Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Family Fun Games Part 1
There's nothing like playing games together as a family. Unlike toys, kids never seem to get tired of games and it encourages learning and little healthy competition, too. Here are a few of our recent favorites:
Rat-A-Tat-Cat is a simple, quick game for all ages (even preschoolers). It involves use of memory and recognizing number values. Rats are bad. Cats are good.
Slamwhich requires quick thinking and recognizing patterns. It is not a game of strategy so even the little ones can beat Dad!
Quiddler is a cross between Scrabble, Rummy and Boggle. It's a game that generates a lot of conversation and competition. If children are not yet proficient readers it's fun to pair up. But when the kids are in bed Mom and Dad can go head to head.
In Set you need to put on your thinking cap and exercise a little patience and concentration. The goal is to find three card that produce a set of alike or different cards. In doing so the players are actually exercising their Math brains without even knowing it. Fun for all.
These games have become some of our favorite games to give away as gifts. They don't break. They're always different. And they require that families play together. That's what kids really want.