The boys are at an age now where they can actually play games. They don’t always end well, the tiddler likes to win, every time, and the big un like rules, lots and lots of rules. But they like the idea of playing games and are really starting to get the concept of them so we have introduced family game night. This happens every Saturday night now and the boys have latched onto this idea with such gusto, they look forward to it all week and never let us forget one, even if we quietly wish they would!
With a 7 year old and a 4 year old we have to pick our games carefully, not too complicated, not too long, and they can’t require each player to independently read. We are starting to grasps the kids limits, both in ability and concentration span, and most of the time we have a great evening full of laughter, unless we get it wrong. We once attempted to play cludeo and I was generally concerned that we could end up with our very own murder…..in the dinning room,…..with a dice…….But it has been lots of fun trying out new games and as Father Christmas got wind of our game nights he treated the boys to an assortment of new ones.
At the moment I would say our two favourite games are seagull splat, a game that requires little academic ability but an abundance of hand eye co ordination as you line up your seagull to crap on your opponents cards, or in our house, sometimes even your actual opponent.
Our other favourite game is Alias, this works so well with the boys because the cards have both a clear image and the writing underneath so both children are able to use the cards unaided and act out their interpretation of what is on the card, whilst encouraging them to practice reading in a fun way. I think our tiddler may be a budding actor with some of the performances he puts on trying to imitate a key hole one minute and a frog the next, just priceless.
When I was growing up one of my favourite games was monopoly but i think it will be a while before I am brave enough to introduce this to our game nights.
What is your favourite family game?