While cruising around the Internet the other day, this party game caught my eye… probably due to my recent dabbling in the world of paint chip crafts. It appears to be a cross between apples to apples and magnetic poetry for the visually inclined. The rules are pretty straightforward: “Players draw handfuls of paint chips and a prompt card, then rearrange the chips to create spontaneous poems out of the color names.” The results are said to “range from profound to hilarious” and are extremely visually striking I’m sure. I’m actually surprised this product didn’t exist sooner since paint color names generally lean towards nonsensical or absurd. Anyone who has ever browsed the paint department of their local Home Depot has undoubtedly wondered how the colors get names such as Skipping School, Hamster Cuddles, Spirit Whisper, Grandma’s Refrigerator, and Stanky Bean (you can thank an AI for coming up with that one). Regardless, they definitely lend themselves to the world of word games. I considered creating a set of my own, but despite appearances my life does require that I leave my house... sometimes.
Upon further investigation, I learned teachers had already been using a version of this party game as an educational activity in their classrooms for years. Below you can see some examples from elementary and middle school students. If the Paint Chip Poetry game is intended for use by adults, I'm sure it could be adapted for the high school classroom as well. Who knew paint chips could be so funducational?!