Blank Slate

Ages: 8 and upManufacturer: USAopoly

Blank Slate takes less than a minute to learn: players use prompt cards to add a word or suffix to complete the word or phrase. If two players have the same word, each gets three points; if three or more players have the same, each gets only one point — so the challenge is to guess what others will say and try to line up with only one other player. Play goes to 25 points.

Play proceeds surprisingly rapidly and works best with larger groups; with only three players (the minimum) the chances for a coincidence in responses is lower, and players are less likely to take risks with more creative answers. But even with a small group, there is plenty of hilarity along the way (and frequent cries of, “THAT’s what you thought of? That never even occurred to me!”). The game instructions recommend the development of “house rules” for even more fun and further creativity.

The game encourages verbal skills for younger players, teaching them to recognize clichés and to consider what other players may be thinking. But the game works well among players of different ages, so it is just as appropriate for a family as it is for a group of friends.

 

Emily Crawford ©2018 Parents’ Choice

 

Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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