Cat Crimes

We’ve been super busy with a newborn around here this month (whose birth story I am hoping to get up soon!).

We were fed so well and loved on her first week of life. And the kids are all adjusting so well, as they love her to absolute bits (not surprising, she’s fairly scrumptious). J has been a professional toddler wrangler so I can cozy up with our darling Avellana (her Spanish nickname that J dubbed her – not her legal name) and just drink up all this newborn bliss. Because even after 5 sweet little babes, it just does not get old.

And our big kids? They had the awesome experience of getting to spend this past week with their grandparents up north, but before that they were doing a stellar job of being helpful and self-entertaining.

They’ve been reading lots of new books, and building crazy Lego and Plus Plus contraptions, as well as playing lots of games together. I love that they both enjoy playing board games and the like, because they are getting big enough to play games with each other without the need of adult help – and they can play with J and I! I mean, games that are actually enjoyable for us, too (you can only play Candyland so many times before the colors all start to blur together…)

Their newest favorite game to play comes from Timberdoodle, and is called Cat Crimes. H and B were both super excited when it arrived, and could not wait a second to start playing. Lucky for them, the toddlers had all ready been put to bed, so it was safe to take it out and have a go of it.


Cat Crimes is a fun “who done it” logic game, with increasingly more difficult challenge cards, so kids (and adults!) can up the complexities and difficult level as desired the more rounds that they play.

It’s rated for ages 8+, and Mr. B is almost 8, but it could most definitely be played by younger kiddos, too. I think they both would have been able to grasp it and enjoy this game as early as 6. And at almost 8 and 9, they are able to play it over and over again without any adult assistance, which has been lovely these past few weeks.

But it’s also such a fun-filled, brain-working game that J and I enjoy popping in for a round when able as well. I definitely see Cat Crimes as a game the whole family can enjoy, and it will be in heavy rotation around here. So if you need a fun game that helps work on their logic skills (but is so fun they have no idea it’s helping their brains expand!), Cat Crimes gets four big thumbs up from Miss H and Mr. B!

Race to the Treasure!

We super love board games around here. I’d rather play a board game or build blocks with my kids than do something imaginary any given day (which is interesting, because I was really into imaginative play long after most kids). 

While we are waiting on all our belongings (2 more weeks yet!), there is only so much hiking and beach we can do in a day. And although my kiddos spend a lot of time outside playing and entertaining themselves, there is still downtime inside, too. 

Since I refuse to buy anything we all ready own, because that’s just a waste of money, even if we don’t currently have that possession in hand, there have been times the kids have gotten a bit stir crazy when they need down time from the outside exploring. 

Thus, last week, I packed them up and took them Target to buy some board games that we don’t own. 

One game they chose is titled “Race to the Treasure!” and has been a huge hit around here. I know it will be well-loved for years to come.

My kids, like a lot of kids, are still learning how to be good sports and lose games with grace. And while it’s something we are continuously working on as it’s a pretty important aspect to learn and accept and handle with grace as it will always be a part of their lives in social situations, it’s also something I need a break from in all of our board game playing ventures. 

Race to the Treasure! is a fun and exciting collaborative game where all the participants work together to get all the keys and reach the treasure before the ogre. So everyone wins or loses as a team, and must put forth their best collaborative skills.

And let’s be honest, teamwork is just as essential of a skill to learn as being a good sport. 

This game is recommended for ages 5+, but I’d say most thrre year olds could easily grasp the idea and play with help, and likely even precocious two year olds. And I enjoyed playing it myself at nearly 30, so I would say there isn’t much of an age limit. 

I cannot recommend collaborative board games enough to help kiddos come together and work as a team. Especially when they are in the throes of being ugly to one another. They immediately have to switch gears if they want to play and have fun! 

Needless to say, Race to the Treasure has been just the cure for our downtime blues around here!