I’m so excited about June’s game of the month! I love introducing you to new games that the entire family can enjoy. Ani-gram-it is a brand new card game for kids and families from na2ure that combines science learning, the natural world, and play. (Disclosure: na2ure sent me a set of game cards for review purposes. All opinions are my own. We genuinely loved this game.)
Ani-gram-it is a great game for kids who love animals and classification. I’m used to saying no to review opportunities but when na2ure contacted me about the game and I read the description, I KNEW that my science, classification and animal-loving 9 year old nerdy son would LOVE it.
I was right.
Our first experience playing it was actually with our neighbors. I happened to get the game in the mail on the same day that we host our weekly pizza night and so 2 nine year olds and my 5 year old (with my help) set about playing. It was a huge hit, and we don’t normally play games with other kids. (I don’t know why, but doing that hasn’t been very successful for us.)
Ani-gram-it consists of 100 cards, each of which has two sides: a gorgeous photo and the name of the corresponding body part. Body parts are divided into 5 categories: move, see/hear/feel, eat, skin, inside. Players “build” animals by creating sets of different body parts in a crossword-style grid. (See photos.)
Thoughts on playing Ani-gram-it with kids:
- If you’ve played Qwirkle (another game of the month), the rules of Ani-gram-it will be familiar to you. Building animals requires a similar strategy as building sets in Qwirkle.
- It is recommended for children ages 5 and up but my 5 year old needed assistance. I recommend at least one adult play the game if there are children under the age of 7 at the table.
- You need a large playing space on the table, or floor.
- By the end of the game, the boys were all making up imaginary animals. I loved that! It didn’t bother me at all that they were stretching the rules.
- To extend the learning, have kids name the animal for each corresponding body part as they play their cards.
- There is a point-scoring system to the game, but it is easy to play without using it. If you follow my games recommendations, you know we frequently abandon keeping score.
- There is a card version and a board game version with gorgeous chipboard tiles. I love the eco-friendly nature of the game. The board-less version travels well. The box is only about 2 inches square. We even toted it along on our recent vacation!
- Aesthetically, this is a beautiful game! The Ferret app (see below) won the 2014 New York Design Award for Digital Experience – Mobile and the board game was a Finalist in graphic design – 3 dimensional.
- There is a related app called Ferret. My husband recently got an iPad mini so he and the boys played the game. They loved it, and it’s just as gorgeous as the physical version.
- For each game sold a tree gets planted via Trees for the Future.
- It’s not widely available online, yet but you can purchase it on the official website, or if you are in New York City, you can find the game at Book Culture and Torly Kid.
As a bonus, here’s a quick video of the Ferret app in action:
Disclosure: Na2ure sent me a game for review purposes. All opinions are my own. We genuinely loved this game and I recommend it for families. Middle two photos used courtesy of na2ure.