Playing Games

When I was very little my mom used to teach me from flashcards.  One particular set had the images of North American birds on one side and on the reverse there was the name of each bird along with some general information about the species.  She would show me the image and in turn I would tell her about the bird.  I found this fun.  I am a strange girl, clearly.

So, while you laugh at my unusual childhood hobbies, I will share some youthful activities worth bringing back.

  • Puzzles:  Of course it has to be appropriately challenging (don’t bother me with anything below 1000 pieces).  Puzzles are great for maintaining and developing cognitive skill, including everything from spatial awareness to problem solving.  I am a big fan of doing them with your partner or roommates and leaving the puzzle out to be worked on over several days.
  • Board Games: Okay, confession first, I am not allowed (per Lukus and my parents) to play board games with others (apparently I am a little too competitive). But for those of you who can, games like Scrabble and Scattegories are great for developing vocabulary and memory.
  • Manhunt or Capture the Flag:  Both these games are a blast to play.  This is especially true now that I am no longer limited by a curfew and can play at any hour.  These games are great for developing teamwork and strategic planning skills.
  • Kickball:  There seems to be adult kickball leagues all over the place- and with good reason!  Like the previous games, kickball is ideal for teamwork.  Additionally, its physicality is perfect for an active lifestyle.
  • Coloring:  Seriously, grab a coloring book or a paint-by-numbers and get to it.  By coloring for the joy of it, you are able to tap into creativity that otherwise gets stifled by everyday adult monotony.


  1. happymother says:

    I do remember you at the age of 4 years learning the presidents of the US with these cards.You were so impressing good and at the end of the day I learned them too.

  2. The Velvet Hammer says:

    It’s very clear to me that we need to play Scrabble together one day. I, too, suffer from no one wanting to play me due to a competitive nature. So, it’s a fit!

    And for Camille, she and I used to play Art Memo. It’s a memory game like the “Concentration” set of cards, but here, you have art masterpieces that you have to match up. When she found a set, she’d have to tell me about what the name of the painting was and who the artist was. She was also quite impressive.

  3. i think it is past the point of “a little competitive” when you are standing on the chair, pointing at your little sister, and laughing in her face b/c you beat her. hahaha! but nothing lives up to sissy getting so frustrated that she dropped the “f bomb”. good times in our household…dont you think?
    your right!- i loved this post!
    but i love you more!!!

  4. HappyMother- I remember those as well!! There was also a set for the organs, trees, great works of art and one more category….. too funny!!!

    Ariel- Don’t exaggerate… I believe I yelled at you for cheating. And besides that was years ago- pretty sure I haven’t been allowed to play since….

    VH- sounds like a plan! We should all do a game night next time I’m in ATL…

  5. The Velvet Hammer says:

    Game night it is! Let me know when you will be in the ATL.


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