Charty Party is a game based on charts. (H/T to @MsMessineo for tweeting about this!) Played like Apples to Apples, a judge is selected who turns over a card with a chart on it. Only the X-Axis is labeled. Players look at their own cards, which have potential labels for the Y-Axis, and choose one from their hand that they think the judge will find the funniest. The player whose card is chosen by the judge collects that chart, and a new person becomes the judge. The game ends when someone has collected 5 charts.
The creators of the original Charty Party, which was designed for ages 17+, received a lot of requests for versions that would be appropriate for classrooms and young families. So, after interviewing many people, including teachers, they are back with an All Ages Edition on Kickstarter. The good news is that the game has already been funded, so production is guaranteed. The even better news is that for every $5,000 the team raises from backers, they will donate 10 Charty Party All Ages games to a school. As I am writing this post, they have already raised over $56,000. (Their original goal was $10,000.) The kind of hard-to-swallow news for those of us eager to play it is that delivery of the games will not begin until January, 2021. 🙁
You can get the original Charty Party right now, and add on your All Ages Cards when you receive them. I read some of the Q&A on the product’s Amazon page, and in response to, “How many cards would I have to remove before I could allow my high school students to play this at school?” one person answered, “About half.” Personally, I think it would be fun to have your students make their own cards to go with the charts for the time being.
If you teach math, I envy you, and definitely think you should check out this game. For other math fun with charts and graphs, see my posts on: Slow Reveal Graphs, Dear Data, and What’s Going on in This Graph?