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Games for all ages!

AGES 2-5

sneakyTHE SNEAKY SNACKY SQUIRREL GAME

  • Your forest pals are hungry and need your help! Help them find their acorns in this fun and addictive preschool game
  • Spin the spinner and pick up the matching acorn with your Squirrel Squeezer, placing it in your log. The first to collect 5 acorns wins
  • Multi-award-winning, cute and colorful board game designed to teach young children about colors. Easy to understand and play – no reading required
  • Reinforces color learning and helps develop matching skills, strategic thinking, turn-taking, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills

 

HISSShisss

As each Hisss snake slithers its way across the playing area it introduces color identification and visual logic: Does it make sense to have a snake with two tails and no head? Are those two colors the same or not? Even elementary counting skills come into play during scoring at the end of the game. HOW TO PLAY: In this simple, elegant card game, players match colors and and make snakes from heads to tails. Long snakes, short snakes, purple, yellow and rainbow snakes. Finish a snake and add it to your snake pit. The player with the most snakes at the end of the game wins.

 

FEED THE KITTY

kittyRoll the dice but don’t lose your mice! In this fast moving game, try to keep your mice away from the kitty. Roll an arrow and pass one to the left. Roll a sleeping cat and you’re lucky to squeak by. But roll a bowl and it’s dinner time for kitty! The last player left with mice wins.

Feed the Kitty is as simple as a cat’s life. Mice are on the menu, and as they move from place to place, it’s anyone’s guess who will end up hungry and who will get to have a full belly. Will you be caught catnapping or will you pounce into the lead? The answer is all in the roll of the dice!

Ages 4 and up, no reading required.

 

AGES 6-8

BELLZ!bellz

Bellz! is deceptively simple, yet supremely challenging at the same time. Open the travel pouch, and you’re ready to play!

The pouch opens to become the game arena. Inside are forty custom bells in four colors and three different sizes. Players use the magnet wand to pick up bells of only one color. Make a string off the end of the magnet wand, or create a cluster — just don’t pick up bells of any other color or your turn ends. Each player must decide how far to push their luck on every turn. The first player to collect all ten bells of one color wins!

GOOGLY EYES

googlyGoogly Eyes is the hilarious family game that challenges your vision and leaves you googling for more! Put on the zany, vision-altering google eye glasses and start to draw while your team tries to guess what you’re drawing. Is that an igloo or a turtle? A birthday cake or a fortress? Players take turns drawing and guessing, so everyone gets a chance to wear the glasses. The glasses come with three sets of lenses that range from mild changes to mind-blowing fun, so no one can see (or draw) straight–your vision will bounce off of the lenses. Googly Eyes is a fun twist on classic drawing games that lets players of different ages and skill levels compete on equal terms, since the goggles make it fun and challenging for everyone. Unlike any other drawing game you don’t need to be an artist, and the rules are simple. Just roll the die and move–the space you land on tells you which color lenses to use (easy, medium, or hard). Then pick a card, set the timer, and start drawing. If your team guesses correctly you get to roll and move again; if not, then you stay where you are on the board. The first team to reach Finish wins.

AGES 8-12

EXPLODING KITTENSkittens

 

MYSTERIUM

mysA horrible crime has been committed on the grounds of Warwick Manor and it’s up to the psychic investigators to get to the bottom of it. In Mysterium, one player takes on the role of the ghost and over the course of a week, tries to lead the investigators to their culprit. Each night the team will be met with visions, but what is the ghost trying to tell you? Can the psychics determine the weapon, location and killer or will a violent criminal pull off the perfect murder?

FAMILY GAMES

KINGDOM BUILDERkingdom

In Kingdom Builder, the players create their own kingdoms by skillfully building their settlements, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.

Nine different kinds of terrain are on the variable game board, including locations and castles. During his turn, a player plays his terrain card and builds three settlements on three hexes of this kind. If possible, a new settlement must be built next to one of that player’s existing settlements. When building next to a location, the player may seize an extra action tile that he may use from his next turn on. These extra actions allow extraordinary actions such as moving your settlements.

By building next to a castle, the player will earn gold at the end of the game, but the most gold will be earned by meeting the conditions of the three Kingdom Builder cards; these three cards (from a total of ten in the game) specify the conditions that must be met in order to earn the much-desired gold, such as earning gold for your settlements built next to water hexes or having the majority of settlements in a sector of the board.

