The following post is shared by David Burk, a friend from TED and wonderful supporter of ThinkFun games who has clearly passed on his passion to his two children! David and his family have created a “drop everything and play” tradition that I’m pleased to share here – hopefully it will inspire you to find new ways to fit playtime with your loved ones into your busy lives!
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, 11yo, and Emmet, 9yo) will run to greet me, followed by my incredible wife. 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. In summary, 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!
Does your family have a unique or special way you like to play together? Is there a particular time in your day or week that you carve out just for play? Please share!