5 Crowns card game, Review and game play

I don’t know how we first found 5 Crowns card game, or when exactly, but this is one of our go to games when we have friends over.

5 Crowns a fun card game to play with your family

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5 Crowns card game Quick Overview

Here’s a quick 10 second explanation of Five Crowns card game: It’s Gin Rummy with 5 suits and a changing wild card.

Clear as mud right?

This is part of why we like to play this and introduce it to friends.  It’s a game you can easily talk around, as Jeff would call it a “beer and pretzels game.”

Side note, someday I want to get this Five Crowns Playing Card Game in Wooden Protective Box, because our plain cardboard box is falling apart from play.


5 Crowns card game the longer explanation

5 Crowns great for learning to deal cards

This game has 12 rounds with you gaining one card each round.  The first round you have 3 cards and by the last round you have 13 cards.

Each round you are trying to organize your cards into sets of at least 3:

  • Runs- sets that are part of one suit that go in order (3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of hearts)
  • Matches- sets of one number that could be multiple suits (3 “9’s”, heart, clubs, stars)
  • Sets can have one OR more wild card in them.  Wild cards are the current wild for that round and Jokers.  Jokers are always wild.

5 Crowns card game fives are wild this turn

This is the third round, and you have 5 cards.  5’s are wild this time.  If you’re ever not sure what card is wild, count the number of cards you have and that number is wild.

Five Crowns is a low level card replacement game.

card replacement

I figured I better start defining some of the gaming terms I use on posts like these.  So, here’s my first definition.

Card replacement- picking up and discarding cards rapidly to cycle through cards rapidly to gain the most effect.

In this case every turn you are discarding and picking up cards.  That’s the whole point.  You need to change your hand to get the arrangement you want.  I say this is a low level version of that because in more extreme versions your goal is to run through your entire hand in that one round.

5 crowns card game review

The most difficult hand is the “5’s,” because you have to get 5 items in your set (sets require a minimum of 3).  In this case I ended up with 5 “9’s” with two wild cards.

5 Crowns card game review how to score

5 Crowns is a great game to get your kids started on counting cards.  You want to teach your kids to be aware of what has been played and what patterns are developing.  Who is picking up what, what types of cards are they discarding.

I’m sure you’re thinking, that’s nice, but why do I WANT to do that?  Later on in life you want your kids to notice details.  What was someone wearing, how are they interacting with other people.  Teaching them to notice details in smaller things like card games will help them to get better details later in life.

Besides, it’s “good clean fun.”  And a fun excuse to play some games.

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Stocking Stuffers to promote learning

One of my hidden agendas with Christmas presents is to promote learning while having fun.  You could easily spend hundreds of dollars pursuing that goal, but today I’m going to share some stocking stuffer ideas that are less than $15.

stocking stuffers to promote learning

Random question I thought of as I took this picture.  Does your family wrap stocking presents, or do you just have them open?  I grew up wrapping stocking presents, and so the first year I went to go wrap them in white tissue paper (which is of course THE way to do them) and Jeff looked at me like I was crazy, “You DO NOT wrap stocking presents, that’s just silly.”

So do you wrap your stocking stuffers or leave them as is?

Stocking Stuffers to promote reading

There are a lot of great book series for kids, but I want to highlight 5 different games your kids could learn from.

  1. Bananagrams(strong reader)
  2. POP for Blends Card Game (learning to read)
  3. Quiddler (strong reader)
  4. Mini Word Puzzle Game (able to read)
  5. Snap It Up! Phonics(learning to read)


Stucking Stuffers to promote math

Math is a fun subject to learn through games, you can sneak in so much learning through games, and much more enjoyable for both parents and kids than flashcards.

  1. ThinkFun Math Dice Jr.
  2. Think Fun Math Dice
  3.  Addition Wrap-Ups
  4. Learning Wrap Ups – Multiplication
  5. Set: The Family Game of Visual Perception(introduce algebra concepts to younger kids)


Stocking Stuffers to promote science

This is a slightly different take than the previous two categories because there are some great science gear you can get for under $15 (and it fits in a stocking), and some great toys that will promote science learning.

