My family loves to play board games – our favourites are ones which make us laugh and talk and generally relax. We were recently introduced to a new game called NounSense by the wonderful people at OurKids and here is our review.
If you enjoy reading and filling in the blanks with the Mad Lib books, this game is for you. The object of the game is to be the first player who completes their story with nouns and collects the most points. To begin the game, each player picks a story card (but shouldn’t read it). Each story card has blanks on it – this is where the nouns go. You find the nouns on this board which has all the nouns you can use to complete the stories. (When I first saw the board I was skeptical that the sticky stuff was going to let us reuse the nouns but not to worry it is great.) Then you take turns moving your marker around the board, landing on spots which tell you how many nouns you can peel and stick into your story.
My boys were so excited to complete their stories that they didn’t want to wait for their turn. This caused some problems because while they tried to wait for their turn they would read their stories to themselves and giggle. Of course when one giggles the other wants to know why….
We had so much fun since we first played the game about a month ago, my ten year old son has asked to play it at least once week since.
A few details: We have played without keeping score as the points are not really necessary. Instead we see who can make the others laugh the loudest and longest with the funniest story. We recommend that when you play you don’t look at the Wild Words as you pick them otherwise these will be the nouns that everyone wants first (causing arguments and competitiveness to crush the fun).
As a mom, I really enjoyed listening to my son who is in Grade One read his story. Some of the words were a bit challenging for him which was great! My son who is in Grade 4 loved the freedom to make up the silliest sentences possible.