Stay at Home – the best family board games!

Stay at Home - the best family board games

After two or three weeks of being mostly at home due to the C-thing I ordered a few more board games to play as a family. They are  a fun way to keep every member engaged and off screens.

And it was nice to try something new too.

And board games often include lots of other, social and cognitive, skills as well. Think team work, negotiation, following rules and logic.

There are lots of classics like Monopoly and Scrabble, however, there are more amazing family board games and I want to share our favourites with you today. Because it would be a shame if you would miss out on them. Some of them are all about strategy, others come down to luck, but all of them are super fun.

But before I will go on to my list, I want to share some points on what to look for in a Family Board Game:

Number of players

As you know we are a big family so I check how many people can play.

Time

Playing time is something to consider. We have shorter games but also some that require some strategy thinking for longer. Have a look at the games you already have and see where you can add or go for a new challenge. The games I ordered just now are all rather short because I wanted something to play after lunch before we go for the last bit of school assignments. Or when we come home from the park and I do not want the kids to watch TV immediately.

Difficulty

Our youngest is currently 4 1/2 years old and very good at UNO, memory, and even manages Carcassone quite well. When I buy a new game I pay attention to the age rating to determine if the difficulty level will suit what I am looking for.

 

And now, our favourite board games. You will see that there are some classics, something for a little one:one time, something for everyone, for little ones (that the older siblings enjoy too!):

 

carcassone family board game

Carcassone

Always different, not too long, and you can make it more interesting over time by adding fun extensions.
Your fields, roads, and cities grow by placing game tiles in an attempt to build up your land. After placing a tile, you can score points by putting a “follower” piece on the items you built. Lots of options, possibilities, some strategy, and logic. A game that turns quickly!
Get it here.

 

scrabble family board game

Scrabble

The absolute classic but so good. Great brain game moment that trains creativity, spelling, as well as maths by keeping score. And definitely very fun! Leonor is 7 and enjoys it very much. But I think it is a great game where you can team up with younger children as well.
To start the game, each player draws a certain number of tiles, and then players take turns creating words on the board, building off existing words and earning points for each letter. You can increase your points by landing on designated spaces for double or triple word or letter scores.
Get it here.

 

ok play game

OK Play

This is one of the games I ordered recently. All children can play, it is quick, we can take it anywhere, and it is strategic.
And it is so easy and simple: Choose a colour, grab your stack and start laying down tiles until someone sneaks a line of five, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
Get it here.

 

eeboo memory never forget a face

Memory

Another classic! And you probably played it many times. My little ‘tick’ is to find really cool and quirky memory games to make it even more fun. At the moment I play it lots with Josephine when the others need to do school work and I want to keep her away from the screen. Memory games are a great way to boost memory skills and also help with strategy, thinking, and concentration. Currently I play memory a lot with Josephine whilst the others do their homework tasks.
One of my favourites is the face memory, because there is always some story telling included as well. About the outfits, hair, or somebody we know that looks very similar to the child on the card.

Another fantastic one is from Petit Collage. The Ice Pops are so cute

 

chess family game

Chess

Only two can play here but it is great for some one:one time.
A cute game for little people is this version.
I highly recommend this book for little chess starters that explains in easy words the world of chess and gives some tips too.

 

jenga rainbow game

Jenga

This game needs no explanation — just a space in your game closet! We love Jenga for its ease of play.
And whether you play alone or with a group, this game is always fun. Build a tower from the 54 small wooden blocks and take turns removing one block from within the tower and placing it back on the top. The tower grows taller and more unstable with every move. The last person to successfully place a block before the tower tumbles is considered the winner.
Get the rainbow version here.

 

dobble game

Dobble

This compact matching game is the perfect size to store in your purse and bring out when your family needs a distraction. It is always in our backpack when we are out and also always comes on holidays.
You will get 55 round cards and each card has a random array of symbols on it. Once the top card on the deck is flipped over, it is a race to see who can spot the matching symbol between their card and the deck card. You have to be quick and a good spotter!
Get it here. (and pssst, there is a cool Harry Potter version too)

 

settlers of catan

Settlers of Catan

This adventure-based game is perfect for up to four players around the age of eight (again, good game for teams), who will all battle to collect resources and build settlements on the Island of Catan. There are some rules and obstacles that make the game super fun — players can trade resource cards, sabotage each other with the robber game piece and more as they race to become the conqueror of Catan.
A board game of trading, strategy, tactical skill, and luck that is easy and fast paced. There are numerous expansion packs, including an extension for five to six players, and even a “Game of Thrones” edition.
Get the original here.

