Thursday, March 05, 2009

Creating a Game Night

When we were children, my sister and I regularly played board and card games. It was a great form of entertainment -- cheap, spontaneous, and fun. Although there wasn't a scheduled game night, we regularly played Monopoly, checkers, Chinese checkers, Trouble, Parcheesi and various card games.

Our 4 - 1/2 year old is just starting to understand the concept of games. Over the past year, I've been slowly teaching her the concept of more complex games by rolling the dice, moving pieces, and collecting wedgies on a Trivial pursuit board. We've also been moving chess and checkers pieces on a game board and playing some card games designed for young children, such as Go Fish.

Last week, we had our first family Game Night at the My Wealth Builder household. We played two games, Blokus and Moose in the House. While both games were a little advanced for a 4 -1/2 year old, she was able to play both with a little help from us. In fact, she even won a couple rounds of Moose in the House as my spouse and I focused on beating the other.

It was a great night. We made some popcorn, played a few games and had a lot of fun for one evening. We'll definitely continue doing a game night periodically and, perhaps, even try to make it a weekly event.

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