Magazine article USA TODAY

Cranium Moments

Magazine article USA TODAY

Cranium Moments

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A simple idea--give everyone a chance to shine--led to the creation of Cranium: The Game for Your Whole Brain. Designed so that no player feels left out, Cranium became the fastest-selling independent board game in history. Applying this philosophy to kids' games, Cranium, Inc., Seattle, Wash., has a can't-miss formula for the younger set.

Cranium Cariboo: A Magical Treasure Hunt Game ($16.95) lets three- to six-year-olds match letters, colors, numbers, and shapes as they explore Cariboo Island, unlocking secret doors and discovering hidden treasure.

For kids who love to dance, highfive, and jump around, Cranium Hullabaloo ($24.95) is a perfect choice. After spreading out the 16 colorful play pads illustrated with items such as ice cream, frog, or spaghetti on the floor, the audio console "Hullabaloo" gives them instructions like "Bounce to an animal," or "Walk in slow motion to a food." When it calls "Freeze," Hullabaloo will ask a final question, perhaps, "Is anyone touching the piano?" lf the players have followed directions carefully and are on the lucky pad, they win! …

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