Ever since we discovered Rush Hour, ThinkFun games have had a place in our home. When we got the whole complement of the games, we started a group tradition with them.
These days, the games live in our entry hall, under the “telephone table.” Several days a week, when I come home from work, my kids (Ezra, 11 and Emmet, 9) will run to greet me, followed by my incredible wife Rebekah. We’ll usually throw down a few games and lie on the carpet right in front of the door, sometimes playing in parallel, sometimes working together.
Chocolate Fix has been the family favorite for a long time now. Ezra is by far the best at these games, so he’ll do a few rounds and then start showing us all what we should be doing. The play only lasts about 15-20 minutes, and it’s really fun! Only when I step back and think about it do I realize that it is also a great way to focus, relax, and stretch the brain— all while spending family time together.
I get to turn off the work part of my brain and start being with my family, and my family gets to turn on their brains and have some fun together. It’s lovely—and good for us. Can’t beat that!
- David Burk (Dad)