Most of my collection and play history reflect the fact that my "game group" usually consists of a 4-yo and a 7-yo, with the occasional appearance by my husband.
Because I teach my children at home, I'm always on the lookout for ways to sneak some learning into games. I originally came to BGG while searching for fun, educational games that I could use to supplement our schooling. My 4-yo especially fell in love with the games, and I found that they are a great way to give him some specialized attention during quick school breaks or when my 7-yo is doing independent work. Even though most of the games I play with him aren't overtly educational, I've found that he has picked up so many great math, reading, and thinking skills, because he's motivated to learn. I look at these gains as side benefits, though, compared to the quality time spent playing with him. I just love to see his face when he's figured out a good move in Château Roquefort
, or to hear him laugh evilly when he gets a power card in Sleeping Queens
My 7-yo usually starts off her school day with a quick game. The 5-10 minutes it takes to play in the morning is more than worth it, as games help her to wake up, have a good attitude, and be ready to learn.
Of course, not all my gaming is focused on teaching. I love to play for fun, and I enjoy the rare times I get to play a "grown-up" game. I'm a huge fan of house rules. I love tweaking, fixing, redesigning, and retheming games. As an avid thrifter, I frequently subject my finds to these contortions. When I grow up, I hope to be a game designer
My Top 10 list contains the games that I think best blur the line between kids' games and adult games. My Hot 10 list contains the games that I most want to play right now.