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Uncle Wiggily - A Great Game to Grow up With

Updated on June 3, 2016

There are many games out on the market these days. video games seam to be the big seller. But then you get the folks that have been around awhile (like me) and we don't tend to play the same way as the kids of today do. We seam to be the strange ones that still want to have something in our hands that is not electronic. Something that we have to take a few minutes and read or dare I say it - Think. Oh no I will be in trouble for that comment.

But for me and many others out there a game is more than little blips on a screen. Its thinking and moving. Having to have more then one mind thinking about what to do next. Granted some electronic games these days you can have many players. But they are being played over great spaces. Not having everyone located in one space.

Looking back at the game I can remember playing from a young age. Not just once or twice but many times. Where now a days people will pick up their electronic games and just press buttons. With Uncle Wiggily you're required to read and think. To comprehend what it is you and the others playing are doing. If you don't understand what the little card says then ask questions.

Looking at the board is its own adventure. I remember our board falling apart along the spot where its folded for storage. Watching it come apart where the board folded so that it could fit in the box and put away. That is until the next time I played. More common with me. I just wanted to look at the board and read the cards that came with the set.

Yes this is a game set up to play as a group. But for me it was also a chance to look further into the world of Uncle Wiggily. And the most scary part of this is that I didn't know that Uncle Wiggily was a set of books until a few weeks ago. I was able to learn a little something about Uncle Wiggily. And the world he helped to form though his writing.

A final note I found a newer copy of this game at a fund raiser. Only to discover that I had no cash in my pocket. I hopped in the car and by the time I got back it was gone.

And now for those of you that are wondering, "Who is Uncle Wiggily", here is a reading of one of his books.

If you like older games then here are a couple that I have enjoyed. They may not be available but I am leaving them here just so you can see them. And maybe enjoy them.


Candy Land

Another older board game introduced in 1949. Looking at the game you will notice that it has a similar format to Uncle Wiggily. This game also uses the cards to help you move and there is a total of up to four that can play.

Boom or Bust Board Game

This is a similar game to Monopoly. You travel around the board and buy properties. The big difference is that the financial state can change at any time. Thus the title Boom or Bust. This game was released in 1951 by Parker Brothers. This games passed down from my parents / grandparents.

When offered something new my response has been -

Not sure what that is.

But hay, I'm Game

A book
A book

How many of you have ever heard of Uncle Wiggily?

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    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @Faye Rutledge: Always glad to help bring back those happy memories.

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      Oh wow! I remember playing this game, many, many times! It was one of my favorite childhood games. I didn't know they still sold it! Thanks for the memories. :)

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      5 years ago

      Uncle Wiggly was a favorite character from childhood, and I too fondly recall playing some game centered on him.


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