We’re a family of board- and card-game players, and Friday evening usually finds us huddled on the floor playing something-or-other. Our kids are 8.5 and 4.5 (one reads, one doesn’t) so it’s not always easy to find games that are fun for everyone.
We’ve already blown through our standard-issue Milton Bradley and Hasbro games, but my husband haunts specialty game shops and often comes home with something new for us to play. (He’s introduced us to The UglyDoll card game, Apples to Apples, and much more). Last night, it was Family Fluxx, and it the best fun we’ve had in a long time.
The fun of this simple card game is that rules and fortunes change quickly and drastically. Pre-readers will have more fun teaming up with readers, but the action is so fast and surprising that there’s plenty to keep them entertained. And no two games are alike.
From a social skills perspective, this game is wonderful for kids who need help getting comfortable with unpredictability. Our son tends to get upset when life doesn’t play out the way he’s mapped it out in his head. This game gives us a lighthearted way to model calm in the face of the unexpected.
Once you’ve had your fill of Family Fluxx (which is plenty fun for the grownups), there are Fluxx versions geared toward older kids and adults including the original Fluxx, Zombie Fluxx, Eco Fluxx, Stoner Fluxx (?) and Fluxx in other languages (I found Spanish, German and Japanese). There are even Christian and Jewish expansion packs for the original Fluxx deck.
I’d love to hear about your favorite board- and card games. Do tell!