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Intergenerational Play Rocks

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Thanksgiving Gatherings

Everyone benefits from purposeful intergenerational relationships. The gathering of family and friends to share a meal at Thanksgiving traditionally involves multiple generations. What better time to share activities that nurture connections among different age groups?

 PlayopolisToys serves the citizens of play. Those children and adults who delight in entertaining themselves with engaging activities. That’s what play is. Younger and older citizens having fun together forms bonds that enrich everyone involved. Opportunities abound. Take a walk. Share stories, Read a favorite book aloud. Create something. Play a board game, preferably a non-competitive one. Or go on a treasure hunt while sitting together on the sofa.

Cooperative Games Foster Teamwork

Cooperative games require players to work together toward a common goal. By putting aside competition and working cooperatively,   everyone comes away with positive feelings. Non-readers and readers. Preschoolers and high schoolers. Parents and grandparents can enjoy playing a game together. Team work leads everyone to success. Moreover no one leaves the game gloating or feeling like a loser. 

Megana Hosein, a mother of four, is enthusiastic about the value of cooperative board games. She “loves how board games encourage interacting and thinking with children in a way that is rarely explored in our busy lives. I am always amazed to hear what they have to say about solving dilemmas within the game. This taps into greater topics of conversation that might otherwise have gone unrealized. Furthermore my children can easily make new friends over the commonality and cooperation in a board game, both with peers and adults. Truly a gentle way to introduce social rules. And simultaneously focus the active child while drawing out the shy one.” Consider cooperative games for those times when kids of different ages and  abilities as well as kids and adults want to play together.

Thwart Stink Bugs

Ever thought about hiding bugs under a rug before stink bugs show up and stink up the place? That’s the  challenges players face with Snug As A Bug in A Rug. One of more than two dozen fun-for-all-to-play cooperative games by Peaceable Kingdom.

With three levels of play, these skills-building games grow as players become more proficient. Create a team to solve these problems. Two players will do, but there’s room for more. Designed to be played in 15 minutes, these games offer a quick solution to the challenge of keeping the peace before and after Thanksgiving dinner.

Search for Treasure

Find It games, theme-based treasure hunts in a cylinder, invite intergenerational searches.  Both offer cooperative and competitive ways to play. Think of  Wildlife, Dinosaurs, Mythical Creatures, or anything that elicits the comment Eww Gross.

For those who thrive on challenges,  Mythical Creatures is the ultimate Find It for intergenerational play. After all, two heads are better than one, and the more heads, the merrier the conversation, especially in intergenerational play.

Mythical Creatures requires knowledge of folk tales and supernatural beings from around the world. Keep a dictionary or Wikipedia handy while going down the list. Otherwise, when you see the word hippocampus, you might think of the region of our brain thought responsible for emotions and memory. Although that’s true, you’d be missing a chance to identify one of the fish-tailed horses of Greek Mythology. The beauty of Mythical Creatures is the chance to find out who’s who and what’s what, then check each off the list. While concentrating on finding out about the Jersey Devil, a kraken, or a troll or taking note of the similarities and differences between a hippocampus and a manticore, you’re happily learning, making memories and nurturing relationships.

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Cooperative Games

Now is the time to explore ways for everyone to enjoy spending time together while schools are closed for the holidays. Fewer hours of daylight and dropping temperatures force us indoors where we’re all too likely to retreat into the digital world. Engaging in a shared activity hones our social skills, enhances our sense of connectedness, and builds memories. What can be challenging is finding something that children and adults enjoy doing together.

Cooking and crafts are easily adaptable so that all ages can participate together. Putting together puzzles and playing a board game are other options. Cooperative games level the playing field as everyone works together to achieve a common goal. From preschoolers to centenarians, all players “put their heads together” to solve a problem and come away with positive feelings. Everyone wins. No one leaves the game gloating or sulking, negative feelings that would surely cast a dark cloud over winners, losers, and everyone else in the house.

Megana Hosein, a mother of four, is an enthusiastic proponent of the value of cooperative board games. She writes, “I love how cooperative board games encourage interacting and thinking with children in a way that is rarely explored in our busy lives. It always amazes me to hear what they have to say about solving dilemmas within the game, and how this taps into greater topics of conversation that might otherwise have gone unrealized. Furthermore, new friends can easily be made over the commonality and cooperation in a board game, both with peers and with adults. Truly a gentle way to introduce social rules and simultaneously focus the active child while drawing out the shy one.

Cooperative board games are an ideal alternative to digital devices. Social engagement and sharing a pleasurable, interactive activity benefit everyone, young and old alike. What better time than the holidays to make memories by playing games?

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Autumn Inspired Family Time

With the passing of the autumnal equinox, hours of daylight decrease and time spent indoors increases. Rather than turning on the television, institute a family game night. PlayopolisToys recommends games that allow parents and children to play together. Among our favorites are cooperative games developed by Family Pastimes, a family company in Canada, whose mantra is play together, not against each other.

Harvest Time coopgame

Players work collaboratively, helping each other rescue a sturdy little Princess from a mean guard and fierce dog, recover hidden treasure, or bring in the harvest. We play games for many reasons – socialization, entertainment, education, character development. These games invite us to realize our goals through cooperation. Developing a spirit of collaboration improves social and problem solving skills, with applications extending far beyond board games. 
The initial impulse to play a game is social; we bring out a game because we want to play together. How ironic then that in most games, we spend all our efforts trying to defeat our opponents. Some people prefer to relax and enjoy a challenging game where players cooperate rather than compete.

People of different ages and abilities should be able to play side by side, each making their best contribution. In a cooperative game, someone young and little can play with others older and bigger and not worry about losing. How much more enjoyable that is for everyone.

 PlayopolisToys – for the diverse needs of the citizens of play