Articulate for Kids is aimed at children between 6-12 years. Despite the fact there was only one player in the correct age range the first time we played this, the laughs that were coming from everyone gave us all mental ages that fit perfectly within the bracket.
The game is easy to set up with minimal playing pieces. This is always a bonus when packing away, and using a timer instead of a dice means we don’t have to hunt around for a dice to play the game when pieces invariably get hidden elsewhere.
Played in teams of two or more, you will need a minimum of four players to play the game properly. Over four players, you can choose to have two teams with more people on, or increase the number of teams and have fewer players on each.
The aim of the game is to move around the board to be the first to reach the finish line. Along the way you land on one of six categories, World, Person, Random, Nature, Object or Action. The slot you are on corresponds to the subject you must choose from the game card.
It doesn’t matter which team goes first, but within the team you must decide which player will take on the act of describing what’s on the card, and which player will guess what their team-mate is describing. The rules state that each player in the team must take a turn at being the describer.
The timer is turned over and you have until the time runs out for your team to guess as many correct answers that you describe. An example of this in the Object category was “Sugar”. We used the phrases such as “You have two of these in your tea”, “It goes into cakes when we make them”.
Some words were easier to describe than others. Once guessed correctly, another card is taken out and the describer has to carry on until the timer runs out. If you guess two correct, then your counter moves forward two spaces.
I’ll admit to getting a little competitive during the game, and we were chuckling a LOT. 7yo coped really well being the describer and the guesser. There were a few words she didn’t understand, and she didn’t know who Leonardo DiCaprio was when that person came up. These were rare, and we bent the rules a little for her and said if you read it and don’t know who it is put it down and choose another quickly. Technically the rules state that you must only do this once per round, but as she was on the younger side of the age range we felt it was fair. I did enjoy trying to get 19y0 to guess Tony the Tiger from the breakfast cereal packets. We were using a lot of actions which is allowed, and sometimes it looked as though we were playing charades.
Articulate for kids retails at £19.99. I think it’s well made and well worth the money. You can play the game for as long as you want if the first round is over too quickly, just go round the board again. It might also be quite fun to mix up the teams a little bit.
There is also Articulate for Adults as well, which judging by how much fun we have had with the junior version, I think we would really enjoy.
Disclosure – we received Articulate for Kids free of charge but all opinions are my own
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