This is hands down my kids’ new favorite game (ages 3 to 10). They got it for Christmas and we have played it several times in the past week. I’m not sure it would count as “educational” by any standards, but it definitely fosters family togetherness. It also allows kids to work on their attention and focus.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Info
Product: Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
Company: Dolphin Hat Games
Recommended Age Range: 4 and up, kids under 5 or 6 might get discouraged due to slower reflexes, fun for teenagers and adults
Price Range: ~$10
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This game is reminiscent of Slap Jack. However, it is much more entertaining for people of all ages and can by played be a large group. The stack is divided evenly among the number of players. As they take turns laying down cards, the players say “taco,” “cat,” “goat,” “cheese,” “pizza.” If the word matches the picture, everyone slaps the pile. The last person to slap has to take the whole stack. Unlike Slap Jack, the object is to get rid of your cards.
There are also a few cards with special instructions that my kids think are hilarious. For example, if a Narwhal card is flipped, everyone claps above their head to make a horn, then slaps the deck.
Everyone in my family thinks this game is fun. Even the three year old, who frequently is last to slap and has to take the deck, loves it. Initially, my husband and I were giving him a chance to slap before us. However, despite explaining to him that he DIDN’T want to be last, he insisted he did. He really wanted all those cards.
Even though my husband and I were sort of cheating, by letting our youngest kids slap the deck before us, we could still make it challenging for our oldest kids to win. To win, you need to be out of cards AND the first person to slap the deck at the appropriate time. Even though I never got close to running out of cards, as long as I slapped before my older kids, they were still in the game.
Some other things I love about this game are that many people can play (or just 2) and it doesn’t take very long. When you have a big family with lots of different ages, being able to squeeze in 10 minutes of quality family time into a hectic day is priceless. I also appreciate that the deck of cards doesn’t take up very much space. I’m sure our Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza games will get more competitive as the kids get older, but I see this one being replayed a lot in the years to come.
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