I love this game - it's great for all ages (even adults), it's easy to put together, can be carried with you, can be played with any number of people or even by one person, and is a fun - and quiet - activity for the restaurant table.
*Gather a variety of objects that have different attributes. *Put the objects in an open container so everyone can see.
*The first person picks two objects that have something in common and lines them up next to each other while saying what they have in common. (In the example: both things are yellow.)
*The next person picks an object that has something in common with the last object in the line and places the new object next to it announcing the attribute. (In the example: the last two objects are men.)
*The next person picks an object that has one attribute in common with the last object and places it next to the previous object. (In the example: the orange man and the caribou are both mammals, the caribou and the hippo are both animals, the hippo and the tree are both found outside.)
*The simplest way to play the game is in a straight line but you can also choose to play it like Scrabble or a crossword puzzle so the objects would have to meet more than one attribute. (In the example: the white bottle cap is round like the round #1 and made of plastic like the yellow tee; the golf ball is white like the bottle cap and a sphere like the pompom.) If you play this way it helps to make a large grid on poster board and have the objects able to fit within the grids.
*The game is over when all the objects have been connected.
*You could also match up the objects without saying what they have in common and have the other players figure it out.
If you give it a try I'd love to hear what you think!