Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cranium Brain Breaks Review and Giveaway

Hello Neighbors!

 I had a really busy day today!  We redid the back enclosed patio into a room for the younger girls.  Now we are putting insulation into the ceiling.  So, while one of my sons started stapling in the insulation, we went to pick up plywood to cover it.  Of course we had to stop at 2 yard sales, 2 thrift stores, have lunch out, and of course go to the hardware store!  So, after dinner this evening we decided to relax a little and have some fun!

I pulled out the newest game we have, Cranium Brain Breaks ($14.99)!  It is the neatest little container, the top is brain shaped.  It has 200 one minute mini games.  This was seriously fun!  The game includes 100 cards, 6 Cranium Cubes, 1 Die, Timer, Cranium Clay and a note pad.  It is for ages 8 and up, although some younger children could probably play too! 2 or more players. Here is how you play.  Set all the contents of the game out.  You will need to grab a pencil or two.  (They are not included.)  The player whose birthday is coming up next goes first.  The first person takes a card from the deck.  Choose an activity (there is one on each side of the card) and then read it aloud.  Everyone works together to successfully complete the activity before the time runs out.  If you want to get competitive try Brain Breaks with two teams.  Each team randomly draws five cards and picks seven of the 10 activities to do.  Teams take turns attempting the activities.  The first team to successfully complete seven activities wins.  You must win by two.  Keep taking cards from the deck until one team pulls ahead by two for the win.

This can get really silly.  The first card we drew, was called Food Frenzy.  I rolled the Cranium Cubes, which have letters on them.  Then I roll the number die, and start the timer.  Then we had to come up with as many flavors of ice cream as the number on the die that started with each of the letters rolled before the time runs out.  We actually had it pretty easy as I only rolled a one.  Our letters were N, A, M, C, D, and T.  So we came up with Neapolitan, Almond, Mint, Chocolate, Dutch Chocolate, and Truffles. Not sure about the Truffles, but we let it slide!

The next card was called Beat It.  I start the timer and then use my hands and drum a beat out on the table.  Everyone joins in with their own beat, which we must continue until the timer runs out.  This one became quite loud!

One more card!  Things With...I roll the die and start the timer.  We work together to come up with in each category, which I will give you in a minute.  If I rolled a 4, we have to come up with four items for each category before the timer runs out.  Our categories were, Things with corners, things with holes, and things with teeth.  Here is what we came up with:box, paper, house, block, donut, LP (record), ear, mouth, shark, comb, saw and dentures.

This is definitely a fun game, and it is easy to play.  We didn't do one yet with the clay, but reading through the cards there is one where you have to sculpt a face of someone you know and everyone guesses until someone gets it right before the timer runs out.  Sound like fun?

This would be a great ice breaker when a group gets together.  It would also be easy to take on a trip and play a quick game. Have just a few minutes in the evening?  Pull out Cranium Brain Breaks!

At the Fence gives Cranium Brain Breaks a thumbs up.  And Hasbro is going to send the winner of this giveaway their own Cranium Brain Breaks! This giveaway ends 10/18






125 comments:

DEBIJOT said...

We try to have game night one night a week.

DEBIJOT said...

We love monopoly.

gerri_bolen@msn.com said...

We have game night every Sunday

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Amy W. said...

We have a family game night at least twice a month. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Amy W. said...

Our favorite lately is the Game Of Life. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Amateur Mommy said...

we have game night every saturday evening but also play games throughout the week also.

becky

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Amateur Mommy said...

we love SORRY SLIDERS

becky

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Steph said...

We do family game night almost every night!
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Steph said...

Our current favorite game is The Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee game.
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Ryan said...

i dont have family game night as much as id like to...but always play games when we all get together for the holidays and this looks like a perfect game for us!

slb3334 said...

We try to once a week.

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vmkids said...

we have it once a month
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Anonymous said...

HORTON111@AOL.COM

ONCE A WEEK ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY NIGHT

Anonymous said...

WE LIKE PLAYING THE CARD GAME ROOK

ksceviour said...