  1. Pocket Microscope
  2. Safari Ltd Ocean TOOB(I cannot emphasize enough how great these are for early elementary science)
  3. Professor Noggin’s Wonders of Science
  4. My First Pocket Guide Stars & Planets
  5. Animal Tracks: A Folding Pocket Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Familiar North American Species (Pocket Naturalist Guide Series)


Stocking Stuffers to promote history and geography

For my kids, I’ve found a large selection of games and toys increases their interaction and knowledge of history more than almost any other thing.  The first two items in this stocking stuffer list are MUST HAVE items in our house for homeschooling

  1.  Safari Ltd Jamestown Settlers TOOB
  2. WWII US Marines Figures
  3. Professor Noggin’s History of the United States
  4. Timeline Historical Events Card Game
  5. Flag Frenzy!



Stocking Stuffers to promote writing

Writing can be challenging for young kids because they don’t know WHAT to write or are still learning how to form their letters and words.

  1. Rory’s Story Cubes
  2.  Once Upon A Time
  3. Lisa Frank Sketch Stationery Set(these were the height of coolness when I was a kid)
  4. Blank Book(your best bet for large numbers of these are teacher supply stores or Oriental Trading from time to time)
  5. Journal (Notebook, Diary) (Small Journal Series)(craft stores and Barnes and Noble always have a great supply of these, all of my kids love little books)


Stocking Stuffers to promote critical thinking

Critical Thinking will be important as you continue in life past school, why is this decision better than the other, what are the risks and rewards of one choice over the other?  All of these games promote critical thinking and problem solving, and additional bonus, they travel well for waiting in doctor’s office or restaurants.

  1. Five Crowns
  2. HABA Catch Me Mini Game To Go
  3. HABA Orchard Mini Game
  4. IQ Twist
  5. ThinkFun Hoppers

Of course you can’t really go too far wrong sticking a pad of paper and a set of markers because you’ll be amazed what your kids will come up with just being left to create and having fun.
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Castle Panic Game

I read about Castle Panic over at Stone Soup for Five and immediately knew this was a board game we needed to add to our collection.  So I made the excuse of buying it for Jeff for Father’s Day.

Castle panic a great way to work together and have fun

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I was right, Castle Panic has been a perfect game for our family.


How to Play Castle Panic

Castle panic conceptCastle Panic is a cooperative game, we are all working together to stop the monsters from destroying the castle walls and the towers.  At your turn you, trade, discard, and draw to get the most cards you can play.

Castle Panic turn

Everyone plays with their cards face-up, and on your turn you can trade 1 card, discard and draw another card, and then play any cards you have to do damage to the monsters.  Different types of soldiers are able to hurt monsters at different levels.

There are actually 3 different ways to play Castle Panic:

  1. Everyone together, no points.  In this version you all work together to kill the monsters, and you don’t worry about who got the most points for actually delivering the killing blow.
  2. Everyone together with points.  For this version of Castle Panic, you want to be the person who delivers the killing blow, so you might be less willing to trade and help out other players.  This version would be more difficult because you are trying to both make sure the castle isn’t destroyed, AND you get the most credit for kills.
  3. Everyone against one player.  We haven’t looked at this version at all, but one player controls the monsters and is trying to destroy the castle.  Since neither Jeff, nor I, are fans of all against one games, we haven’t tried this version at all.

Castle Panic for large groups

So far we’ve only played version 1, and even everyone working our best together to win, we’ve almost lost a couple of times because of timing of the monsters.

Castle Panic Strategy

In games like this, there are two different strategies:

  1. Play through cards as rapidly as possible, and plan to discard and use as frequently as you can.  This is usually referred to as “card cycling games.”
  2. Hold special cards and try to play them at “the right time.”

Castle Panic

I’ve never had much luck with the try to time the cards, but card cycling where you play cards as frequently as you can, no matter what works for us.

Specific tips for Castle Panic in light of card cycling:

  1. Use the barbarian often.  There is one in the deck, and he can fight anywhere.  The most effective use of the “dumpster dive” card is digging up the barbarian card.
  2. Unless you specifically see a mortar AND brick out, ditch your mortar or brick card in favor of drawing a different possibly usable NOW card.
  3. Reinforce takes one card, verses rebuilding a wall taking two, always reinforce when that card shows up.
  4. Go for the kill, not wounding.  Spreading your damage around to all of the monsters is a fool’s game.  There are cards that heal, and I’ve noticed you always draw that token right after you’ve damaged, but not killed the monster.
  5. Think strategically.  Trade for where the monsters might be in a few turns.

protect your towers to win Castle Panic

You win Castle Panic if you have AT LEAST 1 tower still standing after you’ve killed all of the monsters.  So far, fingers crossed, in 10 times of playing we’ve never completely lost a game.  We’ve won with 1 tower standing, but it’s been crazy crazy close.

