Tree of Life Mama’s Game of the Week: Funglish

Here’s a fun game that involves word association, logic, clues, and deductive thinking. I picked this up for $2 at the thrift store. It was definitely worth the 2 bucks. It is like Charades with words.

You get a ton of tiles, each with a word printed on it. One is in English and the other side has the same word in French. Then you take the top card of the stack of cards. The goal is to get the other people to guess as many words listed on the card as you can get them to guess before the sand timer runs out by giving them clues. To do this, you put the word tiles on the easel. The easel has three sections: “Definitely,” “Kind Of,” and “Not.” So you use the word tiles as clues in each category to fit the word you are describing.

For example, say you have the word “cement.” This is the word my daughter had when we played this morning. So she put “manmade,” “tough,” “strong,” “hard,” and “smooth.” in the top row of what that word is. Then in the middle she put “black,” “white,” “stone,” and “straight,” for the “kind of” category. That’s for the in-between category. The time ran out before she could get any clues up for the “not” category. But she could have put words that show what cement isn’t, like: “soft,” “edible,” “yummy,” and “colorful.”

This is a great game to expand vocabulary, especially for children and people whose first language is not english. Or if you are studying French, since like I mentioned above, the reverse of each tile has the word in French.

It’s not as exciting as Dungeons or Dragons, or Dune, or as loooong, but it’s still wonderful. I personally think it is more fun than Scrabble, because it goes a lot faster. It’s quick like Bananagrams because you are racing. In Bananagrams you are racing each other and in this game you are racing against the timer. So, if you are a word lover, if you like word games like Charades, Scrabble or Boggle, you will probably love this game. If you want a fun game to review basic adjectives with your children who can read, this is a great game. (It does require the players to know how to read English or French.) One tip I have for playing it is that if a guess is correct, the clue giver gets to pause the sandtimer by flipping it over horizontally while he or she clears the old clues off the easel.

Keep your eye out for it at the thrift store, I bet you can pick it up there if you look for it. I’ve seen it there often. Here’s a video below that shows how to play it. This is a wonderful game to add to your gameschooling collection.

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