When it comes time to celebrate Family Day, it’s not local events and packed venues. For us, it’s at-home, sleeping in until 10 while Jamie watches a movie in bed with the kids, and I catch up on some things around the house and make breakfast. It’s loung-y mornings, spending time together in the afternoon and getting a chance to get our game on with Hasbro.
We love board games. Now that Olivia is old enough to get the hang of them, we’ve been introducing her to our love of board games and have been getting a stocked-top-pantry-shelf filled with games. That is how we decided to spend our Family Day afternoon with the girls.
Wondering What Games to Play with Your Four-Year-Old?
I love Monopoly Junior – despite the fact that we’ve played a dozen times and there hasn’t been one time that I’ve won. Jamie takes on the role of the cunning real estate connoisseur and I have to continually remind Olivia not to fall for his charm and sell her properties to him for an exorbitant fee. Olivia’s caught on quickly, never forgets about her two dollars when she passes Go! and is the first one to remind you that you owe her rent for landing on one of her properties. I love the fact that she’s learning to do simple addition and subtraction (go Monopoly) and it holds her attention through the entire game (which isn’t usually too long because it’s Monopoly Junior).
One of my favorite games as a child, I love the two player game. Her and Jamie have been having daily battles, so it will be interesting to see how she’s going to fare when we play today, enjoying some Family Game day snacks. I love the fact that four year olds can ‘get it’ but also play with their little sister that might not grasp the concept that well yet. Plus, it’s something that Jamie and I can play and reminisce about those childhood game moments.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
One of the most requested games to play, we’re going to add in a round of Hungry Hungry Hippos. Olivia first discovered it on a quest to a doctor’s appointment where it was in the waiting room to pass the time. Now, she loves the game and Violet is starting to be able to play too (at almost two) so it’s literally the perfect introductory-game for the kids to take part in family game time.
Mousetrap has the allure to four year olds with the bright shiny board and bold plastic pieces that make for a fun 3D game. It takes a moment to set-up, but the laughs that are going to ensue from the four year olds that you’re playing with are well worth it.
We’ve got the games, we’ve got the snacks and we’ve got the pajamas. A Monday filled with relaxation, great snacks and food, the kids favorite dip and board games is how we’re spending Family Day this year.
What are some of your favorite board games to play at-home?
Are you looking for a way to connect? Family Game night (or day, with four year olds) is one of those things that I look forward to continuing, to create memories, open dialogue and giggles for years to come.