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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Game Time

Friday's Grand Connection Fun
 by Mary May Larmoyeux

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I just returned home after a week of grandsitting. The kids and I had a great time together!

Every evening we played some sort of game: Connect-Four, Guess Who, catch, etc. I had forgotten how to play Checkers, and our six-year-old grandson proudly taught me how to do this.

Old Maid was one of our favorite games. I loved hearing my three-year-old granddaughter cry out "match" in a tone of great satisfaction. It had been a longggg time since I had played Old Maid and I even enjoyed it.

After spending time with the grands, I was reminded of how important it is to just play with them. Nothing could be simpler than tossing a plastic ball to one another or playing a card game. But somehow through laughs and words, hearts are drawn closer together.

Speaking of games, Family Fun has a section on its website with coloring pages, crafts, games and puzzles, and more. I just printed off some "Hidden Picture" and "Find the Difference" pages for the grandkids. They will be great to have at the house for the local grands and to mail to those who live out-of-town.

Of course, older grandchildren love games, too. Monopoly and Scrabble seem to be ageless favorites. And today there are countless online games.

What are your favorite games to play with your grands? Has your grandchild ever taught you how to play a game?

Have a great weekend,
Mary May Larmoyeux

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Sharon Ball said...

I love Old Maid! In fact, I bought a deck of cards and played with my mom, hubby, and my brother. What a great time that brought back memories.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Sharon, that's a great idea to play a "kid game" with your mom and others as an adult. I bet it did bring back memories!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. Our favorite game with our adult children and grandchildren is called “Apples to Apples”. We use the 12 to adult age but they have the same game for younger children as well. We play for hours and have a lot of laughs.

Last week my neighbor’s grandchildren visited and we made “Ebelskivers” ...little Danish filled pancakes. The younger one sprinkled the powdered sugar. They wore aprons and chef’s toques on their heads. Can’t wait to see pictures. - Rita

Anonymous said...

Each time it snowed and the schools closed, I would put on a pot roast, gather the children round the fireplace and play a card game named “Liverpool Rummy” with them. ( It has many names i.e. Shanghai Rummy) We did this from the time they were in Grade school until they graduated from High school. It became an all day affair with breaks for sledding in between. They taught their children the same game and to this day still try to follow the snow day ritual. Blessings, Rita