Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Family Games That Inspire and Develop Creativity ~ Morphology

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Family Games That Inspire and Develop Creativity ~ Morphology

As a Mom, I often find myself looking back to my own youth, rediscovering fond memories and activities to share with my own children.


I want to make sure I share with them, especially in this age of all things techno, how much I loved playing board games with my family, my sisters and friends when I was a child.  Sunny, summer days tucked away in a fort of our own creation in the yard, snuggled up with blankets on cold, winter day or full family together around the kitchen table on a Saturday night.

While I do find my own children often dazzled by new, techy games and even new versions of classics, this Mom finds a great deal of value in games and activities that inspire creativity and imagination.It is a special treat to discover a toy or game that truly engages, like Morphology and Morphology Junior.


Although I usually am on the hunt for games and toys for my family or for gift for my nieces and nephews, upon discovering Morphology, I was immediately struck by the appropriateness of this game for use with my elementary level Destination Imagination (formerly Odyssey of the Mind) competitive team.


This group of ten year old engineers in the making meets weekly over a large part of the year, to challenge themselves both creatively and cognitively for competition.  One aspect of the regional, state and national competitions is to showcase their improvisational skills while solving a mystery instant challenge: they are presented with a surprise challenge to solve and evaluated on their ability to meet all requirements, work together as a team and to develop a creative solution.

Designed specifically to encourage divergent and creative thinking, Morphology has been an excellent resource training resource for my team, as well as a fun, family activity at home.

How To Play
 With over seven creation materials, 52 units to use in creating, six varied modes of play, as well as an extensive deck of easy and hard words to create, Morphology is truly a game that offers a unique experience each time you play through limitless creative combinations.


As a family, we have especially enjoyed playing the Eyes Closed (build word given with eyes closed) and Pick 5 (select five items first, then build word given) methods of play.  For my team, we often use Free Play mode (must create a word from deck utilizing all pieces) and Morph! (team member becomes part of the picture).


My Take ~ 
Morphology is a step above the typical board game!  Easy to transport with a compartmentalized box, I frequently use it as a creative ice breaker to get my Destination Imagination team's creative juices flowing, as well as for honing the team's skills in preparing for Instant Challenges in competition.  The flexibility of level and diversity of game mode make Morphology a wonderful selection for family game night, appropriate and fun for all ages, as well as for ideal for both individual or team play.  This Mom considers Morphology a must have for any game collection.  The recent edition of Morphology Junior would be a welcomed edition to any classroom's resources

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I received a copy of Morphology to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.  Images and information sourced from various Morphology sites.  The opinions and experiences above are both honest and my own.  Sponsor is responsible for supplying and shipping prize.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goolge+ are not involved in, nor responsible for this giveaway in any fashion.

32 comments:

Tamar said...

I learned that Time gave Morphology #2 toy of the year which is a huge accomplishment so congratulations Morphology!
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Rhonda Martin said...

I learned that Morphology was Invented by Kate Ryan Reiling and the Game Morphology was launched in the fall of 2009. This sounds like a really fun game that makes you think and use your imagination. Thanks for sharing it with all of us~!

Rhonda Martin said...

This was lot's of fun Thanks Again. I have been voting for Doodle Roll but voting has ended now. I hope they win because it's really a neat item at a low cost. This is an item on my x-mas list for all the kids this year.
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NeKisha said...

I learned that it all started trying to teach a friend Spanish during a snowstorm in Minneapolis. Interesting!

NeKisha said...

I guessed 5 of them correctly.

anosweeps said...

The game actually looks really fun. We have friends who come over on Sundays to play games and I'd love to try it out with them.

lilyk said...

I learned that the company is located in St. Paul, Minneapolis.

mverno said...

very creative mverno@roadrunner.com

KIM said...

I like that there's a kids version of this game. Kids need more forms of entertainment theses days that have a creative outlet.

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

KIM said...

I guessed 5 right.

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

Karen said...

I learned that Time gave Morphology #2 toy of the year which is a huge accomplishment !!

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Jennifer Rogers said...

Morphology Games launched in late fall of 2009, quickly selling out its original units and in 2010, went to the New York Toy Fair where it received two “Top New Toys of 2010” nods. In the fall of 2010, Morphology was selected as TIME’s Top Ten Toys list as the Number 2 Toy of the Year.!!!
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Kathy said...

It is a team game. Hints are optional and there is a morphologist. Looks fun1

Cheri said...

Our family loves Pictionary and I really like how this game takes that idea one step further. We would have so much fun using various materials to create our words. suilecpep@hotmail.com

Angela Cisco said...

I like that you "USE THE SHAPES AND PIECES TO BUILD THE WORD." It seems like a lot of fun.

Allison said...

I think this is a fantastic game, that ask you to think and would love to have it for my classroom.

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CAJUNMAN12 said...

I WOULD LIKE TO TRY IT BECAUSE IT IS FUN AND CHALLENGING. IT MAKES YOU THINK. WOULD BE GOOD FOR A SKILLS GAME IN THE CLASSROOM

Darcy said...

Well for starters i have never heard of the game before. But i learned how fun it would be to play it with my kids. It's the 2012 Teacher' Choice Awards for the Family by Learning Magazine. That right there makes me feel great about this product.

alisa said...

i would love to try to "build" something it looks like you can be very creative in this game!

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

I learned it is a Team Game!

tranch said...

I learned that it all started trying to teach a friend Spanish during a snowstorm in Minneapolis.

Debra said...

thats cool that you can make over 400 words

Candice said...

I love that it's so simple (considering today's technology driven society--I type from my iphone) but looks so fun! It really challenges you to be creative. Would be great for my kids. Thank you for the chance to win!
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Candice said...

Yea! I got 7 right in the game! Thank you for the chance to win!
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sabrinapro said...
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sabrinapro said...

Love that this game is for creative types who might lack drawing abilities :) The creator is also from my home state of New Hampshire! Yeah!

poorteacher@yahoo.com

Erin Cook said...

I learned that Kate Reiling came up with a game by combining Jenga and Pente together on a snowy day with her friends
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BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com said...

I learned that this game can be played as a team game.
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wins4me said...

I learned it is a Team Game!

daveshir2005 said...

I learned that it is a team game and I think this would be so much fun for our family when we have people over with kids.

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daveshir2005 said...

I got 5 right.

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Rochel S said...

I learned that it is a team game and I know my family would love it! It would be perfect for when we have our family get togethers!

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