"Ooooh, I got my Meeple back!"
"Aha, I got my village! But he took my road."
"You did NOT just steal my village – you did, you did. Aaaaah!!!"
"Hooray, I won!"
Sounds like a foreign language? Naaaaa. It's just my grandkids having fun playing Carcassonne on my iPhones.
I got hooked on this fun, strategic, and dare I say it – addictive – game when a daughter gifted it to my iPhone for my birthday earlier this year. It took me awhile, but once I got the hang of it, I really enjoyed it.
I tried to interest my grandkids in it, but for the longest time, they just weren't that enthralled. But when one was spending the night, he gave it a try with me and loved it. The next thing you know, they all wanted to try it. We've played it one on one, three at a time, and even all four. Plus they can play it alone against the computer (they prefer to play against the maid or the servant, while I have graduated to the count and countess – who are very tough to beat!).
Shhhh, don't tell them, but I've even ordered the board game as a group present for all of them for Christmas. I consider it as good for building critical thinking skills as checkers and even chess. And it's a fun way to spend a snowy afternoon that's too cold for playing outside.
Have you ever tried this with your grandkids? You can even play with the long distance ones if you are able to set it up correctly. If you need some extra tips, I dug up several great resources that I posted online - just click here.
Whether it's Carcassonne, checkers, Sequence, or something else, playing games with our grandkids is a fun way to spend time together and a great way to exercise all our brains. My senior mom loves to play Chinese Checkers with her great-grandkids once in while and they all love that. What grand memories we will all enjoy for decades to come. What's your favorite board or iPhone game with your grandkids?
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. Thank you.