 

the new yorker jigsaw

Jigsaw Puzzles

From early childhood right through to adulthood we enjoy playing with puzzles. Because we like the challenge, the thinking and exercise for our minds. Puzzles are also an important educational learning tool for children. That is because they provide many skills like fine motor, problem solving, hand eye coordination, and self esteem once your hard work is done and you can see the beautiful puzzle you created.
There are many different versions out there, for all ages and tastes. I will share three that I love very much:
 
Everyone loves The New Yorker and we all enjoy their illustrations. Did you know that they have jigsaw puzzles with some of their covers? Have a look!

I love that Paris Map Puzzle!

Do you, and/or your children, like animals. This cat puzzle is adorable and there is a dog version too.

 

pop o matic trouble game

Trouble Game

This race-and-chase game is so addictive and super easy to work out. It is especially fun for younger kids but really the whole family enjoys it.
Players compete to be the first to send four pieces all the way around a board. And pieces are moved according to the roll of a die which means pressing the dome of the pop-die roller, causing the die to jump and roll.
Get it here.

 

Interested to see more toys? How about some wonderful educational wooden toys or science and art combined in cool toys?

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Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

Hello my dears! How are you?
I was thinking that since our lives have slowed down dramatically and yet our little ones do not stop growing I am bringing you something perfectly fit the purpose. Slow clothes that last and grow with your child. (and they will be worn again by siblings)

What do you think?
Come and visit the lovely online store of Ieva* who is based in Lithunia. And Ieva makes some very beautiful, pure, ethical, and sustainable clothes and accessories for children.

She is a mother, wife, photographer,creator, and together with her mother in law she started Young North. Bringing your babies the softest linen clothing.
‘Our passion is linen and wool. Inspired by slow living and natural world. Each piece is individually made with great attention to detail and from 100% natural linen and wool. We take pride in exceptional craftsmanship and quality. And we believe in buying less but better.’

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones:

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

Beautiful linen dress* with cute collar and available in a ray of lovely subtle colours.

 

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

That pinafore dress* is too adorable… and that mustard colour is the best. Perfect for all seasons. Just layer or don’t layer!

 

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones

Slow and natural clothes for your little ones
All over you can see from the images how much craftsmanship and quality is going into each garment. This is where it will last for years and become a true heirloom piece. And with the timeless shapes and colours, you will enjoy it for many many years…

Love it!

And just a little reminder: Linen truly is a marvelous fabric. It is biodegradable, uses a lot less water than cotton, and it doesn’t require chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It is lightweight, breathable, antimicrobial and a very strong fabric.

If you like this kind of clothes, please also see Miya & Ma and these stylish linen clothes for the whole family.
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Beautiful toys from Wooden Story

Wooden Story

Good Morning! We are starting the week with some wonderful wooden toys today. Toys that can be purchased in New York’s MoMA and Vitra in Germany for example. Toys that received the international BuyMeOnce Excellence Award in London for their combination of aesthetic and ecological values.

I am talking about Wooden Story. A wonderful brand run by Gosia Borowy and her husband Wieśiek in a village near Babia Góra, Poland.
The couple lives on a little farm, with animals and their design office as well as their production office. Together they will saw, plan, drum, polish, paint, oil, and pack. Also organising paperwork, managing their social media channels, and reply to customers. The reality and beauty of a small business.

A maximum of 15 people work for them, and everything is hand-made with passion and love. And you can see and feel it with every toy:

Wooden Story

Wooden Story

Wooden Story

Wooden Story

We received a package with a variety of their toys, including the very beautiful rainbow blocks that are delightful. They inspire creativity and are just lovely to look at and definitely make for great decoration when play time is over.

And the same goes for the stacking pyramid. A staple in every kids room. Squares from top to bottom and from bottom to top! You can remove them and put them on as you like, no matter the sizes. Or you can arrange a pyramid.

And everything is so soft from the beeswax and botanical oils. Which means the toys are safe and always 100% natural too. The colours are Eco-certified and free from harmful chemicals.

 

Wooden Story

Wooden Story

Wooden Story

Wooden Story

Wooden Story
“We are the third generation making wooden toys and other wooden products. They took over the workshop with her husband in the 90s. Wieś learned his profession from his father when we were still kids. In short, today the product itself is still manufactured as it was decades ago. The same technology, the same craftsmanship and the same hand-made.”

Altogether, raw material is the basis and Wooden Story works with certified wood, which means that for every tree cut a new one is planted.

“Thanks to this approach, we still have the joy of life, job satisfaction and peace of mind. I could take a loan and build a factory for 500 people, have a foreign investor and do really large production. But then there is no personal contact with people anymore, the stress is greater. That is why we are developing slowly.” says Wies.

