The reviews of this game on Amazon are terrific– kids and parents really seem to enjoy it. It’s a tad on the high side in price, but I’ll include it here as an idea for kids birthday gifts anyways as it can always be a gift given by more than one child.
Recommended for both ages 8 and age 10 and up, use your own judgement once you understand how the game is played.
This boxed game includes 4 dice cups and 20 dice, and the price tag comes with detailed replicas of props used in the Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Mans Chest movie on all the dice cups, the movie logo on the bottom of the dice cups and skulls and crossbones on the die.
The game would be fun with or without all these embellishments from the movie – here’s how it’s played. Using 4 dice each, all players turn their dice cup upside down on the table so all the dice are hidden under the cup. Each player looks at their own dice and makes a ‘bet’ about how many of some number are on the table, in total (meaning all the dice from all the players). For example, if my 4 dice have 2 fives, and their are 3 other players with 4 dice each, totaling 16 dice on the table, I might ‘bet’ 4 fives. Going around clockwise, each player has to raise the bet until it’s outrageous enough that some calls a bet “Liar”. You can see more complete game rules on WikiHow.com.
This is a game that actually teaches the math concept of probability, and is apparently a blast to play, so clearly it makes a nice birthday present.
This is a great game for family game night at your house too – just using any old dice cups and 4 dice each for as many of you as there are to play. Keep score with poker chips, and have a special treat like an extra scoop in an ice cream cone for the winner. Pull out the dice and cups when you need an engaging kids activity on a playdate or for brothers and sisters at home.
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