Board Games and Crafts Make It Easy to Do Both
Raising kids and profits under one roof at the same time can be quite a challenge, especially when both demand so much of your most precious resource, your time! For example, today is Saturday, but like most Saturdays, I'm juggling home and business tasks. I'm not complaining though, especially since the new family games “Santa” brought this year are saving day.
Trouble is my favorite. The kids love to press the bubble (see action shot above!), which triggers a spring that causes the die to jump and “roll” a different number. “Popping” instead of “rolling” your number also makes an acceptable amount of noise. When it comes to kids, you can't go wrong with noise, right? Not only are board games a fun way for kids to spend their time, they also accomplish numerous other positive goals.
Moving the game pieces helps young children improve manual dexterity and counting skills. Winning and losing teaches them sportsmanship. And the simple act of playing something with a sibling builds and reinforces lifelong family ties. I still have fond memories of playing Trouble with my younger brother. I can hear him like it was yesterday saying: “I popped a six!” (When you pop a six, you get to move your man out of start, and you also get a second turn.)
Television shows and video and computer games have their place, but doing those things together in the same room requires long periods where you are not communicating with each other. Board games are more fun and do a better job of I strengthening family relationships. I think my kids get to know each other a little better each time they play, and that's a good thing.
“Santa” brought Trouble at Toys-R-Us for just $12.99, and there's a $3.00 rebate if you order online. Other games we are enjoying include Aggravation, Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. They're an inexpensive form of family entertainment and they make it possible for me to get a lot of work done!
Well, I've blogged long enough. Time to squeeze in a game of Trouble. See ya!
Question: What family board games occupy your kids while you get work done?
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