Apples to Apples Junior
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Apples to Apples Junior brings the award winning card and party game, Apples to Apples, to the entire family. Younger readers will delight in the funny comparisons while expanding their vocabulary and thinking skills.
It's as easy as comparing "apples to apples" ... just open the box, deal the cards, and you're ready for instant family fun! Select the card from your hand that you think is most like the card played by the judge. If the judge picks your card, you win that round. And, everyone gets a chance to be the judge!
Each round is filled with surprising comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events. Fast moving and refreshing, Apples to Apples Junior is easy to learn and fun to play--it's the perfect game for kids, families and friends!
Average Rating: 4.8 in 4 reviews
This was among a bunch of games I ordered for a summer day camp my kids attend. The camp serves kids just out of kindergarten through 4th grade, and Apples to Apples Jr. has become their new favorite game. The added bonus is that the game is interesting enough that the counselors don't get bored out of their minds playing it for the nth time, and happily jump in to a game whenever the kids request.
I got this for my younger son (age 10) after playing the adult version with my older son (age 20). I wish the store had had the Junior version (ages 9+). We've played this in a mixed group from a 6 year old to a grandmother, and we have lots of fun with it. It won't be boring for the adults and the kids find it fun. The only problem is the vocabulary is a little simple for an all adult game, so you'd be better off getting the adult version if you think you'd be playing this with young adults and adults only.
What would be cool if Out Of The Box made a hybrid with 1/3 of the deck 7+ cards, 1/3 of the deck 9+ cards, and 1/3 of the deck 'adult' cards. That would enable the game to 'grow' with a family.
Im always looking for games for friends and relatives to play and to give as gifts. This one sounded good from the prior review, so I bought it and brought it home for Thanksgiving. By the way, games make wonderful hostess/housewarming gifts!
Everyone picks 4 cards (we played with 5) from the red deck--one might say 'star' or 'bee'--and then one green descriptor card is picked for all to match the best that they can. It may say 'small' or 'stinky', for example. Each player makes a choice and submits it to the judge, who shuffles the cards and then selects the best card in his or her opinion. Players alternate as judge. The results can be hilarious and creative!
The kids (5 years old on up) and we adults ALL had LOTS of fun! It takes the right kind of thinking for kids: not a brain drain, but it allows them to make a choice and voice an opinion with their selection. And you dont have to play down to even young kids; try your hardest, because the kids are on equal footing.
Unlike what the rules allow, we didnt let players promote why their card was the best: the siblings wouldnt rule in favor of a sisters card! Keeping the cards 'secret' forced the judges impartiality and didnt hurt the gameplay at all.
My nieces and nephews loved it. We must have played 6 times, so you know its fun. First thing next day, my nieces talked me into playing again.
This is an enjoyable excuse for kids-adult interaction, so you cant go wrong. Im anxious to try the grownups version sometime.
We are a family of four; the two children are ages 8 and 10. We have played this game several times and highly recommend it. It is a great way to develop debating skills as each person tries to--very creatively in most cases--convince the judge that his/her card is the best match. Sometimes the judge picks the most obvious match and sometimes the most creatively convoluted match (this can be a way of letting each child win at least one round). Lots of laughs, too. Just make sure that the more voluble players don't take too much floor time--it can be intimidating for younger or more shy children at first. They may need help getting started on how to defend their point of view--once they get it, though, their ideas really blossom.
The bottom line: Apples to Apples Junior is a well-done adaptation of a fun family game. It's a must-buy as soon as your kids can read.