Castle Panic with kids

Buying Castle Panic

I bought our copy of Castle Panic at our local comic store.  I’ve also seen it at Barnes and Noble, and obviously it’s available at Amazon for about $25.  There’s an expansion for it called Castle Panic: The Wizard’s Tower which all 3 of my kids have pointed out to me on a fairly regular basis.  The boys are arguing for us to get Dead Panic, but I’m not a big zombie fan, so they may lose that argument.

Lemming Mafia review

Way back at Christmas I told you I got a few games, I already told you about Fearsome Floors, well now let me tell you about Lemming Mafia (affiliate link).

Lemming Mafia review


Jeff and I first played this with some friends because we weren’t quite sure it would be okay to play with the kids.

Lemming Mafia game night

We played it a couple of times, and it’s fairly simple to play and understand, if a bit unusual.

Lemming Mafia concept

Lemming mafia concept

You’re all bosses in the Lemming Mafia, one night you and the other bosses get bored, and decide to send your minions to run off the dock.  You’re all betting on who will be first, and trying to rig the game.  Along the way you have some missions to accomplish, and a few vendettas to fulfill.

Pretty simple right?  Simple to explain, not so simple to win.

Lemming Mafia game play

Lemming Mafia game play

All of the lemmings start at the poker table, and on each person’s turn they roll the lemming dice and choose which color to move.  See, simple.

Lemming mafia spaces

It’s the board spaces that make it complicated. You have the possibility to move the lemming to:

  • betting- you bet on the winning lemming, but be careful of when you bet
  • concrete- trying to slow a lemming down
  • jackhammer- remove the concrete
  • escape car- to move faster
  • visit the boss- a chance to gain or get rid of missions
  • nothing, every lemming needs a break sometimes

So…. those missions.  Some are you’re guess on who wins first, some are attempts to concrete out a particular color.  They are all worth points, BUT if you don’t succeed in the mission, then you lose the points you might have gained.  The missions can make or break your game.

That’s the simple version of the rules.  Once you start interacting with different players it becomes confusing.  Why did they move that figure and not the other, what missions do they have?


Our thoughts on Lemming Mafia

I have two different criteria for games, do I enjoy playing them with my friends, and can I play them with my kids?

Lemming Mafia played with kids

Lemming Mafia fits both of these categories.  With my kids the results are a lot more random because they don’t completely understand the missions yet, but it’s still fun.  With adults there’s a lot more thought in which color lemming is moved.


The biggest praise I can give Lemming Mafia is Princess likes to play it.  She loves the little figures and loves to move them around.  This is coming from a little girl who doesn’t really like games.  I thought I’d sum up this post with her explanation of Lemming Mafia .

Anatomy for kids: circulatory system game

Back when we first started studying the circulatory system, Amber over at Fantastic Five shared a circulatory system game.  I told her we were totally going to play that game, and we did.  It was a huge hit!

Circulatory System game

All you need for this game is the print out, something to color with, tape, and scissors.  I would add in a dice and not use their suggested spinner, but I’ll get into the modifications we made to the Circulatory System game later.

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Circulatory System Game Mechanics


Circulatory system game mechanics

You are a blood cell moving through the system and performing the jobs of a red blood cell.  You start off in the marrow where blood is first produced and have to go through picking up waste, delivering oxygen, and food to the “cells.”  Your goal is to do so before the other blood cells have done so, simple enough right?  Here’s the complications:

  • You have to pick up and deliver items to each leg and arm, and the head.  These are obviously totally different directions, you have to decide what is the most efficient way to complete these activities.
  • You have the option to add more blood cells in, is that a wise use of your resources?  I still haven’t decided on that one.

Our Circulatory System Game modifications

circulatory system game modifications

As I read the instructions for the circulatory system game, and the suggestions Amber made, I went ahead and made a few more modifications, partially to cut down on the time the circulatory system game takes to play, partially to enforce some other skills I’m working on with the kids.

  1. We used a dice we owned, we started off with a 6 sided dice (the kind you have in most games) then moved on to a 10 sided dice.  You have to cover a lot of ground and to make the game move more quickly I tried to get them moving over more spaces.
  2. On the topic of movement.  We started off multiplying the number rolled by 5, but ended up moving it to multiplying by 10.  It helped reinforce their multiplication.  All to the good.
  3. The original rules has you delivering 2 or 3 of each item to each place.  I’d modify it to only delivering 1.  We started off by only delivering 2, but even that leads to a fairly long game when you have multiple kids.
  4. Make sure each child uses 1 color for their pieces, you could make this even easier by printing each child’s pieces onto a different color of copy paper, but that would have meant I read the instructions ahead of time, which I didn’t.


