I was talking with a few friends on Twitter recently about Back to School and routines and the question was asked, "How do you keep your kids interested in family once school starts and friends become more important". I was surprised by my answer, considering I don't have a child in school yet, but I responded with "Create family traditions now like family game night or dinner together". Maybe I'm just tooting my own horn here, but I thought that was a pretty good answer!
The Boy is still a year away from school, but he's completely interested in family time and he's a creature of routine, habits, and schedules. He thrives on the expected and gets very upset when family time is interrupted or changed in some way. This is the perfect time for us to take advantage and create our own family traditions. He has shown a lot of interest in games lately, quite a few online or on our smart phones, but also in board games, so we decided to start with Friday night Family Game Night!!
Friday Night Family Game Night
We picked The Boy up from daycare on Friday evening and were excited to tell him about Family Game Night and he was just as excited as we were. We asked him if he would like to stay home with Daddy and play with the new surprise that came in the mail earlier while I went to the store to pick up some dinner and maybe a new game. He asked what game we were playing and we told him we weren't sure yet, but we would definitely be playing a game.
He loves his special Daddy time so he was just fine with skipping the shopping part and couldn't wait to see what was in the box. He saw that it said Halloween so we all took guesses about what was inside. I think he decided that it was a purple monkey in space (or something silly like that) so I dropped off the boys at home and headed to Walmart!
I have really enjoyed shopping at Walmart alone lately because I have time to look around without being rushed. When I think Family Game Night, I always think about Hasbro so I checked out the game aisle for some 4-year-old friendly games.
Then I headed over and picked up some Tyson chicken nuggets (the dinosaur nuggets, of course), some Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Crinkle Fries, and we needed some ketchup. Since we are planning to spend more time on playing games than on cooking for this Family Game Night, I was looking for something quick and easy. I wouldn't want DADDY stuck in the kitchen all night! We're sticking with a five-item quick meal with chicken nuggets, french fries, ketchup, strawberries, and cool whip! Yummy!!
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After a gentle reminder from my boys (via text with pictures) that they were hungry and looking for Mommy, I headed home so we could start playing! For more about my shopping trip (and a few pics from our Family Game Night) check out my #DipDipHooray Family Game Night shopping Google Album.
Family Game Night
My boy was jumping up and down (in his new HULK costume) when he heard that we were going to play Hungry Hungry Hippos. He LOVES this game and we admittedly don't play it very often. Mommy may or may not hide it from time to time because it is very loud, but tonight is all about fun and creating family traditions so let's get to playing! Daddy put the dinner in the oven and The Boy and I set the game up. He wouldn't let me start anything until Daddy was ready. We made a little video, but then it was time for me to put down the camera and really get into the game.
**Please excuse the angle of the video because apparently I was holding the camera phone the wrong direction, but I had to show how much fun we were having! Lesson learned.
Hungry Hungry Hippos – Family Game Night
Dinner time – Dinosaur nuggets on a French Fries Volcano!!
After a few rounds of Hungry Hungry Hippos (and The Boy started cheating), we were all getting hungry and the smell of nuggets and fries was getting stronger. The Boy and I headed to the bedroom to get settled in for a new Phineas and Ferb episode while Daddy got dinner ready. If you're wondering about the whole "eating in bed" thing, yes, we do that. It's our Family Bed, what can I say?
Daddy surprised us when he brought dinner, though, because he made a FRENCH FRIES VOLCANO WITH DINOSAUR NUGGETS!! The Boy loved it so much that he wouldn't even touch the small plate that Daddy made for him. He wanted to eat the volcano!! After we all dug in and about halfway through the dinner, my boy looks at me and says…
"Uh oh, Mommy, now it's a BOWLcano!!"
That boy has a quick wit…and he's only FOUR!!
We finished the evening with a bowl of fresh strawberries and fat-free cool whip. We were both surprised when our boy actually ate some strawberries! He always tries them and then they end up in my hand, but he has been developing some new taste buds lately and we are loving it!
We had a blast creating our new Friday night Family Game Night family tradition and I can't wait to see what Dip to Play has in store for us in the coming weeks! To learn more about the sweepstakes, Hasbro Game Night, and more, visit these social media outlets:
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