Why did the chicken cross the road? To shake a tail feather!

Funky Chicken, from North Star Games, is a fast-paced card game that will get everyone out of their seats—and out of the chicken coop—to show off their funkiest moves.

Designed for kids ages 6 and up, the object of the game is simple: Be the first player to discard all of your cards. Three to six players will each pick their own card color and take the 12 cards of that color. Everyone plays at once, which is perfect for young kids because there is no sitting or waiting around in this game.

All players will hold their stack of cards face down in their hands, and on the count of three, all players will flip over their entire stack so that the cards lay face up. Like many family dinners, the game is LOUD so be prepared for lots of yelling and running around!

Everyone will shout out the action shown on his or her own top card. When any two players call out the same action, both people will perform that action together, then discard those cards into the center and move on to the next card in his or her stacks. This process will be repeated until someone has no cards left. The first player to discard his or her last card has to shout “Winner, winner, chicken dinner,” which deems them the winner, and the funkiest chicken in town.

If the action card says “bump,” both players meet halfway and bump their hips together. “Swing” means that both players lock their elbows together and swing around in a circle. “Spin” means both players turn fully around once in one spot. The most hilarious card of all, the “Funky Chicken,” means that both players fold their arms and make flapping motions (you know, like a chicken), and yell “SOOO FUNKY!”

Kids will love it because they get to be silly and loud. Parents will love it because it encourages kids to be physically active. It comes in a little zip-up pouch shaped like a chicken, making it easy to take on vacation, or to a friend’s house.

There are also other ways to play, such as acting out the actions instead of shouting them, or playing as a team and acting out all the cards together while racing the clock. Kids can create an expansion pack of the game by combining Funky Chicken with Happy Salmon, a similar action-packed card game from North Star Games, to play them in conjunction.

Funky Chicken is fun to play, gets kids moving, and encourages general ridiculousness. It’s hard not to laugh when everyone is hollering and running around like a chicken with no head.

Funky Chicken will be available for purchase in May 2018.

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.