We just love playing boardgames together as a family – and we’re not talking about the usual run-of-the-mill tabletop games like Chess, Monopoly and Scrabble, but awesomely fun strategy games like ‘The Settlers of Catan’ that are aimed at adult gamers. It’s a wonderful way to bond as a family as well as teach the children (through modelling and collective experience) important life skills such as good sportsmanship, negotiation and decision-making.
With a little bit of help from the King of TableTop, Mr Wil Wheaton (yes, the same one who played the kid in Star Trek: TNG), it is surprising how easy and how much fun it is to introduce strategy games to preschoolers! Both J and Little E are now avid mini-gamers and take much inspiration from Mr Wheaton, whom they describe as ‘That Guy Who Doesn’t Care If He Loses, He Just Likes To Play Games’.
Well, we have made it happen right here on Owls Well!
Introducing our first OwlsWellVlogs miniseries, Games with James! *applause and confetti*
We will be releasing one episode of Games with James every week in the run up to International TableTop Day on the 5th of April, a day where people around the world gather together in the name of Funtimes and Boardgames. We do hope that families will be inspired by J’s videos and will play more boardgames together!
In this first episode, J introduces us to ‘Forbidden Island’, the first game that we ever purchased. This game is now one of our favourites. It’s a really great strategy game and even 2-year-old Little E can play with us as well.