read are my honest assessments of the products I receive.
As with all products, you must do the research before buying. Please visit the the other crew members' blogs, the vendor websites, and any other review sites you might find before buying. I can't guarantee that a product will work for you. You must decide what will fit with your teaching style, and your child(ren)'s learning style(s). I do not judge anything other than the educational value of the products I review. I am not qualified to make judgements as to the safely of any product, and I make no guarantee that the products I review are safe for you, your family, or anyone else. I am simply giving my opinion; only you know what is best for you and your family.
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