Countdown to Christmas with Toy Review #1: Tell Tale Fairy Tales Card Game

We recently got this game for our homeschooling closet on the recommendation of a friend. So by putting it in my closet, that means we can only use it during homeschool time (the time between when the little kids and I get the breakfast dishes done and the time we eat lunch). I thought it would be fun to tell you about it and count that as a toy review for Christmas too.

The game is Tell Tale Fairy Tales. It’s a small round tin filled with brightly colored cards. Each card has a different image on each side. For the basic game, each player gets 6 cards, and then the player tells a story using the six images. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I mean it’s not a super exciting game, but it’s still fun. I played it with my 4 and 7 year olds. I can see that if I played it with more people and maybe older people, it might evoke more chuckles, especially if you used inside jokes or cultural references that older people “get.”  I have never thought of myself as a storyteller but this game made me discover that I do have one inside me. I thought it would be hard to come up with a story but it was not only fairly easy but fun, and as a bonus, I made sure I had a little moralizing in there as well. I like that the game is so compact and little. You could easily take it on trips and play in the car or on the plane. It’s not a flashy game, but it encourages the oldest form of entertainment, stories, and I am all for that. I think we as a culture are just beginning to scratch the surface of the power of stories. i am all for anything that encourages storytelling, and when it can be used to bring a family closer together and have fun at the same time, while encouraging brain flexing, that’s even better. This game would make a great stocking stuffer, although you might have to take it out of the packaging to tuck it in a stocking.

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