Welcome again to my continuing mini series of blogs hopefully showing you some fun games that aren’t monopoly or snakes and ladders that you can play with your family whilst we are under lockdown rules and home schooling has replaced the normal education system for a while.
Today I’m going to introduce you to a little gem of a game that fits the bill of being able to be played with children whilst helping them with their mental maths without even realising it. My offering to you today is a simple card game called Point Salad
Point salad is a game that is ridiculously simple to play but offers a fun experience for 2 to 6 players (nice flexible player count, and it works just as well with 2 players as it does with 6) in a fast 15 to 30 minutes, in fact we often play multiple times on the bounce, best of 3 that kind of thing.
On your turn you are either picking scoring cards or vegetable cards, you continue like this until the end and then score up you points based on the cards you have collected. There is some simple mental addition to be done with the scoring and during play you will be looking at various scoring cards to try and work out which ones will give you the best score. It really is as simple as that, but has a nice (not overly) competitive element as you may have to alter your plans when another player picks a card you want.
To see how well it plays with a family check out this YouTube video from my friends at All Around the Board, they recently played it on family games night and you can see what their thoughts on it were.
I hope this give another idea for you here of a small not very expensive game which will provide plenty of family fun, with hidden maths skills practice and decision making based on numbers. I hope you have as much fun with it as we have and of course I’ve included details below of how you can get hold of this little game from my web store.