Today it seems people are preoccupied with their phones. For kids, it’s worse. When they’re not on their phones their heads are focused on video games. Technology has created a bit of a monster.
It’s nice to know we can be safer with an available connection but it hasn’t done anything for young adults’ spelling ability and communication skills. That’s why when we had the opportunity to receive some games from Rooster Fin and Endless Games we agreed to try them out. Our family grew up playing board games, card games, dominoes and others, in addition to video games too. We are a gaming family and we have wonderful memories of challenges, questions, strategy and just plain fun with our kids.
…wonderful memories of challenges, questions, strategy and just plain fun with our kids.
So the first game we got is Monkeys Up. It’s called the Flip ‘Em, Switch ‘Em and Steal ‘em game. Appropriate for ages 6 to Adult and 2 to 6 players.
We played Monkeys Up at the kitchen table over breakfast and coffee. As we got into it, we recalled the spirit of competition. It’s a simple game with one sheet of instructions that any kid will understand—the key word in the instructions is: “ANY monkey”. The pieces are cute and that’s it, those monkeys and one die. The monkeys have a number on the bottom. The object of the game is to collect the highest number monkeys and with three of them flipped up, to win. It teaches kids to do simple math, develop a strategy and practice memory. Simple, fun.
It is available at Amazon and runs about $16.