What we learned about the Circulatory System

Part of why I like this circulatory system game is it gets into the hands on learning we really love, and it reinforces what was in the textbook.  Look at all they saw with this game:

  • The different ways the blood travels.  There were so many paths to take.
  • The amazing complexity of our circulatory system.  It’s confusing when you first start looking at it.  Each time our blood cells reached the heart we had to sit and look at where the blood vessels went.  God made our bodies amazing complex.
  • The many jobs our blood does.  It carries so many different things, and this game simplified it.


And with a big sigh of relief I am finally done writing about the circulatory system.  It’s amazing how much we really did once I sat down and wrote about it, and most of this was way back in March….  And I still had a few more activities I thought about doing, but finally just said, “That’s enough, we can do that later if need be.”


More Circulatory System Resources

Uncover the Human Body: An Uncover It Book

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy Pinterest board



Science Sunday

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Now link up your SCIENCE posts, new and old, and then visit some of the other posts linked up and say hi. I’m going to be pinning, commenting, FBing or tweeting all of the posts linked up as the week goes by. At the end of the month I’m going to feature the best posts linked up.

Make sure to include a link back to my blog so people can come back from your post to see what others have done.  By linking you are agreeing I can feature your posts in a round up post later (I may use a picture to feature, but will link back).

Fearsome Floors board game

I mentioned I got several games for Christmas, and I’m slowly getting the right pictures for sharing how to play them and the end results of our thoughts on the game.  Fearsome Floors board game has been a big hit with our family and we’ve played it several times since I got it back at Christmas.

Fearsome Floors

Game play once it’s explained is very simple, and there’s some strategy, but not so much that you can’t play with your kids.


Fearsome Floors Board Game concept

You are a bunch of people who decided it would be fun to go explore the local mad scientist’s house, and you’re trying to get out before the monster eats you.


Fearsome Floors board game mechanics

Fearsome floors game pieces

You have between 3-4 pieces for each player (when there are more than 3 players you have 3 pieces to make game play move faster).  Your players can either move the amount on the white side or the black side (the two movements add up to 7).  At the end of your turn you flip your players over to the other side so you know how many movement they have.

After each player has moved their tokens the monster moves.  You draw a card and the monster will move anywhere from 3-10 spaces OR until he has killed 1-2 players.

Fearsome Floors monster movement

For the first half of the game if the monster catches you, then you just restart at the beginning, but in the second half of the game, once you’re caught you are dead.

The full monster movement is explained very well in the game, but there’s some fun complicating factors to protect or hurt you more.

Fearsome Floor components

  1. Blood patches (it’s a mad scientist’s house, go with it)- when you hit a blood patch you slide to the other end of it and the patch only counts as 1 movement.  This can be used very strategically by you to get further away or move columns to your advantage.
  2. Columns- these block the monster’s ability to see you, very important.  You can push the pillars in a straight line, but once they hit a wall you can’t move them any further, and they become rather useless.  You can not push a pillar with a player on the other side of it.
  3. Players, you can not push players.  They will block the monster’s sight of you, but they’re also near enough he might get you next.

Fearsome Floors house rules

Our Fearsome Floors Board Game House Rules

  1. On the first turn you are allowed to move 2 people into the house.  We house-ruled you cannot move your low movement people because it creates a block for movement and makes for a rather hard game.
  2. We decided it’s okay to have the monster kill someone on the first turn, it made for a more chaotic game, and for people to be more spread out, so we allowed the 1-2 kill moves to be used on first turn.
  3. We have not played the advanced rules yet.  We have introduced this to many different families, and so we didn’t want to throw too many changes in on them, so I can’t comment on the teleport or other aspects, yet.

Buying Fearsome Floors Board Game

Fearsome Floors {affiliate link}

Most local game stores will have it or be able to order it (Jeff got ours at Rogues Gallery here in Round Rock)

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Crossways game review and tips

Crossways a game to teach your kids strategy

As you all know I’m a fan of games.  A big fan of games.  There are many benefits to games, and one of them is teaching your kids how to think without it feeling like a lesson.

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CrossWays Board Game {affiliate link} fulfills that requirement, as you play you are learning about strategy and thinking ahead beyond your current turn.  In a friendly fun way, and there’s multiple ways to win.


