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Using Apples to Apples Junior to Build Language Skills

Cards from apples to apples game

Vocabulary Building Fun!

If you’re looking for a new game to try, look no further than Apples to Apples Junior! This fast-paced card game is not only a ton of fun, it’s also a wonderful way to expand vocabulary!

One of the most appealing things about Apples to Apples is its simplicity. Unlike some games that require a thorough briefing before play begins, this one is easy to explain in just a few sentences.

You’ll need at least three people to play, but it is even more fun with a larger group. The suggested age range is nine and up, but younger children should have no problem successfully playing this game in a family setting with help from Mom and Dad! Gameplay lasts 30-60 minutes.

How to Play

Players take turns being the judge of each round. Let’s say your friend is the judge of the first round. She deals five red cards to each player. You look at your cards, but you don’t show them to anyone else.

child holding apples to apples cards

Now the judge lays down one green adjective card. See how there are two synonyms on the card? It can be fun to consider the shades of meaning between the synonyms.

sporty card from apples to apples game

Look at your cards and decide which one is the most sporty.

  • Pancakes? — Not a chance. Your friend doesn’t even like pancakes!
  • Losing your backpack? — Hmm, that might be something she’d do on your camping trips, and camping trips are sporty.
  • Vacuum cleaner? — Well, your friend does love to do chores. Can vacuuming be a sport?
  • Sporty underwear? — Ahhh … that could appeal to her silly sense of humor! And she is the judge of this round.
  • Gymnastics? — Possibly. After all, gymnastics is a sport.

Now you make your final selection and lay it face down on the table alongside the cards selected by the other players.

sporty card with a bunch of cards

The judge shuffles the red cards so she doesn’t know who tossed in which card. Now her job is to decide which card best fits the word sporty. There’s a bit of friendly banter as players try to encourage her to pick a particular card—either their own or the one they think is best. Spirited discussion is allowed, and the judge doesn’t even have to pick the card that makes the most sense. The judge might just like the creativity (or humor!) of a particular card.

sporty and underwear card from apples to apples

The judge picked your card! I guess underwear is sporty, after all! That’s one point for you, and the first player to earn five points wins the game!

5 Ways to Build Language Skills with Apples to Apples

  1. Learn nouns (including some gerunds) and adjectives. As you play the game, help kids understand what nouns and adjectives are and how they are used. The noun cards may also include gerunds (words formed with verbs ending in ing that act as nouns, like surfing and shopping). To find a gerund, look for ing.
  2. Build vocabulary. Noun cards include a short definition or description, giving your child the opportunity to build his vocabulary as he plays.
  3. Encourage creative word play. The game encourages children to think outside the box and find new ways to describe both familiar words and new additions to their vocabulary. It’s fun for kids (and adults, too!) to explain why they chose a particular card during game play.
  4. Play with words and their meanings. The descriptions on some cards are meant to be funny. For example, the description on the hamburger card asks, Do you want fries with that? These fun descriptions provide great opportunities for discussion about the words and their meanings!
  5. Play with synonyms. Adjective cards feature words like talented, interesting, and goofy. Each adjective card also lists two synonyms for the featured word, introducing kids to shades of meaning and expanding their descriptive vocabulary.
Download the Apples to Apples Game Sheet here

Notes from Our Game Testers

  • This review is for the Junior version, but there are other versions available, too. We liked the original Apples to Apples Party Box version but didn’t enjoy the current version nearly as much because there were a lot more pop culture references that many of the players in our group didn’t know or understand. But your group may love it!
  • If a player has difficulty holding the cards, try using a card holder such as the Gamewright Little Hands Playing Card Holder. It also helps people who are bothered by sharp edges and corners on cards.
  • With over 500 cards, there are virtually infinite combinations of nouns and adjectives, guaranteeing a unique game every time—no matter how often you play!

Does your family have a favorite board game that is a fun and “sneaky” way to build language skills? Please share in the comments below.

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Angela

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Can’t wait to try this game out!

Gretchen

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My family loves this game! Can’t wait to try your additions with my LD students!

Sarah Gentry

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We love this game!

Victoria Lemp

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Wow! I never thought of Apples to Apples as sooooo educational! Thanks for the insight! We will pull that out tomorrow! :)

Carly

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These games make learning so much fun!

