Enjoy These Warm Ideas for the Grandkids AND Grandparents on Cold Winter Days

by Kaye Swain

It is too cold for my grandkids and me to play outside as much - so this Sandwich Generation granny nanny and grandkids are enjoying the Carcassonne board game and iPhone app along with roller skating in the garageYou remember that winter song, "Baby, it's cold outside…" That's definitely true for our area making outside play much rarer fro my grandkids and me. It's definitely the time for garage roller skating and fun board games. My grandkids and I have enjoyed the Carcassonne iPhone app so much that I gave them the board game version for Christmas. I was a bit afraid we would't like it as much, but YAY! We ALL LOVE IT! One grandchild even likes it better than the app! 

I personally like the iPhone app better because it makes the scoring much easier – in fact, it does it for you.The Carcassonne board game has a giant cardboard Meeple with 49 numbered squares. You have to move one tiny plastic meeple per player along the numbered board to calculate the score. It does work quite well except I sometimes start going the wrong way and have to recount. Then again, my grandkids generally do the score – giving them excellent addition and multiplication practice and saving me from those recounts. :)

The set I got came with the basic game along with an expansion set of Festival cards. This is not one of the expansion sets that comes with the app, but it does look like fun and we're looking forward to trying it out after more practice with the main set.

My grandchildren and I love both the Carcassonne board game and the iPhone app

My youngest grandchild hates capturing other people's territories (commonly referred to as stealing) and hates it even more if they capture his. When he plays, we don't do fields or the expansion. The other two grandsons are more adventurous so we do play with the fields and the capturing, and eventually the Festival set. 

I love listening to them think through where to put a piece as they work through different strategic options. The last two winters have been our "chess and checkers" years but I suspect this will definitely be our "Carcassonne year." It's definitely a fun addition to our indoor roller skating during these chilly winter months and a great way for all of us to exercise our brains. 

How about you and your grandchildren? What are your favorite winter activities? 

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Kandy

Happy Pink Saturday!!
And a blessed 2013…I know God has good things for us this year..stop by “My Sweet Prairie Home” and take a look around…

2 Rinkly Rimes

About 100 degrees in Oz at the moment, so very little indoor activity. ‘In’ means in the pool!

3 Kathryn Ross

B;essings of the New Year to you, Kaye – and may it bring you the snow you so desire. For my part, I could do without it. Always puts me behind with our homeschool classes as I need to cancel them and then my whole plan is knocked a week out of kilter because I only see them once a week! Ah – flexible is the word. And, peace – this year it’s all about Psalm 23 for me – may you be so blessed, too!
Joy!
Kathy

4 Kaye Swain

:) Kathryn, I can SOOOO relate! And that’s how I normally feel. But last year, we had SOOO many bugs and my poor senior mom rarely got outside because of extra allergy issues due to the previous winter’s minimal snow and maximal higher temps that I have shocked MYSELF with praying for this snow. So thank you so much for your sweet blessings. :) Have a blessed and WARMER New Year :)

5 Kaye Swain

:) That sounds delightful Rinkly! We had such fun during our summer with plenty of pool times, that’s for sure! Wish I could visit you for Winter while my home was enjoying a lovely snow carpeting. :) Enjoy!

6 Kaye Swain

Thank you Kandy – and LOVED those rings your sweet daughter made. I’ll have to show those to my grandkids.

7 jeanne, backyard neighbor

Hello Kaye, I was so happy to see your comment on my post. I am hoping this year I will get back to visiting my dear blogging friends more often.

It does sound like your new game is a big hit. I wonder if my grands are playing it too. Our grands all live far away so we do not know the things they do as far as games etc. They are all teens now. I do know they like to play games though,

Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2013.
xo, Jeanne
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8 Kaye Swain

Hi Jeanne, Thanks so much for your lovely visit and I’m so glad you had such a lovely time on your trip! It will be interesting to hear if your grandkids are playing this as well. New Year’s Blessings to you and your family as well. :)

9 Grandma Kc

What fun! I added it to the Amazon wishlist for future consideration! We are so lucky where we are that our wonderful weather often means playing in the sprinklers in January and we can almost always play on our swings but we have come to love board games, too. We have been playing a lot of Careers lately!
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10 Mrs. Tucker

Always on the look-out for new games. Thanks for this one!
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11 Lisa

I look forward to my grandsons getting old enough to play such games. We tend to fall back on crafts for whiling away the hours. I need to get better about pulling out the games (they’re just not as fun with toddlers!). Thank you for linking to the GRAND Social!
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