Isn’t it funny how having kids of your own jogs your memory of how you grew up: the things you did, places you went, games you played.
I recently started reflecting (more than usual ?) about fun games I used to play as a kid that I should start playing with my kids.
In such a technology heavy world, I believe it’s more important now than ever to past down traditions that existed before instant gratification became such high demand.
Additionally, I need fun and simple ways to “connect” with my kids so that we don’t spend too many days as roommates…them on the iPad and me washing the entire house. ? It’s all about balance right?
So what fun games do you remember as a kid that you could start sharing with your kids now (or already have been)?
For me, my kids are at a great age to start some card games. Remember UNO? AAAHHHH! What a classic! Of course, it’s the card game where players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they each perform a function to help you defeat your opponents. I remember playing Uno so much we had several decks smashed into one…we would be busy for hours. Fun times!!
What about CONNECT 4 !!!??? This is the grid game where players drop red or yellow discs in the grid and the first to get 4 in a row wins! This is where some real strategy can start to form. I have a good friend in particular who is like the Connect 4 Champion and loves to serve people daily!? I still can’t figure out her strategies.
And I can’t leave out my favorite MONOPOLY! I distinctly remember spending entire weekends with my elementary best friend, staying up all hours of the night, only to lose to her ? It’s the game where you can practice building your fortune as you buy, sell and trade the world’s most famous properties. You can take a ride on Reading Railroad, build a house on Baltic Avenue, or buy up the whole neighborhood — it’s your turn to get rich and prove your skills as a deal maker.
But even before the ages of 5-7, I shared tic-tac-toe and patty-cake with my babies. We practiced jumping rope and hula-hooping. It’s like I’m on a mission to ensure the next generation of kids remembers life before a smartphone. ?
Whether we are ready or not, when we have our children, we become their teachers. Sharing fun games from when you were a kid is a easy way to “connect” with your children. It counts as spending time together – and that’s a win! What my kids will soon find out is that Santa is bringing them a lot of old-school games this holiday season!