Elizabeth Miller

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this is a great learning idea. My granddaughter is crazy into games.

I love this idea. I use the game “Blurt” for vocabulary, but I will try “Apples to Apples” for sure. Thanks.

Robin E.

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Heather,
I haven’t heard of Blurt. It sounds like a great game. Thanks for mentioning it.

Tonya

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This looks great! I can’t wait to try with my children.

Tammy

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Great Ideas!

Brandi

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Excellent idea! We have the regular version. We’ll get the junior and try this! Thanks.

Lindsay

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Love how AAL (Reading & Spelling) has so many differentiated versions to play games, create activities, etc.!

Kari

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Thanks for the idea!

Selina Ramsden

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Great idea, thank you!

Sherry

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This is a great idea! We love to play games as a family and any game that incorporates learning is a big plus in my eyes!

Marsha Nixon

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Used to play this game with my older kids all the time! I will have to get it out to play again.

Angela

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I didn’t even think about this game for vocabulary! I found it at goodwill for $1.50. I was going to save it for a little while, but I just moved it into the Christmas pile. :)

Robin E.

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What a great price you found, Angela!

Kristina Whitaker

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Great idea!

Lindsay

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We love learning through games- what a good idea!

Emily M

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Love this idea!!

Karen

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We love this game!

Kelli

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I love this idea! My reader also loves playing games :)

Heidi

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What a fun idea! Now I need to hot the thrift stores and see if I can find a copy of apples to apples Jr. We don’t have a favorite that sneaks in reading, but my girls love Tall Tales, which is a story-telling game.

Robin E.

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Thrift stores are great places to find games at rock bottom prices! Thanks for pointing that out, Heidi.

I haven’t heard of Tall Tales, but it does sound like an interesting game. Thanks for the recommendation.

Keisha

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I’ve contemplated for a while getting this game for the kids because we have the original version. Now I think they’re ready!!

Sasha

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I think this game will be going on my 6 year old’s Christmas list this year!

Robin E.

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Sasha,
I think games are always great gift ideas!

Miranda

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This is such a great idea! I love how you make learning truly fun for kids!

Linzi

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My kids love this game. We play both the Jr. and regular version.

Sherri O

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This game sounds like a lot of fun for the whole family.

Tiffany Bennett

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Oh yes! This is a fun game to engage the whole family.

Katie E Howard

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I think this is a great game to engage children!

Stefani

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I will have to try this with my girls!

JoanR

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didn’t even know they had a junior version!

peggy

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Looks like a fun way to teach!

Kim Allen

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My kids live this game! Can’t wait to try it for language skill building.

Vanessa

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I love Apples to Apples! I’d love to get the Junior version & play with my kids… Family night! :)

Hayley

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We love apples to apples! It always encourages my kids to ask questions and I notice them using their new words when we have Conversations.

Robin E.

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Hayley,
Thanks for sharing that you have noticed new words entering your kids’ vocabularies after playing Apples to Apples!

Nikki

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This is so cool! I didn’t know about this game before. I’ll have to pick it up now! 😉

tabitha

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I love this! We play Apples to Apples often. The game sheet is a great addition!

Danielle

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Wow!! Great idea! Thank you for sharing.

Jessica Thrall

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Loved this game as a kid!

I have never played this game! This is interesting! My daughter loves to play learning games!

Deavin Arnold

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This is an awesome post! Can’t wait to head out to purchase this game for my littles! Thanks!

Joy Porter

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Great ideas!

Jena

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We love using Apples to Apples… even better, there is a Disney version that we own to make it fun for my little girls!

Carol

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I am trying to get my grandson to play more games instead of playing games on the computer. I want him to break away from computer games. This game might do it and seems fun to play. Anymore good games? Thank you a lot!

Robin E.

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Carol,
We plan to make game reviews a regularly reoccurring feature on our blog, so we will have more reviews coming before too long!

Carol

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Hey, thanks for the apple game. My grandson will love to play it and I will join him to play together!

Jessica Moore

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What a great idea! I am going to brak out our game tomorrow!

Shannon

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Love this idea! I’ll have to keep it in mind for when the kiddos are a little older!

Eva

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Love this game! Will definitely keep this in mind for when my little ones are older!

Nicole

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We love this game! Thanks for all the ideas!

Melody

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Love it! I love using games for schooling as much as possible!

