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My husband introduced me to a game that is a favorite for our family now. He played it as a kid and remembered it as a game we could easily teach our girls. We love board games! We probably gather around the table for a board game at least once a week. This one pops up as a frequent favorite. This game has been around for a while, but I had never heard of it until Matt taught me. Just in case you’re like me, and missing out on it, let me introduce you!
Help Your Neighbor (Card & Dice Game)
- You will need numbered cards that go up to 12 and a pair of dice. (We prefer SkipBo, but Phase 10, or Rook work well too.)
- Everyone starts the game with 10 cards in front of them, face up. Each person needs these specific card numbers: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Notice how there is not a number 1 or 7.
- The goal of the game is to turn all the cards face down. The first person to turn them all down is the winner.
- On your turn, you roll the dice. Whatever is the sum of the dice is the card that needs to get turned face down. If you roll a card number that is still turned up, you turn it face down. If you already have that card face down, you go clockwise around the table, the first person that still has that card turned face up gets to turn over the card and then it becomes their turn to continue rolling the dice. You just “helped your neighbor”. If everyone has that card turned over, as often is the case near the end of the game, the person rolling gets to continue rolling.
- You get to roll again every time you are able to turn a card face down.
- If you roll a 7, you have to turn a card of your choice back to face up and then pass the dice to the person next to you clockwise.
I love this game because it is easy for even younger kids and fast-paced and everyone is constantly involved.
Have you ever played this before? What games do you play with your family?