When was the last time you sat down and played a classic childhood board game? I’d have to say it was probably about 15-20 years for me. In college and just after, I graduated to the more “adult” board games like scattergories, taboo (a favorite of the Hubby’s family), trivial pursuit, cards against humanity, cranium, apples to apples etc. and although they are fun, they get a bit competitive and crazy at times. Plus they are completely inappropriate for kids.
So when Little guy got candyland I thought, that sounds like fun. He’s going to get introduced to board games and we get to have some friendly competition. UGH! It was awful. That game is so boring but I get it. It teaches then colors and taking turns and winning and losing blah blah blah. It still was awful, but we stuck with it for a little bit and I played in agony. He loved it though and I groaned everytime he brought the game out. I have no patience and the current version is so short. You get 3 double colors in a row and you practically win the game. Only the peppermint can derail you and prolong the game for another 30 seconds. So to switch things up we tried chutes and ladders. Even worse! That game is on the opposite spectrum and takes forever. You weave and bob along each row praying you hit a ladder so you can reach the end. Then just as you are at the top and about to win and think “YES! This torture is almost over” you land on the long chute and down you go. #brutal
I wanted something a little more enjoyable for all so we whipped out Sorry. A Classic! This game is soooo much better than the little kids games. I forgot how much fun the game is. Sliding down the slides, racing to get into your safety zone before someone takes you out, getting a Sorry card and taking out an opponent, getting a pawn home, drawing an 11 and being able to switch your pawn with another close to your home. So much fun! At first Little guy was not good…at all! He lost every game (yes we are those parents who do not let our kid win #sorrynotsorry) and he cried and he whined but he still wanted to play over and over. Slowly he started getting the hang of it and picked up on the strategy by watching me and the hubby. Now he is a legit contender. Does he still whine when he doesn’t win? Of course, he’s 4, but he gets over it quickly and his competitive streak is slowly starting to come out.
We then started introducing other games from our childhood such as Battleship, Memory, Guess Who, Yahtzee (teaching him to roll the dice early!), Monopoly Junior, and my current favorite UNO! We love this game and little guy is getting really good so it gets pretty competitive. He even got a card holder for christmas since his hands were so tiny he could not hold all the cards and we could essentially see his entire hand. With the cardholder addition we can’t see his hand and it makes the game really fun. The colors and numbers, wild cards and skip cards. It’s great for after dinner and before bed.
He’s getting really good at all the games we play. In fact he’s getting so good even that he’s getting a little cocky. As he gets the game of the night out he will start talking smack “I’m gonna crush you guys” or “I’m gonna beat you so bad”. Where does he get this competitive streak? I have no idea!