Arshia F Siddiqui

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Neat! Didn’t know this game was fun!

Mellanie

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Great game my kids love it we have a blast playing it together.

Steph

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Great game! Kids love to play it and be funny.

Jessica

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This looks great!

Melanie hausen

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What a wonderful idea!

Jennifer M

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The regular version of this game is so fun. I’m excited that there is a kid version!

Tessa Myra

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I would be interested in trying AAR or AAS. There are so many options out there. I am always looking for the right one.

Beth

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Very fun game I actually enjoy playing with my kids!

Karen M

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This is a great game in that it’s minimal set up and so many ages can play together

Robin E.

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Great point, Karen! It’s hard to find a game that kids and adults can enjoy equally.

I never thought to use this thatway! What an awesome idea, thank you!!

Beth

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this sounds like fun!

Carol Brown

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Great for homeschoolers, too!

Carol Brown

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This looks like a fun family game while kids can be learning to read.

T p

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I didn’t know there was a jr version! So fun!

Maggie

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Can’t wait to use it with our daughter!

Heidi

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I never thought of using this as a vocabulary game!

misty

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Great idea!

cindy

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We play the older version of this game, so I’m looking forward to playing this one!

Ang

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This look like a lot of fun!

Gwen

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We also like to play “Headbands”. The players have to guess which card they are wearing on their forehead based on yes or no (sometimes more clues) questions. It builds critical thinking skills and vocabulary because you are thinking of what your “word” could be in different ways.

Robin E.

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Thank you for the recommendation, Gwen! Headbands sounds like it would be a lot of fun but would give critical thinking practice as well.

Gwen

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We use the AAR and AAS green cards to play Candy Land with. Each player has a stack of their reading level cards in front of them. The player draws a green card from their stack and reads the word before drawing their color square card and moving. For AAS review the parent has their stacks and says the word then the player spells it before drawing the color cards and moving. If you land on a licorice square, you have to read or spell two cards before drawing a color card.

Robin E.

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What a great way to adapt a children’s game for practicing reading and spelling, Gwen! Thank you for sharing this idea. I’m sure most kids would be happily willing to review more than usual just to keep playing the game.

Jeannette

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Great ideas, can’t wait to try this out!!! Thank you.

Judith Shearman

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What a great idea, thank you!

Margaret Cox

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What a great idea!!

Bethany

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We love this game! I never thought about how it can be educational too!

Jill Black

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Great idea!

Stephanie

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This is a delightful game. I remember playing with my oldest child. She will be 20 soon.. I will have to pick this up for my younger kids..

Allison Foster

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What a great idea! My 6 will love that! Thanks for sharing.

Susan

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I will check out the game as it sounds like fun as well as a good way to learn different vocabulary concepts.

Michelle Reynolds

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This looks like a great game for my students.

Yadi

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This was fun! I just played this game recently for my very first time with like 5 friends. Spanish is my first language however I believed to be much more fluent lol this game totally proved me wrong… Thanks for your blog I enjoyed it.

Rebekah

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Oh, this looks like so much fun! I’m always on the lookout for games we can play as a family.

EVA

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GREAT IDEA!

Sonya

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Games give so many learning opportunities.

Rachel

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Sounds fun.

Emily

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I didn’t know they had a junior version!

Sherre

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Tons of laughter while learning! 😉😊 I’m in😆

Meagan

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Great idea, thanks.

Tonya

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Apples to Apples, let’s play.This is a great way to learn! so fun.

Jennie Verdugo

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This is great! Can’t wait to get this game!

Renee

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My kids are going to be happy to play this game for Language Arts!

Olivia

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UpWords helps kids learn spelling in the same way that Scrabble does. When we play, each team often consists of one child and one adult. That way, the child can think of a word he knows how to say and get help from his adult teammate to determine whether he has the necessary tiles to spell out that word on his turn. It often doesn’t seem like learning – just fun – when played with grandparents or aunts and uncles who are not the child’s usual teachers.

Robin E.

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Olivia,
Thank you so much for sharing how you play games with younger students! Such a great idea to encourage learning without it being too difficult for a young player. Also thanks for the recommendation of the game UpWords. I’ve had my eye on that one.

Beth Bailey

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What a great way to play this game! I’m excited to give it a try!

Selina

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Looks like fun :-)

Julie

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Why haven’t I ever thought of this? Thanks!