Each game, players will use a random set of Kingdom Builder cards (3 of 10), special actions (4 of 8), and terrain sectors to build the map (4 of 8), ensuring you won’t play the same game twice!

TICKET TO RIDE: RAILS & SAILS

rails-and-sailsTicket to ride rails & sails is the new installment in this best-selling train adventure series. Players collect cards of various types (trains and ships) that enable them to claim railway and sea routes on a nicely illustrated double-sided board, featuring the world map on one side and the great lakes of North America on the other. Elegantly simple and fast to learn, it takes the ticket to ride series to the next level! veteran railroaders as well as family and friends will be delighted to set sail to the new horizons of ticket to ride rails and sails…

REVERSE CHARADESreverse

Reverse Charades flips the charade standard of one person giving clues to a large group on its head by splitting the players (six or more) into two teams, then having all but one person on a team work together to get that one person to guess as many words as possible in sixty seconds. Each guessed word is worth one point; each word spoken or mouthed costs that team a point.

After each player has guessed once, the team with the most points wins.

SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM

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In Sheriff of Nottingham, players will take turns stepping into the shoes of the Sheriff himself, while others act as Merchants attempting to bring their goods into the city for profit! Beware though, while many may act as honest merchants, there is always the possibility of contraband being smuggled into the city!

CODENAMES

Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.code

In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

Codenames: Win or lose, it’s fun to figure out the clues.

Christmas Music

We have everything to satisfy your Christmas music needs! Come in to see our entire selection!

We have Christmas lesson books, piano solos, piano duets, and piano/vocal/guitar. We also have Christmas songbooks for band and orchestra.

Take a look at this year’s Christmas books that were featured in the Herald Journal:

The LDS Christmas Songbook

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Christmas Classics for Solo Piano

arranged by Marshall McDonald

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That’s Christmas to Me

by Pentatonix

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Christmas Kaleidoscope

arranged by Robert S. Frost

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Christmas Kaleidoscope II

arranged by Robert S. Frost

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Christmas Toys

Find everything on your Christmas List at the Book Table! Here are this year’s popular toys:

HOOP SHOOT

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STANDING ART EASEL

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SPIROGRAPH SETS

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FASHION PLATE SETS

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SHAPE SORTING CUBE

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SPIN AGAIN

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PLAYMOBIL 123 NATIVITY

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Christmas Children’s Books

There’s nothing like sitting by the Christmas tree, feeling the warmth of the fireplace, and reading a Christmas book with family and friends. We have a bunch of children’s Christmas books! Come get them before they’re gone!

 

 

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

FRIDAY NIGHT (December 2nd) we will be having our annual Midnight Madness sale! From 8pm-midnight everything in the store will be 20% off and guitars will be 15% off! Additional deals will be announced at the sale! Not only that but we will have a bunch of authors here to sign their books for you. You don’t want to miss this! Below is a list of the authors that will be here and the books they are selling in our store:

JILL BOWERS

Immortal Writers

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JEANETTE SIUFANUA/BELINDA BRINGHURST

Temples: Drawing on Symbols

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HEATHER EAGER

Devil’s Playground

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BONNIE GLEE

Invisible Son

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LORIN GRACE

Waking Lucy

Waking Lucy debut here at midnight madness!

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DOUG MOTTONEN

If Barns Could Talk

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DOREESE SEVERE

Who Fills Santa’s Stocking?

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E.B. WHEELER

No Peace with the Dawn

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Christmas Toys

When kids think of Christmas, they can’t help but think about all the toys they will be getting. So why get them any other place than the Book Table? Here are just a few of our toys and games that are specifially related to Christmas. BUT don’t let this post fool you; the majority of our upstairs is all dedicated to all things toys and games. This is the place where Santa shops!

Elf on the Shelf Make a Match Memory Game

Sixteen pairs of colorful pictures – including the Elf on the Shelf building a snowman, reading a book, and sitting on a Christmas tree ornament – are hidden! On your turn, pick any two cards, trying to get a match. Find a pair, and you get to keep it.

Get a matching pair of “Take Elf” cards and you get to take the Elf on the Shelf figure which will give you bonus points at the end of the game. Be the player to find the most matching pairs of scout elves and their friends to win!

Santa Claus Magnetic Pretend Play

Melissa & Doug creates yet another great toy for your beloved little one. This dress-up wooden magnetic figure set includes 1 wooden doll and stand, plus 31 magnetic pieces of clothing, accessories, and a sturdy wooden storage tray.