How to play Crossways game

(I feel kinds silly saying Crossways game, but otherwise I’m worried someone’s going to think I’m referring to something else that is niggling at the edge of my mind, is that phrase used otherwise?)

Crossways game goal

Your goal is to get your pieces all the way across the board in a contiguous line, it can zig or zag, but it must be a continuous line with no diagonals. Crossways game play

To do that you play 1-2 playing cards (rather like Sequence Game {affiliate link}) to place your pieces on the corresponding square.  The white squares require two of the same card to play, and you place two pieces on top of each other.


Simple right?

Not so much.

hands on math games

You see, you can play on top of another color, and it doesn’t matter which color is on top, as long as it goes all the way across.  But, you can also block a person by placing two of the same color in a row on that square.  Thus adding extra turns to their play.

Crossways play

You have to pay close attention to where your cards can potentially be played AND what color they are.  Suit doesn’t matter for this, it’s just color and number.

Crossways game board

Eventually your board is covered in colors, and it’s a lot of fun.  You can play with either up to 4 players, OR teams, which has a whole other dynamic of fun to it.


Our tips for Crossways game


  1. First time around play turns slowly and talk it through so everyone understands why moves are a good idea.
  2. Play the first couple of games in solo play.  The team component is a fun addition, but you want to know what you’re doing first.
  3. The team play, much like any card team game, is only as fun as your partner.  So, having two super good players against the inexperienced players can be miserable.
  4. Younger kids can happily stack the pieces and help hand them out.  Though be careful because those pieces roll very far.
  5. This is a fun beer and pretzels game (not a lot of thinking, and you can talk around it easily).

Crossways game review

Okay, so what do I think of it?  We saw this at Barnes and Noble and got it for my in-laws for Christmas.  We figured it’d be a game they could enjoy playing with their grandkids or with friends that come over.  All in all we were right, it’s a lot of fun to play.  And a great game for people who enjoy games and want something that’s not the usual Monopoly/Clue/Sorry game night, but don’t want a serious long game like Puerto Rico{affiliate link, for the serious game addicts}


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Totally Tut

Totally Tut math review game

Awhile back I saw the a really cool math game mentioned on Angellic Scalliwags (or so I think, I may be remembering wrong on that front).


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I remembered it mainly because it had King Tut on it and was vaguely Egyptian themed, so when I was at Mardel the other day and saw Totally Tut Math Operations Game on clearance for less than $10, I snapped it up super fast.

totally tut game play

Why I like Totally Tut

Just like Math Gym, it’s a great review of math facts and lets kids work on order of operation and bigger sums.  Unlike Math Gym, it’s a short game, I’d say the entire round was about 20 minutes, whereas Math Gym was 30-45 minutes (relatively short in strategy games, but if you’re trying to play multiple that adds up).

I like that Totally Tut only has 3 equations you create.  You can potentially (if you have the tiles) make several equations at once.  It never happened while we played, but it’s theoretical.


How to play Totally Tut

Totally Tut game set up

To start you randomly draw number tiles, and one solution tile.  That solution tile is what all of your equations must add up to.

You can choose the beginner option (only addition and subtraction) which has lower numbers or the advanced option that includes multiplication and division.

Since my kids are barely beginning to understand multiplication we stuck with addition/subtraction.

how to play King Tut math game

On your turn you spin the spinner in the middle of the board and do what it says (steal a tile, draw a tile, etc).  Then with whatever tiles you have you try to make an equation.

The challenge comes because people can steal tiles you’ve already played.  So I had an equation that didn’t work once the 5 was stolen.  When it’s your turn you can try and get another 5, or take the tiles off the board and make another equation.  Either way works.


Final Thoughts for Totally Tut math

This game really isn’t for someone who’s just starting to learn their math facts.  This game is really for the kid who is working on instant recall and figuring out how numbers work together.

For us it worked especially well because we are learning about Egypt in our history lessons.  The kids got a kick out of playing a game named after someone they’d just read about in history.  If that’s not what is going on for you I think that would take away somewhat from the game.

Real Life Homeschooling: Allowance Game and making money


Real life homeschooling

As I was thinking about what to write for Real Life Homeschooling this month I realized my kids have been obsessed with money recently.  Obsessed may be a little extreme for a word, but they have certainly had it on their minds.

Allowance money management game

They’ve realized they can get more toys if they get more money.  So, they’ve been doing jobs of various sorts.  And slowly but surely they’re becoming quite proficient at making change and counting money.


