Since each of the kids got a board game for Christmas, I’ve been thinking about using them more often in the household. The original plan was to play games one day a week (which we’ve kind of failed at to this point), which seemed like a good idea to help us bond as a family. Well, coming together as a family was the goal at least.
Then I recently found out about this thing called “gameschooling” which really appealed to me. The whole idea is to use a lot of games as a part of homeschooling. The example listed was a family that played a game every day as a part of their homeschooling. I could really get into that. Of course, we don’t have enough games for that at present. It would definitely get repetitive quickly. Of the games we do have, not all of them are at a level that Luca and Sander can really play. They both need to get a little older and develop a little more patience before we can really play a lot of the games we’ve got, but it’s definitely an idea.
The whole thing got me thinking about the games we do have. Monopoly isn’t a favorite around here, but we do have a bunch of varieties of Uno that are quite popular with the kids. For Christmas Beekee got a chess set and Luca got checkers. Sander got Ticket to Ride. Corde got Settlers of Catan with the 5-6 player extension. Then Oz got a game about hot peppers called Scoville. We also have Apples to Apples, which is a little tough to play because Sander and Luca aren’t exactly strong readers. I think we’ve got a collection of a few other things, but I don’t remember what (and I don’t feel like interrupting Oz’s nap to go check out the game shelf). It’s a pretty good start to a game collection, though we could certainly do a lot better.
Thinking back to when I was a kid, I remember a lot of time playing board games. My dad used to play all sorts of games with us. Some of the games were really not your traditional sort of games, like Talisman and Dungeon Quest. Some day I plan to get those games for my own family, because I remember loving them so much. I just wish they still sold the character expansion for Dungeon Quest. I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Those were some of the best memories I have of my family, or at least with my dad. I don’t remember playing a lot of games with my mom, but we did a lot of other things with my mom that we didn’t do with my dad, so it balances out.
I’d love to bring that part of my childhood into my kids’ lives, even if it’s not all educational games. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still all for educational games. They’ve definitely got a place in our home if I can find good ones that we all like to play, but I love just regular old games too. It’s fun to have some variety, and not everything needs to be “educational” to be good. They still require figuring things out, like strategy and logic. Games are just really good for the brain in general.
I think that’s going to be our goal for the year to come, and our theme for birthday and Christmas presents. I know I’ll have fun picking out games for the kids to play, and it’ll definitely help build our collection, even if it means we may have to get a little creative on where to put all of them. We definitely need more game storage! I think this is an important part of my childhood that we’ve really got to carry on into my own kids’ lives.