Take a Risk! Another trip to the grandkids and another lesson that we learned. Often times when we’re with our kids we are the babysitters so that the “big kids” get some time off. Truth be told, even though we love being in change, we DO get tired and often rely on TV or computer time to give us a little break. Since too much “technology time” isn’t a good thing we needed to do something different.
Different, in this case, was something a bit “retro”. We decided to bring a board game. After a trip to the basement we came up with RISK. To our great surprise, it was a huge success. We began with instructions – read and discussed together. Risk is a game of strategy and each game played is different. It really is a mutual learning experience. For the first game we explained our strategy so our grandson would understand what we were doing and why we were doing it. By teaching him our strategy we felt that he would learn and develop his own. He was a quick learner. We played for a couple of hours and when we had to stop, since it was time for us to leave, our grandson was winning.
How lucky we felt that our old fashioned board game provided all of us with the opportunity to play, talk and learn together and have a lot of fun doing it. Risk, being a game of strategy is for older kids (aged 10 and up) but younger kids can learn the joy of board games beginning with classics like Chutes and Ladders, Candyland and others. Try it. Maybe your kids will tell you to come away from your computer and play a board game with them.