Mr D is now at the age where we are able to play some simple games with him. Over the past couple of months we have been playing pairs with him and Miss E.
We have a few sets of pairs and he likes to play them all. A particular favourite are our Spot the Dog ones which I think must have been my younger brother’s at some stage. The box is a little battered but the cards are in brilliant condition
He enjoys playing with this set a lot – as does Miss E. We also have a Funnybones set and a lovely Old McDonald’s Farm set. These are a good set to use with both Mr D and Miss E as the cards are all different colours which is helpful to Miss E as we are in the process of helping her to learn her colours as well as learn the animals and associated sounds. Additionally there are different numbers of animals which helps Mr D with his counting. Perfect.
The cards have stood up well to the rough handling that toddlers bring and look like new. They come in a lovely sturdy book and the children like to get the cards out and talk through them as well as attempting to set up a game of pairs!).
We have also loved playing the Troublesome Engines game shown in the first picture in this post – this is another of the treasures my parents kept from my childhood, or in this case my brothers. The game is a set of jigsaws. You throw the die to claim a piece of your jigsaw. It is great as Mr D loves jigsaws at the moment and there is the added educational side of counting the spots on the die.
I am really enjoying the stage we are at with Mr D and Miss E at the moment; it is becoming much easier to engage them in activities and enjoy some lovely family time together.