At our house we love games. Amy and I grew up in a home where we played games at least weekly. Even now, when we visit our parents it's just not right if we don't play several games. When my husband and I were first married we would often pop in a movie, grab some treats, and play a game of Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, or Dominoes. And now my boys love games. Nearly every night before bed we sit by the fire and play a round or two of a game. Occasionally during the day my nearly-4-year-old and I will sit down for a game while the youngest is napping. Since the Easter Bunny brings a new game nearly every year we have collected quite a few. Here are a few of our favorites:
Phase 10 for Kids: There are two different versions that are included... one is perfect for my preschooler while the "more advanced" version is great for my Kindergartner.
War: I started playing this with my oldest before he started pre-K. It's great because you can teach number recognition as well as greater than and less than. This game can take forever though... so make sure you have some time to spare :)
Old Maid: Fun for all ages. Easy enough for our preschooler to pick up on the first time he played. Great for matching.
Go Fish: This has been our favorite for the last several months. Another great one for matching.
Yahtzee Jr.: Very simple, very fun.
Candy Land: Classic board game. Great for recognizing colors.
Chutes and Ladders: Another classic board game. I love to point out the pictures and help the boys recognize good and bad decisions when they go up the ladders or down the chutes.
Garanimals Fun at the Zoo: We don't own this one. . .but we might need to get it! We checked it out from our library recently and the boys loved it! It's similar to Candy Land but very interactive (when you pull the "invitation to kangaroo's party" then everyone gets to move to the space and then hop around the room like a kangaroo. Fun!)
Playing games is such a fun way to spend time with your children and teaches so many great things: taking turns, being a good winner/loser, following directions, etc.