Please excuse this slightly random post, but, I feel like I must share!
Who isn't looking for games to play with their toddlers? The problem is that it's hard to know which games will really be good, right? Another problem, games are expensive! So, isn't it great to get recommendations from other people who are actually playing them with their kids.
Anywho...the very first commenter, Jen, recommended a game called the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. A funny name right? Well, good thing it was a funny name, because somehow it stuck in my head and when I was browsing down the game aisle in Target the other day looking for checkers, the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel popped it's head out above all the rest! I wasn't necessarily looking to buy a board game, but I have to honest with you...I thought the box was pretty (and non-commercial looking) so we bought it.
So simple in fact that I'm kicking myself, why didn't I think of that! Ha, ha! Seriously, you could make it if you wanted...some wood, a drawing, some tongs and some of these acorns
Henry (2 years, 3 months) and Violet (4 1/2) and both Brad and I (no need to mention age here, right, ahem) really enjoyed playing the game.
Henry recently, as in the past couple of months, seems to have a good grasp of his colors. So, this game is great for color recognition and motor skills (using the squirrel squeezer, tongs).
This is the first game that we have been able to play from start to finish with Henry actually playing along and understanding. He enjoyed it. He participated. He listened. Certainly, there were moments where we would have to pause the game to help him understand the rules a bit more, but we actually played through two games straight with no arguing and honest to goodness fun for all! So, in my book this can be counted as a huge success!
Up until now, games have been more of a thing that we play with Violet while trying to keep Henry away from the board so he doesn't move the pieces, etc. But this game gets us all involved!
So, you see, I had to share, because playing the Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel game in the shade of our dogwood while our Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrels were munching above us, on a warm late summer day was fun...and that is something to be shared, isn't it?
PS. I am in way affiliated with this game ;) I just liked it.