Friday, June 19, 2009
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.