We have family game night like once every 2 weeks!
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ksceviour said...

Our favorite game to play is UNO! :)

PAIGE said...

Our family has First Friday game night.
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PAIGE said...

We love to play Trivial Pursuit most.
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jzagarjr said...

I have a game night once a month

degood said...

We have one about once a month.

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degood said...

We like to play uno or Sorry.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

Anonymous said...

we try to have a game night at least once a week
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mogrill said...

Usually once a week. Friday or Saturday.
Thanks for the chance.
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Kim said...

we used to have them once a week but now the kids are gone when ever they come home
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Kim said...

we love masterpiece,clue and snapshot ut_oh_its_kim@hotmail.com

Kellie Conklin said...

My family only has it when we have extended family over however I have it every week with the family that I babysit for! They love playing new games, thanks for the giveaway!
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Kellie Conklin said...

Our favorite games are scattergories, any kind of monopoly, and apples to apples! thanks!

bored2quickly said...

I follow your blog on GFC, subscribe to your email and like you on Facebook! I would absolutely love to win this for my kids! We play Scrabble after dinner every night! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Renee Walters
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latanya said...

we try to do at least 2-3 a month

latanya said...

monopoly is our favorite game to play

Shelly said...

about once a month

Shelly said...

right now, Blokus

Angela H said...

We have family game night a few times a month. We used to play at least 3-4 times a week. We need to get back into playing again.

Angela H said...

Our favorite game to play would probably be The Game of Life or Yahtzee.

joshuantonya said...

once a week

Ambre Winfield said...

unfortunately rarely

Donald said...

well we baby sit our neice twice a week so about that much :)
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Donald said...

we love monopoly!
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Kimberly said...

We have family game night a few times a month
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Kimberly said...

We like UNO
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Robyn said...

Summer is not as often, but when fall arrives, we have Friday game night (and often Saturday, too) through all of fall and winter.

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Robyn said...

Our favorite game (currently) is Apples to Apples. But we also love Monopoly, Life, Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary. We're a game family!

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Anonymous said...

We play games a couple times a month. We like to play monopoly

Shelly said...

we have family game night every saturday night with the younger kids and the older kids only if they are home.

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Shelly said...

We like word games like Scrabble!

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phoinexpeace@gmail.com said...

We do it every two weeks.

phoinexpeace@gmail.com said...

life is one of my family's favorite

Hotsnotty2 said...

Once a week, thanks

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Becky said...

We try to do it more often but it is most likely about once a month..

Becky said...

Our favorite game to play is Monopoly....

bkeg said...

We try to have Family Game Night at least once a month. We try to have it more if possible!

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Barginmom said...

we have family game night about every two weeks, we usually end up playing clue.

Barginmom said...

#2 - we like to play clue and monopoly!!

A, Cisco said...

We do not have family game night as regular as we once did. I would say every couple of months.

A, Cisco said...

We like to play Sorry

Karen said...

With a busy family, it's only once every several weeks. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

We have not had family game night in a long time. I think we need to start doing it at least once a month!

Jennifer Marie

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Anonymous said...

My boys love Memory

Jennifer Marie

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katfam95 said...

It depends. Sometimes we'll be good and have one weekly, then stuff will come up and a few weeks will go by before we start up again.

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katfam95 said...

Lately our favorite game has been Hedbandz.

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mom2gabnnat said...

We only have Family Game night every few months.
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KD { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

I would like to start having a game night with the kids!

Anonymous said...

We do family popcorn and movie night every Friday but we only do family game night about once a month...I want to pick it up this winter!

Jamie

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daniel healey said...

Friday night is family night

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daniel healey said...

Right now we are playing monopoly

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Anonymous said...

We try to do it every friday

Mitchell C said...

Every Saturday night we play games! I love board games and it's my favorite night!

Mitchell C said...

We play Monopoly and games like Trouble, Sorry, and Scrabble, as well as card games.

mommy2one126 said...

We hardly ever have family game night anymore...but I would love to start it up again! My family would love this game!

