It started innocently enough. Daddy was dropping the boys off at Youth, while we finished up the dishes, homework and sweeping. But then we had an idea. A wonderful idea.
Sitting on our kitchen counter was a pristine, unopened box from Influenster. We knew what was inside, and we knew we were supposed to wait til an uninterrupted family night. But that just didn’t seem to be happening with our crazy busy schedules.
So my darling daughter asked if we could open it. “We should wait for Daddy”, I said. She suggested that we just start playing and that he could join in when he got home. I dried my hands and said “Alright”.
And so we opened that mysterious box, and found … Monopoly Junior! I quickly got the scissors and cut off the shrink wrap while my mini-me bounced with excitement. The toddler, from his high chair, giggled at her silliness.
She unpacked each part and piece, one by one, and then counted out our money and distributed our playing tokens. She was the dog, I was the boat.
And so ensued a secret game of Monopoly Junior, in which I was soundly beaten by the pure wits and budgeting power of a 7 year old.
While I lost, and lost badly, I was comforted to realize that the only reason I succumbed was because of my daughter’s brilliance (due in large part to me), and the fact that this version of Monopoly was designed specifically for her age group.
With only $1 bills, and single-digit pricing on properties and rent prices, this game was created to give your child the advantage. It doesn’t help that the properties are much more exciting than the likes of Vermont Avenue and St. Charles Place – the properties of Monopoly Junior include Ice Cream Parlour, Skate Park and Candy Store.
And it certainly doesn’t help that one only needs to pay $1 to get out of jail.
Properties are designated as “sold” when a player buys one and puts his or her Sold Sign (depicting the appropriate playing token) on that property. Much easier to keep track of than all of those choke hazard-sized houses and hotels in traditional Monopoly. And the playing tokens themselves are plastic and much more kid-friendly.
So really, the odds were stacked against me. Ever the gracious loser however, I agreed to a rematch, possibly including the rest of the family … if they’re up to it.
Monopoly Junior was provided to me by Hasbro and Influenster in return for my honest and unbiased opinion.