Times have changed A LOT since I was a child (back in the Stone Age, ha ha). Back in the day I had toys and games that promoted creativity, imagination and kept me busy for hours on end.
When my kids were younger they still had toys and games that promoted creativity and imagination. We also had many games that we played together as a family. In fact, we used to have a family game night from time to time.
These days children are pretty much addicted to smartphones and video games. It’s sad. It really is. Kids these days cannot appreciate the value of enjoying a game TOGETHER with their family members – face to face and not on some online gaming platform. Maybe toys are high tech too. While I can see how they can be fun for children, as a parent I prefer toys and games that are more like they used to be.
Even the youngest family member would rather watch YouTube videos and play games on their parent’s smartphone or their own tablets. We need to get back to more family orientated activities, as well as playing face-to-face with other children.
Let me introduce you to a card game that is not only fun for children, but also interactive. In fact, they would need to put down their tablets in order to play and enjoy the game.
The game is called Yugo. Yugo sparks creativity, kindness and cooperation at all ages. Yugo was designed by a Yoga Therapist.
This game not only teaches children some easy yoga positions, but kids also learn how yoga can be a tool to help you feel more energized, balanced, and relaxed.
A few years back I took a workshop at our local community college about how to incorporate Yoga into the childcare setting. It was a very interesting class. We learned a lot about Yoga, mediation and calming techniques, to name a few. I even purchased some books on the subject, but never really put it into place.
I was sent the Yugo cards to review.
Working with children, especially a wide range of ages (5-12), I am always on the lookout for games and activities a group of children can do together. I especially like games where children of all ages can participate. Even better if it’s something they can play on their own without any adult supervision/participation. It’s not that I don’t want to play along (I DO!) but being the site director I’m normally running around all over the place and I rarely have time to stop and enjoy some playtime with the kids at work.
The Yugo game is easy to play, once you play a couple of rounds.
The cards feature cute illustrations of three characters -Chase the Cheetah, Rita the Rabbit and Koko the Koala. The characters help guide you through different yoga poses. You can learn more about each character here.
Yugo is great for a group of 2-5 children (and adults), but can be played with 5+ more people too. You just have to deal out less cards with a larger group.
Here is how you play Yugo.
- The game begins when the dealer turns one card from the deck face up in the center of the circle.
- The dealer’s left neighbor is the first to play a card by matching the color or symbol of the card in the center.
- Cards are played by passing them to your neighbor to the left, who performs the action on the card.
- If unable to play a card on your turn, you must draw from the deck until a card can be played.
- Your turn begins as soon as you are handed a card by your neighbor.
- Take a look at your card, read it aloud, and show the card to everyone in the Yugo circle. Encourage the circle to do the action with you.
- After you complete the action, discard your card and pick a card from your hand to give your neighbor.
- Your turn ends as soon as you hand a card to your neighbor.
Normally I would write it using my own words, but I was afraid I might miss something important.
There are optional rules that can be found on the brand’s website.
I took this card to where I work to try it out with my “work kids.” I also donated the game to the site where I work.
Many of my “work kids” were not familiar with what Yoga was. Some have heard of it (and even showed me positions they thought were Yoga). Most have heard of it, but they really didn’t know what it was.
There are additional cards (aside from the Yoga pose ones). Some of my younger children needed help reading them. That’s fine.
I’m not very flexible (sadly), but I have younger staff so they were able to play the game with the kids. After a few games the kids completely understood out the game worked and how to do the positions on the cards. From what I saw most of the positions were easy enough to do. There was nothing too crazy.
You can use a Yoga mat if you have one (or a towel). We don’t really have anything like that at work. The kids just sat on the floor.
I find that my lower elementary school kids play with this game more than the upper elementary ones. I guess the older ones are “too cool” to play with the little ones. Ha Ha.
I have seen some of the kids simply acting out the positions on the cards and not actually playing the game. That is fine with me. I love that they are utilizing the game in other ways.
Yugo is a fun game for not only kids, but also for adults. Adults can do these positions too and learn about the benefits of Yogo.
Once the game is over, everything fits nicely back in the box.
I think this is a fun game for kids that get them away from computers, video games and smartphones and it gets them moving their bodies in a calm manner (not running around throwing balls through the air). Yoga is a good form of physical activity too.
I think that Yugo would make a great gift for family, friends, teachers, and babysitters.
For more information about Yugo, visit the brand online at TheYugoGame.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Istagram. Those links are found on the bottom of the brand’s website.
What do you think about this game? Do you and/or your kids do Yoga?
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.