We like to try new things and do different projects and over the break Ryan found some fun new modifications for our board games, polymer clay. He’s really excited to make player pieces for King of Tokyo, but I didn’t think that was the right place to start. So, we started with Tzolkin resources. We’ve already made a foam core insert for it, and replaced the food tokens with wooden corn meeples from meeplesource.com. Can you tell we really like this game?
I know, I know, it’s been ages since I posted. Christmas is such a crazy time of the year that the blog falls off my radar. So I promise, I’m getting back into a real routine starting next week. In the meantime I wanted to share some things I’ve done over the holidays.
I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. At least not yet. Sometimes getting posts put together is a lot of work, but for the most part I love it. The favorite’s lists were a lot of work. Combined with that, Thanksgiving and family being around, and all the sickness we’ve had, strep and flu, the blog got put on the back burner.
About a month ago we had parent teacher conferences for our children at the elementary school. For us parent teacher conferences sometimes feels like a waste of time. It’s good to meet all their teachers and what not, but generally our visits with a teacher go something like this. Show up to the school, wait outside a classroom for 10-15 minutes, spend 2 1/2 minutes having the teacher tell us our child is doing wonderful, and leave. We generally spend more time waiting in a hallway than we do visiting with any teachers.
The last couple of weeks were crazy busy trying to get all the favorite’s lists up. The only list I don’t have up is the one with our overall family favorites. Hopefully I’ll get that up soon, if I can figure excel out.
Our age rec: 8+
Length: 30 min
Blurble was sent to us to try and I have to say, I’m really excited to tell you about it.
I have to start out by saying this was by far the hardest list to put together. Seal is only 4 and it was really hard to get him to commit to which game he liked best. So honestly, this is really just a list of all the games he plays.
You stack animals on top of each other, on top of a bridge, and try not to be the one that knocks the animals down. In the meantime, you’re holding secret objective cards where you’re trying to get certain animals to touch each other. There’s a little strategy, a little dexterity, and a lot of fun.
Such a great game for kids. This is only on Seal’s list but it has gotten a lot of use over the years. GPS played it a lot a couple of years ago. At that time I did a community preschool with some friends where we took turns, and the kids loved playing this together. My older kids would never admit they like it, but they play it too when the little ones get it out.
Cute game for little kids. Kids have a good time, and work on colors and speed at the same time.
First, I have to apologize for not getting my game review up yesterday. Things are still crazy busy. We’re trying to sell our house and we had to showings this week so I’ve been cleaning like a mad woman, making applesauce (luckily this was at a friends house), and yesterday I had to pick up one of my kids from school because they’re sick. It’s crazy really. So today I’m back on schedule with GPS’s top 50 list, and I’ll scrap Flashback Friday this week and do my game review then.
First off, I have to say this is my biggest gaming child. He will play anything and everything, at least once anyway. I had a hard time just narrowing him down to 50. He didn’t want to take anything off his list. We finally got it narrowed down though, and here it goes.
This game is perfect for his age. The balancing bridge version is more fun than the original Animal Upon Animal, if you ask me. You stack animals on top of each other and try not to be the one that knocks the animals down. In the meantime, you’re holding secret objective cards where you’re trying to get certain animals to touch each other. There’s a little strategy, a little dexterity, and a lot of fun.
GPS got this for Christmas a couple years ago and part of me thinks he just likes it because he wanted it really bad for months. It’s an out of print game and was very expensive to buy. On the other hand, he’s pretty good at this game as well. You have to pull eggs out of a container without knocking the egg timer out. His small and steady hands are much better at this than my big awkward ones. It’s a great game for his age, but really hard to get a hold of because it’s out of print.
We’re off to a great start with another good game for his age. If you can read the wording on the box it says, “Introduces basic coding concepts for preschoolers.” Little ones learn how to think ahead as they send their turtle to get their jewel. It’s a good learning tool for youngins. GPS is almost too old for it. It’s actually perfect for Seal, who is 4. Now as far as an adult playing with the kids, there’s really no enjoyment for you, other than spending quality time watching your child learn and grow. I’ve had a good time with Seal before, but not because the game was entertaining me. Nobody plays against anybody in this game, you just keep going until everyone reaches their end goal.
Moose’s list is the shortest list so far. He’s probably my least likely child to sit down and play games. He has his favorites that he’ll always play, but they’re few and far between. I had a hard time convincing him to even sit down and do this list, but I finally helped him narrow it down.
A party game. This is one of those where you being a good liar will be very helpful. That’s why Ryan’s so good at this game. LOL! The kids are all getting pretty good at this. Moose likes a lot of these secret identity party games.
I’m a little surprised to see this on his list. Especially since he only chose his top 25, but I think it’s cool. I love this game too. It’s my number 39. Plus, it’s a great way to learn and have fun at the same time.
I’m even more surprised to see Plunder on his list. I didn’t think anyone really liked it except me so we were ready to get rid of it. Now if we can just find a 3rd person to play it with us.
I don’t think this game is on his list because of being a game. I think it’s on his list because he likes to get it out and pretend play with all the pieces. We do pay it occasionally, but it mostly gets used so the kids can pretend with it.
This is such a great game. Although in my opinion after you’ve had a chance to play it a few times, it’s better with the In the Lab expansion. It’s just a classic. If you don’t know this game, it’s a cooperative game where you’re working together to rid the world of life threatening diseases.
We lumped all our Ticket to Ride games into one. So to us, even though there’s a few differences here and there, Ticket to Ride is Ticket to Ride. Although I have to say the anniversary edition is pretty cool. Ticket to Ride is a great game. It’s popular because it’s a good game and lots of fun. I have done separate reviews for Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Europe so if you want to see the differences between these two, check out the reviews.
Yep, we still like this game. GPS is usually the one that asks to play it. It’s little easier than some of the other co-op games we have. Plus, he loves putting the ship together. It’s like having a toy in a board game.
This would be a great gift for a family, or for older kids. It’s light, it’s fun, and everybody gets to work together. Pus, for a board game, it’s fairy inexpensive, especially considering all the components inside.