Having a little something-something in your handbag is almost a requirement of parenting, having a cure for boredom in your handbag is required long after your children have outgrown diaper bags. Small games become all the more important during summer when days are longer and children require a bit more entertainment. Each summer a new group of toys come out to appease both parents and children, some end up spilling all over the bottom of said handbag, others require too many pieces or dice; you find your seven year old needs to climb under other diners legs every two minutes to retrieve pieces. Over the years I have found that card games work best. They are light, wipable, and unless people get really excited stay on the table.
Set Games has come to the rescue with 4 card games in tins that will keep kids amused for hours. The packaging of the games is so light you won’t even notice them in your bag and if you close the tins tightly they wont spill all over your bag! All four of the games are fun and each has a different appeal, guaranteeing hours of fun. Quiddler is a word game requiring spelling as many words as possible from a set number of cards in a scrabble like formation. Five Crowns is a numbers game similar to rummy but with lots of twists and wild cards. Set is completely visual all about visual perception and making matches but in a slightly complicated way. Karma is also a number game but in this one there is only one loser, the player with no cards, the rest of the group wins.
The mini rounds were all reformatted to include a few less cards and turns to make sure rounds do not go on for more than fifteen minutes. Just enough time between ordering and food being served or while waiting at an airplane gate, the best part if things get delayed you can always grab another game out of your bag.
These games also have an online component with daily puzzles on the New York Times website as well as on the Set Enterprises site. The games are for kids 8 and over but I am happily playing them as an adult and from what reviewers are saying I am not the only adult out there entertained. The games are available internationally and were released in June right in time for summer!!! Let me know if your kids are enjoying them as much as mine…