Knucklebones was an ancient game similar to jacks originally played with small ankle bones of sheep. Funnybone Toys has taken that idea and made it new in the game of Funny Bones.
The cute, almost retro game box. I think this box alone is pretty cool.
The game comes with 5 'bone' pieces, an instruction book, storage bag, and beaded key chain which the pieces can be put on between play times. ( I don't care for those bead chains, so we just store the pieces in their box).
The Funny Bones game mat.
Now that you have seen the game, you may be asking "So what do I do with these pieces?" Well, it's pretty simple. Game play involves holding the plastic 'bone' pieces in your hand, tossing them in the air, and trying to catch as many as you can before they hit the playing mat. The trick is it is much easier to explain what to do than actually do it. The first time my son played with Funny Bones, he caught one or two pieces each time. It took a while before he was able catch 3 or 4 pieces each time and do it consistently. The Funny Bones game and mat sell for $29.99.
My 14 year old daughter and 11 year old son play this for the longest time. They have fun playing together as well as individually with Funny Bones. They had fun just tossing and catching them, but they also made of their own scoring system to keep track of how many they caught over multiple tosses. They assigned different point values based on if they caught the pieces or if they landed inside or outside of the circle or on a colored part of the mat. I also enjoyed playing Funny Bones with them. I think Funny Bones is pretty cool. We had read about the ancient game of knucklebones during a study of ancient Greece. I thought it sounded like fun, but wasn't overly enthusiastic about about making the playing pieces out of clay as an activity book suggested. So Funny Bones would be a great alternative to making your own pieces.
I like many things about Funny Bones. I think my favorite part of the game is how it is so open ended and gives the player the opportunity to make their own game. It is refreshing to see a new recreational item which is fun and doesn't require batteries or electricity. I also love the bright colors of the pieces. The small size of the box is great for small storage areas, it also makes the game very portable. So, if you are looking for a unique gift check out Funny Bones and the whole line of fabulously unique, award winning games and stationery products from Funnybone Toys.
Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned here for free for the purposes of review. I have not been compensated monetarily or in any other manner and all thoughts shared here are solely my own.