By sorting the pieces or mix to make your own creations, this toy promotes hand-eye coordination, creative expression and imaginative play.

Disney’s Frozen 7 Wooden Puzzles

Kids will love putting together their favorite scenes with the Disney Frozen Wood Puzzles 7 Pack. This set of 7 jigsaw puzzles features favorite characters from the hit movie including Elsa, Anna, Olaf the snowman, Sven and Kristoff.

The set includes pieces for 7 wooden puzzles in different sizes and a tray that fits neatly inside a storage box for easy clean up. Each puzzle is stamped with a unique image on the back so pieces can be sorted easily. For kids 3 and up.

Melissa & Doug Snowman Stacker

We’ve taken a classic childhood toy and entered a touch of winter magic to create a wooden stacking snowman! Designed with a solid-wood rocking base for safety, it features eight wooden pieces. With his jaunty scarf and hat and a sweet smile, this cold-weather friend is sure to warm up snowy days.

Christmas Music 2015

Next on this year’s list of staff picks for Christmas, our Music deparment manager Katherine has chosen to tell you some of her favorite Christmas music books and products.

The Christmas Family Songbook

Most of you will probably remember the Readers Digest Merry Christmas Songbook.  When it went out of print, there was so much outrage, that Alfred Publishing decided to do something about it.

This songbook is a beautiful, hardcover, keepsake that will encourage your family to enjoy some fun Christmas sing-alongs this season!  Filled with over 100 of your favorite Christmas songs, these carols are all easy to play, and it comes with accompaniment CD as well as digital lyric sheets that you can print and share.  $34.99.

Holidays Extraordinaire!

Following the highly successful publication, Strings Extraordinaire!, this new collection offers 25 arrangements for Christmas, Chanukah, and wintertime. Like its predecessor, Holidays Extraordinaire! is a progressive collection designed for students of different playing levels.

All pieces are scored with an advanced and beginning part for each instrument, while being progressively ordered throughout. Two selections feature a special advanced solo obbligato part. Holidays Extraordinaire! is perfect for those festive December concerts when orchestras of varied levels perform together.

A Songbook for LDS Families by Janice Kapp Perry

A Songbook for LDS Families highlights eighteen beloved and well-known songs, as well as twenty-eight newly penned Book of Mormon hymns composed by Janice Kapp Perry with text by Bonnie Hart Murray. The first section of this beautifully designed book showcases musical scores everyone loves, as well as new sister missionary arrangements of As Sisters in Zion and In the Hollow of Thy Hand. Incredible insights into the stories behind the cherished lyrics accompany each song.

In addition to the choral arrangements, section two explains the process and highlights the scriptures that inspired the creation of these new Book of Mormon hymns. Also included in this special-edition volume are two CDs containing accompaniment tracks to all forty-six pieces of music. Underscored by the stunning artwork of Greg Olsen, Simon Dewey, and Tom Lovell, as well as the complete Book of Mormon art collection by Arnold Friberg, this unparalleled celebration of faith-promoting music is sure to be a treasured keepsake.

Christmas 2015 Staff Picks: LDS Department

Next on this year’s list of staff picks for Christmas books, our LDS deparment manager Mary Ann has chosen 8 of her favorite Christmas books.

 CHILDREN’S BOOK:

This is the perfect book for you to read with your kids the night before Christmas or even on Christmas Day!

C is For Christmas by Tonya Skousen Arenaz

C Is for Christmas Tonya Skousen Arenaz What is Christmas? Find the answer in twentysix simple yet meaningful verses, one for each letter of the alphabet. From singing angels and jingling bells to quiet reflections on Nativity scenes, these vibrant pages celebrate all the festivities of the season while reminding us that the greatest Christmas gift can’t be found under the tree. Featuring stunning art by renowned artists Howard Lyon, Sandra Kuck, Joseph Brickey, Jean Monti, and Ben Sowards and introducing beautiful art from newly discovered Mark Missman, this richly illustrated book renews favorite family memories and inspires new ones.

VISITING TEACHING:

These books are similar to pamphlets in that they’re only 10-15 pages long and they can fit in an envelope. These are the two we’re especially fond of this season, but we do have quite a selection. We call these our “visiting teaching” books because they’re small, not very expensive, and they tell a great story about the true meaning of Christmas.

