We just love to play games in our house. Taking our family of 6 to see a movie or to play mini-golf can cost as much as (or often more than) a new game. So, a new game is often the obvious choice for us.
One such game we love is Word On The Street. (There is a junior version too, but we’ve never played it.) Word on the Street is made by Out of the Box games (like Apples to Apples). Out of the Box games are usually easy rules, quick set-up, and very fun. I saw Word on the Street once as an amazon lightning deal and bought it with very little information, but it has proven to be tons of fun for our family.
The basic idea: You have 2 teams. In 30 seconds, your team names and spells a word that fits the given card – like “a green fruit” or “a type of snake”. You get to move consonants closer to you based on the number of times they are in the word you are spelling. Once you get a letter off the board, you score a point. First team to 7 wins.
Why do we love Word on the Street?
- All of us can participate but at our own level. The grown-ups have to do the spelling (well, really just know the consonants of a word!), the bigger kids can see what letters are still left on the board and name words that use them, and the littler kids just name words that fit the category (or begin with a letter in play). Our 4 year old takes great pride in carefully matching up each consonant tile with its place on the street (board) when we are setting up. I know the game says for ages 12 and up, but since you are on a team, much younger children really can play too.
- Kids just think differently (and more creatively) sometimes than we do. For a “type of snake,” our 5 year old said “venomous”. It was a great word and happened to really help in the game.
- We have a ton of laughs. Sometimes we’ve been known to laugh until tears over funny answers, someone racing to spell a word, and other silly game antics.
- It’s a fairly short game. I think our family usually finishes in under a half hour. When time is short, this is a great pick.
- It’s a great game to play with guests – like grandparents. Kids can play with the grown ups who visit, and grown ups don’t have to play Chutes and Ladders or Candyland to spend time with children.
- It’s full of educational moments. Spelling obviously. Learning new vocabulary. Making connections in our brains between different bits of knowledge. Sometimes, even using Classical Conversations memory work.
- It works well with uneven teams, interruptions, or someone having to leave the game to change a diaper or feed a baby and then come back. So many games don’t allow for interruptions or uneven teams so this is worth mentioning. Some days just have interruptions, and yet you can still spend time together playing a game.
If you want a family game night or a date night in, this is an inexpensive and super-fun choice!