Our Top 5 Must-Have New Literacy Games

Over the last few months, we've searched high and low to bring you the best Family and Educational games from across the globe in a variety of subjects and categories. Today, we're giving you an insight to the world of Literacy and words! 

So...why is Literacy one of the most important parts of life and growing up?

Literacy is often seen by others as simply reading and writing, but in fact, this is only a fraction of what it involves. Literacy is also language and communicating. It's sitting down with a friend and having a conversation about the weather or yesterday's lunch, it's completing your homework and it's most definitely using your imagination! Literacy is essential to get through life both as a child and an adult.

As always, there's never a cut off point to stop learning, which is why we've compiled this list of our top 5 Must -Have New Literacy Games from this year's Imagination Gaming Awards for you to try out!

1. StoryLine: Scary Tales (Literacy Gold Award Winner) 

StoryLine is a collaborative storytelling game that uses two card decks to shape the story. The narrator deck determines the broad strokes, while cards from the story deck fill in the details. Each turn, the narrator reads a card from the narrator deck, and every other player chooses a story card from their hand that matches the element asked for. The player whose suggestion is chosen earns a reward, while the narrator shifts to the next person. Scary Tales offers an engaging and wholesome experience for the whole family. Beyond simply providing entertainment, StoryLine encourages engaged reading, inspires creativity, and makes memories.

2. Imagidice (Literacy Gold Award Winner)

Imagidice features 12 dice with pictures from popular categories. You can use Imagidice as a conversation starter, a language learning tool, or for telling stories. You might even have some clever ideas we haven't thought of for Imagidice! Imagidice are a great way to fuel your creativity and get people talking.

3. Anomia (Literacy Gold Award Winner)

Normally, it's easy to give an example of a dog breed or a frozen food - but you’ll find that your brain works differently under pressure. Flip cards until symbols on two players’ cards match. Matching players must race to give an example of the category on their opponent’s card. Whoever blurts out a correct answer first wins their opponent’s card, and drawing continues. Sounds easy, right? Think again!

4. Pass the Bomb/Pass the Bomb Junior (Literacy Silver Award Winner)

There are two different versions of Pass the Bomb, one of which being a junior version! 

In Pass the Bomb, players nerves are tested to the limit by the threat of the ticking bomb. In turn players must shout out a word that contains the letters on the card and pass the bomb before it ‘explodes’. The game starts when one of the cards is turned over and reveals between two and four letters. The die is rolled to determine whether the letters that are on the card has to be at the beginning or end of the word, or no restriction (meaning they can appear anywhere in the word).

Pass The Bomb Junior is a truly brilliant game where each player in turn has to think of an object that might be found in the picture on the card. What makes this game unique is the ticking bomb which each player passes on after their turn – they have to be quick because nobody knows when the bomb is going to explode! The suspense is what makes this game extremely fun and the ticking sound from the bomb really adds to the pressure of it all. If you’re holding the bomb when it goes off, you have to keep the card. The player with the least number of cards at the end of the game is the winner.

5. Travel Jask (Literacy Silver Award Winner)

Travel Jask is the quick-fire quiz. Which is both fun and thought provoking played at a fast pace – everyone plays and no-one is left out. Get your answer in first and win the letter and accumulate enough letters to correctly spell an answer to the chosen category and win the game.