Who would have thought the world would be where it is right now.
The Coronavirus has taken mankind by surprise and we are being forced to change the way we live, even if temporarily…
For those, like me, who love the outdoors – it’s kind of hard at the moment, however, we can still make it fun.
We can bring that camping feeling home and use this opportunity to spend more time with our families.
One thing that is quite fun to do at camp is to play games – these games can still be played at home, either indoors or in the garden.
Let’s have a look at some of the more popular games below.
Dobble is a fantastic little game – it’s a simple pattern recognition game in which players try to find an image shown on two cards.
It requires speed, observation and reflexes.
Each card in Dobble features eight different images, with the images varying in size from one card to the next.
Any two cards have exactly one image in common.
The aim is to race to find the one matching image.
Contains five mini games: Fill the well, the towering inferno, hot potato, catch them all and the poisoned gift.
Anomia is a very simple game, but massively fun.
Our minds contain masses of random information on different topics – types of foods, films, authors.
On the face of it, it would be easy to come up with this information in a split second… but, under pressure, our brains work a little differently…
The deck contains cards with different symbols, representing a certain category (such as Sci-Fi movies).
Players flip cards in turn until the symbols on two players’ cards match.
Matching players must race to give an example of the category on their opponent’s card.
Whoever shouts out a correct answer first wins their opponent’s card, and the game continues.
The game is further complicated in that wild cards allow non-matching symbols to match, thus increasing the number of things to which you must pay attention.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
Each player places a card from their hand face up into a community pile while saying taco/cat/goat/cheese/pizza in player sequence.
When the card being placed matches what that particular player is saying, then everyone slaps their hand on the deck.
The last player to slap their hand down, picks up the cards and places them at the bottom of their pile.
The first player to rid themselves of all their cards wins.
To make it more fun, their are three special action cards – the gorilla, narwhal, and groundhog – if one of these are placed down, then the players have to make certain gestures (for example, beating one’s chest for the gorilla card) before racing to slap the deck.
This game is really fun and will greatly increase your imagination.
There are a total of nine cubes and each one has six images.
You roll all nine cubes to generate nine random images and then use these to invent a story that starts with “Once upon a time…” and use all nine images as part of your narrative.
There are also variations on the original theme – including heroes, mystery, astro and more.
This is a variation of the popular card game, UNO.
Uno Attack combines the fun of UNO with unpredictable random excitement.
Players receive a random number of cards from the electronic card dispenser, so instead of picking up one more card if they don’t have the cards to play a hand – they could get anything from zero to multiple numbers of cards to add to their hand.
I played UNO Attack at a recent camp and it made the game just that little bit more exciting.
Life throws different challenges at us all the time – we have a choice of looking at life as a cup half empty or a cup half full…
I like to look at life as one opportunity after another and to grasp those opportunities with both hands – and as one wise man once said ‘opportunities pass by like the passing of clouds, so seize them when they arrive’
Being at home means we get to spend more time with our loved ones and playing games is a sure way to make that time more fun!
And don’t forget, once we’ve passed these challenging times – all these games are great to take to camp and won’t take up a lot of space in your backpack.
I hope you’ve found this post useful – if you have any questions or comments, then please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.