“Mommy, I’m bored.”
What mom hasn’t heard that?
When my daughter was little, I made up “board” games to play with her. I quickly sketched something out on scrap pieces of paper, and we played. Over and over. She’d giggle, and demand, “Again!”
Nothing fancy, but loads of fun. It doesn’t take much to please a little kid.
It’s not like we didn’t have “real” board games in the house (Chutes and Ladders, anyone?)
But there’s something special about anything homemade, and spontaneous.
Fast forward 20 years.
(Where did the time disappear to?)
Today, I’ve designed three games (so far) based on those early “prototypes.” Next level. Fancy.
And, thanks to my not throwing anything sentimental out, ever, I still have the originals. They’re a bit yellowed and tattered, but I saved them! (#sorrynotsorry, Marie Kondo.) Read my post about decluttering to find out why.
Here’s what one Mom has to say:
“My family loves playing board games, especially my 6 year old son, and this numbers game is no exception. My son asks for it over and over — we usually have to play at least 3 times in a row! He loves to land on spots where he gets to make faces or sing songs. And he can’t wait to have friends over again so he can play his game with them. It’s easy and loads of fun to play! ” — Amber, amberrosecreations
And if you want to get even more philosophical, it can be a teaching moment for some useful life skills.
Not that we knew any of this at the time. It happened through osmosis. A nice perk.
And the most important thing of all?
Spending precious time with my kid, listening to her happy giggles. Over and over again. The BEST kind of music to my ears.
Alas, time travel isn’t an option, so I can’t go back. But the memories are there.
Here are the games:
Follow the Arrows, Follow the Alphabet, and, Follow the Numbers
Can you tell how much fun it was designing them? And they have a cool retro vibe — daughter-approved. She was my “consultant” on the project. And a sneaky way to reminisce together about when she was little.
WARNING: Danger of giggles!
Also, how funny is the word, “giggles?” It looks like what it means, doesn’t it?