We found something to help with the squabbles, cooperative board games!
Our kids are just at ages where they are now both able to play simple games. However, they are still little and at the age where anything competitive is a disaster, squabbles abound. They are not ready for that yet and we are not pushing it. Rather running from it in the name of peace!
Recently we found the answer in some really great games which work perfectly for quiet times and in breaths, times when we need to regroup between activities, with a great chance to model turn taking and cooperation.
One of our new favourites is Orchard, which is a beautifully made game with so much attention to detail. The little wooden fruits are so tactile and the baskets are delightful! Us grown ups wanted to play as much as the kids did, and we have been playing lots over the festive season.
The idea is to work together to get all of the fruits picked before the raven eats them.You play by colour of fruit, making the dice easy to understand. If you roll a basket picture you get to pick two fruits and if you roll a raven picture you add a puzzle card to the centre of the board to make the raven picture. Any fruits left when the puzzle is complete are fair game for the hungry bird so all players are working together cheering each other on to fill their baskets rather than arguing over who has more.
OK, so our kids still squabbled over who sits by which tree and who folds up the board but hey, it’s a start! And they did feel sorry for the raven when all the fruits were picked, and offered him some……
Do you and your family have any favourite cooperative games, any recommendations?