Julia

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Love ideas for reading games!!! This is perfect for my reluctant student, thank you.

Lydia R.

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Ooh! My oldest one is too straightforward, but I think my younger one would greatly enjoy this game.

Robin E.

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Lydia,
I have a couple of literal kids as well and this game has stretched them to make more poetic and less literal connections. I have seen it as beneficial for them as for those that aren’t so literal! It was especially helpful for my kids for them to play it in a fairly large group too so they could get a range of responses to consider and compare.

Charmaine Deadman

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This is such a great idea. I’ve often thought of buying this card game. Now I have the incentive to.

Beth Steese

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I love this!

Courtney

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We have Word on the Street Junior. It’s a good game for younger ones who can’t read yet, but recognize letters and their sounds.

Robin E.

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Courtney,
I haven’t heard of Word on the Street, regular or junior, so I did a quick search to check it out. What a great game! I could see a lot of learning in that game, especially with spelling and being able to hear each sound in words. Thanks for the recommendation.

Julia Blythe

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These cards sound like so much fun!

Charlene

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Never had this game– hope to try it!

Crystal

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This is a fantastic idea!! I will have to keep this in mind for future word building activities with groups of students.

Suanna Sears

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We play Apples to Apples original version from several years ago and our whole family has fun, even our non-readers. Yes, it is a great vocabulary builder as Dad and Mom often have to explain what the words mean.

Yara

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Very nice.Thanks!

Juill

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Will look into it. Thanks!

Paul

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I was just thinking that the children DO NOT EVEN NEED TO READ WELL if they can ask the judge to read the words for them.
Repeatedly looking at the new words thinking which one best fit the adjective card is a powerful path toward reading that word fluently

Robin E.

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What a great point, Paul! Yes, there is a lot of learning that can be done even with a struggling reader with this game.

Khanthaly Sama

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We have this game and I never thought to play it with the kiddos. Now I will!

Amanda

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Please do more game reviews for us! This was so helpful! Excited to add this game to our game night!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’ll pass this suggestion along, Amanda!

Viki

says:

Looks like a great game!

Stephanie

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I just ordered the apples to apples party box original version but now wondering if I should have ordered the junior version?? 😁does anyone know if the one I ordered is suitable for 10 & 11 year old struggling readers? Hmm

Robin E.

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Stephanie,
Many, maybe even most, of the cards in the Apples to Apples Party Box original version will be fine for most 10 and 11-year-olds, but there will be cards that they will have trouble with. Some will be difficult for them to read, but the biggest problem will be celebrity and pop culture references. Examples are cards that say Watergate or Robert DeNiro. Also, there are some cards that are a bit mature for that age range, such as the word sultry and others like it. It is for these reasons that we recommend the Junior version.

Julie W

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Thanks for the review! My boys love games. I’m excited to try this one with them.

Veronica Hill

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My family has had many a laughter filled evening with Apples to Apples! Great game :)

Meg

says:

What a great idea! I can’t wait to try it with my kids!

Kristi

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We love the regular version but may need to get the Jr just so we can have it for sneaky vocabulary with the younger ones.

Andrea

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Great idea! We will definitely be doing this.

Michelle Jankovic

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I love that game and look forward to playing with my kids to help them build their vocabulary!

Emanuela

says:

This is a great idea! Love that game

Gina

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Love to play learning games!

Debbie

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Such a fun game. My grown kids still play it for fun. Would love to use AAR with my granddaughter

Kat

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I like the original Apples to Apples but it is too difficult for the littles in our family so I may just have to get the air version.

Naomi

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Love this game can’t wait to play with my kids when they get a bit older.

Lisa

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Thanks for the great idea!

Thesa

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This is so cute!

I love this idea! My kids love playing games like this. Plus my husband can join in the fun as well!

Robin E.

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Alyssa,
Yes! Apples to Apples is a great game that is fun for a very wide range of ages. It makes for a fabulous family game night!

Alyssa Costello

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I will definitely have to pick this up. Are there other games you would suggest?

Robin E.

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Alyssa,
It’s hard to say as there are so many great games out there! Old favorites like Scrabble have stood the test of time because they are so good. I like games designed specifically for educational purposes, like Knock Out and Muggins which are two games sold together for practicing math facts and mathematical thinking. Then there are newer games like Set, which helps students with pattern recognition and paying close attention.

