For the first time since I have been in the work force (and this has been a while – some may say a long while), I have been fortunate to have the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as holiday. With the lack of good snow in the immediate area for skiing and tobogganing, my boys (all 3) and I have needed something else to entertain us. We didn’t have to look very far as some generous relatives gave us new board games – Scabs ‘n Guts from Imagination Games (http://www.imaginationgames.com/) and Creationary from Lego (www.lego.com). The games are very different but equally challenging and fun for a wide range of ages. We also re- introduced a couple of games from a few years ago.
As is tradition in our family, after Christmas dinner, we play a game. This year the selection was Scabs & Guts, a game the boys had received as a gift from their aunt who is a nurse. This is NOT your traditional educational game. The best way to describe it is biology for boys dressed up with the sense of humour close to Jim Carrey’s. I think we all learned something new that night – whether it was alternative uses for urine, facts about boogers or that my 5 year old is a stand up comedian. Once we had finished going around the board, we continued to play with my 8 year old being the quiz master. Everyone – young and old – had a great time.
After the excitement of Christmas had worn off and some boredom started to creep into the
house, we opened the second game we had received over the holidays – Creationary. This object of this game is exactly as it sounds – Pictionary but you have to create using Lego. Our family loves Pictionary – we could play for hours and almost pee our pants (a biproduct of the game not an alternative use) as we laugh at some of the drawings and guesses. Creationary is a pretty close second. How do you create a rug out of Lego so that someone can guess what it is? Or how about the difference between a bucket and a basket? While a bit advanced for my youngest creator, we all had a great time together as a family and helping each other with creations. In another year or two, Creationary will become a marathon in our house I am quite sure.
Some days this holiday, I have found it more enjoyable to join in with the boys playing video games versus trying to pull them off. So we re-introduced two video games that we can play as a family. While a few years old, Disney’s Sing It struck a chord with us as we can now all read (or just about). Sing It is a hit with my boys who love many Disney movies and all ready know the words to many of the songs. Being able to sing like Troy Bolton put a huge grin on my little rock star’s face! The competition has been fierce between the youngest and the eldest as to who can achieve the highest score. With the holidays not over yet, the title is up from grabs.
While I like to rock out to a good Hannah Montana song, I prefer to do my best Go-Gos imitation while performing as part of Rock Band. Here all four of us can play collaboratively and do our best to complete the tour. I like to think that the boys are working on their hand eye coordination as well as team work as we play. I think it is important for my children to see hubby and I having fun and acting a bit goofy at times. We can’t always be the boring Dr and Mrs “No”.
We hope you are having (or have had) a fabulous and safe holiday season and haven’t been bored!
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