Since SimplyFun sent me the game “Who’s Like Me?” to review I’ve been playing it with my own kids and with children I see in play therapy. It’s a terrific, compact and unique card game where the object is to match as many similar components you can with the cards you are dealt. The cards have 4 different children, 4 different colors, and 4 different emotions.
The game has three parts to each players turn. You start the game by dealing 8 cards in a circle and place the remaining deck of cards in the center.
PART ONE involves the first player flipping over one of the 8 cards. The number and arrow on the card informs the player which card to flip over next. The player continues flipping cards over until the arrows point to a card that is already flipped over.
PART TWO of the player’s turn involves the player picking up any 3 cards from the circle (face up or face down). This part of the game stresses decision making and memory skills.
PART THREE of the player’s turn involves placing down groups of cards to get points. A player only has to place down cards if their are more then 5 cards in their hand at a time. Depending on how many cards and matches there are determines how many points you get for the cards you place down.
For example, if the player holds in their hand 2 cards that are both red and have the same person on them they could place them down and get 4 points (2 cards with 2 similarities). But if one of the components doesn’t match no points are giving. So if a player had 3 blue cards but only two of them had the same person it would only be 3 points (3 cards with one similarity). This part stresses decision making, grouping, problem solving, and math skills.
Once the player finishes the three parts, the cards in the circle are flipped over and 3 new cards are added. It is then the next player’s turn.
Play continues until the deck of cards is played out in the circle. Points are tallied to determine who wins the game.
Although it took me a couple times playing the game to get the rules down, it became easy and fun to play. I’ve asked some of the kids I’ve played the game with what they liked about it …
- “I like flipping the cards over and following the arrows. It makes it different every time.”
- “It reminds me that everyone has feelings … just like me.”
- “I just like it!”
Other than working on problems solving, decision making, math, and memory skills, it’s easy to incorporate learning emotional intelligence too. A couple of ways I’ve done this while playing the game in a play therapy session is.
- simply have the child identify the feeling on the card
- come up with as many names for the different feeling faces on the card
- notice similarities of the facial characteristics of each feeling (eyes, mouth)
- discuss a time they felt the feeling … or feelings if they have a match with 2 different emotions
I highly recommend “Who’s Like Me?” for play therapists who like to incorporate game play into sessions. It works well for individual, family, and group therapy. Because of the complexity of the rules the game is best suited for children over 6. You can purchase the game directly from SimplyFun’s website.
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Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.