Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fun & Games

 We haven't started school yet. One of the many blessings of homeschooling is choosing your school start date, and since I like doing more of a year round school and we were working up until the second week of July, we aren't starting until after Labor Day.

Which gives me time to prepare all our school stuff. Which is what I have been doing.

I have gone over science lessons, I've come up with literature thought questions, made copies, bought pencils and crayons, and I think I'm ready.

During this month I have also had some deep cleaning house things on my mind. Some were on an actual list (like deep cleaning the master closet and kitchen), and others entered my mind when I opened a closet door and the huge pile on the floor was so big I could barely close the door.

This was the case with our living room closet.The closet itself is pretty organized, but I have a basket in there where I place the lost game pieces and cards I find behind the sofa and under the table. Well the basket had turned into 2 large Wal Mart bags full of dice, Go Fish cards, Candy Land men and oh-so-much-more.



 What a mess.

So a couple weeks ago the kids and I devoted the morning to going through the bags and organizing them.

We started by putting things in piles.



Who knew we had so many lonely dice?

We play lots of games so I try to go through the basket every couple months.....




.....I think it had been a long time since I had done this.




The kids had fun putting them in piles, and when things were winding down after a couple hours, they had fun with the games that they forgot we owned.




Which brings me to the point.

Games are fun.

We try, at least one or two nights a week to play some games with the kids. And now that they are older, the games can get really fun.

Here are some of our favorites:


The kids love Kerplunk - a fun marble falling game.

Of course there is Monopoly....as you can tell from the amount of fake money you saw in the above photos we have 2 sets.

Sorry has a special place in my heart.....I remember playing it as a child with my grandma.

Blokus is another fun one and Clue is an all time favorite. (I love it that even Nutsy can play, although she just asks if you have Mrs Peacock in the Hall with the knife over and over....)


And Aggravation is another one from my childhood that the kids are hooked on right now.






Card games are fun too....the boxes don't last long in our house so I just store them in a bin with bands around each set.

Dutch Blitz is my all time favorite.

Uno and Hit the Deck are easy ones that Nutsy could play when she was 4.

And my Sweetie and I love to play Skip-Bo and Phase 10 after the kids go to bed.



And if you know me, you know I could never have a post about games and not mention Speed Scrabble. If you have enough tiles you can have 15 people playing this one together, and even little ones can play, as long as they can spell simple words or have a partner.


Games are a fun way to get to know your kids better.

Games teach you how to handle competition, how to be fair, and that hard rule that if there is a winner, there is always a loser too.

When the kids go to bed, games are a fun option for you and your spouse, instead of turning on the TV.

And games with family friends make such fun fellowship evenings.



What are your favorite games?

2 comments:

  1. We haven't delved too much into family games yet, although we do have two simple board games that Gabriel and I play together: a Kipper board game called "Where Are My Toys?" and a cooperative board game called "Count Your Chickens."
    Steven and I love Scrabble, Boggle, Bananagrams, Settlers Of Catan, Carcasonne, and Killer Bunnies. :)

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  2. I love this idea! All of it. I love that you have a basket that you drop miscellaneous finds in and I love that you sat and organized it out and then played the games! Too fun.
    We've recently begun letting E&R stay up on the weekends and play card or board games with Jason and me. They love it. They giggle the whole time about how grown up they feel and I've noticed Rachel is already learning and understanding several games I thought would be way over her head!

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