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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 our short video to see the hilarious fun that Corey and Emelia had playing Hedbanz with their dad!

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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Steph

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Great suggestions! We love learning with games!

Pat

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This looks hilarious!

Kathy Donley

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This would be a cute game for my grandson to play and help him learn how to spell

Melissa

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my kids love this game, great idea!

Robin E.

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Thanks, Melissa!

Paul Miron

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My kids love riddles and trying to guess the answers. So this looks great and full of fun!

Robin E.

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Paul,
This is a great game for kids that like trying to reason out answers!

Natalie

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This is such a fun game!

Nicole

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What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Nicole!

Nicole Sepulveda

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Love it! Excellent game to play with kids and all family.

Melanie

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Thanks for the tips! We love playing games and I always enjoy ways to incorporate learning!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Melanie.

jennifer enriquez

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I love playing games to help my kids learn. We all are having fun but mom knows there is a lot more going on!

Elizabeth George

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This is such a fun idea!

Tiffany

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This looks so fun!

Lindsay Glover

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This is going to be such a fun activity for us!!!

Alicia

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Great idea!

Katie Dorey

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This looks like a fun activity!

Amandea Tincher

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Headbands is a great game, but we also love Taboo. The game encourages thinking beyond the box when coming up with new ways to describe each word.

Robin E.

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I’ve played Taboo, Amandea, and it is definitely a game that causes you to think in new ways! Thanks for recommending it.

Dolly

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This sounds like a fun idea. We have the Hedbanz game but haven’t played it in awhile. We also like Scrabble Jr and Lion in My Way.

Stacy

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Adding this to our wish list! My two youngest would love this game!

Jessica

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I love this! Thank you for sharing! I have two sons, ages 7 and 3, and I struggle to find games that are fun for both of them

Stephanie Ruiz

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Hedbanz is a great game! We really enjoy playing it!

Phoebe

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With this game children not only build their memory, also learn how to work with others and listen. I believe this game is a great tool for teaching

Robin E.

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Yes, great points, Phoebe!

Rachel

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Great idea! We tried it and it was so much fun

Robin E.

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Glad you enjoyed it, Rachel!

Monica

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Great idea!

Shelly Donner

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This is a great game for playing in the classroom or for students to play at home! We have a similar one that I made for the classroom that the students love to play.

Amber

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We love Headbanz and also Apples to Apples Jr.!

Melissa

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My four year old and I love this game! It is so great for learning how to ask questions and use deductive reasoning

Monique Hanson-Keeler

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Such a fun game!!

Stacey

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This looks like so much fun!

Lauren Little

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This is such a great idea! My kids love using “props” like the headband to play games.

Rajee Pandi

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Love the cute games

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