Newsletter #48: April 2020

Siopa.ie: Fun games for the whole family


As much of the world continues to be under quarantine, we’re all trying to find ways to keep both ourselves and our families entertained and, consequently, board games and card games are making a comeback. As soon as the restrictions are eased in Ireland and siopa.ie is operating again, we’d strongly recommend that you order some of the Irish language games below. Especially now that you and your family are perhaps used to playing games together!


1. Junior Scrabble – Giant Floor Puzzle for Kids
Junior Scrabble is a jigsaw, an educational spelling toy, and a word and pair search all combined. This game will be a resource for families who are raising children through Irish but it will also be used by families who are searching for new games to play with their children. The game would be used in school classrooms for younger children not only in Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools but in English language schools as well. This game has been produced to the highest standards and is on a par with the same game in other languages.


2. Junior Scrabble as Gaeilge
There are two different games on this two-sided Scrabble board, so that younger children start off with the game “Words and Pictures” and then move onto the more advanced ‘Colours and Counting’ game when they’re ready.


3. Scrabble as Gaeilge
Scrabble has been in demand for over fifty years. It was first sold in 1948 and is now the world’s top word game. Scrabble has now been arranged for Irish, with the frequency and value of the letters adjusted. Scrabble as Gaeilge is perfect for all Irish speakers - from fluent speakers to learners. Scrabble as Gaeilge - the best present!


4. Réalta an Ranga
Three different themes are covered in Réalta an Ranga: professions, sport and animals. There are 12 cards for each theme and enough copies of the cards are provided to allow up to 32 learners to play the game at the same time.


Réalta an Ranga is a fun and valuable resource suitable for school children and adult learners alike. It gives participants the opportunity to practise asking and answering questions, helps them to understand the difference between the present and present habitual tenses, and equips them with useful words and phrases relevant to the themes.


5. Monopoly
Travel around Ireland in one day and take part in the fast-paced life of the buying and the selling of big houses, hotels and land. Monopoly as Gaeilge will take you on a journey through various aspects of Irish life. So then, go find your favourite places, throw the dice and create your own empire in this new version of Monopoly that has been put together by Glór na nGael.


6. Spraoi le hUimhreacha
This game consists of five packs of cards, each dealing with a different element of numeracy in Irish: counting money, people, dates, ordinary numbers and time. The packs are different games of ‘snap’ and the artwork ensures that the game is a fun way of learning.


7. Snap as Gaeilge
The game Snap is a very simple game to play, and this Irish language version of it offers the chance to learn some words and letters at the same time. The objective of the game is to match a letter card during play with a card containing a word using the same letter, and also showing an illustration of the word.


8. Ardrí
Be the first to reach the High King’s palace in Tara. Pick up Magic Cards on the way to help you in your battle with the High Kings enemies. Age 7+ This game contains a gaming board, 32 cards, one dice, four playing pieces and a rules leaflet.


9. Spraoi le Brí
Spraoi le Brí is aimed at increasing players’ word power through games where players have 60 seconds to explain words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, genitive phrases, proverbs and themed words) from the playing cards but without using the words themselves.


10. Crannóg
Crannóg is a board game where players must move playing pieces round a board by using 8 special 12-sided dice to spell longer or shorter words along the path towards the crannóg in the middle of the board. The number of steps taken depends on the number of letters in each word created.