Oh the weather outside if frightful… so the song goes. If you live in certain parts of the country, you know that the weather is getting colder. As I write this post it’s a chilly 36 degrees outside. Thank goodness there are not storms in the area. That last thing I want is a snowstorm!
With the weather getting colder, people will be looking for more indoor activities.
If you need something fun to do with your family and friends during the long winter months, games are always a great option. Sure, video games are fun, but they are not the same as playing a board or card game with multiple players.
There are so many amusing games on the market. Go to Amazon, Target or Walmart’s websites and search for “game” and you’ll get so many options that your mind will be blown. That is why I rely on “word of mouth” from family, friends and co-workers on games I should try with my own family, as well as my “work kids.”
The brand Ginger Fox offers consumers a nice variety of games for children and adults. I was sent two of their games to try out for myself.
I work with kids from 5-12 years old. I’m always on the look out for games all ages can play together. I have many of the classics (Candyland, Uno…) but some games (like Candyland) the older kids think is “baby’ish” and other games (like Uno) the younger ones are not as good at, or they still haven’t grasps how the game works.
Dealing Dinos is a game that I found all age groups enjoy. Initially the older kids thought it was a “baby game” (to quote them), but after they saw the other kids playing it, they joined in too. Now I see my “work kids” playing the game together, regardless of their age.
Dealing Dinos is a fast paced card game. Everyone is dealt an equal amount of cards. Then you take turns discarding your dinosaur cards. However, you need to watch out for “action cards.” Action cards have a green trim. The action cards ask players to flap their arms like they are a pterodactyl, or roar loud like a dinosaur.
Every player must do that action cards when they appear on top of the discard deck. The person who performs that action last must pick up all the cards from the discard pile.
The player who is able to discard all of their cards first is the winner.
I have watched my “work kids” play this game, and they get overly dramatic about it at time, meaning they act out the action cards with must vim and vigor. I think at times it’s more so the action cards the kids are interested in, and not so much winning the game.
Corks can be played with up to 14 people, which is great when you have a large family or group of friends. For me, it helps a lot since I have 21 kids in my program.
To play, deal out four cards per player, and enough corks MINUS ONE. Another words, if there are five people playing, set out four corks.
Each player takes turn by choosing one card from their hand and passing it to the player on their left. Once a player (unbeknown to others) gets four cards in the same color, they grab that cork. When the other players notice that someone has grabbed a cork, they grab a cork too. The player who didn’t grab a cork is out and the game continues.
The game continues until there are two people left. That is when they play to get the golden cork.
This is a suppose to be a fast paced game, however, my “work kids” tend to agonize as to which card to pass on to the other player. They spend too much time thinking about it instead of just going on their gut instinct. So the game might not move as quickly with players of varied ages. For older people (older children, teens and adults), this game can move quickly.
If you are interested in either one of these games, of if you would like to see what other games Ginger Fox has available, visit GingerFox.UK.
This is a brand from the United Kingdom, and you can purchase the games from their website, but you can also purchase the games on Amazon. In fact, Ginger Fox has their own Amazon page (this is not an affiliate link, I’m simply linking for your convenience).
The Ginger Fox brand can also be found on social media. Those links are found on the bottom right of the brand’s website.
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.