The Perfect Gift by Henry B. Eyring

In this new Christmas booklet, President Henry B. Eyring shares some of his favorite Christmas gifts, both given and received. Through stories of assembling a barometer with his young son and creating an intricately carved wooden chest for his sweetheart, President Eyring reminds us that it isn t the price tag that determines the worth of a gift; the best gifts offer love and joy and they frequently involve help from others.

Giving joy . . . is rarely found in solitary effort, teaches President Eyring. And perhaps most important, invoking faith in the Savior, the Creator and source of all lasting happiness, invites the pure love of God, which is the greatest of all gifts and the sure source of enduring joy. However we choose to give this season, President Eyring reminds us that the best gifts of the season share love and the testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.

Cherishing Christmas by Toni Sorenson

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for Santiago, Christmas is just another bitter reminder of the emptiness he’s felt since the loss of his beloved wife, Maria. He anticipates another holiday nursing the unbearable ache of loneliness, until one extraordinary night, when the dim flame of hope is reignited.

In a vivid dream, Santiago is promised that he will feel the joy of Christmas once more, with one stipulation: he must act on three truths that he once held dear. Upon waking, Santiago feels a glimmer of hope—somewhere inside himself, buried deep beneath the pain, are once-cherished truths that can free him from the bonds of sorrow. As Santiago embarks on the road to remembrance, his journey is a heartfelt reminder of the reason for the season, and of the reality of Christ’s promise: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). This warm story from bestselling author Toni Sorenson will remind you of what we cherish most, especially at Christmas.

NOVEL:

This is the book we all want to curl up and read with a big mug of hot cocoa!

World War II Christmas Story by Dean Hughes

A historical fiction novel told from the perspective of a son fighting on the battlefields of Europe during World War II and his mother, struggling with worry and uncertainty about her soldier son while she tries to keep a semblenance of a normal, happy Christmas holiday back on the homefront.

Norma Hayes has always tried to make Christmas special for her family, but 1944 will make that more difficult with money being tight and wartime rationing making everything hard to come by. Aware of his mother’s hardships and the worry from having her eldest son at war, second son, Dennis, is determined to buy his mother a special gift this Christmas, a lavendar blue dress he hopes will bring her comfort as a symbol of special times gone by and the hope of a brighter future with the family reunited at war’s end.

Meantime, on a battlefield far from home in Holland with his 101st Airborne battalion, her soldier son catches a familiar scent of lavendar which briefly transports him back to the homefront to the perfume scent his mother wore, giving him a short respite and reuniting the family once again if only in his imagination.

Remembering The Joy Of Christmas by Anita Stansfield

A beloved season of festivity and tradition, Christmas heralds the creation of treasured family memories and inspires our hearts to turn to the tender recollections of the past. In Remembering the Joy of Christmas, more than a dozen of the finest authors in LDS fiction have joined together to craft a heartwarming compilation of their own personal accounts of Christmases gone by.

From the magic of one family’s inspiring Twelve Days of Christmas to a miraculous holiday spent in a hospital waiting room, each poignant story demonstrates a simple truth: it is not the lights or decorations that are central to a joyous holiday season. The true meaning of Christmas comes in focusing on the spirit of the season.

grandma’s BOOK:

This is the gift all you grandparent’s should look at getting your grandchildren!

Asleep On The Hay by Ben Sowards

It is Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It is the height of the Dust Bowl and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck.

Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him of the true meaning of Christmas.

STOCKING STUFFER BOOKS:

These books are small and not very expensive. In other words, they are perfect gifts for Santa to place in your child’s stocking!

Little Reindeer Little Snowman (with Finger Puppet)

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Christmas 2015 Staff Picks: General Books

Each year we have a list of staff picks for Christmas books and products in each department. To start off this season, our General Books deparment manager Ellen has chosen 6 of her favorite Christmas books.

 The Christmas Baby by Marion Dane Bauer

This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story that celebrates the timeless joy of Christmas and of welcoming a new baby into the world is now available as a Classic Board Book!

When Mary and Joseph’s child was born, the good tidings spread from the animals in the manger, to the shepherds in the fields, to the kings in distant lands, and even to the angels in the heavens! Now every time a baby is born, we celebrate and people travel from far and wide to greet the new baby—because every new baby is a small miracle.

Filled with lyrical text and lush illustrations, this Classic Board Book is the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas!

Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffery Burton

A fun and playful seasonal twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for wintertime!

