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Stone Soup

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Monty Stambler, Ann Stambler

Manufacturer(s): Gamewright

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Product Description

Soup's on as you follow a recipe, of sorts, to get rid of your food cards. Despite the temptation, stones don't belong. Slip one into the pot and double your risk. Includes a recipe for real soup, no stones required. The first player to get rid of all of his cards is the winner.

Stone Soup helps players plan ahead and predict, read other people's faces, and learn when to bluff and take a risk. Stone Soup lightens the deception with a warm and humorous narrative from the familiar folktale.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Monty Stambler, Ann Stambler

  • Manufacturer(s): Gamewright

  • Artist(s): Marc Mongeau, James Bernardin

  • Year: 2000

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 20 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 191 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. This is a domestic item.


  • 52 Food, Stone, and Dash-of-Salt Cards
  • 1 Sequence-of-Ingredients Cards
  • Rules of Play
  • Questionnaire
  • Recipe for Sally's Stoneless Stone Soup

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.2 in 4 reviews

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Gads, Get a Grip
December 01, 2002

First off, Stone Soup the folk tale (commonly read by CHILDREN) is all about how a rather wary and shellshocked community are 'deceived' by some clever fellows into creating a warm, happy, and fulfilling festival centered on the soup. While I find it amusing that an analyst would refer to his child as 'a total goody two shoes' I find it disturbing that the other two reviewers at this point can't see the obvious benefits to letting children have an outlet for any deceptive tendencies they might have. If you don't let them express them in a game, you may well find yourself dealing with them in a much more deleterious circumstance. A more sinister reason for using this game at an early age would be for YOUR benefit, as parents, to learn more fully how your children approach bluffing and deceit, so that you can recognize key factors later in life. Kids need to experience the feelings surrounding being lied to as much as they need to experience the feelings of lying--if you can control the context in which it all happens, you are that much closer to not worrying about it.

A fun bluffing game for families
November 21, 2001

I think a previous reviewer needs to lighten up a bit. I am a psychiatrist and I hardly think that this game teaches lying and cheating. Let's face it, all of us have impulses to lie or cheat but if we have a well developed conscience, we don't do it in real life. On the other hand, a game gives us a chance to exercise this side of ourselves without doing any harm. Anyway, I don't mean to get too psychoanalytic about this, I just think that my family has had a lot of fun with this game, especially my 7 year old daughter who tends to be a total goody two shoes and would never consider lying or cheating in real life.

Teach your kids to lie!
May 02, 2001

Ostensibly a kid's game, 'Stone Soup' is a game that rewards lying and cheating, and in my opinion is perhaps not the best game for teaching morals to children.

Each player is dealt a hand of cards, the cards representing various ingredients for a rather rich soup. Each ingredient is numbered, and each player must put in the next ingredient, or 'add some salt' with a salt card, which passes the responsibility for a particular ingredient on to the next player. The player states how many of the ingredient are being added, and cards are placed on the discard pile face-down. These cards can be challenged by anyone who suspects that the contents of the group are not as promised, and there are penalties for guessing incorrectly or for lying.

Rather simple game, with almost no strategy. This is simply a game of bluff, and not a particularly good one at that. Still, it is light fare, and almost perfect as a beer and pretzels outing, if you are in the right mood for it. My wife likes it a lot, and that says something for it.

by Marc
I beg to differ on games for children.
June 12, 2002

Personally I don't think that bluffing games are the best idea for children's games. Whatever you call it, bluffing, lying, deceiving I think that children should be trained mainly with skills that cultivate good citizenship for their futures. Visual perception (SET), Counting and strategy (Galloping Pigs), Deductive Reasoning (Enchanted Forest) more... True 'all of us have impulses to lie or cheat but if we have a well developed conscience, we don't do it in real life', however I would not let children watch some violent movies because most all of us at times have impulses to act upon our angry impulses, or let them view pornographic images because some individuals in society may have certain impulses towards those areas in a 'safe acting out our impules kinda way' without engaging in certain activities. Where do you draw the line in regards to children's entertainment? True again that it is fun to act out some impulses like the kinds in this game and if a child can truly understand this than great, have fun. I feel however and would caution adults that in my opinion these types of games are not the best choice for children. How do you access a child's 'well developed conscious when childhood is the time when they are developing the ethics/morals/principals based on what they are taught and/or conditioned in both the classroom and their time away from school? These impressionable years usually mold them into what they will bloom into in adulthood. In my opinion this game is more of a PG-13 type of game. I'd recommend the games Set, Galloping Pigs and/or Enchanted Forest instead for children.

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