Have you ever heard of Sleeping Queens? Every year we get a new game during the holidays and this card game was a HUGE hit. It's appealing to kids of all ages and is a perfect choice for our game of the month series.
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We really, really LOVE Sleeping Queens. It is easy to learn, a little quirky, relies on light strategy and is a wonderful way to reinforce what we call "math power facts" -- or what us old timers call "addition tables."
How to Play Sleeping Queens:
The basic goal of Sleeping Queens is to collect queen cards by either waking them up, or stealing them from another player. How many cards you aim to collect depends on if you are playing for points, and how many players are at the table. Players wake up queens by drawing and playing king cards. Action cards such as the knight, sleeping potion, magic wand, dragon and jester cards allow players to steal or counteract others' moves. Players attempt to gain action cards by exchanging number cards from the draw pile.
Tips for Playing with Kids:
Each queen is assigned a point value. Players attempt to collect the required number of queens OR the required number of points. We found the game to be less cut-throat if we played for the number of cards, instead of the point value.
Players turn in number cards at the beginning of each turn based on whether or not they add up or match. For example, if a player holds a 2, 3 and 5, he can exchange them for 3 new cards because 2+3=5. He must declare the equation before the exchange. If a player holds 2 sixes, he can exchange the pair.
Younger kids who are still working on basic addition skills can have a list of math facts in front of them to help them.
Sleeping Queens is easy to learn. The manufacturer's suggested age is 8 and up, however my newly-6 year old learned easily and I think 5 year olds could play, too. My favorite way of introducing a new game to my youngest son is to play with him on a team until he learns the instructions.
It has also won a Dr. Toy Smart Play Smart Toy award.
Have you ever played Sleeping Queens?
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