Friday, October 14, 2011

Family Game Time

My family has been trying to slowly replace our tv consumption for other more productive endeavors. To this end, we have obtained some children's games. We have played Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Hi Ho Cherry-o, and Garanimals 1-2-3.

Most games for children are so PAINFUL for adults. Sometimes we have found ourselves reading the directions again and again on a particular game. "How do we keep score?" "What is the goal here?" "So.... no one wins the game?" Yes, we are narrow minded. How can you play a game where NO ONE WINS! LOL

I love my kids. So I can happily play a game every now and then, with sincere joy in my heart about being with them and watching them learn and enjoy themselves.

But after a while it can get tedious = boring = unenjoyable = no longer a part of our lives.

We know that it is good for us and for our children. We know that there MUST be gooooood, enjoyable and even LAUGHING OUT LOUD HILARIOUS games for families.

We came up with two. IF you know of any others, please share them with us!

Pictionary
Here are word lists you can print off for playing with children. Then you can use your own paper and pens, or white boards, or a charred stick and rock. :)

http://stretchmarkmama.blogspot.com/2008/12/pictionary-for-kids.html (I can relate to her evenings.)

http://www.thegamegal.com/2010/11/06/pictionary/

Charades
This allows you to print off a list of words in varying categories, including one for kids. Then you can sit back and watch your children act like monkeys, on purpose, but this time QUIETLY! :)

http://www.charades-ideas.com/printable_cards.php



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2 comments:

  1. Hey, thanks so much for mentioning my pictionary word lists! I love good family game time, too. I went through my list and tried to find some that might be fun for you and your family of young kids:
    Paper telephone (http://www.thegamegal.com/2011/06/18/paper-telephone/)
    Fruit basket (http://www.thegamegal.com/2011/04/30/fruit-basket-game/)
    The candy bar game (http://www.thegamegal.com/2010/07/24/the-candy-bar-game/)
    Castles and beavers (http://www.thegamegal.com/2010/08/19/castles-and%C2%A0beavers/)
    Hope you like some of these!

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  2. Thank you so much! I will definitely try these with my family. That was extremely thoughtful of you.

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