Continuing my occasional series on games for kids:
Hisss, a simple color-matching game, has become a recent favorite. Players draw two-color tiles and place them on the table to build snakes. Whoever completes a snake head to tail gets to collect the tiles, and whoever collects the most, wins. The game is marked “four and up,” but my three-year-old caught on quickly. Our games are more collaborative than competitive, though. We just have fun matching colors and building snakes. Older children and adults will find strategy under the simplicity when they have to decide which of several snakes to play a tile on and try to remember the colors of the outstanding heads and tails. Another idea for older kids, suggested by a commenter on Amazon, is to buy two decks of 50 for a mega-game.
The tiles are nice and thick, so this is a game that should last. An extra bonus for LGBT families is that the snakes come in the colors of the rainbow, with two rainbow-patterned wild cards.