Note: ThinkFun gave a copy of Last Letter to my GT class to review. However all opinions are my own – and those of my daughter and students 😉
ThinkFun always lives up to its name with its products. Over my 14 years of teaching elementary GT students, we have enjoyed and learned from a lot of ThinkFun games. As a mother of a daughter who is now 11, I can say that our family has found them to be equally educational and entertaining.
Last Letter is one of the newest games from ThinkFun, and I thought it would make a great Phun Phriday post. This simple card game can appeal to all age levels that know how to spell – or at least can identify the first and last letter of words. The rules are easy. Everyone gets 5 cards. The dealer puts down a card face-up and names something on that card. The first person to find something on one of their own cards that starts with the last letter of the word the dealer gave puts his or her card down, and the game continues in that vein until someone is out of cards.
On a day when the majority of my class was missing due to a threat to San Antonio area schools, I decided to lighten the mood by trying the game with some of my 5th graders. They loved it! They enjoyed the unique illustrations on the cards and loved the challenge of searching their vocabulary for synonyms to help them put down a card. I was vastly over-matched. While I was quite literal (if someone said, “boy” for one card, I would say, “yellow” for the next) my students were much more creative. We had a few challenges to words where students would have to explain the connection of the word to a card. For example, for the 2nd picture below, one of my students would probably have said something like, “starvation” to describe the plight of the man on the island – while I probably would have said, “shark.”
Last Letter is a great game to play as a family as it definitely broadens everyone’s vocabulary. Young and not-so-young can easily play together and learn from each other. You can also change the rules to make it more challenging for some or all of the players. For example, “no colors” or “no emotions” are two good parameters to set for older players. There are so many images packed into each card that you can play the game repeatedly and never be bored.
Last Letter can currently be purchased from Amazon.com for $12.99. I am adding it to my Pinterest Board of Games and Toys for Gifted Students – but it is fun for all to play! You don’t have to be gifted or a student to enjoy it!