A year or so ago, friends introduced Tim and I to a new “board game”–Creationary. Much to my dismay (or not), Tim fell instantly in love.
Put very simply, Creationary is Lego Pictionary. You’re given an object in a category, and you have to
draw build it. A supply of legos (Tim would like me to note that it is a limited supply) is included.
Here’s why it made a good gift for Tim: he has a very soft spot in his heart left over from boyhood (otherwise known as ‘nostalgia’) for Legos–one that he rarely gets to indulge now that he is an all grown up man. This game gave him just the dignified excuse he needed to climb right back into his little boy shoes.
Let me invite you to take a peek at how it works, courtesy of a rousing game we played a few weeks back with Nathaniel and Anna. See if you can guess what we built!
Did you get them? Backhoe, Cow, Crocodile, Dock, Hospital, Gas Pump, Clock Tower, Parthenon (I think), Main Street.
Here’s what I like about the game (that I haven’t already mentioned): It’s a great thing to play with a mixed group of kids and adults of all ages (although Pop declined when we offered to let him in on the action) since cards come in three categories of difficulty. It’s good for even a very young kid’s creativity and fine motor skills, plus it won’t drive the parent nearly as crazy as oh, say Candyland.
Here’s what I don’t like about the game: the scoring system is really weird. We scratched the existing instructions when we played and let all the players guess what was being built. We gave the point to the first correct answerer. We also let the builder finish his/her item even after it had been guessed, just so we could ooh and ahh over the brilliant execution.
Overall, though, I think it’s a great game and a creative gift idea. It sells at Walmart for about $30 (Lego stuff is expensive) as well as online from several venues. And I imagine you might even be able to make your own if you already have a Lego supply.