Growing up, my cousins and I played games ALL THE TIME. We’d have epic games of War and Monopoly that would last for days (no kidding). We took our gaming very seriously.
My family and I still enjoy playing board games, but with our kids work and school schedules, and their social lives, it’s mostly my husband and I who end up playing games against each other. Sigh… I miss those game nights we used to have a few times a month when our kids were younger.
I don’t know how many kids these days play board or card games. I think most are obsessed with online games, or games they play on their parent’s smartphones. I think kids need to get back to the basics and play some actual games – the kind you can physically touch and interact with, as well as play with other people, face-to-face.
There are a lot of games available on the market, but many of them have a lot of “bells and whistles.” You don’t need games with electronic parts that light up and make a buzzing sound.
Last year my husband and I were in Pennsylvania for a memorial for my cousin that passed away a month earlier. We spent the night at my cousin’s house. My aunt and some of my other cousins game over that night to play a game. We played Cards Against Humanity. I am not sure if you have ever played that game before, or you are aware of it, but it’s definitely not safe to be played around children. My cousin’s 18 year old son was playing with us, as well as my aunt, and I was mortified by some of the game questions and answers. Don’t get me wrong – they were hysterical. I don’t think we’ve laughed that hard in a very long time (I was bawling my eyes out because I as laughing so hard), but some of the questions and answers were a bit “odd” to read in front of others.
Cards Against Humanity is a fun game – but NOT for kids. But that is OK because now kids have a similar game available for them – and it’s appropriate for them to play. There are no references to sex, body parts, drugs, smoking, drinking or anything “bad” like that.
The game is called Not Parent Approved Game. Don’t let the name fool you – this game IS for kids, ages 8+.
Not Parent Approved is great for 4-10 players. This would be a great game for a sleepover party!
Playing this game is easy. To find out who the “Burp Boss” is, players try to out burp each other (real or fake). The winner is crowned “Burp Boss,” and they are the player to start the game.
Each player gets seven red answer cards. You can read the answer cards to familiarize yourself with them, but don’t show them to anyone else.
The person who is the “Burp Boss” picks a blue question card and reads it out loud. Other players then look over their red answer cards to find one that would best fill in the blank on the question card the “Burp Boss” just read. You can provide an answer that sounds most reasonable, or you can give the “Burp Boss” a really funny answer.
After all the cards are received from all the players, the “Burp Boss” shuffles the cards and then reads through them (read the question card with the answer inserted into the blank spot). The “Burp Boss” then decides which answer he/she likes best. The player who gave that answer card wins that round and keeps the question card.
The player to the left of the “Burp Boss” (clockwise) takes over as the next “Burp Boss” and the game proceeds the same way.
The game is played until all of the blue question cards are “answered” (or until the players want to end the game). The player with the most blue question cards wins.
I have read through a lot of the questions and possible answers, and honestly, I don’t see anything that is not appropriate for that age group. I’m a mom, and I work with children. I would not recommend something I didn’t think would be appropriate with my kids or the kids that I work with.
If you are looking for a fun, family friendly game for your child/grandchild, look no further than Not Parent Approved.
Not Parent Approved is available from many retail locations, including Amazon (this is NOT an affiliate link).
What do you think about this game? Does it sound like something your child and family would enjoy?
*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.