“My favourite games are outdoor games that involve running around, because they are free, I like to run, and I like when my two-year-old runs so much that he has an excellent nights sleep 🙂 We often set up simple obstacle course races in the park, like through the spray park over all the bridges, or just race from here to there.
For an indoor affair, Charades is my number one fun-for-all-ages games night pick. Even small children are surprisingly excellent at acting out clues without words (maybe its because they had to practice so much non-verbal communication as they were learning to speak). You can use the boxed version or you can spend a little time to make your own clues. Its the one game that will get families from great-grandma to the little cousins all involved”
-Laura, Mama to one
“I love to play games with my children, near my children, and at night after my children go to bed.
My six-year-old and I enjoy playing Mystery Garden very much. It’s a simple game,but not so simple that it drives me crazy. And she wins a lot. It’s sort of like 20 questions in a board game. We also enjoy doing the Cobble Hill Family puzzles (which have big size pieces for her and smaller pieces for me and in-between pieces for us all to enjoy). She is also the kid that will play Settlers of Catan Junior with me. I like the Junior version than the adult version because it doesn’t drag on. My nine-year-old doesn’t like games as much but sometimes we will let her stay up and join in to our favourite large-group game called Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow. This is sort of poker meets that childhood game of Murder and is so much fun that it’s ridiculous. My favourite game to play with adults (that doesn’t require at least 8 people like Werewolves) is Ticket to Ride, which I have also played with children 10 and up. We have the European addition and the Indian addition too.”
-Manda, Mama to two
“With a 4 (almost half) and a 21 month old we are just getting into formalized games. We have a few awesome board games (most from a company called peaceable kingdom), but our go-to right now are puzzles. Puzzles of all kinds. Jig-saw, wooden, and even some we’ve created ourselves. Our easy DIY puzzle involves drawing a picture together, then letting our oldest cut it into a few pieces. It’s not made to last, but we have kept a few they like to cut, then tape, then recut. I try to be involved, but not leading the process.”
– Cecelia, Mama to two