It was Kristin’s concern that got Scott and 11 year old daughter Emma to brainstorm for new birthday party game ideas during a recent trip in their minivan. “First we talked about the games we loved playing as a family and then tried combining our own ideas for a few hours”, says Scott. It was Emma who made the most important comment, “Everybody would play for candy” and the start of their new game Candy Snaggers was born. From that start less than three months ago they have went from idea to finished successful product and website at www.CandySnaggers.com. They’ve also introduced a free downloadable mini-game version for those who want to try before they buy the full game.
Comments have been positive from parents struggling to find group games that will entertain technology savvy children. With younger and younger kids having access to social media and virtually unlimited games and apps through electronic devices it takes something a bit more rewarding to gain and keep kids’ attention at a party.
“In three months I’ve yet to see a kid turn down a game of Candy Snaggers and it’s not entirely about the candy either. Kids’ really enjoy rolling the dice and snagging from one another and blocking each other with the cards. They’ll usually ask to play over and over again and surprisingly even without candy when we ran out”, Scott says.
There’s no doubt as much as the kids may enjoy the game it’s still the candy that initially grabbed their attention. The Francis’ hope with their new game and other party ideas in the works that their kids and many others will continue playing games with dice and cards and interacting with one another like they recall from their own childhood basement and backyard birthday parties.
Scott said,”Emma won’t be headed for college for a few years still and we have three more behind her so we’re going to need to stay creative and engaged with our children and their friends to stay in touch.”
Thanks to the creative Francis family we think they and many other families will do just fine at their next party.