Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Sunday, November 27, 2011

game night

Teenie loves games and, so, last year, she and Steve gave Sam two of his very own board games: Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. It took awhile, but now he is a board-gamin' fiend. When Lola came to visit us a few weeks ago, we had family game night: Sam took out the games. Lola brought some apritada and pancit. I brought my appetite.

Chutes and Ladders proved to be a little challenging for both Sam and Lola (I'm not sure if it's her senility that keeps her from following the rules or her desire to win even if it means cheating), so we moved on to Candyland and had so much fun, we played several games. Sam is learning the fine art of sportsmanship. He's pretty good at consoling other players when they lose a turn ("It's ok. Sometimes that happens.") but still is working on not being a poor loser. Pretty good for a three year old, though.

When Uncle Noy came to pick up Lola at the end of the weekend, we invited him to play a quick game of Candyland. Uncle Noy has a gift with little children: he devotes his full attention to the child's conversation and listens with an intention that leaves the child feeling understood and important. I remember feeling this way as a young child (less so as a teenager!) whenever I talked with Uncle Noy.

That gift was not lost on Sam. He sat by Uncle Noy, explained the rules, and prattled on about all things that interest three year old boys: superheroes, monster trucks, tractors, combines, and bad guys. He was especially sad to see Uncle Noy and Lola go after the game was finished, but they all promised to come again for another game night soon.

In the meantime, this mama is growing a little weary of Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. If you have any other great suggestions for board games (we just need a little variety--nothing against Candyland), please share them in the comments section.


ChristinaLynn said...

hmmmmm....I'm taking this as a suggestion for Sam's Christmas present this year!

Leah said...

We love Toy Story Yahtzee over at our house as well as memory of all sorts... we have toy story memory, hello kitty memory and regular memory. She also just got a Hello Kitty Bingo game which is cool b/c it helps her recognize letters too.... She tried go fish when my mom was here and I think if we had more time to play, she would have loved that too so perhaps some fun card games like go fish, old maid, crazy eights?!?!

mandy said...

We have a lot of fun with the old school game of "Kerplunk" here (the one where you put sticks in the chute, pour marbles on top, and then slowly remove them until the marbles fall down)--I know I've seen a new version of it called "Tumbler" too. Also, I haven't tried it, but "Qwirkle" looks like fun. That's great that Sam has gotten the hang of board games! We are still working on that here. :)

Deanna said...

Hi-Ho Cherry O is classic and easy. Memory games are great too. And we are fans of card games like Go Fish and Old Maid but usually we have to play "partners" in those ones.

Anne said...

Not technically a board game, we loved "Don't Break the Ice." In fact, I need to hunt it down for our two wee ones here. I'm with Mandy, fantastic work with the board games...we definitely haven't reached too much into the realm of Candyland yet.