Thrift store games are my favorite. You never know what you will find. You never know why it was donated or what conversation/life problems were solved as a group of people challenged each other’s skills. I walk in with the excuse of looking for a new game for my class but usually end up keeping some of the games at home.
My latest ninety-nine cent, steal is The aMAZEing Labyrinth. The game is made up of twenty-four maze tiles and twenty playing cards. The game is played by inserting an extra tile into the maze board and there-by shifting the maze board to allow your piece to move through the maze to the object pictures on playing card. Younger children can be given a set number of cards and attempt to reach their objects in any order they wish.
Mazes are an excellent learning tool. Using a changing maze as a game board is brilliant. Mazes teach strategy, planning and patience. The player has to think and then act. A plan is made and then an opposing player messes up the plan. oh, no! Flexibility is an important skill. This game, as it is a visual maze, requires complex visual spatial skills. The player has to visually track the maze paths which are ever-changing. Which move of the Maze (ie your inserting a maze tile) will help one get to the desired tile faster? 😀 So much educational value all wrapped up in a game of strategy.
Have you found a game you recently loved? Please share..
The Amazing Labyrinth was an instant success with my family and with the kids at school. I have already gotten my ninety-nine cents of entertainment out of this game! I plan on using it for years to come.