My family LOVES family game night. It used to be every Tuesday, but after receiving some great games from Winning Moves Games, it’s been every night, and multiple times a day. The benefits of home schooling is we can fit it in more often.
Liam’s favorite game for years has been my parents vintage Pay Day game. From all his love, it was getting pretty ratty. Pieces were breaking, money was ripping, dice were missing. It’s in sad shape. So when Winning Moves asked us to pick a couple of games, Liam screamed, “PAY DAY!” (The old board is now proudly displayed on his wall. He loves the game that much!) What I love about it is I can remember playing this game with my family on game nights. The new Pay Day is of course updated. Brighter colors, and different bills. Money has been upped too, as lets face it, everything costs more nowadays. The one thing that didn’t change though was the cute postcards. If you played the old version I’m sure you remember the postcards. My favorite was always the letter home from the kid at camp “Snake Bit.” I used to think, “who would want to camp with snakes?!” If you’re not familiar with Pay Day, it’s great. It’s easier and WAY less time-consuming than Monopoly. You can set how many months you want to play for too. It’s a great way to teach kids about bills and pay-day, and how money just doesn’t always last. It’s FUN learning, which is great for any kid, home schooled or not.
The other game Liam asked for was Yahtzee. He loves Yahtzee! He plays it on his iPod, but we really needed a family version. We have been playing this non stop, a few times a day. Winning Moves sent us their “vintage” version, and it looks just like the one I had as kid. Again, memories of mine own family game nights keep flooding back.
Winning Moves also sent us two card games. I was stoked about this as we camp as often as possible, and card games are my go to for evening fun. Moose Caboose is adorable! There are four different train colors, and you need to match the card with the train of its color. If you draw a Moose Caboose, you place it on its colored train, and then you collect all those cards. The player with the most captured cards at the end of the game, is the winner.
The other card game is Waterworks. The object here is to be the first player to complete a pipeline by connecting all the water pipes from the valve to the spout. Your opponents can stop you by placing leaky pipe cards. You can repair the leaks with new cards, or with the handy toy wrenches enclosed. NOTE: if your kid likes to put things in their mouths, take the wrenches out before game play.