Wink is a game of strategy that encourages social interaction through gameplay. The objective of the game is to stealthily wink at your secret partner without being caught by the other players. Your secret partner is determined by whether or not you have the matching card he is looking for. With an ever changing game board composed of randomly laid wink cards, this is a game that can be played over and over again.
- Wink encourages focus and attention as players need to be vigilant to find their winking matches and catch other people in the act to score points.
- Wink helps develop memory and matching skills as kids create a strategy for the cards dealt.
- Cause and effect relationships are promoted as kids figure out their match and deliver a wink successfully to make a match.
- Kids can learn the rules of the game by reading the instructions and help orient players to the game by teaching them the guidelines instead of the caregivers.
- Play a practice round to provide kids with the comfortability to understand the instructions and interact covertly with other players.
- Start with the basics of game play—don’t follow all of the rules! Add on to game play with additional rules from the instructions as kids advance.
- Communication skills are introduced as children become aware of body language and the concept of non-verbal cues.
- If a player thinks someone is trying to discretely wink, he can practice verbal communication by using his accuse card and naming the players he thinks are winking.
- Expressive (output) and receptive (input) language is honed as kids share and listen to others announcements or accusations during the game.
- Have kids make announcements or accusations in different accents. For example, British or French.
- When you get a match, try and mimic the facial expression of the card and share a “tagline” that the character might say or do. For example, card #19 might say, “Argh! It’s the pirates life for me.”
- With up to 8 players interacting, Wink engages players in large group social interactions, providing children a fun opportunity to flex social skills as they become acclimated.
- Teamwork is promoted as a player has to work together with someone else to complete a successful wink.
- Wink provides an outlet to teach good sportsmanship as children learn that winning and losing are both parts of the game.
- Practice the art of winking before game play to help kids learn how and also how to wink covertly.
- Wear pretend glasses or don a hat during game play to distract other players from your winks.
- Collect silly items from the around the house to put on when someone wants to accuse others of a partnership. For example, a winter hat in the summertime or a boxing glove.