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TV Turnoff Week: Day 1.5

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 2:28 pm in Family Entertainment.

Family games (Michelle Hazelwood illustration) Last year during TV turnoff week, we ran a Fab Five round-up of fun family crafts and games, including flower fairies, DIY checkers and bizarre hopscotch games. Let’s see what kinds of fun we can dream up this time, not just for this much-hyped “TVs are evil” week, but all year round.

You remember playing Parcheesi and Sorry as a kid? A few months ago, we set out to find the most entertaining, endlessly replayable board games for teens, with the help of 20 teens, college kids and 20somethings who road-tested 15 different board games. Some games were great, some were snoozers and some … well, they very vastly improved after we tweaked the rules a bit. So this week, we’re going to profile a few of those games and add a few more for the younger set. Ready to Toss Your Cookies?

Toss Your Cookies No, no, not toss your cookies like bleagh. We’re talking about “Toss Your Cookies,” the Gamewright game ($14.99, 3-8 players, ages 8 and up). OK, this looks like a toddler game, what with the round Oreo and chocolate chip cookie cards and all. But what at first appears to be a bakery version of Old Maid turns into a screaming, shrieking free-for-all when a roll of the special dice forces players to swap cards, or throw one, two or their entire, carefully collected hand onto the table and madly lunge for everyone else’s cards. Breathless fun. (And if you’ve got a teen who’s stressed out by exams, this is a guaranteed stress-buster.)

More tomorrow. Meanwhile, got a favorite board game? Click “comments” and share!

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  1. Mary Couzin Says:

    Games are fun and many schools and libraries are stocking them now since in addition to being fun, they foster social connections as well as family and friend relationships. Games facilitate communication and community. They teach logic, patience, math, pattern matching, and manners, and sometimes history, geography, science, and more!

    The Game Finder at helps people find games by age, skill, subject, etc.

    As Plato said, You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

    Have fun!

    Mary Couzin
    Executive Director
    Chicago Toy and Game Fair

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