We’re big fans of classic toys and games. But we’re also big fans of new tweaks on those classics.
This week we review several clever updates to games you know well.
CATS & KITTENS
Unlike traditional matching games, which have you put together identical pairs, or less-traditional games that have you put together two halves of an animal or object, this one has you match an adult cat with its kitten. (The instructions say to match the mother with the kitten, but honestly, can anyone really tell whether it’s the mother or the father?)
The game features 25 breeds (who knew there were that many?), including Russian blue, Bombay, Tonkinese, LaPerm and British shorthair.
Ages 5 and older. Under $15. laurenceking.com
This one’s a little like Yahtzee, in that you roll dice and try to match what’s on one of the 20 challenge cards.
Comes in three sports-themed versions — hockey, football and baseball — each of which includes dice with logos of all the teams in their respective leagues.
It’s a fun, fast-paced game (takes only about eight minutes to play) for two to four players, ages 6 and older. $21.99. masterpiecesinc.com
Armin Brott and Samantha Feuss are the authors of the popular parenting blogs mrdad.com and havesippywilltravel.com. For more reviews of toys and games, visit parentsatplay.com.