Hopefully, you can find lots of games that your family will enjoy!

Courtney

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I have wanted to get this game out and play with my boys! Such a fun time!

Hayley

says:

Such a fun game! Thank you for sharing!

Julie Pedersen

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Oooh! Thank you for posting this! I see this ‘game’ all the time but it looks like a great learning tool plus so much fun! Definitely adding it to my list for my little nugget!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Julie. This game is great fun!

Brandi Ottersbach

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Such a fun game. We love to play this with the whole family.

Annette Miller

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Great info on a fun way to help my struggling son learn and have fun at the same time.

Amy

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We love Apples to Apples! We’re going to play this soon!

Kat

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Very cute idea!

Sparkle Huston

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We are new to this, but the concept seems a great way to go especially with different levels.

Kendra Neal

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What a Brilliant idea! LOVE this!

Faith

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I love this idea! I’ll have to remember it.

Judi Slaman

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This looks like a great Christmas present for the entire family.

Robin E.

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Great idea, Judi! Games make wonderful Christmas presents as they actually get used over and over for years.

Carrie

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This is one game I can get my son to play. Learning really can be fun.

Stacy Duncan

says:

What a fun idea!! We love this game!

This is my kids favorite game. We can literally play for hours. I am going to definitely implement some of these ideas next time.

Megan Heffernan

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Genius!! I would not have thought to use the game this way!!

AnaSTASIIA Balan

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This game looks like a lot of fun!

Taina

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That’s great! I have to try this with my boys

Kristina

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We love playing Apples to Apples while visiting family on vacation! My kids will love the thought of it being considered schoolwork at home! Thanks for the tips!

Anna

says:

This sounds so fun! Can’t wait to try it!

This looks like a great idea. We have to try this.

Billie Joy Miller

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This sounds like fun! I think I’m more excited to play than my kids are!

Jen

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Our kids are pretty young but we’ve already found ways to incorporate math into some games. This is a great idea for vocabulary and as they get a bit older I know I’ll use Scrabble to work on spelling too.

Robin E.

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Jen,
Yes, there are so many great ways to learn with games! Bananagrams is another great one for spelling, Knock Out and Muggins are great for working on math facts, and Professor Noggin’s games cover many topics from geography through sports.

Regina Idrisova

says:

that’s wonderful idea!

Tiffany Castaneda

says:

What a great idea! Will have to try this

Lynda

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Looks like fun.

Becky Wulff

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love this idea!

Tami Qualls

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I’m picking up the game this weekend. My son loves games like this.

Robin E.

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I hope you enjoy it as much as we have, Tami! 😊

Gina B

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Definitely getting this!

Laura

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We are just starting our homeschool journey with our 4 year old and I am having so much fun learning all about the ins and outs of homeschool! This idea for vocab is a great one – storing it in the bag of tricks! :)

Melinda Marshall

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I am new to homeschooling this year. I am starting with my 5 year old this year and my 13 year old is to follow. I am intrigued by all the useful information that is out there to provide educational avenues for our children. Doing so by interacting with them in various different ways has already shown to beyond beneficial for my child.

Lynnette

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It may not be too sneaky, but my 7, 8, & 9 year olds enjoy playing “Silly Sentences.” You collect cards with words color coded by what part of speech they are, then combine them in a set format to form silly, but grammatically correct, sentences. Great for gently working on parts of speech.

Robin E.

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Lynnette,
I hadn’t heard of “Silly Sentences”, Lynnette, so I looked it up. What a great way to learn parts of speech! Thanks for sharing about this game.

Keither & Lilyan Frisch

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We love playing this game. Never thought to use it as a vocab builder!

Heather

says:

Great idea!

Kiri

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This sounds delightful. I can’t wait until my Little’s are able to read well enough to play independently. Thanks!

Wendy C

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Love this!! Thanks!

Kerry Fritz

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That looks like a great way to teach reading

Andrea

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Love this game! We enjoy the Disney version also

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oooo, I haven’t seen the Disney version, Andrea. That would be fun!

Chantale

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Did sounds like a game my family would enjoy.

Maddy

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This is an awesome idea for my struggling reader. Not only will it help with vocabulary development, it also allows me to teach some grammar standards as well.

