Parent Bloggers Network: Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and more

I was supposed to write a post for Parent Bloggers ( and ea games ( last night on what my family does on game night. Well, my procrastination gene won out and I did not post. But, I really want to tell you more about my family.

Game night for us is not a regular occurrence. We get together once every couple of weeks to sit down with a game or two. In the Mom on the Run Family we usually play two games: one for younger and one for older. Adventure Boy is 5 and much as he wants to be older he gets either easily bored or downright frustrated by playing Monopoly. If Adventure Boy has his way he wants to play Battleship or checkers with Coach Dad. The girls and I like Scrabble. Sure, we have a couple of “Go, check the dictionary as I don’t think that is a word issues,” but for the most part we have fun.

Some family favorites:

Candy Land — seriously the best game for introducing children 2 through 6 to concepts of reading, identifying characters on cards, and counting.

Chutes and Ladders — much like Candy Land but children must be O.K. with getting sent down the ladder, If your child is sensitive, put off playing until the child is a little older.

Don’t Break the Ice — kids love, parents hate! “Ice cubes” are placed in a tray, then kids use hammers to tap cubes out to leave the skating bear standing. Depending on the age of the child this game can be fast!

Scene-it Disney — For lovers of Disney films of all ages this game combines a DVD of clips with a carddeck of questions. This game has spurred our family to watch some long-forgotten Disney classics, for instance, The Yearling.

I hope these suggestions are helpful to your family the next time you think “what are we going to play tonight?”

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