Sneaking in the Good Stuff with Games that Teach!

The following guest post is shared by Kimberlee Jost, mom of 2 game-loving girls and a fantastic advocate for the power of playful learning! Kimberlee’s blog shares her family’s adventures as they navigate their way down The Driveway of Life!

When I was a little girl, I fondly remember playing games. Game time often occurred after dinner. There were card games with dad and grandpa. Word games were played with grandma. I became a game kind of girl. I loved the challenge of trying to beat them, but even more I enjoyed having their undivided attention during those games!

Jost Family Sneaking in the Good Stuff with Games that Teach!

 

At our house, game time tends to be earlier in the day. I have two daughters, Ella, age 7 and Talia, age 3. The first time we ever played Zingo 1-2-3 it was at 8:30 in the morning, Ella had already gone to school. I recognized that Talia needed a little one on one time—she was grumpy, demanding, and overall not well behaved.  This was a red flag to me that her love tank was a little low. Within five minutes of starting the game, her attitude changed. She became cheerful, thoughtful, and easy going. Her love tank was getting full!

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Talia and her cousin Owen loved playing Zingo 1-2-3 together at Christmas. Learning to lose graciously is also an important life skill...we're still working on that.

The best part for this Mom is knowing that Talia was also learning. Before the end of the game, she could read the number five and understand its value. Now that’s sneaky! I had set out to spend time with her, but I had no idea I could sneak a little education in there as well. I live for that!

There are hours of Zingo 1-2-3 in our future. Talia and Ella both enjoy it, and I love knowing that we are being intentional with our time. We aren’t just playing a game, I am investing in them and they are begging for more!

Thank you, ThinkFun, for making a game that sneaks the good stuff in there. Now if only you could do something about getting my girls to eat their veggies at dinner!

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