Two recently invented G-rated jewels in the game world, Do Tell® and Chicken Soup for the Soul ™ - Count Your Blessings ™, are now bringing parents and kids back together for some quality time and fun.
My family and I tried both of these games over the Thanksgiving holiday. Based on that experience these are well worth sharing with family members seeking to reconnect communication between multiple generations not only during the entire holiday season but also year round.
- Incorporate colorful playing pieces and simple instructions
- Provide fun and entertainment without the use of technology
- Encourage conversation between family members, especially parents and kids
- Stimulate social, emotional, and intellectual faculties of young and old
- Create an opportunity to learn about others, including your own family
- Engage minds with activities that will bridge multiple generations
- Produce quality time together that evolves into memories to last a life time
Photo from DoTellTheGame.com
Do Tell for Families, www.DoTellTheGame.com - Ages 8+, 2-8 Players, $29.95
- Sample Do Card: "Be your mother (or father) first thing in the morning."
- Sample Tell Card: "What would you change about yourself if you could? How and why would you change it?" or "If you had more time in a day, what would you do with it? Why?
Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com
Perfect for families, especially with tweens and teens and their infamous 'tudes, the object of Count Your Blessings is to be the first player to flip all 4 tokens from "Stressed to Blessed," "Tired to Inspired," "Frazzled to Dazzled," and "Mad to Glad" just by looking on the positive side of things.
- Attitude of Gratitude - "You've got a terrible cold but it's exam time and school and you still have to be there. Name a silver lining that's nothing to sneeze at."
- Thank Tank - "You'd really like your kids to learn responsibility about money but you're not in the greatest financial position either. Let the other players suggest ways that 'earning can be learning' for everybody."
- Soul Food - "Opportunity of Hard Knocks. Which all-time famous band was told by their record company, We don't like your sound and guitar music is on the way out?" The answer: The Beatles
- Count Your Blessings - "Name 3 things you are grateful for about the country or city you live in."
- Look on the Bright Side - "OMG, your job/school just announced that they are going from free dress to uniforms. Name 3 reasons that 'ad-dress' why this could be a good thing."
With choices like these two games, why not give them both a try?
Does your family do any games together that aren't high tech? If so, please share your bonding experiences by leaving a comment below.