A brave Viking can’t set sail without all his brothers on board.
In this challenge you need to be a keen observer, use crafty strategies and try not to be fooled by those thick Viking beards.
Quickly run through your cards and choose your crew.
Watch out for the Vikings is part of the Playing to grow series, a new line of board games, conceived by Gianluca Daffi, expert in childhood and adolescent psychology and university lecturer. Each game focuses on a specific executive function or cognitive process with the aim of developing it whilst having fun.
Watch out for the Vikings develops attention, working memory and planning.
HOW TO PLAY
Start of the game
Viking twins and triplets have the same mouth, nose, eyes and face shape. All other characteristics can change…
End of the game
The player who manages to form three sets of Viking triplets shouts out «ALL ENLISTED!» and the game stops: if the families are correct, the player wins the game!
If the sets of triplets are not correct, the player is eliminated and the round ends. The eliminated player’s cards, including those on the bridge are picked up, shuffled and re-dealt amongst all the other players and the game continues until a winner is declared.
If the two players’ cards have different actions, they have to do the action not shown on the cards: clap their hands above their head.
A GAME WHICH STIMULATES EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS
What are executive functions?
Executive functions are the set of mental processes which monitor our thoughts and behaviours. They incorporate various neurological operations which are needed to control and coordinate our actions.
Put more plainly they are like a series of little gnomes who all work together in our brain, helping us execute any kind of task we might face in our daily lives.
FLEXIBILITY – In other words the ability to adapt to new situations and handle contingencies appropriately
PLANNING – In other words the ability to see yourself reaching an objective and understanding the steps to be taken to achieve it
FOCUSED ATTENTION – in other words the ability to concentrate on certain elements, selecting what is useful by “filtering” it from all the other information available
WORKING MEMORY – In other words the ability to remember information connected to the execution of an activity and the time needed to conclude said activity
RESPONSE INHIBITION – In other words the ability not to implement the first response we impulsively tend to produce, whether it is opportune or not
EMOTIONAL SELF-REGULATION – In other words the ability to handle your emotions and keep your feelings under control so they do not prevent you from reaching your goals
THE «PLAYING TO GROW» SERIES