TID – Day 30 – Bananas to Oranges

Name Apples to Apples
Players 4 – Lots
Play Time As variable as you want
Game Style Matching Nouns to Adjectives

Apples to Apples is a wonderful little game that takes word knowledge in a whole new direction. Each round, one player is determined to be a judge and overturns an adjective. Each other player then selects a noun from their hand that best matches that noun. The judge then chooses the noun they think is the best match. The game is fast, fun and makes for some interesting pairings. You really need to know what your judge is looking for. Me, for example, I look for the funniest matches that I can. My mom, on the other hand, is looking for the most appropriate match. Play your cards carefully. I do find that the replay value diminish over time, as familiarity can breed a little boredom. Expansions should be added in every so often to keep the game fresh.

Direct Curricular Applicability: High
– Word Choice
– Understanding Audience
Time to Play Quick
Even getting through one round is satisfying, and that can take as little as 2 minutes.
Tangential Learning: High
The noun cards provide a ton of subjects to dive into. Also, learning new adjectives becomes a great way to expand vocabulary.
Gameplay Complexity Low
The game is quick and easy.
OVERALL: As a fairly popular game, Apples to Apples generally has lots of students who know the game before they even hit the classroom. That is with good reason, this is a unique game that is fun for everyone.

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