The Knocker Boys really enjoy playing games. El Cap and I like to play games with the knocker boys, but our patience (especially mine) can be tested when we play certain games as a family. We have a found a few games that are a hit with the boys and the adults. The twins and I recently learned about a new game at Classical Conversations during presentations (which is a lot like show and tell for the little ones). It's called Hiss. James got it for Easter. It's a fun game of matching and making interesting snakes. A perfect game for their age and attention spans. Peter and Jack also join in the game - somehow they manage to make the game much more competitive when they play.
Sum Swamp is a fun math game that is knocker boy recommended. It's a board game played with dice. Two cubes have the numbers one through six on them and a third has plus and minus signs on them. The boys roll the dice and either add or subtract to find out how many spaces they can move their cute little animal game pieces. The twins use their math blocks to help them figure out the answers they don't have memorized yet. It's a great game for practicing math or just playing for fun.
Another game that's a winner in our house is Qwirkle. We love it - certainly fun for the whole family. El Cap and I play this game even when the kids aren't around. I'm the reigning queen of Qwirkle, and I'll be quite disappointed when my reign ends. Qwirkle is fun because everyone can play on their level. It can simply be a matching game, or it can be played as a strategy game. This morning the boys got the game out and started keeping score. I was so pleased to see them choose Qwirkle over Wii, and I was even more happy to see that they were keeping score correctly. Jack said, "Whew! This is a lot of math."
I would love to know what games your kids like to play (and more importantly what games you like to play along with them). We're always looking for new games to add to our collection.