As hard as it is to admit, we are a very technology focused family. My husband is a software developer so he is on the computer all day long and he is also a huge video gamer. You name a system, we probably have it. My kids are obsessed with the TV and their tablets, and I am basically glued to my phone. I never thought we would be a family of gamers...board gamers.
It started when my sister asked what she could get the kids this past Christmas. They have so many toys that they don’t play with or take care of so I told her no more toys. She suggested board games. I was very skeptical at first because the little guy kept getting into the 2 games we already owned (Candy Land and Connect 4) and made such a mess of all the pieces that half of them ended up lost. I didn’t want to have her wasting money because of my little destructor.
However, when Christmas came, the older kids each ended up getting a game. They got Yahtzee, Pictureka!, and Guess Who?. I had never played the first two games before but I knew Guess Who? was fairly clean so that one wasn’t going to be an issue. I was quite surprised when we opened the other two games and there were minimal pieces involved. (Good job sister!)
The first game we opened was Yahtzee. It took a few times to get used to how to play, but we all caught on quickly. Even though it is for ages 8+, my 7 and 5 year old play it as well (and my 3 year old loves to roll the dice and scream Yahtzee! as loud as he possibly can). Not only is it fun, it is helping the kids with their math (bonus!). Now, I know that this game was a gift for our oldest daughter, but my husband and I love it so much that we have stopped watching TV at night to play Yahtzee instead.
The kids love to play Pictureka! together. It's simple enough that they can play alone and even the little guy can try and play.
Since we were having so much fun with the new games we received, I decided to add to our collection. I ended up ordering UNO and Skip-Bo and those quickly became family favorites. Now my husband and I play a round of Skip-Bo before our nightly Yahtzee match.
The real shocker for me came when we were walking home from school one day and my 5 year old (who is tablet obsessed), asked if we could play UNO when we got home. Ever since then, he asks to play UNO every day when he gets home. I guess you can say things are getting pretty serious and we're all "gamers" now.
We even hosted a game night with some of our friends this past weekend and it was a blast. We're going to try and have game nights with friends at least once a month now. In fact, we just ordered 2 more games and can't wait for them to arrive!
It's nice to "unplug" a bit and spend some quality time together. I hope the kids keep these memories with them forever.
Are there any games that you love to play? Let me know in the comments below!