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With summer vacation just around the corner, or already underway for some, I wanted to let you know of two new award-winning games from Marbles The Brain Store, perfect for family vacations, game night, or rainy days inside. One is Tugie and the other is Sock Puppet Charades.
Marbles The Brain Store is a specialty store with unique, challenging games and activities to help build better brains, for both adults and kids. They have 29 locations around the country as well as a full online presence.
To me, Tugie looks more like a baby toy than a game. I have to tell you, though, that's far from the truth. It's a game of precision and balance that will have both kids and adults alike keeping attention and focus to ensure pieces don't fall down.
In Tugie, players take turns rolling the die to see which color piece they need to tug from the Tugie Tower. Be careful! If any pieces fall while you tug, you must keep them and they count as points against you. The player with the least amount of fallen pieces at the end of the game wins.
You begin by stacking the pieces on the pole. The gray piece always goes at top. After rolling the dice to determine the color, you have to pick a piece of that color, grab its rope and tug it off the stack. If your piece doesn't fall, you place it back at the top of the stack. If you knocked off any other pieces, you have to keep them. Players take turns rolling the dice and tugging the pieces. The person who collects six knocked-off pieces first loses. It takes equal parts skill and equal parts luck to make sure your piece doesn't fall. If you roll "Tugie" on the dice, you have to pull two pieces (below the gray) at once. That means double the trouble! Oh, and players aren't allowed to touch the pieces, fix pieces, or hold the base. They can only touch the ropes. Tugie is a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner.
I've played Tugie several times with my older children. It's fun to watch their focus and determination on making sure pieces don't fall. It's been a fun time every time we 've played.
Another fun game that we've gotten a lot of hoots and hollers from is Sock Puppet Charades. It is a classic game of charades but with sock puppets and small props. This imagination-bending game will test your creativity and coordination. Sock Puppet Charades is a Parents' Choice "Fun Stuff" Award Winner.
Sock Puppet Charades comes with a timer, charade cards, two sock puppets, small bag of props, and score sheets. Each charade card has three categories to choose from:
1. Action (i.e. kidding, yodeling)
2. Person (i.e. engineer, train conductor
3. Thing (i.e. lost dog, free samples)
You are timed for sixty seconds and your goal is to get the people on your team to guess all three clues on each charade card. The player with the most points after determined rounds wins.
Trying to play charades with sock puppets has its challenges. But it sure is fun! The small bag of props includes wooden blocks, felt, pipe cleaner, and other miscellaneous. We've added a couple of our own things to use as props to help the guessing process. Players can use one or both sock puppets while it's their turn.
This is also a game that we've had lots of fun with. I can't say I'm the best at accurate guesswork but it sure is hilarious trying to come up with the answers!
One person will win Sock Puppet Charades.
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