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Using Hedbanz to Build Language Skills

Who’s the best detective in your family? Let Hedbanz help you find out! But first, check out the hilarious fun that Corey and Emelia had playing Hedbanz in the short video below!

Hilarious Question-and-Answer Fun!

Get ready for laughs as each player tries to figure out what’s on the card in his or her headband. With three categories (food, animal, or thing), it’s easy to start narrowing down the possibilities—but it’s the nitty-gritty details that will have you racing against the timer! You have to be clever with your questions and quick with your clues to win!

Six adjustable headbands and over 60 cards are included, so there’s plenty of fun for everyone! Hedbanz is recommended for ages 7 and up. A Hedbanz Junior version is also available for even younger children.

Let’s Play Hedbanz!

Give everyone a headband and three blue chips.

Now, let’s get started! Put on your headband, choose a card, and put it in the holder on your headband … but don’t peek! The other players can see what your card says, but for now, it’s a mystery to you!

headband and card from Hedbanz game

You’ll discover clues to your identity by asking questions. The Sample Questions card might give you some good ideas of questions to ask. But you can only ask questions that can be answered with a yes or a no.

Questions like What color am I? or What country am I from? aren’t allowed!

Hedbanz game sample question cards

Now flip over the timer. You get to go first! A great way to start is to try to figure out which category your card falls into. Try starting with a question like Am I an animal?

The other players look at your card and say Yes!

So now you know you’re an animal. Time to narrow things down a bit. Try asking a more specific question like Am I bigger than a refrigerator?

refrigerator graphic

Well, I guess you can rule out elephants and rhinos! But there are LOTS of animals smaller than a refrigerator. Keep asking questions.

Do I have fur?

fur graphic

Okay…that means you’re definitely not a bird, a reptile, or a fish!

Keep asking questions until the timer runs out. If time runs out before you’ve figured out what your card is, move on to the next player. But don’t worry…you can ask more questions about your own card on your next turn.

After a few more clues, you’re finally ready to guess.

Am I a mouse?

head band and card from Hedbanz game

Now that you’ve figured out what you are, remove one of your chips from your pile. If you run out of chips first, you win!

3 Ways to Build Language Skills with Hedbanz

  1. Encourage creative thinking. The cards included in the game are deceptively simple—it’s actually harder to pin down what your card is than you might think! Players have to be creative with their questions; for example, asking Am I smaller than a toaster? will give you a better idea of what your card could be than just asking Am I small?
  2. Build expressive vocabulary. The 60+ cards depict many common animals, foods, and household items, and interacting with other players provides a great opportunity for your child to add to his or her expressive vocabulary.
  3. Develop your child’s working memory and listening comprehension. It may take many questions before you can figure out what your card is. Kids will have to remember all the answers they’ve been given and be able to use those clues to find the answer—and develop valuable memory and comprehension skills at the same time!
download the Hedbanz game sheet

Notes from Our Game Testers

  • You may need to help younger players place the card into the slot on their headband, especially if they are tempted to peek at the card.
  • If a child has sensory issues and dislikes the feel of the headband on his head, simply prop up the card on the table in front of him.
  • The game is designed for ages 7+, but you can include younger kids by allowing hints from older players.
  • When playing with children who are developing their language or critical thinking skills, allow more time per turn (or ignore the timer completely).

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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Darcy

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It is so cool

Shah Faisal

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I love it.

Juill

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I saw this game at Walmart and wondered about it. If the price is decent, I’ll give it a go.

Dawn

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We bought this game many years ago and it has been the hit at many get togethers of all ages! It’s a blast and a wonderful learning tool!

Cassandra Bernard

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My mom got this game for my 5 & 8. We love it it is very fun we ditched the timer and the tokens just let the person play till they get it. We were snowed in one day and Even my husband played we had a blast!! The plastic headband is a little annoying so we just held the card over our head.

Robin E.

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Cassandra,
It’s great that you were able to make adaptations to make the game work for your whole family! It’s sometimes hard to find games that adults and little ones can enjoy equally.

Lisa Waldron

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We like to play this game while ice fishing as a family.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What great family memories you have been making, Lisa! Fishing and games together.

Hannah E

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I’ve been thinking of getting this game. Definitely going to now! Great ideas!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great, Hannah! I hope you enjoy it a lot.

Angela Elliott

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I just found our Headbands game again, week have to try it this weekend . Thanks for the great tips!

Hannah Sholes

says:

This is a great idea! My boys love to play Castle Panic and Terror in Meeple City. The games encourage the boys to use descriptive language and commands but they really just play for fun. :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ooo, I haven’t heard of these games, Hannah. I’m going to check them out. Thank you!

Narae

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Thank you for making the connections between the headbands game and language skills. Time to get it out and play!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Narae. I hope you have a lot of fun learning/playing!

Kim

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My students love playing this game. I have often felt that I was allowing too much “free time” when I allow them to play but now I can use this list to justify why it is not only fun but meaningful time!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kim,
Yes! There is a lot of learning happening when kids play games. 😊

Claire

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This looks like fun! Thanks for the suggestion.

Tacy

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I enjoy using Headbanz. My son is having fun describing the pictures , which expands his vocabulary.

Priscilla Vilchez

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My kids love guessing games . Defenitly be trying this one.

Tegan Brady

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We love headbanz jr in our house. Great for my kid with language disorder.

Jillian

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This is one of my kids favirite games!

Megan

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This looks so fun!

Chelsea

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I love this! Thanks for the creative ideas!

Monica Erwin

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This game is such a great idea!!! Thank you for all the tips!

Emily

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I love the idea of using family time to intentionally build language skills!!! This looks like a game we need to add to our family collection.

Jennifer

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I think I know what game we’ll be getting next. : )
Thanks!

Andrea

says:

This looks like such a fun way to learn!

This seems like a fun way to help to teach kids to describe things and to be observant! I can see us laughing a lot with this game!

Kelsey

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What a creative idea

Erica

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This looks like so much fun.

Corrina

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Looks like a fun resource 😊 can’t wait to try it out

Jo Anna

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This looks like an amazing resource! Thanks for sharing!

Melanie

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I’ve looked at this game so many times. Now I think I have an Easter gift idea!! Thanks for the reminder.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Melanie! Games are a great Easter gift idea and this one is a great one.

Shanna

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Love this game!

Maria Sellars

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My girls have LOVED playing this game! It’s interactive and so much fun when they really start to grasp the concept! :)

Robin E.

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Maria,
Isn’t it great when you get to witness your child grasping a concept? Such a great moment!

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