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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Computer Games with Grandparents?






Computer Games with Grandparents?



Perhaps. However, it is very unlikely that grandchildren will enjoy computer games with grandma and grandpa in the same way they do with their friends. Even if they did, can grandparents become so proficient at modern games that the young ones will flock to their house just to beat grandpa? I don't know.

Believe it or not, research shows kids do still enjoy board games and card games, and it would seem to me that the older folks could handle them quite easily.

The most popular games appear to be:

Checkers
Monopoly
Old Maid
Rummy
Chess
Candyland
Dominoes
Backgammon

Personally, I like to delve into the world of young people. I do not enjoy computer games, but I will take a shot at Wii, and even make YouTube videos with them.

Just how do you connect with your children or grandchildren?


16 comments:

  1. The kids still like to play board games. Of course, right now I am at a loss for the names. I know that one of them likes to play Scrabble on facebook. (And in "real life" too.)

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  2. We play Triominoes, Dominoes, Scrabble, Monopoly, Trouble, Boggle, Uno, Pictionary, checkers, Jig Saw puzzles you name it. We are a big game playing family.

    The only video games I can play is Mario Brothers or Wii (I like bowling). I'd rather watch the boys play the other games. However, they all still like a big ole bucket of craft stuff (googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms, popsicle sticks, glue, paint, crayons, contruction paper etc.) to create what ever they like. It's a big hit during a hurricane. And this grandma keeps hers well stocked.~Ames

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  3. Robin: Exactly! I forgot about Scrabble. I like that too.

    Ames: I also forgot about Boggle and Pictionary. Kids love them!

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  4. I think there will always be a place for board-games. Computer games are just a little anti-social. I think kids play computer games more when they're by themselves, although I think the Wii is good for social playing.

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  5. Akseli: I agree. Anti-social is a great description. Wii is fun because there is an element of physical movement, as opposed to mental isolation in a fantasy world. Board games allow children to interact with their elders. Imagine that!

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  6. We have always played board games with our children and grandchildren. Our granddaughter, Grace, has always loved them, and that has not changed since she has become a teenager. We have family game night after family dinners, and now Grace brings games that are more adult-oriented, and force us to really think. They are mostly word games, or phrase games.

    When my own children were in middle school, we always had a game of Scrabble going with all their friends in the neighborhood. I let them use a dictionary to look up words while they played. They were always required to use the word in a sentence before they put it on the board. My kids have pretty amazing vocabularies!

    JJ, thanks for the compliment on my post. As soon as the remodel is finished, I plan to get back to my book.

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  7. Dear JJ,

    I have been away from Portugal but now I am back with full access to my computer. It is always a pleasure to read your posts and learn something from them.
    Concerning computer games, although I accept they can be mean in some perspectives, let's face the reality, they are played by many people, including our children. We just need to be aware of that and to tell them the limits that this kind of amusement has.

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  8. Judie: Sounds wonderful!

    FanaticoUm: Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed yourself. I agree. It is reality. I just hope we never lose the concept of the board game.

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  9. I recognize all those games on the list! If it had been a list of computer games, I would have been lost.
    The only reason I'm on the computer as much as I am is for the writing and reading.

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  10. My kids still arent really old enough to enjoy board and card games. I let them "help," me in the kitchen (which, to be honest can be a bit stressfull when I'm trying to get something just right, but it means a lot to them...and me). Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  11. PAMO: Same with me!

    Miriam: Yes, I know. I had "help" for years. Now, I'm finally learning how to cook!

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  12. oh games are wonderful! My kids play chess with my mother, and she likes puzzles too. They play other board games with my husband's parents and we like to play cards. I do confess however that we are computer gaming people. My husband works with computers for a living and a few years ago he took a bunch of "outdated" (by work standards) computers and hooked them all up on a LAN (local area network) in the house and we all sit around and play EA Games Command & Conquer - which is sort of a computer version of RISK but more fun because we still have toddlers to contend with and the toddlers tend to knock around board pieces but they are less likely to stop the rest of us from playing the computer version.

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  13. CailinMarie: Actually, I love Risk. I would love to try the computer version. Sounds like fun!

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  14. All of my boys ages 24, 21 & 14 are into all things technilogical. Making movies, photography, games, logo making & anything computerish. As I write this my eldest son is downstairs with 4 of his friends having a LAN party, and theirs lots of yahooing, laughing & screaming going on. Not sure what it is that they're playing though. I myself love the old fashioned games like scrabble, snakes n ladders, manopoly, yatzee, sodoku. My boys aren't too interested in board games but that's OK! I have however beat their butts on the WII playing ten pin bowling :)

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  15. Kath: The young people today have no chance against us at Wii.

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