This year we have started a new tradition, Saturday night is games night and the boys are loving this uninterrupted family time, especially when they are on opposing teams!
We have tried out a few new games since Christmas and until now our favourites have been Seagull Splat and Junior Alias. This month we have been very lucky and have been sent a new game from Tactic games, called Wonky Blocks to try out.
Wonky blocks is a very simplistic game that requires a steady hand and a lot of concentration. You have a stack of cards and 9 wonky blocks in 3 different colours and sizes, the idea is to build a tower based on the instructions on your card without making the tower fall over. Like I said, a very simplistic idea, but not that easy when put into practice, especially when playing with a heavy handed 7 year old and impatient 4 year old, who can’t quite grasp the fact that the blocks are not even and slip and slide all over the place. It does however make for some serious giggles and plenty of frustration.
Both boys enjoyed this game and the eldest was determined to play until we managed to build a tower using all 9 blocks, just to prove that he could. This did take some time and we did loose the tiddler along the way but we made it eventually and the triumph and pride on his face was priceless.
One of my favourite things with the Tactic games is their ability to create games that the entire family can enjoy and this one is no different as, once again, they have used pictures on the cards instead of words. For us this meant that once we had explained what each picture meant to the tiddler he was able to join in on his own. Another bonus for me was that the longer we played the more the tiddlers sheer determination to beat his brother resulted in him focusing on his hand eye co-ordination as he built up the wonky blocks, so another fab family game with educational/developmental benefits hidden with in it.
Cant wait to discoversome new games over the coming weeks, what is your favourite family game?