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Unconventional family games

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cebrain
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I have been mulling around in my brain the idea of games you play while living life with your family versus the game time that is set apart for a family game night. For examples games you play during meal times, in the car, waiting rooms etc. These may be teachable moments or just fun.

Most of us remember the days when you didn't entertain kids in the car with electronics... instead you may have played the alphabet game, car bingo, liscence plate games or slug bug. Coming up with family unplugged time is a real passion of mine and a great niche market I am researching. I have so many ideas that encourage all of that.

My first idea I am focusing on is based upon my mother trying to teach us table manners and making it fun too. She placed a small plastic pig on the table and during dinner we were all on the lookout for someone that broke a manners rule, such as chewing with your mouth open, elbows on the table, napkin on the lap etc. if anyone broke one of the 10 or so standard table rules you slid the pig in front of that family member and tell them which rule they broke. That person then looked for someone else to pass the pig onto. At the end of the meal, whoever was stuck with the pig had a consequence, like clearing the table, loading the dishwasher, or washing the dishes etc.

I think I can turn a dining activity and teachable moment into an easy game with a " pig" to pass, some standard table manners plus space for families to write their own. Then a few consequence cards and options to for any parent to write in a few of their own cards to add to the deck, for whatever is appropriate for their family. Maybe all in a card box small game type box that would be easy to travel with as well. I'm thinking this is a good game for ages 5 and up

I think this is a cool concept but I would love the feedback to know if this is a good start

FrankM
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Awesome idea

I like the concept, though it might be hard to sell people on the value-add of actually purchasing your boxed version (as opposed to just going with your mom's informal version).

Quick ideas:

Laminated (i.e., spill-proof) Table Rules sheet and cards.

Some kind of handicapping for little ones (maybe the toddler doesn't get the Pig until he/she has gotten all three of the Piglets).

The latter might not even be necessary. When our five-year-old blurts out "I'm thirsty!" his three-year-old brother pipes up to correct him, "May I have some more milk, please!"

cebrain
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thanks

My thinking in turning what would be an easy table game for anyone to run themselves is:
1. There is no boxed version out there
2. Most people do not know of the idea or concept even though its super easy to do on your own
3. Having it put together would be appealing for lots of moms, and grandparents who want to teach manners in a simple and effective way.

Laminated I agree is the way to go, and I am looking into that as I prepare a prototype with specific rules, table manners sheets, and consequence cards. That way I could also copyright the specific rules for the game (I think that's the right path)

The next big issue; is this a concept I would much rather sell to an existing company vs fully develop and market on my own? I think an established family educational game company would give me the immediate audience....but in the long run having several other ideas of family games unplugged would maybe unfold better under my own direction.

Time for more research

ssm
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You might want to think about

You might want to think about making a few of these and packaging them together.

Personally I can't see an educational company taking it/them; maybe educational distributor. What I can see is if it were inexpensive as a pack of 4 games or something, being sold at large gas station family places along highways (I forget what they are called, but are like little self contained towns). 2 or 3 car games and 1 or 2 home game.

cebrain
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Thanks!

It reminds me of the type of games you might pick up in cracker barrel for example....I could see that.

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Exactly. And I can see kids

Exactly. And I can see kids bugging the parents to buy it for games in the car.
I like the pig idea. If you go for a pack of games, try to fit the pig into each of them. Could be on the lap of the person who is next at finding something, or for a story game could be on the lap of the person telling next part.

FrankM
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It's all about the pig

I keep picturing the pig as this thing. Though cebrain might be thinking of just a laminated picture of a cartoon pig.

A shared component or two would really help tie the games together into a cohesive whole.

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Wow, that pig is crazy. I was

Wow, that pig is crazy. I was thinking of a beanie-baby type of plushie.

cebrain
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Alternate ideas

I was also thinking in the simplicity of this game if I could go wordless with picture cards demonstrating consequences and table manners and then pitching it to Haba with a wooden pig. I'm just not sure if all table manners have easy pictorial accompaniments. The simplicity fits with their educational and early childhood gaming style but they definitely don't like wording. I assume because it's easier to sell internationally..., I may have to really work on that aspect.

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For international, keep in

For international, keep in mind that manners change by region or country, and those manners change.

For instance, in Japan it used to be good manners to slurp liquids as it showed that you enjoyed it, but is rapidly falling out of favor. Even how you hold silverware can change through the US.

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