As I was shopping the back to school sales I found a new game to pick up.  The Allowance Game {affiliate link} for half price (SCORE!).  It’s a fun and quick to play game (about 30 minutes with 4 players), and the kids got to work on their money skills while trying to save their way up to $20.

allowance board game

What I liked about the Allowance Game

  • It uses money that looks like real money, not silly money
  • If you lose all your money you get to start over with the starting amount (I did that several times in the game due to bad rolls)
  • You make change constantly.  Both to trade out for bills or different coin amounts, and subtracting as you have to spend money. (Can I say secretly learning how to make change?)
  • It’s not as tedious or as long as Monopoly, and has the added benefit of teaching coins.

What I wish the Allowance Game had

  • More of the money.  With 4 players, you just barely have enough of the coins and paper money to play the game.  If I lost any of pieces, we’d be up a creek.  Towards the end of the game, the bank was running dangerously low on coins.
  • I wish there was pennies in the game.  Making change with pennies can often be the hardest step because of the math involved, but it is important.
  • I loved that Bank It! (link to review) included giving to charity, I wish The Allowance Game {affiliate link} did as well.

Allowance game learning money

Overall everyone enjoyed playing the game, including Princess, who I think ended up winning it the first time around.  Of course, it just fueled their quest to earn more money, which is good news for me, because that means more chores done by kids.

The Real Life Homeschooling Blog Hop co-hosts are:

Tabitha from Meet Penny  Aurie from Our Good Life Amy from Are We There Yet? Sonya from Becoming a Strong Woman of God Heather from Homeschooling on Faith and Coffee Leann from Hands on Homeschooler Sherri from Our Front Porch Looking In Erin from Royal Baloo Renee from Next Gen Homeschool Megan from Homeschooling etc. Stephanie from Bowmania Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom Karyn from Teach Beside Me Jamie from Walking in High Cotton Selena from Look! We’re Learning! Rebecca from Homeschooling Autism and More Andrea from No Doubt Learning Stacey from Layered Soul Lisa from Farm Fresh Adventures Tiffany from Life & Lessons From a Country Road Rachel from Rooms of Knowledge Marla from Marla’s Motherhood Musings Dusty from To the Moon and Back Kelli from Adventurez in Child ‘Rearing

LEGO Creationary game review and tips

lego creationary review, tips, and tricks

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I have been staring at LEGO Creationary Game {affiliate link} for years now.  I have nearly bought it for my boys several times, but kept holding back because I’ve heard mixed reviews on the game.


THEN…… Dun dun dunnnnnn, I received it for my birthday from one of my high school best friends!  Score!  As soon as I got home I was pestered for us to play it, and to let them open it and see al the pieces.  I had to remind the kids it was MY GAME, not theirs, and no they couldn’t just open up the bags.  MY PRECIOUS!


But, I couldn’t forestall them too long, so we played some games a day or so earlier than usual, because they couldn’t wait until Friday.

Lego creationary review

Lego Creationary  (my thoughts)

  • it’s a lot of fun, once you know the category, it can be a challenge to guess what they’re building.
  • I like that there are three levels of difficulty in the cards, we all played the easy cards and had a lot of fun.
  • You NEED more bricks, if you’ve read any reviews you’ve seen this comment before.  To build some of the items it’s very difficult to create them with the bricks included.  I had to build a spider, and struggled to create it with the bricks included.
  • There is no suggested time limit given in the game, we did two minutes, but I’d probably do three.
  • Princess enjoyed it, which is always a big plus for games in our house because she often is a grudging participant.

Lego creationary tips and tricks

Lego Creationary tips and tricks

  • Either go by a Lego store and use their Brick Wall to get more bricks or sprinkle in some more bricks from your other supplies somehow, because it could use about double the bricks included.
  • As I mentioned earlier there is no time given, I’d say you want between 3-5 minutes per builder.  Some of the concepts can be hard to think of how to build.
  • Start off with easy, no matter how experience you think you are.  The picture above is from the easy category.  It is not easy to build a canon with the included bricks, so it takes some serious thinking and planning.  Once you’re used to it, then move on.
  • Allow the builder to answer limited questions or give a hint or two if needed.  We got stuck on Princess’ build because it was out of what we were thinking.  She rolled building, and was trying to get us to guess tent.  That is hard to build for a six year old.  But since she could answer questions we guessed it off of that and her one hint.

If you’re interested, I’m collecting game posts on my Games pinterest board.  Feel free to look for more game ideas there.  Or browse my games category.

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