Shayla

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What a great idea!! I can’t wait to try this with my kids!

Jessica

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Oh my goodness, I LOVE apples to apples for these reasons-and my kids have NO idea that they are learning along with the playful aspect! It has been a family fave for a long time!

Robin E.

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Our family loves Apples to Apples too, Jessica! We have the older party box and in addition to word learning, there is some modern history learning as well as things like “Nelson Mandela” and “The Berlin Wall” come up from time to time.

Donna Garcia

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My 13 year-old daughter with special needs plays this game at school and loves it! I love using games to teach.

Robin E.

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Donna,
I love that your daughter is getting to learn through games like this at school. It makes learning so joyful and helps it to stick!

Aisha

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Great one!!!

sadman

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i wanted a cheat guide

Genise

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The children in my in home childcare love play Apples to Apples.

Robin E.

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Genise,
Apples to Apples is one of the few games we come back to again and again as a family and among friends. Many games are fun enough once or two, but Apples to Apples is fun again and again and again!

Ivy

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We love Apples to Apples – these ideas will really help make it even better!

Meredith in GA

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We are always on the look out for good games! Thanks for the recommendation.

Becky H.

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I’ve played this with friends before but never thought of it as a vocabulary game for the kids. I guess I’m going shopping for the junior version. Thanks for the tip.

Micah

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My sister loves this game. I hadn’t thought of getting it for the kids!

Duckymama

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We have enjoyed playing this game with all ages at holiday family gatherings. Great fun!

Valerie Kovalick

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I love apples to apples! It’s a great game for people of all ages.

Carola

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This looks like a good game to get for my daughter.

Shanna

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Thank you for this review. I have been looking into getting this game, but wasn’t sure of it’s value. I’m glad to see all the benefits! I can add it to our wishlist!

Jennifer Walter

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I’ve been wanting to try this game so maybe I’ll buy this for next Christmas! There’s also a Bible version which sounds fun, too!

Erin

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We love this game!

Andrea

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This game is such a fun group game too. We learn so much about others and have a blast doing it. We like to use the adjectives each of us has won to describe ourselves at the end of the game also.

shavercc

says:

Ok, this game is a great idea for a vocab builder. I’ll have to pick it up the next time i see it at a yard sale! (I’ve passed it up several times!)

Amy926

says:

We love this game and it has been a great way to teach new words outside of “school books”.

billdebstanton

says:

We love this game and play with my two teen daughters often… I think there may be a jr. version for elementary children.

Jns

says:

We haven’t played Apples to Apples yet, but I have seen it in the stores. We often play games as a family on Saturday afternoons. I look forward to playing this one with your recommendation. Thanks so much!

sallycatlane

says:

Does anyone know of other good games for reading skills, or grammar?

Crystal

says:

Absolutely LOVE this game. It is our family favorite to play. Lots and lots of laughs!

KKC

says:

Great review! I’ll have to check out Apples to Apples- Junior…. might make for a fun game night with our kiddos : )

AmyS

says:

Great idea! perfect family game. :-)

loradawn

says:

This sounds like a great game! We usually try to incorporate a family game once every week or two. I think we’ll give this one a try!

busymom

says:

Great review! This game sounds fun and educational. My kiddos are still too young for it (all ages 5 and under) but it sounds like something worth investing in for the future. It also made me think of some of they games I used to play around this age range. For 12 and up Balderdash was always fun. You get a little known word and everyone creates their own definition for it. Then everyone votes on which definition they think is real. Points are awarded if people pick your definition and if you pick the real definition.

rsmith4

says:

Hello,

Our home school group had a meeting about games and this one was mentioned in the top ten to get. My kids are all under 9, but we may have to give it a try this Christmas.

lettucepatchkids

says:

Thanks for the review… I think I found what game to get our kids for New Years (our family tradition is to give our kids a new game to play on New Years Day)

Aquahaze

says:

We have Apples to Apples, Apples to Apples Jr., and Disney Apples to Apples. A few years ago, a friend had mentioned how much fun the Bible version was (we don’t have that one), that I bought us the “green one” Junior. It is awesome! This is the only game that we have continued to play for more than “now”. I believe we’ve been playing it for three years and still play it at our monthly neighborhood game night.

