Crazy Cats

Crazy Cats introduces kids to genetics by exploring inherited traits. Players roll dice to determine the types of genes of their cats and then draw corresponding physical features (body, head, whiskers, superpowers, etc.). If players roll a dominant combination, they must draw whatever trait dictated by the game. However, if they roll a recessive combination, they can draw whatever crazy trait they want! Players earn points for recessive traits, so that the "craziest" cat wins.

Concepts: inherited traits, Mendelian genetics Standards: 3-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits MS-LS3-2 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits HS-LS3-3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits 3-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits MS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits HS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits 3.Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits MS.Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms HS.Inheritance and Variation of Traits

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Thanks to this game, my kindergartener knows that it takes two inherited copies of a recessive gene to express that recessive trait. And the best part is that she had fun learning it!

The set-up is simple: over ten rounds, you roll the dice to see whether your cat inherits dominant or recessive traits from its parents. Then, using the included white boards and markers, you draw the traits (round or not-round head, four legs or not four legs, etc.). At the end of the game, whoever has the cat with the most recessive traits wins!

My kids love getting "crazy" with their drawings -- even if you get the dominant trait for eyes and have to draw two of them, nothing says the eyes have to be fastened to the cat's face!

Highly recommended for pre-K through elementary school (and it's fun for the grown-ups too).

Fun rating: 5 out of 5

Learning rating: 5 out of 5

Science rating: 5 out of 5


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This is one of my kids' favorite games. They are 4 and 8, but it's just as fun for me, too. The object of the game is to draw a cat on a dry erase board, one feature per turn. For example, on the first turn, each player makes the body. On the next, the head shape is drawn. The science comes in as the cats' features are determined by the dominant and recessive genes passed down by their parents. Most of the time, the dominant traits (e.g., oval body or four legs) will prevail. When both parents pass down recessive genes for a feature, though, the player can get creative. Will the cat have a square head? Three eyes? A curly tail? The cats can get very interesting as the players try to come up with more and more wild recessive traits.

This is a fun game to play with just a few, but it also works really well with large groups. We played it at the kid's table at a Science March and had a lot of repeat customers.

Overall, Crazy Cats is a blast and highly recommended!

Fun rating: 5 out of 5

Learning rating: 4 out of 5

Science rating: 4 out of 5


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