Add Thumbs Up To Family Game Night, Get Two Back

Call me old fashioned, but I look forward to the day when all three of my kids are old enough to establish a family game night. Maybe it’s because they will be old enough to follow directions instead of wanting to tear them up or maybe it’s because I won’t have to endure hours of being bossed around by toddlers who want to reenact the same scene in Lion King over and over again. My family of five is still a few years away from sitting down to a board game or the introduction to poker; but the idea that I will be able to play a game with them is thrilling. When your children are done pretending to eat you, add Thumbs Up to your family’s rotation of games.

Thumbs Up is an award winning game, receiving the Nappa Silver and Tillywig Top Fun Awards, and the Parents’ Choice Silver Award, which recognizes “the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels.” It is a simple but addicting game for 2-6 players ages 6 and up. Even the most competitive game players will give Thumbs Up, drumroll please…two thumbs up.

The game comes with 48 rings in yellow, red, blue, and green and 50 challenge cards. The goal is to be the first one to put the colored rings on your thumb in the same order as indicated on the challenge cards. The cards are illustrated, so no reading is required, though number recognition is.

The game is meant to be played at a fast pace and each game can be played in 10 minutes or less, perfect for those with short attention spans. But it can also be played with variations. Allow younger players to play the cards as they see them, but make older players play two cards at a time or have them put the rings in reverse order. This helps level the playing field and gives the whole family a chance to play. The game is open-ended enough for your family to make up other house rules too. Or encourage your children to make up their own cards for a creative twist.

Thumbs Up isn’t just a fun game, it’s also perfect for improving visual perception, focus, and processing speed. I wouldn’t lead with that, however. Just introduce your kids to the game and emphasize the fun part.

With some help, kids younger than six can play too. If you take the speed element out of the game and allow your child to figure out the number and color sequence, you will still have fun while sneaking in a bit of educational play. Thumbs Up will help your child work on patterns, counting, and numbers.

But let’s keep our eyes on the prize. Family game night may already be a staple in your house, and it will eventually be in mine too. Games like Thumbs Up will keep the whole family entertained, and it's more fun than being fake eaten by a lion.

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