According to the calendar, spring is finally in our midst. We’ll ignore the big, fluffy flakes that flew steadily for most of yesterday and focus on the fun instead.
Spring often means a lot of running for families as baseball season is upon us. Especially if you have several children and they’re all on different teams (and different levels), you can find yourself in the middle of seemingly non-stop running. It’s important, then, to make a conscious effort to take the time you can spend as a whole family and make the most of it.
So for this week’s Family Night suggestion, we’re in Big Trouble, the game that is.
First, in the spirit of ignoring our fresh layer of snow, some meal ideas that make you think spring:
- Nothing says spring quite like a barbecue. So fire up that grill for some burgers, chicken, or kabobs.
- Take your pick from allrecipes.com “Best Kabob Recipes.”
- Need some barbecue sauce in a pinch? Check out the Raleigh Cooking Examiner’s recipe for “a simple barbecue sauce.”
- Easy finger foods: Family Night: Finger foods to make with the kids – including fresh fruit kabobs.
- Check out the Buffalo Cooking Examiner’s Ten dollar dinner ideas.
After enjoying a nice (not rushed, for once) dinner, it’s time to break out some Big Trouble.
How to play Big Trouble:
The pieces – Your Big Trouble game will include, 15 yellow cards, 15 blue, 15 red, 15 green, 12 Wild cards, and 8 Big Trouble cards. You’ll also have the “Big Trouble Bubble,” which requires 3 double A batteries.
- As an added bonus the cards can be stored in the base of the main piece, the Big Trouble Bubble.
The Big Trouble Bubble – Guides you through the game. You’ll start off by popping the bubble and then a color (possibly two colors) will light up around the bubble telling the players which colors to discard from their hand. (More on discarding in a minute).
Who can play – While the game is recommended for ages 6 and up, younger children can definitely play with assistance. For one local family with four children; their youngest simply started off with a partner then graduated to playing with some assistance, to flying solo at age 5. This game has the added benefit of working on colors and counting.
Playing specifics –
- Deal seven cards to each player. (You might want to think about card holders for your littlest of hands).
- The first player will pop the bubble (one dice inside) to get the game started.
- The Big Trouble Bubble will say, “Get rid of this many (insert color) cards.” ‘This many’ refers to the number on the dice.
- Sometimes two colors are named. If that happens, players have the option to discard using one or both colors.
- The color displayed with each pop of the button tells you which cards to get rid of, while the dice tells how many cards of that color need to be discarded before the bubble can be popped again.
- Each player will play off the dice and color until the number on the dice has been fulfilled with the matching amount of discarded cards. Whoever discards the last card to complete the dice gets to pop the bubble.
- If you can’t play, draw one card. Play proceeds to the next player.
- Wilds can of course be used at any time.
- Playing the Big Trouble card: You need to only play one card during your turn to use the Big Trouble card. (For example, the dice might say 6, but you only had one green card, discard the green, then slide the Big Trouble Card into the slot on the Big Trouble Bubble). After inserting the Big Trouble card, you will be prompted to pick your target. That person will have to pop the bubble and take the number of cards the dice indicates from the draw pile. But watch out, you might be in for some “Double Trouble” where you’ll have to pop the bubble again.
- Play proceeds from where you left off before playing the Big Trouble card.
- Example play: First player pops the bubble and Big Trouble Bubble says, “Get rid of this many red cards.” Dice rolled was a 5. Player 1 has 3 red cards in her hand and discards all 3. Play continues to player 2 who has 1 red card in his hand, which he discards. Player 3 has no red cards, so draws one. Player 4 has 1 red card, plays it, which brings the total to 5 cards. Player 4 now gets to pop the bubble and play continues.
- The first player to discard all their cards is the winner.
This is a fun game to play with the entire family that goes fairly quickly, so multiple rounds can definitely be played. Enjoy your family!
You can find Big Trouble at:
- Wal-Mart in Laurel seems to be the only local business that currently carries this game. They are located at 101 Bernhardt, (406) 628-3000.
- You can also find it at Amazon.com.
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