A friend purchased this game to one of my children last year, or maybe the year before that. But here's the thing, we are most definitely not a "board game" kind of family. We don't have a closet filled full of all the latest and greatest board games (I still don't understand the need to eat gross jelly beans!!!). We don't discuss strategy about the longest road or wonder how we can get that train into the station. It's not that we aren't competitive, because that would be a hilarious lie, one that would be disproved within five minutes of daring me to do anything (even eating gross jelly beans) , it's just that we don't think of board games first. Our first option is a long walk, hike or a lively game of soccer with house rules. And as for a couple, we do not play board games. I mean, we will if you really want to, but if you were to ask us about our favorite games, we would stare blankly at you and then stutter through a fair amount of BS to get to some kind of answer.
This is not to say that we don't enjoy games, we do, I was raised on rummikub and clue and can get fairly involved into the games if needed and I also believe that board games are a really great way to get to know people and to ease tension, but like I said, just not my first choice. So when my dear friend gave us this game I noted yet another game with a million pieces, and I might have cringed inside. This game didn't get played for about six months. Blah. another trendy board game. Then at some point Mr. E wanted to find out what this game was all about. So we cracked it open to see what was inside.
This is a good game. Even better for the preschool crowd. Well built, well thought out and fun for the littles. The best part: The kids can play this without me. Of course they don't always like mom slinking away to do other things, but the game can go on without me. That might be my favorite kind of board game. Which is why it is included in my during the day post today. Because, like all moms, being able to start something with my child and then have them finish it by themselves, means that I can get some other things done.
So here's how it goes. Jay and I sit down and play a game. It goes pretty fast. Really it does, about ten to fifteen minutes of silly, matchy fun! Then somehow, with a small nudge of help from mom, Jay plays on the qwirkle roads for another half hour. In my office, at my feet, giggling and diverted. While I do stuff. Momma heaven, right?
It's the classic set up. Jay gets mom time and then I and he move on. He's happy and I'm happy and it doesn't involve a screen. Now this ploy doesn't always work for all kids, but give it a try. Use another game and then add some cool animals and superheros and see where it takes them. It might work out!
Try connect four castles or Blokus moats. Those work sometimes as well. So even if you are like us, not "game" people, there are ways to makes those board games work for you. Though don't expect me to begin collecting board games or hoarding puzzles (we do like a good puzzle though). Good luck! Heaven knows we need it.