The itsy bitsy snowman went sledding into town,
looking at the snowflakes softly falling down.
Out came his friends to lend a happy hand.
And everything was perfect in his winter wonderland.

Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.

A Christmas Carol by Adam McKeown

Now even the youngest readers can enjoy Charles Dickens s classic Christmas tale in this beautifully illustrated picture-book version of the holiday favorite, simpler to read but with all the magic of Dickens s voice preserved.

Follow miserly Scrooge as he is whisked through the night by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come in order to face his selfish treatment of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. Families will enjoy reading this shortened version of Dickens s story together, with its warm illustrations that capture every twist and turn.

Immortal Nicholas by Gleen Beck

Before he was Father Christmas he was simply a father. Thirteen-time #1 national bestselling author Glenn Beck realized years ago that somewhere along the way, his four children had become more focused on Santa than the meaning of Christmas. No matter how he tried, he could not redirect their attention away from presents and elves to the manger instead.

Glenn didn’t want to be the Grinch who spoiled the magic of Kris Kringle, so he had to find a unique way to turn his kids back toward the true meaning of Christmas. He decided the best place to start was by first turning Santa himself back toward Christ.

That was when one of America s best storytellers began to craft a tale that would change everything his kids thought they knew about Santa the incredible story he went on to tell them that Christmas Eve spans over a thousand years and explains the meaning behind the immortality and generosity of the man named Claus.

“The Immortal Nicholas” has now been expanded and reimagined into this novel for adults; a novel full of drama, history, legend, and heart. From the snowy mountains of Western Asia, to the deserts of Egypt, to Yemen s elusive frankincense-bearing boswellia trees, this is an epic tale that gives the legend of Santa a long overdue Christ-centered mission.
In this novel, Glenn Beck fundamentally transforms the figure that the world now mainly associates with shopping, all while staying true to the real story of the baby who brought redemption and salvation to the entire world.

Christmas Ideals 2015

A family favorite and time-honored Christmas tradition for more than 70 years. Now in its 71st year, Christmas Ideals continues its legacy of holiday cheer and warmth.

This classic collection of all things Christmas includes poetry, essays, quotations, and recipes, as well as three Bible excerpts from the story of the first Christmas. Each carefully chosen selection is accompanied by beautiful, full-color artwork or photography. Perfect for sharing with loved ones and friends, this beautiful book will spread Christmas joy once more this year.

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree from one to five and back again? Don’t forget to save one for Blue! Beep! Beep!

With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s new adventure is full of holiday warmth. Sturdy cardstock pages, a compact and child-friendly text, and flashing colored Christmas lights on the final page come together in a novelty gift book that’s sure to be the favorite treat of the season.

Christmas 2014 Employee Picks: Toys and Games

Toy Department

Toys are one of the most important things we sell here at The Book Table during the Christmas season. After all, Santa can’t do it all himself! And what would Christmas be without toys?

MagformersMAGFORMER

MAGFORMERS construction sets foster brain development through fun and educational exploration. With high quality, durable construction and intelligent magnetic design, the possibilities are endless!

Games Department

One of the best things about the holiday season is getting together with family and friends. And when you’ve watched all the movies and baked all of the yummy treats, why not sit down and play one of these fun games?

Telestrations

The age-old game of “Telephone” gets a face lift in this fun game from USAopoly!

Draw what you see, then guess what you saw! All players simultaneously sketch, pass, guess, and laugh to reveal hilarious and unpredictable outcomes!

Included:

  • Over 1,700 word cards!
  • 8 dry-erase markers
  • 8 clean-up cloths
  • 8 reusable sketch books
  • 60 second sand timer
  • 1 die

4-8 players ages 12 and up!

Five Crowns

Five crowns is a five-suited, rummy-style card game. It is a quick favorite for avid and casual card players alike. The unique deck provides each player multiple options for arranging their hand into books and runs.

The game has 11 rounds. It starts with 3 cards and 3s are wild. The next hand has 4 cards and 4s are wild, and so on til the Kings Go Wild!

Make the right combinations, be the first to go out, then watch the other scramble as they get one last chance to cut their losses.

Ages 8+, 1-7 players

Tenzi

The world’s fastest game! Everyone gets ten dice. Someone says, “Go!” and everyone rolls and rolls as fast as they can until someone gets all their dice on the same number. Sure, there are a few more rules, but you get the idea. It’s a fun, fast frenzy. It’s Tenzi!

2-4 players, ages 7-97