Monday, June 6, 2011
Fun and Games Blogfest
This post is part of Alex J. Cavanaugh's "It's All Fun and Games Blogfest." The challenge is to write about my three favorite games.
1. Shrek Uno. I love to play this with my ten-year-old son alone - just me and him. It's like Uno except the cards are stored in a plastic Shrek head and the cards are Shrek-themed. We made up our own rules for when it's just us (my husband hates it when we do that). We deal out 10 cards each instead of the standard 6 or 7 - I'm honestly not sure about the actual rules. If we have a Skip, Draw Two, Wild, or Reverse, the play goes back to the person who laid down the card. So if you have a bunch of these cards, you can throw them all down at once. We are very non-competitive about it and applaud whoever can manage the best moves with multiple cards. All of my stress washes away when we play this. It makes him happy too. Shrek Uno day is always a good day.
2. Sorry. We had this game when I was seven. My aunt or someone gave it to us just after our lives went to hell when my parents got divorced. It was fun and happy and was the best escapism I could find. My kids love to play it too. We have assigned colors that never change with each game. Sometimes we let my husband play (he teams up lately with the toddler who sometimes steals the pieces) but it's better with just me and the two older kids.
3. Puzzles. I'm not sure if puzzles are technically games, but they sort of are. We have a cabinet in the basement stuffed floor to ceiling with puzzles. When my older two were little, they loved to start puzzles, but I always finished them - almost - they insisted on puting in the last piece. My middle son always would tear up my work and then insist we do it again. Every time, my apparent OCD would kick in and I would have to finish it - except for that last piece.
Honorable Mention: Lego Creationary - This game is brilliant. It's like Pictionary except you build with Legos what's pictured on the card. It's a regular picture, not a Lego picture - there are no instructions on how to build round things with square pieces. The other players try to guess what's on the card from the thing you built. I would love it more if I could build little things on the fly - but I can't and my kids make fun of me for it. There are cards for different levels of difficulty, but the easy level is kind of hard for me.
Games I hate:
1. Blues Clues board game - Whoever invented this game where you have to sort something like 36 sets of cards with four cards in each set is evil.
2. Mouse Trap - It annoys me, but my kids loved it when they were younger.
3. Hungry Hungry Hippo - This was fun when I was a kid and seemed like a good idea when I bought it for my kids, but it is unbearably loud and gives me a migraine as an adult. The little balls should be soft and quiet, and the surface should be padded.