Friday, June 19, 2009

Game Night

1 Millie Bug + 1 Brother = 2 players, which makes board games feasible at the appropriate age. I've hesitated introducing them in our household just because I know what my little boy would do with game pieces. But tonight after bath and book, I gave it a shot. I had a little extra energy stored up in case a game of memory became one of pick up sticks. There were plenty of lessons learned: patience, taking turns, honesty, fairness, order and memory. There was cheating, a meltdown but mostly praise and encouragement as we tried and succeeded. All in all, I'd call it a success. This means that after a 25-year or so wait, I now have an excuse for more Candy Land. What I would give for my old gameboard. That thing was nothing short of magical. I dreamed and imagined in Candy Land colors. Tonight's game, Charley Harper's Memory Game, was just as lovely. The illustrations really captivated the children. And it's an official "must-do" for game night with a 1.5-year-old and a 3.5-year-old. Believe it or not.


Sweet P Preston said...

Love game night. I remember playing games with my sister and then when we were tired of the same game we made one up (Chinese checkers became and marble toss game). I can hardly wait till Preston can play games.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Monopoly money became old fashioned purse money that could buy 'stuff' from around the house when we played grocery store.

Lovely memories, thanks Cori for bringing them back.

Jessica said...

I love game night! Growing up my favorite was "Hungry, hungry hippos" and I saw they still had it the other day when we were at Target. Give it a try - I bet both Amelia & Abram would get a kick out of it.