Friday, January 25, 2013

FAMILY BOARD GAMES

Playing games with your children is one of the best ways to bond with them and give them that one-on-one attention that they crave.  I think it's important that the game be enjoyable for not only the child, but for the parents too.  That is why I decided on the game 'Qwirkle.'   It was one of R's Christmas presents, that I ordered from MindWare, specializing in brainy toys for kids of all ages.  Qwirkle holds many awards, such as MindWare's best selling game of all time, Parents' Choice Gold Award, Mensa Select Award, Major Fun Award, and Creative Child Magazine Award.  The best way I can describe it, is like Scrabble with colors and shapes, instead of letters.  It's for ages 6 and up, so our little ones aren't able to play yet, but they are incredibly good about keeping themselves entertained while we sit at the table with R, playing Qwirkle.  Last night, my 4 year old son asked me if he can play the game when he gets bigger like Daddy.  I know one of the reasons R loves this game so much, is that the little kids aren't old enough to play yet.  According to him, "They mess everything up!"  For us, Qwirkle, has been a great tool in bridging some of the gaps we've dealt with, with the adoption of R.  When the therapist told me I needed to spend at least 15 minutes a day of one-on-one time with him, doing something he wants to do, and not criticizing or correcting, I won't lie...I was scared and did not look forward to it.  Finding something that we both enjoyed, made the therapists recommendation much easier.  And instead of 15 minutes, a game takes us almost an hour.  So if you're looking for a way to spend more time with your family, while making them think and use their brains (instead of watching TV, playing video games, or playing on the computer), I highly recommend Qwirkle.  After buying it online, I've also seen it in stores at Target and Toys-R-Us.


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