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The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace

Spring 2016 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
Price: $15.99

In this fun, engaging and cooperative memory game, 2-4 players ages 5+ create, tell and remember stories prompted by 16 palace room tiles and 27 different animal tokens, while trying to avoid the Memory Monsters.

Players choose an animal token, show it to the other players and make up a story about that animal in one of the palace rooms, and place the animal token face down in the room where the story takes place. The sillier the story, the better. Now, it's the next player's turn to do the same. After all animal tokens have been placed, it's the Memory Master's turn to remember and recount each room's story and guess which animal is at the center of the caper before flipping the token to reveal the character - or culprit as the case may be. If the Memory Master is correct, the animal token is turned to face up and the Master moves on to the next room. If not, just turn the tile face down and come back later and try again. The instruction booklet offers hints, gameplay variations and an explanation of the mnemonic device that powers the Memory Palace.

This charming game encourages storytelling, active listening and memory skills. The longer we played, the livelier things became. The game's cooperative nature energized my five and seven year olds to reassure and encourage each other. They were delightfully out loud proud when they correctly remembered the stories.

Ines Horlacher   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Ines holds a Bachelor's degree in secondary Spanish education, a Master's Degree in secondary teaching and is currently pursuing an Administrator's endorsement on her teaching certificate. Married and mother of a five year old girl and a three year old boy, if Ines is not cooking, she's consumed by glue, glitter, and cotton ball crafts.

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