BTW, we started playing when our now 7 year old was 4… we would assist by reading each of the cards and the meaning, and allow the 7 year old to make the decisions. Until this blog, however, I NEVER thought of it as a vocabulary builder. Thank you for the thought planting! :-D

Congratulations to the winner!

ReneeK

says:

My kids played Apples to Apples once and loved it at a friends house. I have been wanting to buy it for them-I just keep forgetting!!!

gavinsmomma

says:

Wow, you make me want to go out and buy this game now! We really need something like this! Thanks for the review! This will be a Christmas gift for my son this year!

onemotherslove

says:

I’m so glad I found this post! Someone gave us an Expansion Pack a few years ago, but we didn’t have the rest of the game, so I didn’t know how to play it!

tdmom

says:

After playing this at a friend’s house, we finally bought Apples to Apples for ourselves. Whenever we have guests over, it is a favorite game to play! After reading the comments here, I’ve learned they have a Bible edition and I want to learn more about it! Thanks!

hilarycjohnson

says:

I love this game, I hadn’t thought about using with our kids as much yet — they’re still a little young, but I LOVE the idea of bringing this out and starting to play it with them!

MicheleB

says:

Thank you for this review. I have heard the name of the game before, but never knew what it was about. I think this could be quite useful and fun to use with my five boys, particularly my younger ones and my autistic son who respond well to games.

Anonymous

says:

This is my daughter’s favorite game. It is good for vocabulary. However, if you have a family member who thinks extremely concretely, like my husband, it can be a bit frustrating.

Anonymous

says:

I have been meaning to get this game, I think you have just convinced me! Thanks

Anonymous

says:

When we have groups of teens over this is almost always the go to activity!! Love it!

Anonymous

says:

My kids love games so it’s a great way to “sneak in” learning. We have the Bible edition of Apples to Apples (not sure if it is good for vocabulary building), but we’ve never played it. I think we’ll bust it open this evening!

shaelachip

says:

Apples to Apples sounds like so much fun.

purepeace

says:

Hi,
I’ve heard of Apples to Apples, but didn’t really know what it was about…
It sounds really fun.
I’d like to recommend bananagrams, but it’s too hard to play with children who haven’t mastered basic spelling.
purepeace

juliehahs

says:

My mother in law mentioned this game to me. NOW i’m interested. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous

says:

I LOVE Apples to Apples! We play it at Christmas time when I go to my sister’s house. I would LOVE to own this!

Anonymous

says:

Whoonu, a get-to-know-you game by Cranium
That’s not for vocabulary so much as relationship-building, but the way the game is played sounds very similar. Whoonu also is good for a variety of ages all playing together.

macob2

says:

I’ve only played it once, but it was a lot of fun! I’d like to play again!

Anonymous

says:

Thanks for the review! I’ve heard this is a great game! We’re definitely going to have to get it!

Lin

says:

I have not had the opportunity to play this game but your review was very informative. I know it is one to have and the students would enjoy playing it to the fullest.

Anonymous

says:

I’ve heard a lot about this game, but never as a vocabulary building tool. I would love to win this for my family.

Anonymous

says:

I have never played this game before, but heard that it is a great game. I am wondering
if it will be a good game for my first grade class. I love to give the students letter fun
activities to do each day, so that they become more familiar with words and learn that
writing can be lots of fun! I would love any ideas on how to teach a love of words,
reading, spelling, or anything.

Anonymous

says:

Apples to Apples is the only game my son will play. I’m so thankful that he will play something with the rest of us.

Anonymous

says:

I had not known what this game helped teach. Now I do. :) Thanks.

Renée LaTulippe

says:

I have never heard of this game! It sounds so creative, like a great workout for the imagination! Will definitely put it on my list.

rjbmom7

says:

We love this game. All of our children ages 12 to 28 have played it together. We always end up laughing and having a great time. One day I played it with my 4 daughters (ages 12, 14, 16 and 28), we have never laughed so hard.

Anonymous

says:

This looks like a good game for our family of 10

Anonymous

says:

I played this game once in our church small group. We all had so much fun! I’ve been meaning to pick it up for my family to enjoy on our game night.

Samantha Johnson

says:

Wonderful review of a wonderful game! Apples to Apples is one of my favorites. I especially love playing it with my grandmother–when she is the judge, she comes up with the most entertaining reasons for making her choices. It’s fun. :-)

Merry

says:

Great review, Megan!

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