Game Hobby Night
Build family communication and togetherness by having a
weekly toy game hobby night. It is so easy these days to let
work, school, and the business of life rule the day, that we
can easily lose touch with each other. If we get together
one night each week for a toy game hobby night, we can
rekindle those family ties.
Those families with small children will probably focus more
on the toy aspect of the toy game hobby night. Take the time
to get down on the floor and play with those youngsters.
Cuddle those dollies and call yourself "grandma" or
"grandpa." Push those trucks around and pretend right along
with the kids. If your back can take it, let them take turns
riding you like a horse while you crawl around and neigh.
Every kid loves that!
On summer evenings, try toy game hobby night in the sand box
at the park. Using an old mesh produce bag, collect a
variety of suitable sand toys to take along. These toys
include various containers, a few wheeled vehicles, toy
garden tools, and cast-off kitchen utensils. In the sandbox
with your kids, you can create towns with roads, castles, or
just about anything.
Modeling dough is also a great activity for toy game hobby
night. Collect some small cookie cutters and old jar lids
(for pans) and create fancy cookies and desserts - inedible
and calorie-free, of course! The kids can turn a large box
on it's side for a counter and place the goodies on display
to sell. Of course, you'll pretend to buy, eat, and enjoy!
Some fun games for family night include card games like Uno,
board games like Candy Land or Life, and dominoes. When
choosing games to play there are several things to consider.
Is Scrabble, for instance, fun for everyone, or does all the
spelling and thinking feel like work to some of the players?
Does the game take forever to play, so that some players'
attention spans play out? Does the game encourage merciless
competition, like Monopoly, leaving losers feeling left out?
It's important for kids to learn how to lose and still have
fun. Don't "throw" the game, intentionally letting them win
all the time, but don't mercilessly beat them every time
either. Make it fun. If losing is a problem for some of the
kids, check out some of the new cooperative games where
everyone is on the same team.
Hobbies are also great to share as a family. Maybe your
family would be interested in pursuing musical skills
together. Families make great singing groups because their
voices match well. If that's not for you, maybe you'd all
enjoy fishing. Square dancing is fun for some families,
while others enjoy playing badminton or other active games
and sports. The important thing is to have fun together.
Having a toy game hobby night every week will help you stay
close to your kids as they grow up. It will keep the bond of
love fresh and the lines of communication open. Plan a toy
game hobby night this week!