My son’s 4th birthday is coming up in three weeks and my husband suggested buying him a preschool-level game system from Best Buy. At first, this idea sounded great. Why, my son could practice his counting and could identify colors, letters, and shapes while chasing after Dora the Explorer or racing around with Lightning McQueen. Yeah! Let’s get it for him!
But then I stopped to think…
Game systems are solitary. Do I really want my son facing a television screen instead of his family? The answer is no. I’ve waited years to be able to play games with this kid and we’re going to start this summer, danggone it! And by games I mean the type that you set up, play, and put away in a box that’s held together by masking tape because it’s been lovingly used and abused for a long time.
When I was growing up, we had two family games. The first was backgammon. My dad loved the game and taught us all how to play at an early age. We also favored a card game called 7-Up, which we played using pennies for the kitty. Other nights my brothers and I unpacked Sorry, Life, Battleship, Monopoly, or Risk and kept ourselves content for at least an entire hour (other than typical sibling squabbles centering on peeking at the location of the opponent’s PT boat or helping oneself to several twenties whilst being the banker during a Monopoly game).
So I was wondering…Do you have a Family Game Night every now and then? What game(s) do you keep returning to and what food do you eat along with your game?