Playing games together challenges us while we are having fun.
I’ve mentioned before that I love to play games with my kids. Our family favorites include Taboo, Apples to Apples, and Dave Ramsey’s game Act Your Wage which I talked about here. I am always looking for fun ways to teach my kids about money too and this game, new to our family, fits the bill.
A few years ago my kids received the game The Family Farm Game by John Deer as a gift. It sat on our shelf for a while because when my kids were younger it didn’t really appeal to them. Also, it’s recommended for ages 8+ which my kids were not at the time. Now at 7,9, and approaching 11, I thought it was time to give it a go.
The object of the game is to create and manage your own farm. You can buy crops to plant, invest in equipment, buy fuel, plant and harvest seed and buy more land. Just like in real life, there is a bit of unpredictability involved. Things come your way such as flood, insects, and weather that will test you as you make decisions that will prosper or sink your farm.
It’s like Monopoly in the country packed lessons about spending and saving money, as well as planning ahead.
Before the game starts, you choose how many years (rounds) you will play. This is great because sometimes we’re in the mood for a quick game and other times we like playing it over the course of a few days.
There are 4 seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. During the appropriate months you take turns buying and planting seed, harvesting, and purchasing land. The kids and I quickly go that hang of it after the first round.
A Note: Just like Act Your Wage, it’s meant for older kids and adults. My little guy can hang with the action but had a hard time bouncing back after loosing large amounts of money or when he didn't land on the spot he wanted to. The cycle of play (for both these games) allows for a come back with every round but the under 8 set might have a hard time being patience with the process and understanding the ‘game is not over till it’s over’.
Have you stumbled upon a new game recently that you love to play? I would love to hear about it!