Hello Friends and Family!
I hope you all are having a great week and looking forward to a weekend filled with candy, eggs, and bunnies :)
Many moons ago we tried doing something I like to call, Friday Family Fun Night, where we would pick an activity and all do it together as a family. Camping was involved (twice), park outings, movies, and occasionally board and/or card games.
Go Fish has always been a family favorite because it can be played with young kids. We also have Memory although that one rarely gets played. For board games we have Chutes and Ladders, Candyland and Hungry Hungry Hippos. [K] also really enjoys playing a modified version of Ticket To Ride.
While we haven't been so good about keeping up the Friday Family Fun Nights, [A] and I still like the idea of having a family game night so in order to make that more enticing to the kiddos, I decided to design my own cards based on [K]s latest obsession, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.
I found this company online called, Make Playing Cards, that allows you to upload your own images, front and back. You can also just do the backs and have the fronts be standard playing cards (cool idea for a wedding or something) but I wanted mine to be completely customized.
I made matching pairs of 25 different ponies with one odd pony out (Granny Smith) and one instructions card for the four different games you can play with this one deck. The company offers several different card stocks to print your cards on as well as different boxes to store them in. Since this is for kids and I want them to last as long as possible, I chose their plastic cards and box options.
It was really fun scouring the internet for just the right image of each pony as well as coming up with Pony-fied names of each of the games you can play with this deck. I was able to come up with four different games that I thought would be easy enough for a five year old to play as well as not require numbers or suits since my cards don't have either. The games I came up with are: Go Gallop (Go Fish), Old Mare (Old Maid - that's where Granny Smith comes in), Colt Slap (Slap Jack), and Pony Match (Memory). So far we've played all of the games except Pony Match and [A] even came up with another game we can play with them called Boy Pony (which is based off a game called Skull and Roses).
And when I asked the recipient of the cards what she thinks of them she said, "It's really great!" so I guess she likes them :) (In fact, she tells me she LOVES them.) So hopefully that's incentive enough for us all to play more games together as a family.