If you want to nurture your child’s creativity, you need this storytelling game. Each round, one player picks a card (without showing anyone else!) and makes up a one-sentence story based on the picture on that card. Then all the other players pick a card that best fits with that story, and everyone puts their cards facedown. The storyteller shuffles the cards and turns them all over, and everyone votes on which was the “correct” card that inspired the original story.
The best part of this game is watching how your child pieces a story together and literally seeing their imagination at work. I never get tired of seeing what my kids come up with. Sometimes their clues are more literal, and sometimes they completely surprise me. Plus, the artwork is absolutely gorgeous!
Note: The manufacturer says this is for ages 8 and up, but according to several other families (including mine!) most 5-year-olds and even some 4-year-olds are ready for this game because no reading is required.
A few ideas if you’re playing with a younger child:
- The first time you play, do a few practice rounds to help your child get comfortable with the rules and strategy. (You might even start with a practice run every time you sit down to play this game as a family.)
- Make a house rule that clues can be just one word. This will help younger kids avoid giving away too much about their cards.
- Or as an alternative, you can have a rule that kids’ clues must be feelings. Ask the kids to describe how the card makes them feel, and they’ll avoid being too literal.
- Try playing without keeping score so you keep the focus on the best part of the game – getting your creative juices flowing.
From the Manufacturer
Dixit is the classic, simple, lighthearted game of storytelling and guesswork where your imagination unlocks the tale. Winner of the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award, Dixit invites you to use the gorgeous, imaginative artwork on the cards to tell brief stories.
Each round, one player selects a card from his or her hand, thinks up a sentence, and plays the card facedown, telling the others the sentence conjured by the card. The other players all choose cards that they think match that sentence and play them facedown. The cards are shuffled and then revealed. Players secretly vote for the card that best matches the narrator’s story, and player whose cards are chosen score a number of points. Of course, the real victory in Dixit is not in amassing points, but in sharing a creative experience with your family and friends.
WARNING: Choking Hazard – Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years.