Straw – The Game that Broke the Camel’s Back

Remember the story about the straw that broke the camel’s back? No? Never mind, you’ll enjoy playing Straw anyway! Straw is a competitive luck and strategy game for two to four players aged first grade and up. In this easy, 15-minute game you and your opponents pile luggage on the camel’s back. You want to force your opponents to go over the camel’s carrying limit, without going over it yourself. The cards have beautiful artwork depicting different types of luggage with a variety of weights such as fruit, gold, and monkeys–some even ‘weigh’ a negative amount, like the Magic Carpet! The player who exceeds the camel’s 50-pound capacity loses–unless that player happened to play the Straw card in which case, they win!
Bonus for Parents: this game provides educational exercise as players practice whole-number addition and subtraction on each turn.