Emmy Bo and I are playing Katamini/Katamino. It is great fun. It is our favorite game. Sometimes I win. Sometimes she wins. Without me letting her win... I am NOT a great looser... This game is for all ages in any combination. Mama meets 4 year old. Grandpa meets 10 year old. Papa meets Mama (can be rough depending on how competitive you are...) 8 year old meet 3 year old. You name it. It is great fun.
This is how you play:
You have a wooden board and number of different shapes in different colors, a bunch of cards in different levels like easy, medium and hard. We choose easy. Collect your pieces that are shown on the card and say Ready Set Go! The game is to fill your space with the pieces. The one who is finished first wins and gets a point. Next round you add another piece to your collection and move your wooden bar up one step, Ready Set Go! It is great fun! Good exercise for the brain. You can also build pictures with the blocks on the table lying down or on the height. A great concentration game for boys with ants in their pants like my Luca Bo.
We have had this game for a good 5 years now and we never get bored. It is just a brilliant game that can be played for a life time. And it teaches your little ones about shapes, math, balance and fine motor skills. Just superb in my opinion. Find your Katamini/Katamino at Amazon USA or at Amazon UK.
I have wonderful memories of playing board games and card games as a child. Especially at my Dad's summer house where kids and adults always played games together. In those days, the 70's, we didn't have TV or computer games. No, we played Monopoly, Scrabble, Yatzy, Domino, Memory and a number of different card games. Every Christmas I always feel a strong need to pass on the joy of playing games together and I find it refreshing to give a new board game to my kids to force them to use their brains in a different, maybe slower paced way. Technique is good but it is everywhere and all the time it feels like...For this year I am thinking Rush Hour maybe or Monopoly for kids... Any other suggestions? Which are your favorite board games for the whole family?