School will be ending for most kids within the next month or so. Which means that now is the time to start planning for a successful summer. So I partnered with Winning Moves Games to share our ideas. With five kids to keep busy here, plus any fosters that may come through the door, it can be a difficult task. So I try to have a variety of ideas and activities up my sleeve. There is always the option of baking. Which is one of my favorite past times. PLUS, then we get to eat yummy snacks. Then, the classic activity of making homemade play dough always passes the time quickly. (Try this quick and fun Kool Aid Playdough Recipe for a variety of scent and color options.) And today, I’m happy to share Winning Moves Games as they have a variety of brand new releases that are perfect for passing the long summer days as a screen free summer.
Screen Free Summer Fun
Lately, we’ve really made an effort to keep most of our week screen free. Other than school work, the computers, tablets, and television just stay off. Not only do I enjoy eliminating that background noise, it frees up SO much more time that I thought! It’s just too easy to sit in front of that screen and let the entire day waste away. So my goal this summer is to be a mostly screen free summer. Very limited screen time on rainy days but that’s about it!
Instead, we have several fun things planned and a variety of activities in mind. A local baseball team had a 7 game package special so we already purchased those tickets. Having the dates on my calendar and the commitment made means that we will actually go! But with that, we also needed to have a variety of affordable or free ideas too. So there’s the local beach we plan to frequent. A near-by paved trail that is perfect for bike rides and walks with the family. Several parks are on our list of places for picnic and fun days. And then we can’t wait to plan some play dates with some of our public schooled friends that we miss during the school year. So even without screens, we have lots to do.
Playing Games With Winning Moves
With all the new releases from Winning Moves Games, our game closet will be well stocked for any days where the boredom blues set in. The kids already got to test out one game but I’m saving the rest to surprise them as the weeks wear on.
Clue Suspect Card Game
My absolute favorite game growing up was Clue so I decided that we should test out the Clue Suspect Card Game first. Geared for ages 8 and up, it can accommodate 3 to 4 players. And there are actually two different ways to play! Original or advanced.
Start out by removing all the + cards as those are only for use during play of the advanced game. Then, give each player 12 case file cards. Each one is marked in the corner with a symbol and everyone starts with the same case file card items.
Separate the evidence cards into three piles: suspects, weapons, and locations. Just like in the classic board game, draw one from each pile to place in the confidential envelope. These will stay secret until someone makes the accusation.
Shuffle the remaining evidence cards together and deal them out. Everyone gets the same number of cards and any leftovers go face up for all to see. Once players receive their hand, compare with case file cards. You will immediately know that the evidence cards in your hand are innocent as they can’t be in the envelope. Secretly remove matching case file cards and place in your innocent pile, face down so the other players can’t see.
Time To Play
Looking at your remaining cards, ask the player to your left about any two items that you think may have been used in the crime. The player then checks their evidence cards to see if they have one (or both). IF they have either or both, they need to show ONE to the player who asked. Keep the second one a secret and don’t reveal that you may have both! If you have neither, then say “I can’t help you”. And the question moves on to the next person in line until someone can help you or everyone has stated they can’t help. **REMEMBER: If nobody could help you on a particular card, you know it’s in the envelope! But play it cool and don’t let anyone know what you think.
Once you deem a suspect, weapon, or location as innocent, remove it from your hand and add it to your innocent pile.
Play continues around the table until someone decides they are ready to accuse. Once a player announces they want to accuse, they proceed to place the three case file cards FACE DOWN on the table in a separate pile. They then ask if anyone else is ready to accuse too. If so, they do the same with their accusation cards.
Then, the accuser opens the envelope and secretly looks at what is inside. If they are correct, they win! If not, the game continues on with the remaining players until a correct guess is made.
Honestly, I LOVE this game! It’s a great way to play my favorite classic anywhere! Small enough for travel. Easy enough to play on the go. It’s a big hit with the whole family and our 5 and 7 year old even manage to play quite well too. (Note that the 5 year old can read fairly well and it did take a few rounds to get the hang of. But he’s really good at a lot of games so he picked it up pretty quick.)
Two enthusiastic thumbs up all around!
Connect With Winning Moves
Head over to the Winning Moves Website to learn more about all the games they offer, perfect for a screen free summer. And don’t forget to like them on Facebook and follow on Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and announcements.
Enter To Win – Two Winners!
I’m so excited to share that Thrifty Nifty Mommy is also hosting a Winning Moves Giveaway to help you start your Screen Free Summer! Two winners will EACH win 3 games from the Winning Moves New Games Page! Just enter below for your chance to win. Good luck!