My daughter Jenga has the biggest affinity for POTTY HUMOR I have ever seen in a six-year-old! Her big brother Catan was never really one for the bodily-function jokes but Jenga has always loved farts, burps, and boogers.
When we spotted the game Scabs & Guts at a yard sale this summer, we knew we had to get it as soon as we read the action card, “Burp 4 letters of the alphabet.”
We finally got to play a full game of Scabs & Guts this week and it hit the extreme level of hilarity that we were expecting, and the kids learned something too!
Put out in 2009 by Imagination Games, Scabs & Guts is a simple answer-and-move board game for 2-4 players. On your turn, you try to answer a question in the category that matches the space you are on. If you get it right, you get to move a number of spaces that’s given for that question. Make your way to FINISH first and you win! The graphics are bright and humorous and the game was a good fit for our family.
While some of the questions are fairly challenging for Catan, who is in 6th grade, many are easy enough for Jenga, who is in 1st grade. Lots of them are downright silly: “What is the organ responsible for removing waste from the body? (a) the heart (b) the kidney (c) the butt” led us into two solid minutes of: “My butt is an ORGAN, just LISTEN!”
The game was a great jumping off point to discussions of all kinds of things related to the body, health, and nutrition, as well as a side-splitting way to spend the evening. Jenga drew the card that made her act like a blood-sucking leech…
Scabs & Guts is educational without being heavy-handed and it is delightfully silly. My kids have already asked to play it again and again, so if you happen upon a copy at your thrift store or neighborhood sales, pick it up and give it a try!
The other game we have been playing this week on the same theme is a much lighter game for younger kids, but my kids enjoyed it too – Check-Up Charlie was put out in 1995 by Milton Bradley, and is for 2-4 players of preschool age or higher.
This is a set-collecting game for the youngest crowd – you get to perform 4 check-ups on Charlie, your young patient, and receive a puzzle piece for each one that you complete. When you have all 4 puzzle pieces, you win!
Each check-up is a random spinner or card draw – you will either see Charlie’s smiling face or the Icky Germs on the scope, on the thermometer, under the cast, or on an x-ray card with the help of a lightbulb (definitely the favorite activity!). If you see Charlie’s face, that means you’ve cured him, and you get to keep the puzzle piece. See the germs and you have to keep trying.
Jenga really enjoyed this game and kept playing with it after the rest of us were done. Catan enjoyed the novelty of it and happily played two games in a row, but then he moved on. It did open the door to some discussions with Jenga about what the different equipment was, what you might be checking for, and why your broken foot is not healed if there are germs under your cast!
Check-Up Charlie is a fun game for preschool or kindergarten kids, and worth a play or two even for olders (the x-ray light bulb gave Catan a few ideas about secret messages). If you do spot it at a sale, be sure that the four check-ups work, especially that there isn’t battery damage in the x-ray machine.
These games were a hit at our house this week – have you enjoyed these or other games about health & hygiene? Can YOU burp the first four letters of the alphabet?
Tags: board games, health