We’ve just come back from a caravan holiday to a Haven resort, and whilst we were packing we decided to take some games with us to play during the times we would be in the caravan. The great British weather does like to surprise us and whilst the forecast was good, I was desperate to get away from too much screen time through the holiday if it rained.
Uno is very similar to the card game Whot! which I played a lot growing up. We have a pack of Whot! as well now and the rules for both are very similar, but perhaps Uno is a bit more colourful. The general gist of both games is to be the first player to place all your cards down on the table one by one by adding to the pile the same number or suit (colour for Uno) that has just been played. Of course there are wild cards that make you pick more cards up sometimes and when you can’t take your turn you have to pick up a card.
What I love about Whot! and Uno are that they can take a few minutes to play, or sometimes they can last longer. It’s also easy to leave a game half way through if you need to and pick it up again later. I do get a little competitive when playing Uno and Whot!
Top Trumps is a game I enjoy playing with Miss A, but we do both get a little competitive with each other. Her Frozen set of Top Trumps are her favourite, but she has read every card and practically knows them off by heart now that I can rarely beat her as she know which option to choose to be able to win almost all of the time. This is a great game to play which can also burn off some excitable energy at the same time.
We took a standard pack of cards with us that opened so many opportunities such as playing patience when one of us wanted to play alone, but we were also able to play snap, beat jack out of doors and attempt to remember other games such as Rummy that I used to play a lot when I was a child.
Just before we went away, we were sent a pack of Happy Families to take with us. Do you remember playing Happy Families as a child? I do, it’s another staple card game from my child hood, but this pack looks a lot different from my pack playing with the animal families. Go For It Games have introduced a great new spin on the Happy Families style game by personalising the packs to different surnames. The packs are bigger than Happy Families from old, and there are a lot more sets to collect within the game. You really do need to have more than two people playing Happy Families to make the game interesting as all the cards are dealt out, but we all enjoyed playing this version of Happy Families. Sadly our surname isn’t available yet, but if you spot yours in the list it’s a great addition, or perhaps a nice idea for a birthday or Christmas gift.
Disclosure – we received the Happy Families game free of charge but all opinions are our own
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