One of the things that we enjoy doing as a family is playing games. And while my three-year-old son is just learning how to follow the rules of the game (instead of his own rules!), it’s fun to see him get excited about learning and to see him concentrating on something for longer than 10 seconds at a time!
I was recently introduced to Peaceable Kindgom’s website which has lots of games for children of all ages. There are early learning games for younger children as well as board games for children (and adults!) of all ages.
The games that I am really interested in are their cooperative games. What are coop games you ask? They are games that everyone plays together and no one is left out. With traditional games, there’s usually one winner and everybody else loses. And losing frustrates my son to no end (he’s a very sore loser!).
With cooperative games, players work as a team against a common obstacle, not against each other. These games emphasize play, not competition. So kids are learning to share, make decisions together, and trust one another. These games build confidence.
This is a game I think my son would really enjoy. The object of the game is to find and bring home all of the lost puppies before night falls. Players take turns turning over cards one at a time to find the puppies and open a path home.
There is no reading required. And if my son played with my husband and I, I think that even though he’s only 3 (almost 4), he would be able to play successfully.
These games are no more expensive than a traditional board game. You can watch game demos on the Peaceable Kingdom website. Peaceable Kingdom is also 100% green: The cooperative games are printed with soy-based inks on FSC paper and include parts made only with recycled plastic. The games are as good for our planet as they are for our kids!
Do you plan on visiting the Peaceable Kingdom website?