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My husband and I just got home last night from our vacation to Wyoming to visit our oldest son's family! We had so much fun and I can't wait to tell you about everything we did. But, that is going to take a lot of picture editing and writing, so you are going to have to wait until next week. You can get a few hints from the photos above about the fun time that we had.
In the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of the games that we played with our grandchildren while we were there. I don't know if you have noticed, but kids love having adults play board games with them and it is always more fun if they are games that the adults love as well as the kids do. Our grandchildren asked us to play with them as soon as we got there and as a game lover myself, I was game to learn what their current favorites are. I think that I am going to have to get a couple of these for myself now! What made me the happiest was seeing that my son and daughter-in-law took the time to play with their kids and build those lasting memories and relationships.
Some of these games were not only fun, but educational as well. I am including links to them in case you feel like purchasing them.
This game is like an updated form of Dominos. In this case players match colors and shapes and try to make Qwirkles (6 in a set) to win! My 4 year old grandson teamed up with me and he was learning his shapes, colors, counting and pattern making as we played. It was also a great exercise in problem solving and cognitive thinking.
Googly Eyes is much like a version of Pictionary except the person drawing the pictures wears vision altering glasses, which makes drawing much more difficult and also hilarious! My granddaughter, Shyanne, and I were a dream team, until she threw me over for her Aunt Lindsey! Ha ha ha. We had so much fun.
You are probably familiar with Ticket to Ride. There are many versions of this fun game. My son's family recently got this Europe version and I was amazed at how quickly the older 3 kids have mastered it. I love how this game teaches geography, problem solving, planning ahead, math skills for scoring and patience! We all love Ticket to Ride, no matter what version you play.
There is no reason to wait for a family game night to play these games, or any board game for that matter. Now that school is starting for everyone, it is more important than ever to make the time to spend quality time with your kids, giving them time to connect with you and have some fun. School can be stressful and games like these can help them relax while they are still learning without knowing it. What board games are fun for your entire family? I'd love to know.
For other game ideas, here are a few of our past recommendations:
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!