There are a lot of those awkward talks you (or your significant other) need to have with your kids at some point in their lives. You’ve got the birds and the bees and how babies are made, puberty and the blush-worthy topic of menstruation. But why should we be embarrassed to talk to our kids about getting their period at all? Especially when every woman–and even some men–get it?
Instead of getting into a conversation about about feminism and period pride here, we’re going to suggest a way for you to skip the period talk altogether while still educating your kids. The Period Game is a period-themed board game–featuring a uterus–that every daughter needs to play. Because your kids deserve to know what will inevitably happen to their bodies. And there’s no shame in it, so why not make the learning process fun?
“The Period Game strives to turn a typically uneasy situation into a fun, positive, learning experience,” said the founders of the game on their website. “It is designed to teach participants about what is happening within the female body and how to ‘go with the flow.'”
At the start of each turn, a player spins one of the ovaries, which will release a marble. A red marble means you have your period and can start your turn, while a white one means you don’t have it yet and your turn gets skipped (because naturally, periods are awesome and should be celebrated). Every part of the game gets kids comfortable with the idea of getting a period, along with all the bodily changes that come with it. Some of the very first squares are even “grow breasts” and “hair in new places,” so no details get left out. Eventually, the first player to circle the board wins the game.
According to the website, “Players learn about gameplay and their body through two ‘Wait, really?’ instructional packets. The first serves as game instructions, while the second is used to provide answers about how the game’s more nuanced references relate to their real life counterparts.”
And we just need to add that the “Oops.. you leaked, go to the nurses office and skip next turn” card is absolutely priceless and makes us want to try out the game too.
Since receiving an award for the board game’s design, the game creators, Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy, have been looking for a partner to help with the manufacturing and distribution process, so it isn’t available yet. We can only hope they’ll start selling this game-night goody soon, because we’re pretty sure that people will eat it up like chocolate when it’s that time of the month.