I’ll be honest, there aren’t many games that I actually enjoy playing with my kids. They’re usually either too complicated or just plain boring. Not so with the new Not Parent Approved game. The name of the game is completely ironic since I personally loved this game from the get-go and completely approve! If you are familiar with the adult game Cards Against Humanity, Not Parent Approved is played the same way — it’s “an inappropriately appropriate game for mischief makers”.
The first thing I love about the game is how uncomplicated it is. It can be picked up right away using the simple instruction card. It was designed for kids 8 and up. It can be played almost anywhere — at home, at a restaurant, on an airplane etc. It comes with 455 cards (105 questions and 350 answers) that involve cultural references from Taylor Swift to wedgies.
The second thing I love about the game is that it will most certainly invoke laughter. The questions don’t have right or wrong answers, they’re actually judged by what is funniest in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, “The Burp Boss” The Burp Boss reads the question card. The rest of the players select an answer card from the 7 cards in their hand. The answer cards are then mixed up and read aloud by the Burp Boss who selects their favorite answer. The person that submitted the favorite answer is the winner of that round and keeps the blue question card. The next round, the role of Burp Boss rotates clockwise.
You can play with 4-10 players and for as little or as long as you’d like. The player with the most question cards at the end of the game is the winner.
The third thing I love about this game is that in encourages conversation and interaction. It’s nice to get the kids off their screens once in awhile! In fact, that’s exactly what the creators of this game were aiming for! Two corporate marketing moms created the card game after being exasperated by what they were witnessing in their neighborhoods. Stacy Katz and Maximina Revis discovered in their research that the average 8-to-10-year-old spends nearly eight hours a day with a variety of different media, and older children and teenagers spend more than 11 hours per day, according to a2013 policy statement on Children, Adolescents, and the Media,” the American Academy of Pediatrics. While shocking, it’s also believable!
My kids absolutely loved this game. In fact, my oldest two kids snuck the game upstairs and were trying to play it when they should have been in bed! Their giggles gave them away and it’s impossible to play with just two people anyway. My youngest daughter (age 7) really enjoyed the game but did need a little bit of help reading some of the question cards. My 11 year old asked me “what does confiscated mean?” So we’re learning some new vocabulary here too — not all just fun and games!
Here’s one of the rounds I found hilarious. Even if the kids don’t completely understand the questions or the answers, they can be super funny.
My kids thought this round was especially funny. Gross, I say. Yet, still funny — especially hearing my kids giggle over it and imagining them actually telling their dad these things!
I highly recommend Not Parent Approved. It retails for $24.99 on Amazon. Expansion packs are also available! You can follow them on social media via the links below: