A few years ago, I thought I would help out the parents of my gifted and talented students by writing about some games, toys, or books that I thought might make good purchases during the holiday season. I called the series of posts, “Gifts for the Gifted,” and I have continued to do it annually on every Friday in November and December. These gifts are suggestions for any child – not just those who qualify for a GT program. Sometimes I receive a free product for review, but I am not paid for these posts, and I never recommend a product that I wouldn’t buy for my own child. For past “Gifts for the Gifted” posts, you can visit this page.
This year, I have decided to do my annual “Gifts for the Gifted” posts all in one week. This should give anyone who likes to shop ahead of time a good start!
I originally reviewed Disruptus in February of this year. At the time, I was teaching K-5 elementary students in a pull-out gifted and talented program. I am happy to say, now that I have been teaching middle and high school students as well, that this game seems to appeal to players of all ages. Be forewarned, though. In general, the older the player, the more time he or she will need to warm up. Years of being trained to give one right answer has a tendency to discourage wild thinking. But you will notice a subtle shift if you play long enough – as crazy ideas that might have never been voiced begin to appear in the responses.
In a world where we are finally realizing the value of creativity, Disruptus is an excellent way to encourage unique ideas. Whether being played in the classroom or at the family table, Disruptus emboldens participants to turn off their filters of practicality. Players must develop innovative ideas based on the cards that are drawn and the instruction on the cube, and “safe” answers rarely win.