Game: Rummikub For Kids or Rummikub Start Right
What does the box say?
Age Range: Little and Bigs (4 and up)
Number of Players: 2 – 4
Short Description: Develops number and color recognition skills, teaches players how to build sets of consecutive numbers and logical reasoning.
Game Length: 10 – 15 minutes
Learning Curve: About one game.
It’s been raining here in Tulsa for weeks, or at least it feels like it. Which means we’ve been catching up on our game playing, so it isn’t all bad.
Love and Games
So tonight we pulled out another of our classic go to games – Rummikub For Kids. Which it looks like now they’ve changed the name to Rummikub Start Right.
I can remember one of the first times I met my wife, she was playing Rummikub with some of her friends. In my family we always looked forward to game night, so knowing that she liked to play games definitely sealed the deal for me.
Also, as you can imagine, this was one of the first games we wanted to get for our kids since we both had fond memories of it.
The Eye of the Tiger
I have no idea where she learned it, but somehow my daughter learned one of the most motivational songs ever in human history and I’m a little scared quite frankly.
Because when your six year old daughter starts humming “The Eye of the Tiger” while playing you in a board game you can be pretty sure she’s about to take you out.
In fact, you can be 100% sure. She took me out.
HappyDad Tips for Winning
We’ve always been a pretty competitive family, and Rummikub For Kids is no exception.
So there are a couple of things you need to know when taking on your own 6 year old Rocky.
The first pro tip is that you don’t want to be the first one to lay down. Everybody thinks laying down first is best way to play, but inevitably the person who lays down second or third wins because they have more options for going out.
The second big tip is what I call the reshuffle. Take an extra minute on your turn to see if you can reshuffle some of the tiles already on the table. Many times you can get rid of those last pesky tiles by simply splitting up a few that have already been played. So don’t be so quick to end your turn.
That said, my family has threatened to institute a play clock more times than I count. So don’t milk it too much. 😉
Quick Play and Confidence Building
One of the reasons we like this game is because you can play it quickly if you don’t have a lot of time. But if you do have a lot of time, you can play a few rounds.
The other reason we like it is because the littles can usually win at the game even against older siblings or me. It’s always fun for them when they know they’ve won a game fair and square.
Although it does shake my confidence from time to time. It’s fun to see them get so excited. Just so long as they don’t start humming “We are the Champions” I’ll be good.
HappyDad Rating: 4 Silly Faces
James (5 Year Old Boy):
I like it. I love it. I play it. I like it. I love it. Let me see. I love it. Ava, there’s yours. Hmm. (Stretching legs) That’s it.
Ava (6 Year Old Girl):
It’s a fun game. It’s fun to play. It’s a pretty easy game even though sometimes it can be complicated and I like it. That’s good, do you think?
Shaw (9 Year Old Boy):
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Best review ever. Oh, and Wild.
Bella (12 Year Old Girl):
Really fun game you can play with your family. Little kids really like it.
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