Different Ways to Play
How to Play - All You Can Eat board game has many alternative ways to play that will accommodate a number of players (more than the suggested 4 players), various age of players, Spanish and English speaking players, and time constraints that a classroom setting would have.
Number and age of players
1. If you want to play as a family but have little ones not capable of reading and writing just yet, have them be in charge of rolling the die and selecting the cards for each player (or one designated player). This is a great way to teach them to count by having them roll the die and move the markers as you count out loud together.
2. If you want to play as a family and have children reading at age 4, 5 and 6, but also have children that are older and reading at a second and third grade level, use both the regular cards that come with the game and purchase the Kids Cards separately. It is very simple to play out of both boxes thereby allowing both the younger and older kids to play together.
3. If you have more than 4 people wanting to play the game, form teams. One member of the team can be the designated player who rolls the die and moves the marker while the other member of the team selects the card and records the food onto the menu. Together they can discuss strategies and even if they come to a stand still they can always roll the die to see who’s strategy wins. This playing option not only
works well with large families but also in the classroom when there are not enough games to go around for each student to have his or her own marker.
English as a second language for Spanish
speaking adults and children
1. If you have a classroom of children that speak both English and Spanish, this is a great tool to teach each other how to speak the other language. The children have fun and the barrier of language disappears. This is a bonus to the nutritional aspect of the game; an ESL tool.
2. If you have a family with grandparents that may only speak Spanish and the children are learning English at school. again this an excellent tool to help bridge that gap and teach each other their language.
1. Playing the game can take 45 minutes on an average. If you run out of time while playing, make sure each player puts their name on their menu and wraps it around the cards that they have collected using a rubber band. When they reconvene, they can all move their player piece to somewhere on the center of the board and roll the die to see who will go first to complete the already started game.
2. Another option when you only have a short time to play would be to only complete one meal at a time. This is a quick way to play, but after three sessions, each player will have been working toward completing all three meals on their menu. This is a great option for younger children and for playing in a classroom environment.