As a complement to my post titled 6 Reasons to Play Board Games with your Child, I will be showing off some fantastic games that we have in our collection and that my girls love. Through my blog, I want to help moms encourage playfulness and build community, as well as showcase some fun colors. In this Silly Street review, I will show you how this delightful game has all three, as well as being “a character builder game,” designed to help kids learn valuable skills like grit, bravery, creativity, communication, and adaptability.
[Disclosure: The friendly folks over at Silly Street generously sent me this game to try for free, in exchange for an honest review. I was curious about the game and reached out to them, and all the thoughts and opinions are my own.]
What’s inside the box?
- A pamphlet about how Silly Street helps kids build character, along with tips and tricks for how to play.
- A board that fits together like a puzzle–8 large pieces that are perfect for small hands! The board is a colorful, visual feast full of unique scenarios, both rural and and urban environment scenes, and quirky characters and creatures.
- 64 playing cards.
- 4 adorable character tokens: cheetah, lion, monkey, and koala.
How do you play?
It’s very simple! Everyone chooses a character token and starts at the beginning of the road on board. Taking turns, players choose a card from the deck (placed face down) and do what it says on the card. These commands include, but are not limited to:
- Counting and spelling
- Finding on the board
- Creative movements and silly sounds
- Using your imagination
- Friendly competitions with other players
- Making up stories and songs
Cards include moving forward various number of spaces, and the goal of the game is to make it to the end of the street (winner!) where everyone has a dance party together.
Silly Street Review: What do I love about Silly Street?
Little children have short attention spans, and need games that capture their attention and imaginations. Silly Street is perfect for that. I also love finding games that incorporate movement. Sitting in a circle and moving a piece around a board is often not enough for kids aged five and younger—they need to be physical and noisy: hopping, leaping, chirping, and howling. Silly Street has a wide variety of action cards that keep children engaged and help develop gross motor skills.
I also love that Silly Street opens up the perfect opportunity for me to be goofy and childlike with my kids. This is not a time to be bashful and sit on the sidelines. Show your children how fun it is to participate by not holding back. This game is playful and lives up to its name: it’s certainly silly!
I love the branding and the color scheme. Silly Street is bold, vibrant, and has darling illustrations that attract my eyes as much as they attract my kids’.
How does Silly Street help build character?
We are big on character in my house. Character is the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It’s how we interact with the world and others around us, it dictates the decisions we make. As odd as it sounds, my goal for my kids is not that they will grow up to be “good people,” but character development is certainly an important aspect of my parenting. Character can be learned, cultivated, and practiced no matter what your age, but it starts when we are children. I’m sure you want your children to be resilient, humble, collaborative, courageous, people of integrity. These, along with many other traits and virtues, are all aspects of strong character.
Silly Street is a unique game in that it sets out intentionally developing quality character in children. The Silly Street creators focus on five core character traits:
- Adaptability: Kids who play Silly Street have to be flexible as the game circumstances are always changing.
- Grit: Grit is about resilience, and is developed during the game through competition and uncertainty.
- Bravery: This one is for parents who play Silly Street as much as children. Some of the actions are goofy, especially for adults who have long ago forgotten how to have fun like kids. This game requires a certain degree of performance—show up and be seen, without caring what others think about you!
- Creativity: There’s lots of creativity and idea-generation in this game. It encourages imaginative, out-of-the-box thinking.
- Communication: players may be required to use a variety of vehbal and non-verbal communication to play Silly Street.
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(Pro tip: right now, you can get Silly Street on Amazon for less than half price, just in time for Christmas!)
What are some of your favorite games to play as a family?