And it means that each and every one of these carefully crafted wooden toys is almost guaranteed to last for multiple generations.

Furthermore, every toy comes in a very nice box or cotton bag and right now, you get little packages of seeds that will become bee-friendly flowers!

If you are interested to see more wooden toys, I am inviting you to discover these amazing alphabet blocks or Kuum.

We received samples from Wooden Story in return for this article. All words and opinion are my own.
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18 things for a better stay-at-home May!

18 things for a better stay-at-home May!

Technically I am late. Because I am usually sharing my monthly list the last Friday of the month. But since things are just a bit different right now (and I actually totally did not notice that tomorrow is the 1st of May until right now), the first of May is just as good. Yes?!

And last April definitely was very different from any other April and I think I never wrote that little here on Paul & Paula. Admitting that I never thought that having the kids home and doing the whole school thing would be that time consuming. The days fly by and boom, it is 8pm and all I want to do is hang on my couch.

What drives me, and keeps my going, is running. And I added a lot of km to my weeks these days!

How are you doing at the moment? I actually wrote on our kitchen calendar, usually decorated in many colours and handwritings, SAME SAME SAME in bold letters all over the week. And that is how I feel mostly: Same. Every day is the same. Therefore we want to make it a bit more fun, inspiring, and fresh with this new list today.

And of course, I added some things that will make the current situation more bearable. Enjoy:

 

yellow kitchen
Starting with a yellow kitchen to give you the best start!

I want these boots*!

 

bonnie and the gang baby romper
Ine de Haes launched a new brand. For little people!

Entertain the kids: Cool craft ideas or colouring sheets. Or both!

 

embroidered hoop sequins
So many adorable things, especially the embroidered hoops*! Big love!

Pajamas!

 

Rudloe-Road-London-SW12
Lovely London house.

I know, the C word is everywhere, but this article is interesting: All the things COVID-19 will change forever!

 

play roll kids colouring roll paper
PLAY ROLL*! Keeping the kids entertained just got a bit easier…

Pretty mugs* make for good starts into a day.

 

quincy mae
A great collection* of poetic and timeless wardrobe staples for the tiniest of tots. At very reasonable prices too.

Truly loving this London-based skincare brand. All organic, simple, and natural. And right now is a good time to give our beauty program a little more attention and love I think!

 

mix of chairs kitchen table
Loving the colourful chairs around the table.

Everything* for the most enjoyable home. In the best colours and made from soft fabrics.

 

kids desk harto

white bunk bed
Such a well designed space in my home town!

Great book that encourages children to go play outside and discover what nature has to offer. Perfect timing!

 

soor plom dress
Quintessentially cool kidswear* from Brooklyn!

Another practical and pretty necessity to make the current times more pleasant: Desk Organisers*

 

Wishing you all a good month of May, that hopefully ends with good news…

 

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Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Hello Hello! How are you all doing? I really hope that your time at home works out ok for you. We are ok over here but I have to say that my days are really filled with home schooling and there is not much left for work.

Most projects and events have been postponed anyway, but even writing an article is tricky. And I admit – I did not anticipate that. Moreover, I thought that I could squeeze in a bit of work here and there.
But hey, it is what it is and we are staying positive. We have food, we are healthy, and we even have a garden. All good!

Therefore, whenever I manage to publish something I feel a little proud. And since I do not feel very inspired to bringing you things to buy and so on I am focusing more on interiors. Because they can really lift a mood and give you a little kick. Plus, they might inspire a little project in your own four walls. Remember the art prints for kids, a really cool way to give a room a new and quick new look.

But let’s talk about todays interior! This industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones is so full of personality. Please come in:

 

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Little Lila is living in Leytonstone, London together with her parents Claire Brennan, a fashion stylist, and George Chapman, an automotive content strategist.

It is a four-story Victorian semi home with high ceilings, lovingly collected mirrors and furniture, timeless investment pieces, and  a warm-industrial vibe with a Scandi twist. All over you will find plenty of blacks and grays alongside whites and light blues.

And Lila’s room? “We wanted her room to retain the character and personality that we’d tried to create throughout the house.”

My favourite nook in her room is the fireplace. Perfect spot for decor, and with the chipped and original green paint it gives the room a lovely charm.

 

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones

Industrial nursery with warm Scandinavian undertones
Sharing some more corners of this interesting home. Which is a true family house with little toys and kids paintings here and there.

Claire and George did most of the necessary renovations and extension by themselves. And they exposed or renovated as many of the original features as possible. For example the floorboards and door frames are all original. And the slate fireplaces on the ground floor come from George’s parents’ converted pigsty in Somerset!

Via: Apartment Therapy
Photos: Rachel Manns
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