Creative Games: Encourage Imagination and Creativity Through Play
Anyone who has been reading this little ol’ blog for any length of time knows that our family is a wee bit game obsessed. Today, I am going to share our favorite creative games to inspire play and creativity.
Encourage imagination and play with these creative games
Here are some of our family’s absolute favorite creative games. Are your favorite creative games listed here?
Winner of the Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Best Toy Award, Fairytale Spinner is from eeBoo, the makers of Tell Me a Story cards. This is a wonderful family game that encourages imagination, story-telling, sequencing, and fun, and it is a perfect board game for book lovers, as the goal is to create your own story. In order to do so you have to take turns spinning and collecting story elements (place, hero, rival, transportation, treasure, magical helper, and magical object). The first person who collects one of each element gets to tell his or her story.
There are multiple versions of Tell Me a Story cards and they are all fantastic. These versatile cards travel easily and can be used in so many different ways. I love that the game is for ages three years and up, as our family can play together and everyone enjoys playing. When we received our very first deck, years ago, I would use the cards to create stories for the kids so that they got used to it. Nowadays, we take turns. You can tell your own story and then have a friend tell theirs, or you could take turns telling the same story based on the cards. You can arrange the cards in the order you’d like, or pick randomly and fill in goofy details. If you’re really crazy, you can mix multiple decks together. This is such a great early literacy game that fosters creativity and imagination. The illustrations are beautiful and your children are sure to be enthralled.
If you enjoy Tell Me A Story Cards (and, clearly, we do!), you will also love Rory’s Story Cubes. They can be used as an ice breaker in a group activity, as a one player game, or in a group. There are several versions if you want to play with a group, but the way we typically play is to roll all nine dice and then tell a story based on the images rolled. Rory’s Story Cubes never fails to elicit laughter, all the while building creativity and imagination. I’ll often toss these in my purse if we are headed to a restaurant- it’s become a tradition!
This game is adored by my two youngest poppies, who usually invite Linda to play, too! To play, you spread out the sweet little picnic blanket and take turns spinning the teapot spinner in effort to “win” tea party items (teacup, cream and sugar, utensils, plate, sandwich, fruit, dessert). The first player to accumulate all of the items is the winner. The thing I love about eeBoo’s products is that the illustrations are always beautiful and their products inspire imagination and play. Just as when we play Fairytale Spinner and Tell Me a Story, the Tea Party Game always takes on a life of its own, becoming so much more than just a game.
So many of my childhood friends are obsessed with this game and yet I never played it as a child. My children adore it! Enchanted Forest is for 2-4 players and recommended for ages four and up. The goal is to find treasures in the forest and then race to the castle, and the story line weaves together key aspects of many familiar fairy tales. This game offers a fun challenge to children and adults alike, as it involves both memory and strategy.
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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