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My boys love to have a family game night (or afternoon!) Even if the game has a connection to learning or reinforcing a skill, they typically have a good time. While some games on our shelves are favorites, we also enjoy finding something new to play. Having the opportunity to review Speechless from Arcane Wonders, we sat down to a recent game night with an air of excitement and some snacks to keep boys tummies happy.
What is Arcane Wonders’ Speechless All About?
Speechless is a game for 3 to 8 players which has each person taking turns being the presenter while others are the “guessers.”
What are they guessing? The words which the presenter is acting out.
There are 3 different difficulties of words (color coded cards.) The green cards are the easiest, yellow cards are moderate difficulty and the red ones are the hardest.
If following the rules to the letter, each presenter takes one of each card and methodically works through as many of the words as possible. The other players have a small board to record their guesses for each word acted out.
The catch? NO talking!
Oh, and you have 90 seconds to present 6 words.
When the time is up, the presenter asks players to share their guesses for each word. After all the players have shared, the presenter can reveal the actual word on the card.
Each player earns points for a correct guess. There is a little leeway for when someone gets a derivative of the word rather than the actual word. For example, if the word was hop and you wrote hopping.
Even the presenter earns points based on the number of times the words were correctly guessed.
There are some other nuances to the game rules, but those are the basics for you.
Overall, it’s a fun, fast paced game that has the potential to fill the room with laughter. The laughter could be sparked by a presenter’s acting ability or the guesses of the players. And, of course, snacks add to the ambiance.
How Can you Use Speechless for Vocabulary Development?
I’ve found that using games to reinforces a particular skill set has the kids more excited to do ‘school.’ It rarely matters what the subject matter is. If it is presented in a game format, my boys tend to gravitate towards it.
Speechless arrived at a great time for my youngest son. He’s a burgeoning reader who is learning by leaps and bounds. While he has a decent vocabulary, it is still developing. The same goes for his decoding skills.
Given his point in the reading and vocabulary spectrum, we opted to play with only the green cards. He was also given permission to consult (quietly) with his dad on any word he was uncertain of.
We actually had a good laugh when he opted to not as his dad to verify a word. He looked like he was chopping through the air or playing the drums. The word he somehow misread? Laugh!
The vocabulary development comes into play as your child has to determine the best way to act out a word. And, we all know that some words have multiple meanings. If you wanted to take things further, you could talk about (or show!) your child a different approach to each of the words. This is especially helpful if their presentation left everyone stumped.
Even with his need to have an assistant, my youngest is in love with this game. With long winter days ahead of us, that warms this homeschooling mama’s heart. And, it means some afternoons where we can work more on his reading and vocabulary development while having fun.
Win Your Own Copy of Speechless!!
One lucky reader can win their own Speechless game to enjoy as a family.
Entries are accepted in the Gleam widget below. (Hint: You MUST leave a comment to qualify!!) The giveaway is open to the US and ends on October 14, 2016.
Arcane Wonders Speechless
Does your family enjoy having game nights?
Do you weave games like Speechless into your homeschooling or as a way to help reinforce learning?