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Games, Homelife

Our Favorite Family Board Games

I love games.  All types of games.  Cards.  Dice.  Boards.  Whatever.  It all works for me.

Spending an afternoon playing a game with my kids ranks high on the list of my most enjoyable activities.  Our favorite family card games were listed on this blog previously, and we are currently on a Great Dalmuti kick!  While we love card games because most can be played with our entire family, we have stacks of board games as well.  Board games typically have to be played in teams or in smaller groups of our family of six.

Entering this current stage of life presents a challenge for me to find board games that the six-year-old can participate while the thirteen-year-old remains engaged.  It’s a challenge, but there are many out there. Continue Reading

Games, Homelife, Things I Love

Favorite Family Card Games

Our family loves to play games. Card games. Board games. Video games. We are cool with all of it.

But times are a changin’ in this house and my teenagers have outgrown the entertaining games of the early years.  And I can’t say I miss most of them.

Yet, there is still a 7-year-old in the house and we don’t want to leave him out so we have to find games that work for everyone! Continue Reading

Homelife

Playing Pit: Our newest game addition

Memories of laughter and happy shouting fill my head when I think about the game, Pit.

But was it just a childhood memory? Or would the game prove fun with my own kids? I decided it was time to find out and I ordered the game this week.

Pit, ordered with Prime shipping, arrived at our house on Saturday. I immediately opened the shiny new box and gathered the rest of my family for our first round. The shining bell inside, which signals the start and end was silver, instead of orange as I remember it. Unfortunately, it was just as annoying as the kids all crowded around to constantly bang on it.

Stop ringing the bell!

Once we had the bell guidelines established, I explained the rules and we gave it a go.  The game commenced and the yelling began. “Two, Two, Two. Four, Four, Four” We traded cards till the bell rang. Over. The winner was announced and everyone begged for another round!

We played several rounds and it was just as loud and fun as I recalled in the past. The next night, we played with our Advent dinner guests and their kids all returned the next day, asking to play again!

Needless to say, the game is a hit and I recommend it as a fun family game night idea.  The basic play is very simple to learn and there isn’t a whole lot of strategy, so everyone stands an equal shot at winning.

My six-year old declined to join in, but had a good time watching.  My eight-year old can play on his own with some adaptation for “holding” the cards.  We let him turn a small lap table on its side to lay out his cards because he has trouble holding nine cards in his small hand.   Other times, I play as his card holder and he does the trading.

You can see the game in action on my katch account because I did a quick periscope about it.

If you give it a try with your crew, let me know how it goes!  I hope you have as much fun as we have had.

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Homelife, Homeschooling, Math, Periscope

Math Games – Adding Enchantment to Math

So many homeschool moms struggle with when it comes to teaching math. So many kids struggle to enjoy math “class”. It can be a never ending cycle of frustration for both the parent and the child.

I have been there. I am still there at times. And I often turn to math games to break up the monotony of worksheets and math lessons.

(While these games help break up the monotony of homeschooling, they are perfect games to support your child’s education in their classroom, regardless of where that is!)

Teach with Math games. Here is a list of the games we love to use when it is time for a break from the workbooks! Continue Reading