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kathy pease said...

we play maybe every 2 weeks

kathy pease said...

i love the game sorry

kbruson said...

I try to make Family Game Night every Friday night, but it usually works out to be every other Friday night! sandrayola@msn.com

rubynreba said...

We try to do it once a week.
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rubynreba said...

We like to play Yahtzee.
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pauline15 said...

We have family night once a month. We eat a ton of junk food, play games, and watch a movie!
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Becca Ann said...

we try to at least once a month..

amy16323 said...

once a week
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amy16323 said...

we like playing sequence
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Jenn S. said...

We have a family game night once every other week or so.
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Jenn S. said...

We love to play Clue!
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DLSLoveBlogs said...

We have game night once every couple of weeks. More during the summer when school is out.

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happyskunky said...

We have family game night about once a week on Saturdays

Thank you for a great contest!

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jim said...

Almost ever single night jimandboys@gmail.com

jim said...

dice!!!!!! jimandboys@gmail.com

laurasloves said...

Every Saturday we have a big bowl of popcorn and some kool aid and play family games together.
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laurasloves said...

It varies. Some nights we play a lot of card games and my youngest love it when we all play Candy Land or Operation.
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Douglas Houston said...

We have family game night 2 or 3 times a month.

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Douglas Houston said...

We like to play scabble on game night.

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Jen H said...

honestly not often. a few times after they get a new game :/

Concord Christian First Grade said...

We dont have it enough. I would say once every 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

We don't do it nearly as often as I would wish. Probably about once a month.
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Tammy said...

About twice a month!

bargainsmarts said...

We have family game night about once a month. But...sometimes we get on a roll and play a few days in a row, until life intrudes.

mary said...

we strive for weekly, but it usually ends up a couple of times a month

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mary said...

monopoly

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Jackee said...

We have it about twice a month :)
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Jackee said...

Our familys favorite game to play jenga
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Erica C. said...

We have a game night pretty often...at least once every two weeks.
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c allen said...

we have family game night twice a month at least, crystal l allen

c allen said...

we love connect 4 crystal l allen

MySentimentExactLee said...

We dont' do game night often enough but I would love to do it more often!

Lee :)

MySentimentExactLee said...

When we do play games there is one called Friendship Island that my 6 year old gets a lot of good out of!

Lee

Misusedinnocence said...

We try at least twice a month! :)

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yessica saenz said...

We play wii but I would like to try something not so modern

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Ericka said...

We do not have family game night as much as we probably should, maybe twice a month. Do not have have really to many games to play.
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susansmoaks said...

we have a family game night at least once a month
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Anonymous said...

We have Family Game Night every other Saturday.
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Anonymous said...

Game Night is Monday after CCD. We played "old school" Operation last night.

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mail4rosey said...

My toddler and my tween both get out the games regularly for us all to play, though we don't have a regular schedule or anything.

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mail4rosey said...

Our favorite games are too many to list, seriously, but the ones we play quite often are Yahtzee, Poker Yahtzee, Trouble, Connect Four, Stratego, Sorry!, and Uno.

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Erica said...

We love family game night. We have it about once a week!
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Erica said...

We like Cranium Family Fun, Clue, and Uno.

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~*AmberJ*~ said...

We try to have a family game night once a week.

Amy said...
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Amy said...

My daughter and I try to do family game night at least once a week, but, lately, it's been less frequently. We're running out of games!!!

Chappy - George Chaplin said...

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We have game night once a week!

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Sam A said...

We have game night once a week: )
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lisa_s said...

We try to have family game night once a week but hope to have it more often once the baby gets older!

Lisa said...

We used to have it weekly but now it's a lot more sporadic.
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amyd said...

we do it every 2 weeks,weekly if we can!
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AEKZ2 said...

My 5 year old like to play games about 5 times a week

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AEKZ2 said...

We love to play Guess Who?

Kate said...

We have one about once a month

Justin said...

we try to play games with my son a few times a week.

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Hazel said...

we used to play once a week, but we haven't done that in a long long time. Need to declare a game night soon!

Hazel
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