From Best Sellers to Featured New Arrivals to Marbles Originals, there are so many great games to choose from. But sometimes a product doesn’t get as much attention as we think it deserves. This post attempts to redress that wrong, and is the fourth in a series highlighting an “Under-the-Radar Gem” that we know you’ll love!
Today’s Gem: Hink Pink
I’ll let you in on a little secret about Marbles The Brain Store: every BrainCoach has one section they favor over the others…whether that section plays to their cognitive strengths or personal predilections…some are Coordination Buffs: put a game in front of them that challenges their coordination skills, and they’re happy. Me, I’m a Word Skills fan, which is nice, because I’m one of the few lucky ones who get to write these blog posts, a task I thoroughly enjoy. I like wordplay, word games, etymology…I’m a word nerd. One of my favorite games that we carry is disarmingly simple in concept but brilliant in execution, easy to travel with, and versatile because it can be played in multiple different scenarios. I’m referring to the brilliant Hink Pink.
Riddles & Rhymes
Based on a classic staple of English classes, a Hink Pink is a word riddle whose answer is a pair of rhyming words. There are three categories of riddle, each identified by their variation on the game name: answers to Hink Pinks will always be one syllable; answers to Hinky Pinkies will always be two; and answers to Hinkity Pinkities will always be….you guessed it….three syllables.
For example, a very basic Hink Pink for “An Obese Feline” would be…”Fat Cat”. Generally, groups divide into teams of two, with points scored for each correct answer…there’s also a 2-minute timer involved, with each team attempting to get as many answers as possible before the timer runs out. In addition to the deck of riddle cards, the game also comes with the timer as well as a scorepad and a pencil, so it’s perfect for travel and easy to store in a bag or luggage…but, as in a great quantity of the games we sell, it is versatile; I’ve played the game in a group of 20+ people as well as with just one other person, and it’s just as fun!
Hink Pink will challenge your Word Skills, vocabulary, and ability to rhyme. And with over 600 riddles, divided among the 3 categories, it will be a long while before the cards are exhausted. I find the game to be able to inspire one to start thinking of your own Hink Pinks, which you can add to the game play if you like. Hink Pink is a favorite of teachers, writers, Word Nerds, and everybody who is a fan of word play! Another example, this time of a Hinky Pinky: “one who overindulges in collecting different clothes fasteners” would be a…Button Glutton!
Do you have a Hink Pink of your own? Post them in the comments, and don’t forget to include the answer to your riddle!