What with winter coming and all of the rain this past weekend, I decided it was time to have our own family game night. Don't get me wrong, we do things together as a family, i.e., meals, movie night, breakfast at the coffee shop, etc., but things have gotten a little "routine" to say the least.
So I decided to update our board game collection. Oh we have the standards, i.e., Candyland, Jenga and Chutes and Ladders (is it just me or does that game take waaaaaay tooooo loooonnggg to play?). Given the ages of my kids (5 and 8), I picked up Monopoloy Jr., some Spongebob playing cards, a Dr. Seuss card game and finally, the Spongebob version of the Game of Life (which was one of my favorites as a kid).
The kids were so excited to see the new collection and quickly chose the Spongebob Game of Life for the evening activity. After dinner, we set the board game up, popped some popcorn and went over the very complex rules. With some trepidation on my part about whether Thing Two would be able to tolerate a game with so many rules and complex topics (buying a house, paying rent, etc.), we got started.
My husband and I were amazed. Thing One was ALL over this game and Thing Two had no difficulty following the rules and understanding the concepts (with a little bit of help) despite the game being for children ages 7 and up. I thought about how much they were learning:
- Do I go to college or get right into a career?
- Do I buy the cool house or the one that costs less?
- Do I choose to be an ice cream vendor with a salary of $300 or a detective with a salary of $600
- Do I do the raffle given the possibility that I may lose my hard earned money?
As the game went on, I watched Thing Two carefully counting her money and weighing out her choices. Thing Two was conspiring on how he could get the most $1,000 bills. It was fantastic. The kids were still talking about the game this morning and begging to play it again. I'd say game night was a hit.
Do you do a game night? What fun activities or rituals do you do to connect with your kids?