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Noodle Speedoodle

Noodle Speedoodle

Fall 2014 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
Price: $24.99

Noodle Speedoodle is Pictionary with a twist -- noodles! Players draw a card and have to illustrate one (or all three) of the simple images indicated while other players guess what they are drawing. However, artists must incorporate at least one silicone noodle, a rubbery shape or curve, into the drawing. Noodle Speedoodle is a collaborative game -- all players try to win noodles so at the end of the game they've collectively guessed more noodle doodles than they've missed. A spinner adds variety to play; players may need to use two noodles or a hand-drawn noodle instead of a plastic one, or have to use their non-dominant hand for drawing, or have to draw all the words on the card in the limited time provided by the sand timer.

Invariably, all players ended up laughing, both at impossible successes and dismal failures. Its collaborative nature means that young players (or terrible artists) have the same chance of winning as more skilled players. But if competition is in your nature, it is easy to turn this into a party game by splitting into teams, Pictionary-style.

Emily Crawford   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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